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News for Amigos de Casa San José, September 20, 2018

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


We are stepping up our efforts to get ALL of our friends and community members who can vote to cast their ballots on Nov. 6!  Please alert your friends, relatives and contacts, especially young people, who have low turnout, to the need to register before Oct. 9 and to make a plan to vote on Nov. 6.  Immigrants – and the rest of us – desperately need a change in our government’s priorities and the only way to get it is to change the people in power.  Here’s where to find who your candidates are, and here’s where to research their positions.  Here and here are more ways to get involved!

Please protest the cruel new regulation proposed by the Trump administration that would allow immigrant children to be imprisoned indefinitely (as opposed to 20 days which is the current limit imposed by the Flores Settlement.)  Submit your concern on the Federal Register’s request for public comments – go to https://www.regulations.gov and enter DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002. Right now there are under 2000 comments – we want to flood the comment board with our strong objections to this continuing persecution of immigrant families – deadline is Nov. 6. It only takes a few minutes.  More information is here in this New York Times editorial, “Don’t Let Migrant Kids Rot.”


Again this year, Casa San Jose is raising money to send immigrant families, youth, DACA folks, and allies down to the SOA Watch Border Encuentro in Arizona to protest the border wall and the militarization of Latin America. We will also be temporarily reuniting a special Pittsburgh family.  All donations go towards funding transportation, lodging, and food for our trip attendees. Last year we sent 32 people, raising $15,000 — this year we’re aiming for 40-50 people.  Please donate here & spread the word and help us make this trip possible again!

Also part of this fundraiser:  LAST Lunch Sale of the Year , 5120 Penn Ave., Friday Sept. 21, 11-2.  Focus on Peru!  Peruvian Rotisserie chicken, Spanish rice, Pico de Gallo, Sweet potato salad (w/ black beans & corn), Horchata, Yuca Fries, Flan. Please come enjoy a delicious lunch and support a good cause!

And also, throughout September, our friends at Mixtape, 4907 Penn Ave., are donating all their tips to Casa San Jose’s youth trip to the Arizona border. Get a drink, eat some tasty snacks, and support a good cause!

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Get your tickets now for ¡Que Viva Clemente! – the annual party is happening soon, 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 its 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. You can buy tickets here.


It’s Welcoming Week, a national celebration since 2009, where communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.  See here for more of what’s happening in our city.

Thank you! to Councilwoman Erica Strassburger for sponsoring a Will of Council in opposition to the Trump Administration’s inhumane anti-immigrant policies in honor of Welcoming Week in Pittsburgh.


We are delighted to welcome our two new interns:  Anna Clark and Al Garcia!  Anna is a graduate student in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, and Al comes to us from the Change a Heart Franciscan volunteer program.  They’ve already become part of our family – come in and say hello to them at our reception desk.

We went out to register voters at Latino Day at Kennywood, at the Latinx Student Association Festival at the University of Pittsburgh, and at the New Castle Public Library.  Many thanks to wonderful volunteers Erin, Matt, Carmen, Katherine, Dennis, Dianna, Eileen, and interns Anna and Al who helped us get more citizens involved in our democracy.

We will also be registering voters (and enjoying the party) at the 2018 Latino Picnic at the Schenley Park oval on Saturday, Sept. 29, noon – 7pm.  Come bring your family and friends to enjoy music, games, raffles and fabulous homemade Latino cuisine.  You can bring something to share, too.

An Immigration Justice Workshop Series will be hosted by the New Sanctuary Movement, one of our partners, from Sept. 23-25.  You can sign up for any or all of them. More information here. 

For our next community meeting, on Sept. 26, the Consumer Health Coalition is coming to explain how to navigate the health insurance system, including the Affordable Care Act, Medical Assistance, and CHIP.


“As Hurricane Florence looms, a woman feared deportation for her family if they went”, Don Wood and Craig Melvin, NBC News, Sept. 13.

“ICE lets sheriffs arrest immigrants, then pays to keep them locked up”  Rachel Frazin, Daily Beast, Sept. 6.

Good news!  States’ attack on DACA rejected by judge: U.S. District Court in Texas Denies Texas Request to Stop DACA Renewals: USCIS CONTINUES TO ACCEPT DACA RENEWAL APPLICATIONS.  The struggle will continue, however, until Congress legislates this.

Here’s What Happened to the 99 Immigrant Children Separated From Their Parents and Sent to Chicago:  Confidential records reveal details about struggles to find parents and traumatic experiences during the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance crackdown.” Jodi Cohen et al, ProPublica, Sept. 10.

There will probably soon be another need to make a public comment on a new regulation:  “Trump administration moves to penalize immigrants for using government benefits” [the few that they or their families are fully entitled to],  Joel Rose, All Things Considered on NPR, Aug. 30.  Stay tuned.

Thank you for joining us!

(This message is also posted on our website:  casasanjose.org.)


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