Wednesday, September 20, 2017

News for Amigos de Casa San José: September 21, 2017

Dear Casa San José Amigos,
Welcome back to our weekly message!  Here’s what’s new:

HELP:
  • Volunteers needed on Saturday, Oct. 14 to help with an event sponsored by the Mexican Consulate to get passports and other vital documents to local residents who are Mexican citizens. Location is the gym behind Central Catholic High School which is at 4720 Fifth Ave. in Oakland, with parking on site.  We need: 
    • people to help set up starting at 8 am and/or take down around 4:30 pm
    • people to help sell food during the day
    • people to help watch and play with children while their parents get documents
    • interpreters who can assist the lawyers who don't speak Spanish 
    • If you can do this, please email Sister Valerie at srvalerie@casasanjose.org.  (Only the interpreters need to speak Spanish.)
ACTION:
NEWS:  
  • Last Friday, Casa San José joined the Steelworkers and LCLAA and other allies in a march from Market Square to Sen. Toomey's office to support the Dreamers, but also all immigrants. Monica spoke and reminded us that "today we stand here with workers for DACA, but in reality it's also about the parents of the DACA youth and all the 11 million people who desperately need compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform." We need to keep our eyes on the larger goal too.
  • There are still a few more tickets left (click here to get them and more info.) for the super celebration "¡Que Viva Clemente!" Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7-10 pm at Alphabet City on the North Side.  Proceeds go to support our work at Casa San José.  It's an annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the legacy of the great humanitarian and Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente, organized by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Enjoy wonderful Flamenco dance and music from Alba Flamenca and deliciously authentic Latin American cuisine along with fine craft beer and homemade sangria. 
  • Last Sunday, Sr. Janice spoke to the worshippers at Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist church in Mt. Lebanon, and this weekend she will be traveling to St. John's Lutheran Church in North Versailles. Faith based organizations are reaching out to us for informational talks and to ask what they can do to help and support our work.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

News for Amigos de Casa San José: September 14, 2017

Dear Casa San José Amigos,
Welcome back to our weekly message!  Here’s what’s new:

ACTION:
  • If you're looking for a concrete way to help DACA recipients, here's an urgent one: donate to a fund that helps pay their renewal fees to USCIS. The $495 fee is a huge barrier in itself. The Philadelphia Foundation is helping PA is Ready! raise funds to support DACA application fees for Pennsylvania Dreamers who must apply by Oct. 5 to extend their legal status. Link to donate is here. These are tax-deductible and must be received by Sept. 25, 2017. There is a very tight window for renewal now for those whose permits are set to expire between now and March 5.  Also, if you know any Dreamer who needs help with this cost, put them in touch with the Dreamers Initiative  or 215-832-0636 ASAP.
  • Stand up for DACA this Friday (tomorrow - Sept. 15) at the Action at Sen. Toomey's office downtown. From Monica: We are starting at the USW International Headquarters at 11:30 and will march over to Market Square. We are hoping to have 1 speaker (an actual Dreamer.) After the square we are marching up to Senator Toomey's office where we are hoping to have Fred Redmond speak. Should not take more than an hour.
  • It's great to contact legislators to protest their actions against immigrants, but it's also good to thank those who support them. Here's what Senator Casey just said about DACA:  "President Trump’s action today is an insult to America and our values. This action is profoundly unjust, immoral and without regard for basic fairness. Tearing apart the lives of these young people will make our nation less safe, and harm our economy." You can thank Senator Casey for speaking up, and while you're at it, ask him to co-sponsor the Dream Act here.
HELP:
  • Reserve your tickets now (click here to get them and more info.) for the super celebration "¡Que Viva Clemente!" Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7-10 pm at Alphabet City on the North Side.  Proceeds go to support our work at Casa San José.  It's an annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the legacy of the great humanitarian and Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente, organized by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).  Guests will enjoy wonderful Flamenco dance and music from Alba Flamenca and deliciously authentic Latin American cuisine along with fine craft beer and homemade sangria. 
OUR STORY, continued:  


