News for Amigos de Casa San José: Aug. 16, 2018

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


Don’t forget to come to our lunch sale for immigrant justice every Friday afternoon 11 am – 2 pm at 5120 Penn Ave.  Tomorrow, Friday the 17th:  Pozole, Empanadas & Chilaquiles! Also artwork by our youth.  All proceeds go to sending immigrant families, youth, DACA folks & allies down to Arizona to protest the border wall and to reunite a special Pittsburgh family in AZ.

Get out your running/walking shoes, because the 4.12K for Casa San José is back!  412 Resistance is hosting the 2nd Annual 4.12K run/walk with all proceeds going to Casa San Jose. The date is Sunday, Oct. 7 at 9 am.  Register and get more info. here.

¡Que Viva Clemente! is happening soon also!  Save the date:  Oct. 13, 7-10 pm, at Brookline Teen Outreach Center, 520 Brookline Blvd., in Brookline. Join our partner Pittsburgh LCLAA in celebrating Hispanic Heritage month in an annual salute to the great Roberto Clemente. Enjoy authentic Puerto Rican cuisine and live Flamenco music and dance. Net proceeds from this event will go to a legal defense fund for Latino immigrant families. Here is information about sponsorships, and here is where to buy tickets.


One of our partners, the New Sanctuary Movement Pittsburgh is having a planning event on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6:30 – 9:30 at the Sixth Presbyterian Church, corner of Forbes and Murray.  Please “come and be part of this collaborative process! Bring your conviction, your compassion, and your creativity as we come together to support our neighbors.”


Tuesday was Casa’s 5th Birthday!  To celebrate we are releasing the documentary made about us last year, called “CASA”. This movie was created by Nick Schapiro, a wonderful filmmaker from Pittsburgh who works in California and spent lots of time with our staff and community capturing the work we do. It’s a moving and beautiful film.  Here it is:  hope you enjoy it!

From Jeimy:  A huge Thank You 🙏 to Tickets for Kids Charities for providing our youth floor seats at the Taylor Swift concert last week. They had a night to remember!❤️  Maybe less exciting but definitely healthier was a visit they also made to a dental clinic at PNC Park with “Team Smile.”


And Heinz Endowments, one of Casa’s funders, featured us on their website last week.

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Liberty & Justice for All: Labor United to Free the Childrenon Wednesday we joined LCLAA and the Thomas Merton Center to rally in protest of the criminalization of immigrant children and families.

Our Story, continued:

Several weeks ago, the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia called Sister Janice to find help for José (we are not using real names) an immigrant from Sonora, Mexico, who has been living and working in Dunbar PA, about an hour south of Pittsburgh. Last October he suffered a severe brain hemorrhage which paralyzed the right side of his body.  The only funds he had disappeared long ago in medical bills.  He wants very much to go back home to his only family in Sonora, but because of his condition he can’t be transported via ordinary means.  His friend Joanne has been tirelessly caring for him and trying to find a solution, speaking frequently with Sr. Janice and others. Casa tried to arrange a suitable van, but that turned out to be considered unsafe. Medical air transport is the only way to get him home, but that alone is over $7000, and there are additional costs as well.

But now, with additional help from Sister Nancy in Dunbar and Opal at the New Sanctuary Movement of Pittsburgh, Jose’s return is at hand. The Mexican Consulate has found a way to subsidize the trip with $5000. New Sanctuary and Casa San José have set up an online fundraiser to start to cover the additional costs.  His social worker from Allegheny Health Network took care of needed medical releases and documentation. Arrangements are being made with a medical transport company to take him to the border in Nogales, AZ by the end of August.  Joanne will accompany him, and the Mexican authorities will transport him from there to his hometown of Etchojoa.  His mother is waiting for him.

Many thanks to all those who have already donated! We have not yet covered all the costs, so if you would like to contribute, here is the link.


How Trump radicalized ICE: a long-running inferiority complex, vast statutory power, a chilling new directive from the top—inside America’s unfolding immigration tragedy”, Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, September 2018.  ” Immigration enforcement has been handed over to a small group of militant, anti-immigration hawks, who cultivate fear to accomplish their goal of driving out undocumented immigrants.”

DACA still in limbo“U.S. Court Orders Trump Administration to Fully Reinstate DACA Program”  Reuters, New York Times, Aug. 4.  but also “Can DACA Survive Its Latest Legal Attack in Texas?”, Vivian Yee, New York Times, Aug. 9.

“Deported parents describe agonizing wait to be reunited with their children”, Joel Rose, NPR, Aug. 14.

Thank you for joining us!


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