News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 26, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,

Welcome back to our email newsletter!  We cannot be more grateful for the expressions of concern and offers of help that have been coming to us from individuals and organizations.  We profoundly wish that everyone stay strong in body, mind, and heart in this crisis

What is Casa San Jose doing to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak:  

Casa San Jose is operating, for safety reasons, through other means than in person, until further notice.  Our programming has sadly been put on hold.  However,

  • We are working to provide immediate information and support in Spanish to our community members through every means possible – our website, telephone, email, text, FacebookInstagramTwitter, WhatsApp:
    • Answers to frequently asked questions, i.e. what should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms? 
    • How to find resources – free internet, foodbanks, healthcare, schoolwork at home, utility forgiveness, rent assistance, subsistence funding, psychological support, etc.
    • Bulletins from Allegheny County Health Department, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Mayor’s and Governor’s Office, World Health Organization, CDC, etc.
  • We are distributing food and other supplies from our Beechview office and through delivery, with the generous help of allies and donors.
  • Our Emergency Response line is still in service, helping those who are detained and their families with access to legal help, subsistence support, bond assistance, transportation, translation.
  • Our staff, answering calls, email, texts and working from home, is meeting online every few days to coordinate care and services. 
  • We are following up one-on-one with our clients to ensure their needs are met. 
  • LINK to our COVID-19 pages here:  For our community (in Spanish) and What we are doing (in English).

We are grateful to the Heinz Foundation for granting us funding to hire an Intensive Case Manager, Elia Maria Paris.  Welcome, Elia!

Prayer from Sister Janice:
Now more than ever we need to rely on
faith, family and community
We need to draw out from ourselves
peace, confidence, and trust
We will depend on the higher angels
who will lead us to share and not hoard, to encourage and not discourage, and be tranquil and not panic
For all of these graces and especially for each other, we are grateful.

how you can help:

  • Donate on our website.
  • Donate non-perishable food, cleaning/sanitizing products, gift cards to grocery stores or pharmacies, paper goods, and diapers at our office. (Call 412-343-3111 or email for hours of attendance.) 
  • Follow Casa San Jose’s social media – and share! – our up to date information about the outbreak, our work and the needs of our community.  FacebookTwitterInstagram.

How to take action:

Especially now, as COVID-19 spreads, we must continue insisting that Governor Wolf immediately Issue an Emergency Removal Order to shut down Berks County Detention Center. Please email him here. or call
Governor Tom Wolf 717-787-2500 Lt. Gov. Fetterman 717-787-3300 PA DHS Secretary Miller 717-787-2600
The families imprisoned there, with children as young as 2 years old, are dangerously vulnerable to the virus, and without proper medical care or sanitation.  Family detention is not only immoral, it’s illegal.

Casa also supports the Abolitionist Law Center’s drive to protect public health by releasing non-violent prisoners.

Don’t forget to apply for your mail-in ballot before April 21 – PA now offers them.  The primary is April 28 and even by November it may not be as easy to go to the polls.  Your vote is more important than ever.

News on what we were doing previously:

We started our new After School program at Casa San Jose. Responding to the need of a space for Latinx kids to find academic support and fun activities after school, Casa is providing this service for families in collaboration with Beechwood Elementary School.  We are currently serving 11 kids from Kindergarten to 5th grade. The program runs Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.  A big shout out to the volunteers that are helping us with the program. This couldn’t be possible without your support.

The Glass Blowing class at Pittsburgh Glass Center continued! The youth are very excited to be learning new skills that open up the horizon for career paths. So far they have learned the basic of glassblowing and they did their first cups!  

A part of our new program at Brashear HS, Casita, we took 16 youth to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Cathedral of Learning at University of Pittsburgh.  For many, this was the first time visiting these two landmarks. 

At the Pittsburgh for Public Transit rally, our Community Organizer Veronica spoke about the transportation needs of immigrant and refugee communities, who rely heavily on public transit, but don’t have easy access to ConnectCards.

our story, continued:

Anna’s client Clara (not her real name) has a niece, a child, who answered the phone one day, and could only understand the following:  that it was her Grandpa, Clara’s Dad, and that he was in jail. Clara had known he had been wandering in the desert for 3 days, without food or water.  Now she learned he was in ICE custody. But how could she track this down and find him?  The only clue was the telephone number, recorded on the phone.  Sister Janice, known in our office for her sleuthing skills, took this on and located the call as coming from a Customs and Border Enforcement station at a bridge on the border.  Anna called them to ask whether they could locate Clara’s Dad, but was only able to leave a phone message.  Miraculously, a connection was made, and Clara found her father, only to learn that he had been deported to Honduras. He had a strong case to due human rights violations and death threats he was receiving from the gangs. But when Clara finally spoke to him, she learned that while in detention he had not been given an interview and was told to sign some papers in English, which ultimately turned out to be his deportation orders. He is now back in Honduras, in hiding, waiting to decide his next move. Anna says, “I can only imagine his situation now that the virus has taken over everything.”

learn more:

All in one place:  Migratory Notes 155:  Raids and coronavirus, tracking travel bans, detention epidemics – a summary of latest news of how the coronavirus is impacting immigrant communities.  Migratory Notes is an email newsletter, excellent for keeping up to date on national immigration news and policies: subscribe to it here.

“Close immigration prisons now: The coronavirus’s quick transmission and deadly track record is likely to worsen inside these institutions”, César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández and Carlos Moctezuma García, New York Times, March 19.

Casa in the news!  “Pittsburgh Latino service group hoping to ensure everyone is counted for the 2020 Census.” Ryan Deto, Feb. 27, Pittsburgh City Paper.

 “Philadelphia Bar Association Statement on ICE Arrests within Courthouses.” They’re happening in Pittsburgh too and are a violation of due process, an internationally-recognized human right. “Justice Dept. establishes office to denaturalize immigrants”, Katie Benner, New York Times, Feb. 26.  Promotes the idea that new citizens have fewer rights than those born in the United States, and that immigrants should not assume that they cannot be deported even if they have become citizens.

News for amigos de Casa san José: Feb. 26, 2020

Dear amigos de casa San José,

Welcome back to our email newsletter!

