News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 27, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos,
Welcome back to our email newsletter, y a la primavera!


Tickets are now ready (click here!) for our upcoming “Fiesta del Sol” will take place on May 5th, 2018 at the Frick Fine Arts Building in Oakland. Come get a taste of the best Latin American food, music and dance, view a short original documentary about our community, and choose from silent auction items that are unique extraordinary experiences with local chefs, sports teams, artists, dancers, and more.  Best of all, help support our work in service, advocacy, and empowerment for Pittsburgh’s Latino immigrants.


We are also looking for sponsors at all levels – see this link for descriptions – and gift baskets with a value of $100.  About sponsorships, please contact Marisa Tobias, mmtobias28@gmail.com; for gift baskets, please contact Vivian Mahli, vivianmahli@yahoo.com.

We could still use some more homework help volunteers.  We’ve started our after-school program that gives homework help, primarily in basic math and English, from 3:30 – 5.  No need to speak Spanish and you can make your schedule.  PA Clearances for working with children are necessary, but are free for nonprofits and easy to file online. We would also like you to fill out a short volunteer application.  If you have a question, please contact Jeimy at jeimy@casasanjose.org.


You can become an Associate Member of our hard-working partner, Pittsburgh LCLAA – the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.  We work closely with Pittsburgh LCLAA, which has established many major local events in support of Allegheny County’s Latino Community, raised more than $50,000 to support Casa San José, and recovered approximately $30,000 in unpaid wages for local immigrant construction workers.  They are asking anyone who supports their work to join the chapter. You can sign up online: fill in “LCLAA Chapter” as “Pittsburgh.”


Last week at their Voices of Freedom event, the ACLU Greater Pittsburgh Chapter awarded Sister Janice the Marjorie H. Matson Award for Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

Youth in our SOY program learned a lot in the last two weeks.  They went to the Braddock Library Print Shop to  learn how to screen print, making t-shirts with all the names of the countries in Latin America to stress the importance joining together. Then they had a lesson from Ben Case about the art of self defense, and the importance of defending ourselves while never injuring someone else.SOY

Last week, we had a full house during our Rapid Response Team legal observer training! Over 30 people coming to learn about many ways to support our immigrant community and be better informed allies. Thank you to those who joined us and thank you all for letting our community know that they are not alone!


More to read:

From PICC (PA Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition) – “last week, Congress and the President approved an omnibus budget bill. Unsurprisingly, there were no provisions pertaining to DACA or the DREAM Act. There are quite a few provisions on immigration-related funding though.”  Their one-page summary is here. They also just issued this “Sanctuary Toolkit” with everything you need to know about that issue.

“Spending deal marks end of immigration debate for year, kicks off new round of blame game”, David Nakamura and Seung Min Kim, Washington Post, March 22.

“How Aggressive Immigration Enforcement Hurts America’s Schools”, Tory Johnson, American Immigration Council, March 14.

“A timeline of DACA offers Trump has rejected”, Tal Kopan, CNN, March 23.

“Spooked by Trump proposals, immigrants abandon public nutrition programs”, Emily Baumgartner, New York Times, March 6.

“‘Where’s Mommy?’: A family fled death threats, only to face separation at the border”, Michael Miller and Jon Gerberg, Washington Post, March 18.

Thank you for joining us!

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