Justicia para Mariee
I made this poster for the 2018 Christmas in Tornillo occupation, a 10 day creative resistance encampment dedicated to the 14,000 children being held in US detention centers across the country. At Tornillo, a federally-run internment camp in Texas, 3000 children between the ages of 13 and 17 are being held.
The occupation was organized around four dedicated spaces: the People’s Assembly, Teach-Ins, Liberaton Offrenda, and Art Space. I created this design for the Art Space, which gives participants resources to make banners, buttons and other creative resistance visuals. The occupation organizers also held screen printing sessions on site. My design was used as one of the official screen print visuals.
This artwork is a tribute to Mariee Juárez, a 2-year-old child and asylum-seeker from Guatemala who was murdered by ICE in May 2018. It is also a tribute to the other indigenous folx who have been killed by our government: Felipe Gomez Alonzo, Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, Jakelin Caal Maquin. These are innocent people who were fleeing from their home countries due to violence that is largely intertwined with the brutal, historical colonization of indigenous tribes in Latin America. They deserved better. Rest in power.