How you can take action:

On March 11th at 7pm, the Shut Down Berks campaign will host a webinar for those interested in getting involved – you can get info. and register here.  They recently took a strong new step in advocating for the closure of the detention facility by taking legal action against Pennsylvania’s state administration.

how you can help:

We are in need of the following.  

Did you know that whenever you purchase through Amazon, they will donate 0.5% of the amount to Casa San Jose? You can sign up through, selecting Casa San Jose as your charity.  For more information call Sister Karen Stoila at 412-343-3111.

FIESTA DEL SOL is happening!  To volunteer or for more info, email

news on what we’re doing (so much!)

On Saturday many of our wonderful volunteers went out to talk to our Beechview neighbors about the importance of the 2020 Census, and to offer future support in filling it out. The Latinx community especially has been undercounted in the census, which limits its government funding and political representation, so we are trying to change this.  Mil gracias to everyone who helped!!

And in another effort to spread the word about the Census, our interns Giselle and Katherine talked to our Jovenes con Propósito program about the importance of the 2020 Census, so they can make sure their families and neighbors participate also.

We got free tickets for Ice Skating, the kids had so much fun. For some of them this was their very first time ice skating. Big thanks to “Tickets for Kids” for providing the tickets!!

In January we started Casita for Spanish-speaking students at Brashear High School, expanding our after-school program, Jóvenes con Próposito. Many kids are here without parents, going to school in the daytime and working at night, and in need of many services. Now they won’t have to leave school to find ESL, homework help, referrals for housing, medical and legal needs, emergency funding, Know Your Rights sessions, and help with documentation.  Big thanks to Brashear for facilitating this program!

On Jan. 25, a group of our youth, accompanied by José and Veronica, participated in the annual Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit, where they presented their ideas in the workshop “Deconstructing Racism across Borders – The Immigrant Youth Perspective.”

We held a third training for new members of our Rapid Response Team, volunteers who can respond quickly to urgent needs in the immigrant community: transportation, emotional support, interpretation, ICE or court accompaniments, housing, etc. If you would also like to join, email

Our latest community meeting featured a Know Your Rights session specifically for domestic workers, hotel workers, nannies and cleaners, presented by our partner Justice At Work.

Some of the youth from our Jovenes con Proposito program started a new class on glass blowing at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. A big thanks to Jaime Guerrero and the Glass Center for providing this great opportunity! This is the second group of Latinx youth from Casa San Jose participating in this class.

At the Pittsburgh for Public Transit rally on Feb. 4, Veronica spoke about high transportation costs for immigrant and refugee communities, who rely heavily on public transit, but don’t have easy access to ConnectCards.

We had 17 clients come to our latest free legal clinic.

On February 18th, Casa San Jose joined Doctors for Camp Closure and the University of Pittsburgh immigration legal clinic in a meeting with Representative Mike Doyle of PA’s 18th district. We spoke about the conditions that undocumented community members face when they are detained. 

Monica was selected to be one of the Mentors, “the most influential women in the community,” at the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Mentoring Monday event on Feb. 24. Also, on Feb. 9, Veronica and Laura gave talks on the topic: “How could migrant justice be achieved through a Green New Deal?” at the Green New Deal Discussion downtown.

Our story, continued:

In mid-January, our emergency response line got a call from one of our clients, saying that her husband Juan (not his real name) had called her from his car to say that he was being stopped by the police, on his way back from taking their child to school.  But after that the contact went dead.  What happened? Where was he?  Laura (Casa’s Emergency Response Organizer) went to work calling police departments, discovering hours later he was in the custody of ICE, who often are thought to be the police because they hide their identification.  Along with Juan’s immigration attorney, they negotiated with ICE agents to hand the keys to Juan’s vehicle over to his wife so that it would not be towed. 
It was more than a month later when his wife was finally able to see Juan, and that was only as a blurry image on a TV screen; he wasn’t able to see her.  After driving 5 hours to York, where the bond hearing was held, Laura and Juan’s wife sat behind a glass wall, along with 3 supporters from an immigrant justice organization in York.  They watched as the judge and Dept. of Homeland Security prosecutor questioned Juan, who was in a closet in front of a camera 100 miles away in Cambria, and his attorney, calling in from Pittsburgh. The hearing took 20 minutes, but it had a fortunate outcome: the lowest bond amount Laura had ever seen, $5000.  She was later told that the judge took into account the presence of those sitting anxiously behind that glass wall.  With $4000 provided for by Casa’s Fondo Solidario bond fund, it was not too difficult for the family to raise the rest.  Juan’s wife and Laura drove the 5 hours back to Pittsburgh, with tears but also relief, and then, with the bond paid, his wife was able to bring him home the next day.  Juan now awaits his next court hearing.

learn more:

“New program at Brashear High School is aiming to help Latino youth thrive”, Ollie Gratzinger, Pittsburgh CityPaper, Feb. 3 2020. Casa San José’s program is featured.

“The real impact of Trump’s “public charge” immigration rule,” Stef Kight, Axios, Feb. 23, 2020. This is the rule that many of you wrote in to comment in protest on a few months ago.  It was put into effect on Monday after a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court to allow it. “As many as 400,000 people every year could be denied green cards or visas because of the new rules.” 

“Border Patrol Will Deploy Elite Tactical Agents to Sanctuary Cities:  Agents from a special tactical team that normally confronts smugglers on the border are being sent to sanctuary cities across the country”  Caitlin Dickerson and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, New York Times, Feb. 14, 2020.

Deported to Danger:  United States Deportation Policies Expose Salvadorans to Death and Abuse”, Human Rights Watch Report, Feb. 5, 2020.

Trust and Consequences:  The government required him to see a therapist. He thought his words would be confidential. Now, the traumatized migrant may be deported”, Hannah Dreier, Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2020. The Trump administration is requiring that confidential notes taken during mandatory therapy sessions with immigrant children be passed onto ICE, which can then use those reports against minors in court.

“How the Trump administration uses the “hidden weapons”of immigration law,” Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, Feb.13, 2020.

Recent polling on immigration in battleground states, and suggested messaging to rebut attacks from the Immigration Hub, a national pro-immigration advocacy group.

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Jan. 15, 2020

Welcome back to our email newsletter!

We were so pleased to see Casa featured in the Post-Gazette’s #LetsMakeaSEEN feature on Monday! Monica explained our mission eloquently – you can read it here.

