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Physical Distance Social Solidarity


Physical Distance Social Solidarity

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Spatula&Barcode organized the printing of masks with the words



to express our disapproval of the terminology of “social distancing.” We wanted to recognize the creative and committed ways people continued to work for social justice in the midst of the pandemic. We gifted these masks to honor friends, relatives, colleagues, students and strangers who contributed through protests, activism, labor, financial contributions, education, lived experience, etc.

The masks are multi-layered machine-washable cotton with comfortable elastic bands that go around the head instead of the ears. They have an adjustable nose bridge for a secure fit and are gathered at the chin. They are hand screen printed with non-toxic water based inks by Screen Door Studio, a woman-owned print shop in Madison, WI, specializing in small custom screen print jobs.

We asked mask recipients to share a sentence or two about their own activism during the pandemic.  You can see what others are doing on this page and you can still request masks from us at

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