  • In this video, three vibrant young DACA recipients - Luis, Norma, and Angeles - who were on the Casa San José trip to DC last week tell their stories.
NEWS:
  • On Sunday, Sister Janice was presented with the Ohtli Award at the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. It is an extraordinary recognition awarded by the Mexican Government to those who have "have dedicated much of their lives and efforts to the welfare of the Mexican community abroad, opening paths and opportunities." ¡Felicitaciones, Hermana Janice!
  • For our immigrant community, Casa San José is sponsoring free DACA and "Know Your Rights" clinics as well as a community meeting this month to voice thoughts and concerns and get answers.  More information is on our Facebook page.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

News for Amigos de Casa San José: September 8, 2017: DACA

Dear Casa San José Amigos,

This week was all about DACA:  our hearts are broken, but our spirit is strong, and we still have hope.  (See ACTION below.)

On Tuesday, a group of 43 demonstrators organized by Casa San José got up before dawn to get on a bus for DC.  They included many of our Latino community members, supporters, Casa staff and volunteers, and a group of 8 from Cleveland who started their trip at midnight. 

In DC, our group enthusiastically joined hundreds of other protestors, who came with CASA, Make The Road, United We Dream and other organizations. (Video here.) The march began at the White House and went on to the Dept. of Justice and ICE headquarters.  Our banner (pictured) was acclaimed as one of the best, the chanting was strong and spirits were high. 

But just after 11 a.m., as journalists began to approach the marchers with microphones, asking "What will you do now?" everyone came to the realization that in fact DACA had just been rescinded, and the new grim reality set in. The ride back to Pittsburgh was very sad, full of anxiety, fear, and tears.  What the future holds is unknown.

Monica and Jeimy will be meeting with Dreamers and parents in Pittsburgh next week about their ideas of what to do next.
ACTION:  
  • It's more important now than ever to appeal to Senators and Representatives in Congress to make DACA into law.  News is breaking hourly about bringing the Dream Act up for a vote.  Please keep calling your Members of Congress (contact info. here) to ask them to support it.  If you have time, go on to these actions suggested by United We Dream.
  • PICC offers some "Tips for Allies Supporting Immigrant Communities"  
    • DO
      • Respect people’s boundaries. People are still processing what this announcement means for them and their families and may not be ready to speak to press, your church, or even you, about their story
      • Donate to help people file their DACA renewals. The PA is Ready! fund will be giving scholarships to help all eligible Pennsylvanians apply for DACA by Oct. 5th. A DACA Scholarship donation link will be available within the next 24 hours. More info on PICC's website and Facebook.
      • Show up and take action. Call your Representatives, attend events organized by community-led groups, donate space for communities to gather, educate your family and friends about DACA and immigration issues (see PICC’s toolkits for help)
      • Sign up for PICC's email updates
    • DON'T
      • Blame immigrant parents. When you say DACA recipients are “innocent” or “blameless” you are implying their parents did something wrong by fighting for a better life for their family
      • Speak for or over immigrants. Always center the voices of immigrants and speak only of your own experiences and views
      • Perpetuate the Good/Bad immigrant narrative. Immigrants deserve respect and protection because they are fellow human beings, not because they are the “best and brightest” or “hard workers”
      ASSISTANCE:
      • 412 Resistance is hosting a 4.12K run/walk with all proceeds going to Casa San José on Sunday, Oct. 8.  Location: Southside Riverview Park. **Registration deadline to receive t-shirt and tote is Sept. 16. Participants 12 and under register for free and each child will receive a special thank you prize. More info. here. See you on the trail!
      • We need volunteers to do activities with children at the Fiesta de Herencia Hispana at St. Catherine’s Church in Beechview on Sunday, Sept.17, from 2-4 pm. Casa will provide the materials, games, etc.  If you can do this, please contact Sister Valerie at srvalerie@casasanjose.org.
      • Reserve your tickets now (click here to get them and more info.) for the super celebration "¡Que Viva Clemente!" Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7-10 pm at Alphabet City on the North Side.  Proceeds go to support our work at Casa San José.  It's an annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the legacy of the great humanitarian and Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente, organized by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).  Guests will enjoy wonderful Flamenco dance and music from Alba Flamenca and deliciously authentic Latin American cuisine along with fine craft beer and homemade sangria
      Casa San José on Wednesday released a statement on the DACA situation:
      • Casa San Jose is deeply distressed by the administration’s decision to rescind the DACA program that has benefitted more than 800,000 immigrants in our communities across the country.  For the past five years, these youths have been able to live, work, attend college and contribute as valuable cross-cultural citizens of this country.  They have blended into our society, been empowered to become self-sufficient, contributed to our economy, and greatly enhanced the cultural diversity that is a core component of  how our country was founded and grown. We stand by Article 15 of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights—“Everyone has the right to a nationality.  No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his/her nationality, nor denied the right to change their nationality.”
      SUGGESTED reading - local coverage of Dreamers and demonstrators:
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      Tuesday, August 29, 2017