How to take action:

Casa San Jose is part of a state-wide push to get undercounted populations to be counted in the census. We will be distributing these flyers to our community members, and then following up to help fill out the forms when they arrive. If you speak Spanish and are available to help, please call the office or email Katherine at

In addition, the Census is looking to pay part-time workers up to $23 per hour. We would love to have Spanish speakers apply, so please share widely. Interested applicants can apply online at or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

How you can help:

URGENT:  Do you know of a house or apartment for our clients to rent who desperately need a more stable home?  This is a family of 3 adults and 3 children, preferably in East Liberty area but anywhere near a bus line is fine.  Rent approximately $900 plus utilities.  Contact Sr. Valerie at

We’ve begun our planning our annual fundraiser, Fiesta del Sol 2020! All skills and ideas are welcome – come join the team that creates this fun and community-building event that makes our mission possible. Please contact Sr. Karen at if you are interested.

News on what we’re doing:

At the start of the new year, we want to briefly look back at just some of our service achievements in 2019, and look forward to even more in 2020.

  • We addressed over 1000 requests for services, such as help finding housing, utilities, healthcare, schooling, legal advice, ESL, job searching, transportation, childcare, and much more.
  • We helped over 100 people affected by ICE detentions, including 7 people that we were able to help with our Bond Fund.
  • We expanded our summer camp to 2 sessions and provided summer educational opportunities for 40 children. We also hired 4 youth leaders to work there.
  • We trained 8 community leaders in leadership development and they will serve as an advisory committee for the board.
  • We knocked on over 3000 doors, held “know your rights” sessions and held 26 legal clinics throughout the year.
Casa joined the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and many other partners to celebrate the Fiesta de los Reyes Magos, with lots of food, kids’ activities, theater, music and community spirit.

We will soon be opening an office in Ambridge in a space and with support generously offered by the Good Samaritan Church, to serve the growing numbers of our community members in the Ambridge-Aliquippa-Cranberry area.

Casa San Jose is revving up our work to make sure every resident is counted in the 2020 Census. They started on Sunday when Sr. Janice spoke at the St. Catherine’s Church Spanish mass about the importance of participating and also alleviated fears of misuse of the data. We will soon have a new intern from the Coro Fellowship to help with this effort.

On Jan. 10, our director Monica Ruiz was sworn in as a new commissioner in Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, which advises the governor on policies and legislation that impact Latino communities. ¡Felicitaciones, Monica!

Many thanks to our generous supporters for enabling us to get a bigger van! Starting with $5000 in donations from our Christmas appeal, we purchased a used 12-passenger Ford Transit XLT, which has already been a blessing. Some of the uses are: taking parents and children to healthcare clinics, picking up food donations, delivering donated furniture and household goods, bringing advocates to government offices, taking our clients to obtain needed documents at consulates, transporting children to our programs, sports events, and museums. We can’t wait to use this for our summer day camp trips. It will be well utilized!

We had an amazing time at the 2nd Annual Charity Basketball Game this past Saturday. Funds from the event will help Hispanic youth access higher education. Thank you to the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Penn State Greater Allegheny for inviting the families!

Our story:

We have new health care options for our community members who often have no insurance and who must wait until a crisis requires a visit to the emergency room – followed by enormous bills that drain meager budgets.

iHealth Clinic, opened this summer in East Liberty by Dr. Timothy Wong, does away with insurance requirements and offers a wide range of basic health services for a flat fee of $35 on a walk-in basis.  He also finds reasonably priced sources for medicine.  He has already treated a number of our clients (we accompany them to translate.)  Last week a father came to us, very anxious about his 11-year-old child with numbness on his right side.  We brought them to Dr. Wong, who examined the child, had tests done, diagnosed his Lyme disease, and put him on the appropriate medications (with discounted pricing), all in 2 days.  The boy felt better within a week.  Dr. Wong who did his residency at UPMC Shadyside, believes that everyone deserves decent healthcare, and is dedicated to providing an alternative to a system that discriminates against the poor and uninsured.  Many in our community will benefit from his practice.

Also, our long-time friend Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco, who for years has run a pediatric clinic in Pittsburgh for Spanish speakers, will soon open a mobile clinic in Beechview every Tuesday, very close to our office. 

Learn more:

Thank you for joining us!

News for Amigos de Casa San José: December 10, 2019

Welcome back to our email newsletter!

We are SO grateful to our extremely generous Amigos for supporting us so strongly on #GiveBigPittsburgh! Casa San José got the prize for “Most Raised by Budget” in the mid-sized category, and was #15 overall. We raised $21,548 from 225 wonderful donors. (If you missed the chance, you can still donate here until Dec. 31.) ¡¡Mil gracias to all of you!!

How to take action:

The deadline is Dec. 30! Please stop by Casa San José’s Public Comment Party this Wednesday, Dec.11, from 7-8:30pm, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (John Knox Room, 616 North Highland Ave.) to oppose the Trump administration’s deeply unjust proposed USCIS fee hikes, which will:

  • transfer over 200 million dollars to ICE from USCIS (i.e. from adjudication to enforcement)
  • increase fees for citizenship ($640 to $1,170), lawful permanent residency, DACA, asylum, employment authorization, and other applications 
  • eliminate fee waivers for many types of immigration applications

Laura Perkins will give a brief overview of the policy change and there will be delicious food from Salim’s Halal Market and Grill. It should only take 10-20 minutes to comment. Please bring a laptop if you have one. 

You should not have to be wealthy to become an American or to keep your family together.  If you are unable to stop by, you can submit a public comment here  – and please share the link with your network. Thank you for your solidarity!

How you can help:

We need make sure that everyone is represented in the 2020 Census. In February and March, Casa will organize dooknocking, textbanking, and phonebanking to urge people to stand up and be counted! If you are able to help, please contact Katherine at, and please include the word “census” in the subject line of the email. 

News on what we’re doing:

Our Saturday youth program at the Boys & Girls Club has added some tutoring sessions to help the kids do their best in school.

This month, our Community Organizer Veronica is setting up Know Your Rights sessions geared for the specific occupations of restaurant workers and construction workers.

Casa joined a group of students, staff and faculty at CMU to protest the university’s involvement with Palantir Technologies, which recruits on campus. Palantir has large contracts with ICE; its technology was used in the August raid of a Mississippi factory where 680 immigrants were arrested. Laura spoke at this event which was part of a larger #NoTechForIce Student Day of Action.

