Keep Our Families Together (2008)

Melanie Cervantes
20.87″ x 18.11″ (53 x 46 Cm) poster,  Printed in Mexico, May 2008

“We need strong pro-immigrant and migrant art to confront the multitude of images of disempowerment given to us by our daily media.”

The Taller Tupac Amaru set out to meet this need by enlisting the help of artists, art enthusiasts and movement supporters this May 2008. Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Dylan Miner and Artemio Rodriguez, under the leadership of fellow artist Favianna Rodriguez, set out to produce of FIVE empowering posters for the international immigrant rights movement. This type of collaboration and support given by a vast network of people was crucial in order to place 10,000 posters into the hands of hundreds immigrant right activists around the globe, and the thousands of people they help organize.

A historic gathering took place in this past May 2008 in Mexico City, and brought together over 300 migrant leaders from the United States, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America to form a global association of remitters and their families. The event helped consolidate remitters’ economic and political power and gave them the space to define an agenda for the sustainable economic development of migrant communities. The conference was convened by TIGRA (Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action).

YES! Posters are crucial for today’s immigrant rights movement!

We printed EACH poster in a run of 2000 via offset and freely distributed them to the organizations attending the gathering. The posters will reach cities around the globe, so that we may introduce new and inspiring concepts about what it means to be an immigrant in the 21st century.

We forged partnerships with over 20 individual donors whose generosity made this project possible. This ambitious project was advanced by the collective power, action and love of many, many people all of whom are part of the immigrant rights movement.

There has never been a movement for social change without the arts – posters in particular – being central to that movement. Protest posters flaunt their politics and court discussion. They can deepen compassion and commitment, ignite outrage, elicit laughter, and provoke action. The power of the poster is that it is produced in multiples, and therefore can be easily distributed for all to see.

Posters are available for sale and distribution at a cost of $30 per set. Please email or call the contacts listed at the top of this page.

Posters at the Immigrant Rights conference.


1505 33rd Ave. Oakland, CA 94601

This poster project was made possible thanks to:

• Efren Paredes, Jr. (

• The Adelman/Llanos Family

• The Consejo Gráfico

• Joel López (Cuchilla del Tesoro, D.F., Mexico)

• Judilee Reed

• Diane Sanchez (Oakland, CA)


• Roberta Uno & the Ford Foundation’s Matching Gift Program

• Jee Kim

• Leeway Foundation (

• Jaime Cortez

• Carol Wells, Center for the Study of Political Graphics (

• Tito Delgado

• Quinn Delaney

• Margarita Rodriguez

• Sergio Rodriguez

• Carlos Valle

• Angelica Loa Perez

• Hugo from Los Angeles

• Anonymous donor

Logistical and Translation Support provided by:

• TIGRA – Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (

• National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (


• Viviana Rennella

• Arnoldo Garcia

• Cathy Lee

• Youseff & Mahmoud Sawan


• Jesus Barraza (

• Artemio Rodriguez (

• Melanie Cervantes (

• Dylan Miner (

• Favianna Rodriguez (

Completed poster by Jesus Barraza

Completed poster by Artemio Rodriguez