The Power of Visiting:
A Special Presentation by David Luis "Suave" Gonzalez
David Luis “Suave” Gonzalez was sentenced as a “juvenile lifer” at 17, and served 31 years, mostly in state prison, before being released in 2017. While there, Gonzalez committed to becoming a voice for the voiceless - he earned a BA from Villanova University and worked as president of LACEO, a Latino organization that has given away 152 scholarships funded by prisoners from their own wages.
Gonzalez, though not visited by PVS, speaks powerfully about the importance of human connections during his time inside. He has continued community-based work since his release, as Director of Nu-Stop Resource center, an organization that offers assistance to individuals transitioning from prison to life outside. He is the cohost of both the "Suave" and "Death by Incarceration" podcasts.
He is also a street artist, with “his art mirroring his advocacy work: critical of injustice, but exploding with compassion for those forced to carry its burden.”
Gonzalez was a 2018 Reimagining Reentry Fellow through Mural Arts Philadelphia and is represented by the Morton Contemporary Gallery there.
Attendees who make a suggested donation of $15 or more will be entered into a raffle to win an original piece of Suave Gonzalez’ artwork, painted expressly for PVS, courtesy of an anonymous donor.
Thursday, October 21st
7 pm EDT via Zoom
PVS Welcomes Event Sponsors
Support the work of PVS by sponsoring this event! Invite your employees, members, and customers as a
co-sponsor and demonstrate your commitment to supporting people incarcerated in federal prisons far away from friends and family. Contact us today about becoming a sponsor!
Endorser Level ($250): Your organization name will be included on all promotional emails and on the PVS website as an event sponsor;
Supporter Level ($500): In addition to the above, your organization will be listed on the invitation, as a sponsor during the event on slides, and receive 5 raffle tickets for Suave’s artwork;
Friend Level ($1,000): In addition to the above, your organization will be named as a title sponsor throughout and receive 10 raffle tickets.
Thank you to our sponsors!
The Episcopal Church in Arkansas
Friends and family of Liz Lesher
An anonymous donor
Dan Struble and Carl Pope
Catholic Community Services
David Luis "Suave" Gonzalez
In honor of Eileen Gilkenson
Jean and John Rosenberg