We are so lucky to have 6 wonderful new interns this year! See their full profiles here. They are helping in so many vital ways:

  • Kelcey Bailey – from the University of Pittsburgh, working in community organizing, emergency response, and newcomer orientation.
  • Maura DeLuca – from Edinboro University, working at our front desk doing direct client service.
  • Fabiola Andrade – from the University of Pittsburgh, working with our ISAC Service Coordinators and Navigators.
  • Haleemah Shajira – from the University of Pittsburgh, working in community engagement.
  • Katherine Anderson – from the University of Pittsburgh, working in emergency response.
  • Kiersten Daugherty – from Duquesne University, working with our youth programs.

Learn more:

“Despite Warnings, Trump Moves to Expand Migrant Family Detention”, Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times, Dec. 9.

“A new report on family separations shows the depths of Trump’s negligence”, Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, Dec. 6.

“Activist acquitted of harboring immigrants”, AP, Nov. 20.

The US Immigration Policy Center at the Univ. of California at San Diego, partnering with the San Diego Rapid Response Network, has issued important research on asylum seekers, compiling data on over 17,000 asylum seekers and their families, including 7,900 children five years or younger. “Seeking Asylum”, Part 1 and Part 2.

Thank you for joining us!

Please comment on new proposed rule that drastically raises fees for immigration and citizenship

Deadline to comment: Dec 16th, 5 pm.

On Nov. 14 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS proposed a new fee schedule for immigration costs. It would drastically raise the fees for adjustment of status, asylum, DACA renewals and naturalization, and eliminate critical fee waivers for vulnerable and low-income immigrants. It also transfers $207 million from USCIS to ICE to use for enforcement.

This puts the American Dream out of reach for low-income and working-class immigrants. The only way to fight this is to submit a public comment. Over 4000 comments (see these for examples) have already been posted, overwhelmingly opposed. The holiday weekend is a perfect opportunity! You can do it:

Learn more here, and make your voice heard!

News for Amigos de Casa San José: November 20, 2019

Dear Amigos, Welcome back to our newsletter!

How you can help:

Giving Tuesday is coming! GiveBigPittsburgh will happen on Tuesday, December 3. We invite all of our Amigos to unite efforts with us to support our immigrant brothers and sisters through the work we do. All the giving will be online and we will send out a special link on that day to use to make a donation. Stay tuned and THANK YOU!!

We are also looking for the following items. If you can donate them, please just drop them off at our office, 2116 Broadway Ave., in Beechview.

  • Diapers!!! Any size and brand are welcome. This is a frequent need that our clients with little children have.
  • Floor lamps
  • A few suitcases for a client who is planning to go back to his home country by the end of November.

How to take action:

We stand with our partner PICC in continuing the effort to Shut Down Berks, a prison for immigrant children and parents located in Leesport, PA. Take action to end family detention there as suggested here.

From our partners at the Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition – see larger and more detailed versions of these suggestions here.

News on what we’re doing:

ON NOVEMBER 12TH, we took two buses down to DC to stand with Dreamers! Last week, as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case to end DACA, we joined other immigrant allies and DACA recipients from all across the US to say #HomeIsHere! for undocumented youth and their families.  The Court’s ruling should come between January and June of 2020. Best-case scenario is a decision that Trump’s ending of DACA was unlawful, preserving the program and allowing new applications. But it could also decide on an outcome where hundreds of thousands of people could lose their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. Click here to see the three potential outcomes of the case.  Alternatively we must look to Congress to pass the Dream Act.

Congratulations to Laura Perkins our Emergency Response Organizer!! She was named one of ten “Who’s Next: First Responders” by Pittsburgh news organization The Incline. Laura is honored because she “feels a personal obligation to put her international crisis experience to work by actively challenging the status quo and responding to the injustices her neighbors suffer.” 

Many thanks are due:

  • To all the old and new Amigos who signed up to join our Rapid Response Team!! We are having orientation sessions this week, and getting ready to spring into even more action to support and defend our community.
  • To the Christ Child Society and their annual Angels’ Closet coat distribution in Etna. We arranged for 40 of our kids to get free coats, hats, gloves, and books from this generous program.

Cuando el Río Suena is an extraordinary glass sculpture exhibit portraying the danger in the journey of migrants crossing the U.S. border, created by award-winning glass artist Jaime Guerrero. It is on view at the Pittsburgh Glass Center through Jan. 26 – don’t miss it! On Oct. 23, the artist (also a Casa volunteer) and Sister Janice spoke movingly about this experience and how to interpret it through art.

Our Youth programs have been very busy! Coordinated by staff members Jose Ochoa and Angela Mendez, they have celebrated Día de Muertos and Mexican Independence Day, visited a farm, partnered with a soccer organization, held tutoring sessions, collaborated with the Mestizo Arts and Activism Collective, and held 3 after-school sessions at Brashear High School. Ten of our youth are also learning glass-blowing from a months-long workshop taught by Jaime Guerrero.

Our Amigo Mark Talarico invited our families to spend a day at his farm. We played games, rode horses and visited with other animals. We loved that the kids and their parents were able to share a day together. 

On October 27, Casa was one of the locations for service projects sponsored by the Jewish Federation in their “Remember. Repair. Together.” commemoration. While a group of volunteers packed bags of rice and beans to give to new arrivals, Sister Janice introduced Ofelia and translated her story for everyone. Joining us (by surprise!) were Congressman Conor Lamb and his wife Hayley Haldeman. The Congressman told us his own family’s immigration story, and spoke to Ofelia in Spanish, welcoming her and wishing her success.

We are very happy and honored to be receiving the YWCA’s Racial Advocacy Award this year. This racial justice award celebrates women, men and groups who are committed to eliminating racism and bringing equality to Pittsburgh’ communities. You can get tickets to the Racial Justice Awards Luncheon on Nov. 22 here. Together as a community, we share our experiences, build power and defend our rights! 

Our East Liberty Office is now running 3 weekly ESL classes, with 16 participants (plus numerous children) and wonderful volunteer teachers.

Learn more:

Please watch these unforgettable faces of #DACAHope in this video by Nick Schapiro, with music by Bruce Springsteen.