      News for Amigos de Casa San José: August 29, 2017

      Dear Casa San José Amigos,
      Welcome back to our weekly message!  Here’s what’s new:


      ACTION:
      • On Monday, Labor Day, please join our partners at the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) which is organizing an action in support of labor on Labor Day.  Stand up for a Pittsburgh that provides a living wage and just, healthy communities! 
                           Fighting for the Pittsburgh We Want - McDonald's Action
                                      Monday, September 4th, beginning at 7 am
              228 Semple St., Pittsburgh 15213 (the parking lot behind the Marathon Gas Station)
              You can also march with them in the Labor Day Parade at 10 the same day - 
              more information on this here.

      • DACA ALERT - Please act ASAP!  (DACA is the temporary program, put in place by Pres. Obama, allowing undocumented youth brought here as children to stay in the US.)  September 5 deadline is approaching
        • "Trump is likely to end DACA":  Tell Your MoCs to Stand Up for Childhood Arrivals and Co-Sponsor S.1615 and H.R. 3591 (here's how to contact.) Thankfully, some good Senators and Representatives have introduced bills to turn DACA into law and make it permanent.  We also need to ask them to put pressure on the White House. If you click on anything in this email today, please go to this excellent action guide with more info.
        • Petitions are not as effective as direct contact, but they help.  It will take less than a minute to also sign this petition from United We Dream to Attorneys General and Members of Congress to "Keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program!"
      HELP:
      • Reserve your tickets now (click here to get them and more info.) for the super celebration "¡Que Viva Clemente!" Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7-10 pm at Alphabet City on the North Side.  Proceeds go to support our work at Casa San José.  It's an annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the legacy of the great humanitarian and Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente, organized by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).  Guests will enjoy wonderful Flamenco dance and music from Alba Flamenca and deliciously authentic Latin American cuisine along with fine craft beer and homemade sangria. 

      NEWS from our youth programs from Jeimy Sanchez-Ruiz, our Youth Outreach Coordinator:   Two weeks ago, I traveled with 2 Pittsburgh Latino youth to a regional leadership training from the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM,) where we made this video to stand with the young people in Charlottesville who stood up to white supremacists over the weekend.

      And last week we had our big Back to School Bash! 65 kids enjoyed themselves with various contests, games, and lots of treats. In addition to the party, we were able to distribute bookbags to everyone filled with school materials thanks to our generous Amigos! Kids got to personalize their bookbags and notebooks. Photos here and below tell the story.

      News for Amigos de Casa San José: September 21, 2017

      Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our weekly message!  Here’s what’s new: HELP: Volunteers needed on Saturday, Oct. 14  to ...