We Cannot Keep Silent: Exhibition

Exhibition hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 AM - 6 PM and by appointment
Open through March 2013

In December 2009, dozens of Asian immigrant students boycotted their high school and launched a civil rights campaign around a district's responsibility to provide a safe educational climate.

Much has been written and said about this struggle. This exhibit features voices and perspectives from those who were directly involved. It provided those involved in this historic campaign against bias violence a chance to tell their own story publicly, and it invites viewers to consider what bias violence means, and what it costs. The exhibition features photographs by Harvey Finkle and Kathy Shimizu.

We Cannot Keep Silent was curated by Asian Americans United in partnership with BPSOS-Delaware Valley, Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia, the Asian Student Association of Philadelphia, and the student boycotters of South Philadelphia High.

"This is a 'must see' exhibit that chronicles the heroic struggle of Asian American immigrant students who organized themselves and struggled together for their right to be protected from violence in a school system that refused to take responsibility for their care and safety. Every social justice advocate from every ethnic, racial and religious community should see this exhibit and be moved to redouble all efforts to remake the School District of Philadelphia until it is the best and safest educational system in America." - John Elliot Churchville

We Cannot Keep Silent was developed as a Folk Arts and Social Change Residency at the Philadelphia Folklore Project.