“Supreme Court may side with Trump on Dreamers,” Nina Totenberg, NPR, Nov. 13. “It may let the Trump administration shut down the Obama-era program that granted temporary protection from deportation to roughly 700,000 young people, commonly known as DREAMers.”

“Trump admin readies rule to send asylum-seekers back to dangerous countries they passed through”, Julia Ainsley, NBC News, Nov. 18. “‘There will be people who will die as a result of these policies,’ a U.S. immigration official said on the condition of anonymity.”

“Validity of Temporary Protected Status documentation extended for 6 countries”, National Law Review, Nov. 6. This extension, through Jan. 1, 2021, is being done to comply with court orders. It applies to TPS beneficiaries from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.  TPS has allowed thousands of people who fled disasters in their countries to live in the US legally and obtain work permits. DHS attempted to dismantle the program in 2018, but is being held back by the courts.

“Detention of child migrants at the border surges to record levels”, Paulina Villegas, New York Times, Nov. 5. “American immigration authorities apprehended 76,020 minors, most of them from Central America, traveling without their parents in the fiscal year that ended in September — 52 percent more than during the last fiscal year, according to United States Customs and Border Protection.”

“Only now do we understand the true cruelty of Trump’s family separation”, Editorial Board, Washington Post, Oct. 29. “With Thursday’s disclosure, the number of children separated since July 2017 reached 5,460.”

“The amount of money being made ripping migrant families apart is staggering”, John Washington, The Nation, Oct. 28. “Immigration enforcement agencies’ budgets topped a whopping $23.7 billion in 2018—and a lot of that is being funneled back into the private sector.”“‘Secret and unaccountable’: Where some immigrant teens are being taken by ICE,” Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken, CNN, Oct. 24.

“The chilling effect of ICE courthouse arrests: How Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids deter immigrants from attending child welfare, domestic violence, adult criminal, and youth court hearings”, Angela Irvine et al., Ceres Policy Research, October 2019.

“Inside the US Marshals’ Secretive, Deadly Detention Empire”, Seth Freed Wessler, Mother Jones, November/December. “On any given day, the Marshals hold more people than Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and more than all the county jails of any state except California and Texas… Due in large part to President Donald Trump’s aggressive immigration policies, the Marshals population is approaching historic highs.  “

Thank you for joining us!

News for Amigos de Casa San José: October 22, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos,

Welcome back to our email newsletter!

How to take action:

With the fate of DACA now in the hands of the Supreme Court, hundreds of thousands of people could lose their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. It’s time to put an end to this fear and uncertainty and show the Supreme Court that DACA recipients and immigrant families aren’t going anywhere — because their #HomeIsHere.

  • ON NOVEMBER 12TH, join Casa San Jose for a free bus trip to join the national action and demand the Supreme Court defends DACA and protects all of our families!
  • We leave at 6:00 a.m., so arrive before then. We will be back in Pittsburgh at 8:00 p.m. We’re leaving from St. Catherine’s Church in Beechview – 1810 Belasco Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Reserve your spot here.

Join Casa’s Rapid Response Team! There are a number of needs in the immigrant community that happen with short notice, such as transportation, emotional support, interpretation, accompaniment to an ICE check-in or court hearing, providing overnight accommodations, etc. Members of the team agree to be contacted and, whenever they can, to help in one or more of these ways. More information and a link to the volunteer application are available here. If you have a question about this, email

How you can help:

Award-winning artist and sculptor (and Casa volunteer) Jaime Guerrero’s astonishing and moving exhibit “Cuando el Río Suena is now at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Avenue, interpreting the danger experienced by migrants crossing the US border.  Please visit the exhibit any day, and also join us THIS WEEK as Sister Janice will join the artist in a talk there on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:30pm. A portion of the proceeds of any piece that sells will be donated to Casa San Jose.

Glass sculptor Jaime Guerrero and future glass artists

We need donations of the following. If you have any of these to give, please bring them to our office at 2116 Broadway (except for the refrigerator – for that, email ¡Mil gracias!

  • Carseats – for an infant and for a toddler. 
  • Diapers for children that are arriving – can be any size but the smallest ones are especially needed.
  • Baby wipes
  • An energy-efficient regular-sized refrigerator
  • Floor lamps.

News on what we’re doing:

Our first Latino Community Day on Oct. 13 was a wonderful success! The sun shone on everyone enjoying great Latino music, food, children’s activities, and each other’s company.

Many, many thanks to the strong and generous volunteer team from Duquesne Light! They worked incredibly hard to build shelving and completely organize a thousand items in our chaotic, dusty basement on a beautiful day in October.

Sister Karen and the Duquesne Volunteer Team

Casa San Jose joined CCAC North Campus on their celebration of Hispanic Heritage Day on September 25th. We interacted with more than 30 students whom with we shared information about the work that Casa does and why people are fleeing Central America. We had a fun activity asking students to mention at least 20 Latin American countries.

¡Que Viva Clemente! – once more this yearly celebration created by the Pittsburgh Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) was both great fun and a terrific fundraiser for Casa’s Fondo Solidario bond fund for those detained by ICE.

Youth Organizer Jose is recruiting high school students for our after-school program at Brashear, Jovenes con Propósito.

Our Community Meeting in October was about how to ensure that all students, regardless of their immigration status, are welcome, safe and protected in their school environments. Kim Dinh from the PA Immigration and Citizenship Coalition introduced the parents to our their Welcoming Schools Toolkit.

Meeting attendees with our Community Organizer Veronica and PICC’s Kim Dinh

Our story, continued:

Last month, four of our Rapid Response volunteers accompanied Domingo (not his real name) to a municipal court hearing for a traffic violation. Domingo has been in the US for 12 years, has a wife and a 4-month-old baby and a secure job. This is the first time he has ever been in court. There has been an increasing number of ICE arrests in courthouses, so our volunteers try to lend some protection and emotional support to undocumented people who dutifully come to their required hearings.

As our group sat in the courtroom, two ICE agents appeared at the end of their row; they were accompanied by what appeared to be 4 Deputy Sheriffs. They quickly arrested Domingo, preventing him from complying with his hearing, and took him out through the back door, telling the volunteers that they could see him at the ICE office.

