Sam Merritthas worked professionally as a silversmith, bookbinder, assembler of adult novelties, bejeweler of dog clothes, tailor, bouncer, baker, sports coach, mentor to youth, and unprofessionally at many other things. She’s been part ofThe Dirt Palace Collectiveof female artists, and currently runs the embroidery shop Double Vision Embroidery. Her independent, generous demeanor and love of hard work have landed her many character building and dissolving experiences. She is honored to be part of this project.
The piece: The text Battles can be won without begging comes from the introduction to Jane Zine: Documents from Chicago’s Clandestine Abortion Service. What I like about this quote is its implication that the law does not need to be addressed in order to best serve people. This message is often considered relevant only for certain radical circles, but in the case of Jane there was a demand from all kinds of people for what they were offering. And legal or not, they were directly helping all kinds of people, sometimes even the loved ones of police! This piece is to honor that viewpoint and motivate new generations.