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Queremos Justicia - How We Shut Down Berks
Curated by Jasmine Rivera
Friday, May 5, 2023 - Sunday, June 11, 2023

Queremos Justicia – How We Shut Down Berks

Curated by Jasmine Rivera

Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 2023 | 6-9pm | Free-To-Attend
Friday, May 5, 2023 – Sunday, June 11, 2023
Presented in Gallery Two at Vox Populi

About the Exhibition

For eight years the Shut Down Berks Coalition fought to close the Pennsylvania immigrant prison for families, then later adult women. On January 31st, 2023, the coalition of immigrant leaders, organizers, grassroots groups, interfaith leaders, lawyers, and activists, WON. 

In “Queremos Justicia: How We Shut Down Berks’, learn about how the coalition won this victory through the art made for the campaign and how it played an invaluable role in education, mobilization, and community building. Learn about the artists who supported the campaign with their talent and most importantly, view the art and messages of those most directly impacted, the families held at the Berks County Detention Center themselves. 


Durante ocho años, la Coalición de Shut Down Berks luchó para cerrar la prisión de inmigrantes de Pensilvania para familias, y luego para mujeres adultas. El 31 de enero de 2023, la coalición de líderes inmigrantes, organizadores, grupos de base, líderes interreligiosos, abogados y activistas, GANÓ.

En “Queremos Justicia: Cómo Cerramos A Berks”, aprenda cómo la coalición ganó esta victoria a través del arte hecho para la campaña y cómo desempeñó un papel invaluable en la educación, la movilización y la construcción de la comunidad. Conozca a los artistas que apoyaron la campaña con su talento y, lo que es más importante, vea el arte y los mensajes de los más directamente afectados, las familias detenidas en el centro de detención del condado de Berks.

About the Curator

Jasmine Rivera has been community organizing and campaign coordinating in the Philadelphia area for nearly 15 years, working on campaigns such as the passage of the Philadelphia Paid Sick Leave bill & ending police/ICE collaboration in both Philadelphia and Norristown, a policy commonly referred to as “sanctuary city”. Most recently she celebrated the closure of the Berks County Detention Center, an immigrant prison that incarcerated families then adult women, as one of the co-founders and coordinators of the Shut Down Berks Coalition. She is currently the Civic Engagement Director at Pennsylvania Voice, where she has coordinated the nation’s largest Census Get Out the Count field program and multiple statewide coordinated voter registration, voter education and electoral turnout programs in every election cycle since 2016. She is a two time Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grantee, Board President of Free Migration project and mother of a beautiful child and three adorable cats. 


Jasmine Rivera ha sido organizadora comunitaria y coordinadora de campañas en el área de Filadelfia durante casi 15 años, trabajando en campañas como la aprobación del ley de días pagados de enfermedad en Filadelfia y el fin de la colaboración entre la policía y el ICE tanto en Filadelfia como en Norristown, una políza comúnmente conocida como “ciudad santuario”. Más recientemente, celebró el cierre del Centro de Detención del Condado de Berks, una prisión para inmigrantes que encarcelaba a familias y luego a mujeres adultas, como una de las cofundadoras y coordinadoras de la Coalición Shut Down Berks. Actualmente es directora de participación cívica en Pennsylvania Voice, donde ha coordinado el programa de campo sobre el Census más grande del país y múltiples programas coordinados de registro de votantes, educación de votantes y participación electoral en todo el estado en cada ciclo electoral desde 2016. Ella es dos veces Beneficiaria de Arte y Cambio de la Fundación Leeway, presidenta de la junta del proyecto Free Migration Project y madre de una hermosa niña y tres gatos adorables.

Featured Artists

Annie M. Avilez-Gonzalez | @unixorn_707_

Candy Gonzalez | @Candy_Alexandra1

Chela Ixcopal | @Chelitasdesign

Ezra Keno Feliciano | @ninetails_ezra

Jasmine Rivera | @jazzygurl55

Jeanne D’Angelo | @everlastingfaint

Joe Piette

Jose Mazariegos | @jmaz79

Julia Katz Terry | @juliakterry

Kati Discoll | @cloverhunter

Lexi Eveleth

Manuella Guillion | @LazyBeamArte

Meg Lemieur | @megstampede

Michelle Angela Ortiz | @michelleangelaortiz

Sarah Kodish-Eskind | @kesarahke

Rommy Torrico | @rommyyy123

Tim Gibbon

TK Dinh


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