Volunteers Jo and Allan, after this experience, wrote this letter to the press:

“When ICE can drag away an undocumented immigrant from a courtroom who lawfully shows up for a hearing, something is VERY wrong.  We witnessed this first hand in Municipal Court with disbelief and despair.  If he had not shown up for his court appearance, he would have been cited for noncompliance.  This is part of the talking points that ‘nobody shows up for their hearing’ which has been proven over and over to be a lie. This undocumented immigrant has lived here for 12 years.  He has a wife and 3-month old baby at home.  He was complying with the law. Do we want to live in a society where ICE agents can snatch immigrants without due process and send them to detention centers?  Who’s next?  And for what perceived threat?  The Trump administration is already looking into deporting immigrants who have achieved citizenship through naturalization.  For all the cruelty the government has inflicted on innocent individuals and families with legitimate asylum claims, ICE is particularly egregious. Instead of deportation, let’s find ways to assist our immigrant neighbors and include them as part of the American family.”

Domingo was saved from immediate imprisonment or deportation by a very good attorney, who arranged for him to be released on $7000 bail. Half of that was covered by Casa’s bond fund, the Fondo Solidario, and the other half was covered by Domingo’s employer, who has that much confidence in and respect for him. His hearing has been rescheduled, and since he is now in a different legal category, ICE will hopefully stay away.

Learn more:

City of Asylum is celebrating the work of Latinx literary voices with a Latinx & Proud! reading series, to incite conversation, empower, & amplify the Latinx community in Pittsburgh, PA & beyond. The inaugural program will feature Denice Frohman, M. Soledad Caballero, Tanya Shirazi and Zeca Gonzalez. It will take place Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at 40 W. North Ave. on the North Side. Tickets are free – get them here.

“How ICE picks its targets in a surveillance age”, Mackenzie Funk, New York Times Magazine, Oct. 2. “After two officers came to a Pacific Northwest community, longtime residents began to disappear — a testament to the agency’s quiet embrace of big data.”

“Judges strike several blows to Trump immigration policies,” Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Oct. 11. “Judges in three states ruled against a policy that would withhold green cards to immigrants who receive public assistance such as Medicaid. Another judge ruled on border wall funding.”

On October 7, PA HB 1170, The Construction Industry Employment and Verification Act, became law in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf did not sign it, however, he also did not veto it. The bill expands the mandatory use of E-Verify to employers in the construction industry, and targets undocumented immigrants in particular. Immigrant rights group MakeTheRoadPA says this law “undermines workplace rights as undocumented workers are pushed further into the shadows and unscrupulous employers use the law to threaten workers from organizing for better working conditions.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi statement on DACA.

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News for Amigos de Casa San José: September 20, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos,

Welcome back to our email newsletter!

How to take action:

Register to vote right here! Or get someone else to! The best way towards justice in immigration policy (and all issues) is through the ballot box on all levels: local, state, and federal. This year, October 7 is the last day to register before the 11/05/2019 election.

Attend the 3rd Annual March for Peace, on Saturday, Oct. 5, 11 am, in Schenley Plaza in Oakland. Every year the U.S. government spends billions financing destructive wars at the expense of needed domestic social and job programs . Help us end Pittsburgh’s role in this global military industrial complex.

How you can help:

Support Casa’s Fondo Solidario and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at LCLAA’s famous Viva Clemente party (tickets and more info. here)! Enjoy authentic Puerto Rican cuisine and live Flamenco music and dance. 80% of all funds raised will go to Casa San José’s fund to assist families impacted by ICE arrests and detentions.

For our upcoming Latino Community Day celebration on October 13, we want to have a “free” raffle for our community members to win a fun gift basket.  Please consider donating one or more of those baskets, by purchasing them on this Amazon list, and you will make some families very happy!  (Purchasing them will send them directly to our office. The shipping may take about a week, so please act fast.)  ¡GRACIAS!

If you’re participating in a United Way campaign, you can direct your contribution to Casa San José! Use Agency Code 11481512.

News on what we’re doing:

Puentes Hacía el Futuro is back! Led by our youth coordinators, José and Angela and our great volunteers, our Saturday program for kids has returned after the summer with music lessons and soccer practice in the great Boys & Girls Club of Carnegie space.

On Sept. 10, free English classes have returned at our East Liberty Office in the East Liberty Presbyterian Church. 20 people signed up the first day! If you know anyone who would be interested, call our office there at (412)339-6666.

Laura is getting daily calls for help on the Emergency Response line concerning situations around ICE detentions. We always need more people for our Rapid Response Team, which provides accompaniments for those who need to present themselves at ICE headquarters or court appearances. Those are often on short notice. If you’d like to be a volunteer who does this, please fill out the volunteer form on our website, and Sister Valerie will contact you.

Speaking out:

  • Monica was interviewed on Comcast Newsmakers about Casa San José and efforts to make the Latino voices heard in Southwestern PA.
  • Independent local news publisher, Pittsburgh Current, did an in-depth podcast interview with Laura, our Emergency Response Organizer, about the impact immigration raids have on families and communities, immigrant rights, and how to be a successful ally. Listen to it here.
  • On Sept. 11 at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Sister Janice did a presentation with Rabbi Ron Symons for Allies in Faith: Encouraging Hospitality to Immigrants. They addressed local religious leaders on theological (faith based) foundations of hospitality and “welcoming the stranger.”

Casa joined the Latinx Student Association as they kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month at the University of Pittsburgh – which has many events coming up, including “Family Separations – Long- and Short-term Effects on Children,” at the Pitt School of Public Health on Oct. 11.

Our story, continued:

After so many tragedies, this is an uplifting story.

Five years ago, our volunteer and inspirational author Anne Kertz Kernion heard, through a contact from Sr. Janice, that two young immigrant boys had just arrived in her North Allegheny school district.  They needed some help getting their immunization shots, and she said she could certainly do that. Unexpectedly, this began a whole new chapter in her family’s life, and literally in one of her books.  Here’s how she put it in A Year of Spiritual Companionship: “Speaking of seeing things, I have two friends, Juan and Michael (not their real names), who are bringing new perspectives to our lives.  They are sixteen-year-old immigrants who made the harrowing trip by themselves from Guatemala, braving rain, hunger, and danger I can’t comprehend – all for the chance of a better life.  We don’t know if they will be allowed to stay, but they are joyful, kind, and thankful for the simplest things.”

