News for Amigos de Casa San José: May 7, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos,
Welcome back to our email newsletter!


On Saturday, May 12, we need volunteers to hand out literature at the Casa table at the Refugee & Immigrant Health and Wellness Fair at the Kingsley Association, one from 11 – 12:30 and another from 12:30 – 2.  Please email Sister Valerie at srvalerie@casasanjose.org.

On Saturday, May 19 – Casa and Pittsburgh Community Services are co-sponsoring a Cross-Cultural Meal to bring residents of Beechview together.  Place: Beechview Senior & Community Center, 1555 Broadway Ave.  15216.  We are organizing child care and we need 2 helpers from 12:15 to 1 pm.  Please email Katie at katherine@casasanjose.org.


Based on an extraordinary program – Community Resistance Zones – offered by JUNTOS in Philadelphia, Casa is organizing the same for Pittsburgh.  This is a campaign that creates safe zones in our city where residents, block by block, are both trained on their rights and on how to support any neighbor subject to racial profiling, police or ICE raids, hate crimes and any other forms of criminalization We are looking for people to sign up for the training sessions on June 2 and 3.  For more information, please contact Monica at monica@casasanjose.org.  Philadelphia trained over 1300 people!


On Tuesday, May Day, hundreds marched down Penn Ave. in the Strip to the stirring music of local bands, “to honor and celebrate immigrants and workers who are often overlooked and undervalued…There is no small work—all workers are valuable.” The march was organized by 18 local labor, civil rights and immigrant-related organizations, including our own Jovenes con Propósito.May Day march

On May 3 Casa San Jose participated in the Jericho Walk at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building near the Hot Metal Bridge to oppose deportation and detention which is threatening the safety of immigrants and pulling families apart in our greater Pittsburgh community. For more information about the New Sanctuary Coalition of Pittsburgh, which organized the walk, please contact Rev. Linda Theophilus at revtheophilus@live.com

Congratulations to Jeimy!  She was awarded 2018 PICC Youth Leader Award from the Pennsylvania Immigrant & Citizenship Coalition.

And, as you may have guessed, we’re thrilled about Fiesta del Sol, our beautiful fundraiser event which took place on Saturday. We are so very grateful to all those who helped to make it successful.  Look for a fuller report in the next issue.

Our story, continued:

Our own grant-writer, Kate Berson, has just published a lyrical and moving story about immigrant life in the literary magazine The Commonplease read it here.

More to view:

TV is also telling the immigrant story: The April 30 episode of CBS’ “Superior Donuts” , called “The ICEMen Cometh,” dramatically and realistically covered how deportation tears a family apart.  Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” is a sitcom that still reveals the deep fear underlying immigration insecurity. “Jane the Virgin”, also on Netflix, has a main character continually in anxiety about her immigration status. And recently, ICE showed up to deport one of the doctors, a Dreamer, on “Grey’s Anatomy”.

And:  The Hidden Reality of Labor Trafficking in the U.S.” FRONTLINE PBS, April 24, explores how the negligence of the US Dept. of Health & Human Services, having custody of Guatemalan teens as unaccompanied minors,  delivered them directly to traffickers.  More on this story:  Sen. Rob Portman grills HHS on handling of unaccompanied immigrant children, Sabrina Eaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 26.

“Nearly 20 Million Children Live in Immigrant Families that Could Be Affected by Evolving Immigration Policies”, Samantha Artigo and Anthony Damico, Kaiser Family Foundation, April 18.

“Federal judge: Trump administration must accept new DACA applications”, Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, April 24.

“Between Trump and a devastated place: undocumented immigrants reel from hurricanes, fires, and the Trump administration”, Justine Calma, Grist, April 24.

Thank you for joining us!

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