News for Amigos de Casa San José: August 31, 2018

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


Voting is super-important and the election is soon!!  One of the most important ways to be an ally to our community is to support the election of candidates that care about immigrants and immigration policy on all levels: local, state and federal.  Up to now those legislators have been in the minority, with little power, but that can change with your help.  And at the last midterm election in 2014, less than half of PA’s voters voted, so there is a great opportunity this time if more of us vote.

  1. Make sure you are registered to votecheck here (people can be “purged” from voting rolls, and the Supreme Court recently affirmed its legality.)  Do this NOW (before October 9), in time to re-register or change your address if needed.  To make changes or for new registrations, click here.
  2. Enthusiastically remind your friends and relatives (also social media contacts) -this is the most effective canvassing.  Ask them to check, or check for them. Keep reminding them all the way to the election, Nov. 6.
  3. Think about becoming a poll worker, especially if you speak Spanish and there are Spanish-speakers in your precinct.  Here’s how to do that.
  4. Find out the immigration and other policies of the candidates in your area.  Here’s where to find who your candidates are, and here’s where to research their positions.
  5. Help to register voters and to elect immigrant-friendly candidates.  Watch our Facebook page for Casa San José voter registration opportunities that need volunteers:  here’s one on September 27, “Taco Tuesday.


Join Casa at First Friday at 5120 Penn Ave NEXT FRIDAY September 7! 

T-shirts are Back!  All of you wonderful Amigos will love wearing them AND the proceeds will help expand our programming – you can get them here.Casa San Jose Amigos Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front

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.


THANK YOU! to the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Social Justice Fund for their grant to fund expanding our Jovenes con Propósito program and our new Community-Based Response Project, providing leadership training for Latino immigrants and also  launching a door-to-door campaign supporting neighbors subjected to racial profiling, hate crimes or ICE raids. More on that to come – we hope you’ll be part of it!

Monica was named a Rising Star! in the 2018 University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Annual Awards Program, to be held on Wed., Oct. 3, 3 pm, at the University Club.  Please come and join in congratulating her – RSVP here.

Jeimy named one of the 30 Under 30 at the Pittsburgh Business Times!

and also THANK YOU! to the Pittsburgh Steelers who donated tickets to our youth to the Steelers/Panthers game on Aug. 30!!


We also recently held a community meeting on “How to Buy a House” with Spanish-speaking realtors, and as usual our Saturday Immigration Law Clinics with immigration attorneys from 12 – 2.

Our Story, continued:

With all the sadness and stress of our immigrant stories these days, it is good to keep in mind what a vibrant and inspiring multi-cultural community can be.  Here is a fantastic celebration of our home neighborhood Beechview from the creative folks at Lively Pittsburgh and Age Friendly Greater Pittsburgh – watch for appearances of Sister Janice, Katie, and of course, new puppy Gus – also the music is fabulous.


“U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question”, Kevin Sifff, Washington Post, August 29.

New York Times’ “The Daily” podcast 2-part series on family separations at the border, Part 1 and Part 2.  In depth and answers many questions.

“The thousands of children who go to immigration court alone”, Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou, The Atlantic, Aug. 21.

“The US is back to being a nation of immigrants”, Stef Kight, Axios, Aug. 30.

Thank you for joining us!

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