Anne said that when she first met Juan at his very modest home, shared with Michael and a few older men also from northern Guatemala, the young man welcomed her as if he were inviting her to a castle, with heartwarming hospitality.  She and her husband soon found themselves proactively looking after the boys’ needs – taking them to the dentist and the oral surgeon, finding clothes and backpacks for school, navigating the banking and transportation systems.  They found that wherever they went together, others also wanted to help – they were immersing themselves in a community of caring.  North Allegheny High School staff and teachers offered enormous support and were deeply sad when the boys had to leave school after just a year to go to work, Juan to a restaurant kitchen.

While Michael found assistance with the Sisters of Charity, Juan remained under Anne’s family’s wing, and they connected him with the legal representation he needed.  But most enjoyable were the outings to discover even common things, and see them anew with his eyes: escalators, bowling balls, the mall, Halloween, the ocean! 

Today, with the help of his lawyer’s skill and diligence, Juan has a T-Visa and a social security card, and the ability to apply for a green card in 2 ½ years.  He can get a driver’s license, can take airplanes, is eligible for financial aid.  While working full-time as the sushi chef in an award-winning restaurant, he’s working on his GED so he can apply to Pitt.  He is a part of Anne’s family now, and though he shows his gratitude often, Anne says that the blessing is much more on their side.  She says, “What we have received is way more than we have given. You can’t pick up every starfish, but you can pick up one.”

Learn more:

Administration appears to reverse decision to deport critically ill children after pressure from Oversight Committee”, U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Press Release, Sept. 19.

On Sept. 11, the Supreme Court issued an “order that effectively locked nearly all Central American migrants out of the asylum process. The Court’s order is temporary, and it only allows the asylum ban to remain in effect while the case is working its way through the courts. It stays a lower court decision that blocked the ban. Though this litigation will continue to percolate in lower courts, other judges are likely to read the Supreme Court’s order as a sign that a majority of the justices will ultimately uphold the ban.” (from “Justice Sotomayor warns the Supreme Court is doing ‘extraordinary” favors for Trump'”, Ian Millhiser, Vox, Sept. 12.)

Don’t forget about DACA! “Without action, more DACA recipients than ever before could see their DACA protection expire in October,” Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, Center for American Progress, August 15.

“For one Latino family, a routine traffic stop by a PA trooper turned into a 2-hour interrogation over their immigration status”, Jeff Gammage, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 27. Maria Marquez’ partner and son were taken to York County Prison and placed into deportation proceedings because “they did not have papers.”

Thank you for joining us!

News for Amigos de Casa San José: August 29, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos,

Welcome back to our email newsletter!

How to take action:

Join our partner Just Harvest to protest a new Trump proposal which would deny food stamps to millions of Americans of food stamps – 16,000 people in Allegheny County – and block many low-income children from getting free school meals.  Come to “Power of the Pen: Protect Access to SNAP” on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6 pm, 1 Smithfield St. downtown – and write strong words to those in power.  You can register here.

How you can help:

Does anyone have an office-type wireless laser printer they no longer need?  Our East Liberty office needs one badly.  If you can donate one, please contact Andrea at

News on what we’re doing:

¡¡Mil gracias/Thank you!! to all our Amigos who donated school supplies to our Back to School Bash, and were given out to our kids last Saturday. Here is our Youth Coordinator José with the packages that were arriving daily:


Hundreds attended the gun control rally to “disarm and dismantle hate” on August 8 in Squirrel Hill following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Casa San Jose was one of the sponsors and Monica spoke to the crowd.
Laura gave an extensive interview to Charlie Deitch’s Pittsburgh Current podcast , where she explains in clear detail what Pittsburgh Latino immigrants are experiencing, how ICE is operating locally, and what Casa is doing to help.  Please listen!
Sister Janice joined fellow Sisters Patti Rossi and Jeanette Bussen as they traveled to our Southern border in McAllen, Texas, to meet and serve the immigrants coming to the Humanitarian Respite Center, run by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.  The migrants arrived in a state of exhaustion and fear after a harrowing journey. The Sisters helped them with paperwork, transportation, meals, clothing, childcare, language issues, and distributed, among many other items, 260 pairs of shoes. The Beaver County Times covered the story.
Sr Janice at respite center
Save the dates –
Friday, Oct. 4 from 6-9 pm for the opening reception of award-winning Sculptor Jaime Guerrero’s exhibition at Pittsburgh Glass Center.  This extraordinary exhibit of blown glass children and angels, dramatizing the plight of refugee children, will extend through Jan. 26.  On Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 pm, both the artist and Sr. Janice will offer a talk about Casa’s involvement with the community, and how Jaime’s work with us as a volunteer has influenced this exhibition.  It is entitled “Cuando el Río Suena” (“When the River Sounds”).  The Pittsburgh Glass Center is located at 5472 Penn Ave.

Opportunities with our allies:

Our story, continued:

Laura, our Emergency Response Organizer, recently told us the story of Isabel (not her real name), a legal permanent resident in Pittsburgh. She called our emergency number to seek help for her sister who fled Honduras with her two daughters.  They had presented themselves at the Laredo border asking for asylum.  They were given a court date in 120 days and told to go back to Mexico. This is a policy by the Trump administration known as “Plan Mexico.”

That same day they were sent back to Mexico, they were kidnapped by narco-traffickers – who called Isabel to tell her to pay $7500 apiece to release them.  (They also told her that if she paid more, they would bring them to San Antonio.)  Isabel was worried sick, and started to look for money from relatives, friends, anyone, to pay them.  After she called Casa for help, Laura got in touch with the FBI, who were helpful, suggesting questions to ask and what to do.  Has she heard the voice of her sister, for instance, and when was the most recent time she heard all three? They emphasized that kidnappers don’t think twice about killing people.

Soon, Isabel was told to provide $2000 by the end of the day or they would be killed.  But miraculously, at the end of that day, the cartel suddenly let them go, and put them on a bus to Monterrey, in Mexico.  Now, Laura needed to find out how to help them in that city.  Casa contacted our friends and volunteers with connections in Monterrey. Through their help, Isabel’s sister and her children got to a shelter, the Albergue y Comedor Público para Mujeres Migrantes, and we got pictures of their arrival.  The challenge is now to get them back in time for their court hearing, and to find psychological help for the sister here, who has been traumatized.  That was one of 4 calls Laura got that day.

