For Profit immigrant prisons. Can you write an immigrant/refugee detainee?

Film screening…  Stay in touch for time and dates:


“The U.S. has the largest immigration detention system in the world.

On any given day, over 40,000 children and adults are languishing in immigrant jails and prisons. They don’t have access to a court-appointed attorney, a free phone call, or a speedy trial. Many of them are subjected to medical neglect, sexual and physical assault, and other forms of human rights abuses. Two-thirds of people in U.S. immigration detention are in private prisons and the rest are locked up in county and city jails, all of which profit off their misery. The U.S. government and the private prison industry have been exporting immigration detention to governments across the globe. This is unacceptable.”  Brave New Films.

Letter-writing is an art.  Practice it.  Practice Justice.

Hurry to Santa Monica – Today!

Please join us for  the 2nd Annual SPY Art Show and Music Showcase
created and curated by SPY Member Artists!
Featuring a live music showcase by SPY Member
Singers and Songwriters.
All SPY volunteers are invited to contribute art to be displayed for donation or just for show. Please contact Sarah Boehmke, Healing Arts Program Manager for more information at
Art for sale & snacks and refreshments served!
All art sales will go towards supporting the youth artists! 70% of each sale will go directly to the artist, 23% to SPY for studio and supply fees, and 7% to Art Walk Inc, the 3rd party vendor managing sales. All participating youth artists are trained in sales , gallery use, and money management skills as part of this program.

LA Times review of “Art of Protest”

In this Sunday’s LA TImes there’s a review of the “ART OF PROTEST” at the Church of the Epiphany where ArtwalkInc’s executive director, Roberta Morris, serves as Associate Priest.  Come see the exhibition Friday-Sunday and she’ll show you around:

‘The Art of Protest’ at Church of the Epiphany: Eastside landmark is a sanctuary for social justice

The Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights was the Los Angeles home base for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers movement. The newspaper for the Chicano civil rights movement, La Raza, was printed in the basement. Since the 1960s, the Episcopalian church has served as a sanctuary for Chicano social justice movements, and a gathering place for those involved in them, regardless of religious affiliation.

That legacy continues today and is on display through March 29 in “The Art of Protest: Epiphany and the Culture of Empowerment,” an exhibit that features the work of more than 60 artists, including those who organized at the church decades ago as well as contemporary artists.

The exhibit is co-curated by Ravi GuneWardena, an architect involved in the preservation of the historic church; Sofia Gutierrez, a Los Angeles County Museum of Art educator; Ricardo Reyes, artist and 1960s Chicano activist; and Roslio Munoz, historian and co-chair of the Chicano Moratorium, which focused its activism around the Vietnam War.

Notable pieces include photojournalist Tish Lampert’s pictures of the three-minute “Door of Hope” reunions of families separated on opposite sides of the border; sculptural pieces by Camilo Ontiveros created from the worldly possessions of deported immigrants; a paper-collage mosaic by Mita Cuaron depicting the 1968 Chicano student walkouts; and paintings by members of the 1970s Chicano artist collective Los Four.

The art fills the church. It floats above pews and hangs by the altar. At first, congregants and clergy were apprehensive about this total takeover, but once they saw it being installed, they were extremely moved by it, by “how beautiful and powerful it is to have all these voices inside the church,” GuneWardena said.

The impetus for the show came out of discussions involving building preservation. The church, founded in 1887, was declared an L.A. Historic-Cultural Monument in 2005.

“Part of the work was to research why the building was important,” said GuneWardena. “And we realized that what happened at the church was as important — or more important — than the structures themselves.”

Carolyn Castano
“Other Feminist Histories (Violeta Parra), ” 2015, Duratrans light box Carolyn Castano
Alex Donis
“Sergeant Talamante and Trigger” from the series “WAR,” 2001, oil and enamel on plexi glass. Alex Donis
Ken Gonzalez-Day
“Nightfall II,” 2006, from the series “Searching for California’s Hang Trees.” Ken Gonzalez-Day
Camilo Ontiveros
“Deportables,” 2008. Colchon (Mattress) & Rope. Camilo Ontiveros