Learn more:


And read:

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News for Amigos de Casa San José: July 29, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos,

Welcome back to our email newsletter, which will be taking an August break.  See you in September!

How to take action:

Latest attack on immigrants, in effect right now: Trump has ordered a vast expansion by DHS of ‘expedited removal,‘ permitting agents to rapidly deport a much larger category of undocumented immigrants, bypassing immigration judges.  ICE officers can now replace both judge and jury which is a clear violation of due process. An estimated 300,000 people are at risk of immediate arrest and deportation, not to mention predicted mistaken deportations of nonwhite citizens.  Stay tuned for suggested actions; for now, speak out whenever you can.

Please keep urging Governor Wolf to shut down the Berks Family Residential Center, the only family immigrant detention center in the state.  It has a history of abuse and poor conditions; Gov. Wolf has tried to revoke its license, only to be countermanded by a judge.  He still has the power to close it through an Emergency Removal Order (ERO.)  Ask him to use it. Write a postcard to: Gov. Tom Wolf, 508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120 or call his office at 717-787-2500. Also write Lt. Gov. John Fetterman at 200 Main Capitol Bldg, Harrisburg, 17120, or call him at 717-787-3300.  More information and resources here.

How you can help:

One of the best ways to combat family separation is to contribute to an immigrant bond fund, of which there are many around the country.  Here in Pittsburgh, you can go to to support our Fondo Solidario (which appears in the “reason for donation” box.) It helps get people out of prison on bond, so they can fight their case at home with the loving support of their families and much easier access to legal help.

News on what we’re doing:

LFL crowd photo

On July 12, Casa, with many organization partners, led the Lights for Liberty Vigil in Schenley Plaza, joining people in more than 800 other cities around the world.  Over 600 people heard moving stories and prayers, and lit candles and sang together backed by the May Day Marching Band.  Hundreds of postcards were written to Governor Wolf to immediately shut down Berks Detention Center, and we called for a stop to the persecution and terrorization of migrants at the border and here at home.


Campamento Sonrisa wrapped up its first session, and is about to begin its second, based in Beechview from July 22 through August 15, with its 20 kids, with counselors and helpers, having fun all over town.

In the news:

  • Monica, Laura, and Veronica were featured on 90.5 WESA’s The Confluence on Friday, talking about ICE raids, ICE presence in Pittsburgh, and ways you can be a better ally.  Listen to it here.
  • In response to threatened ICE raids, Casa’s Emergency Response Organizer Laura Perkins was interviewed on KDKA TV News, to discuss how ICE arrests here in Pittsburgh are extraordinarily high for the number of undocumented immigrants in the region.  Unlike the police, whose goal is safety, ICE designs its raids to instill fear, characteristic of terrorism.  Also, Sister Janice spoke on KDKA Radio Morning News on Monday to explain how immigrants are feeling as ICE raids begin to take place.  You can see Laura here, and listen to Sr. Janice here.
  • Monica was interviewed by the City Paper about how Pennsylvania has the most aggressive immigration officers in the country, and also spoke at the Battle of Homestead Foundation – watch it here.

Laura at ELPC

On Monday, July 2nd, Casa San José, with Just Harvest’s Power of the Pen series, inspired an overflow crowd who came to the East Liberty Presbyterian Church to write legislators, protesting HUD’s proposed rule to evict mixed-status families from public housing. For more information, visit:

Casa youth speaking at Harrisburg Driving PA Forward

In Harrisburg, first Casa youth (pictured) joined other Pennsylvanians fighting for driver’s licenses for their undocumented immigrant parents, with the organization Driving PA Forward.  More information on that here.  Then Veronica represented Casa as we joined PICC, the ACLU of PA, and community members and advocates in Harrisburg to support the ACLU’s lawsuit against the state police stopping and illegally detaining immigrants and refugees. More information on the lawsuit is here.

Fiesta del sol image1

And of course, our Fiesta del Sol fundraiser on June 28 was a wonderful event and we send out profound thanks to all of our supporters for their generosity and encouragement.

We thank Global Wordsmiths, which starting July 1 is offering free certified legal translations for asylum seekers.

Our story, continued:

Emma, Vero, Kim, Zohra, and Sienna

Emma (pictured at left, next to Casa’s Community Organizer Veronica Lozada, and other allies) is a 10-year-old Pittsburgh immigrant-rights activist.  At the Lights for Liberty Vigil on July 12, she addressed the crowd of over 500.  The poems she read were written by another young Pittsburgher, Samantha Esquivel-Hernandez, whose father Martín was deported by ICE in 2017.

To My Beloved Father (excerpted)

No matter how hard we tried we still know you won’t come back

I remember those people who put you in jail they called you a criminal and a thief

But something that they didn’t see was that they were the criminals because they stole you away from me

Because of them I still miss all your smiles and all your company

You would always stop what you were doing just to make me happy

Not having you here makes my heart all empty

Other people might come and be here with me

But it wont be the same as it used to be when it was just you and me

Perhaps you might never come back or maybe you will, but I don’t know that. Perhaps this is our will. If so, I’ll be here standing still.

To my beloved father I still love you no matter what, and maybe that day when we see each other will never come. But the only thing that can mend this suffering pain is when we may meet again.

Learn more:

“Warning Of Danger To Children, Psychologists Urge Wolf To Close Detention Center”, Katie Meyer, WESA, July 18.

“Thousands of unaccompanied migrant children could be detained indefinitely.” Graham Kates, Manuel Bojorquez, and Angel Canales, CBS News, July 23.

“Pittsburgh has the most ICE arrests in the country,” Ryan Deto, Pittsburgh CityPaper, July 2.

“Pro-immigrant groups advocate for drivers’ licenses and in-state tuition for non-citizens”, Ryan Deto, Pittsburgh CityPaper, June 19.

“How PA Localities Help ICE:  A report released last Tuesday details how some county jails and police departments in PA help ICE deport immigrants”, Nigel Thompson, Al Día, July 3. (Veronica is quoted here.)

“Trump Is Dumping Asylum Seekers on American Streets—but Solidarity Activists Are Fighting Back”, Sasha Abramsky, The Nation, July 1.

Thank you for joining us!