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News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: February, 2022

An Immigrant’s Journey to a New Start Fernando’s immigration journey started when he crossed the Texas border last year, along with five family members, after fleeing dangerous gangs in his home country of Colombia. After making their way to Pittsburgh, the family was referred to Casa San Jose for help with housing and other basic… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: February, 2022

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: January, 2022

Two years ago, Casa San Jose’s Case Manager in Ambridge, was helping a mother, originally from Guatemala, enroll her 4-year old daughter in an area preschool. The school district required medical and dental records. But the little girl was in desperate need of dental treatment. The case manager arranged for the mother and daughter to… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: January, 2022

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: October 2021

How to Take Action: VOTE on Nov. 2 at your polling place, or earlier by mail ballot (details here.)  All elections are important!  This one will determine Pittsburgh’s mayor and other vital city and county positions and Allegheny County judgeships. And crucially, the PA state Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court.  View your sample ballot here for Allegheny County (other counties’ ballots are… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: October 2021

News For Amigos De Casa San Jose: August 2021

Welcome to our August, 2021 email newsletter! Dear Amigos de Casa San José,  How to take action: Some good news: the effort in the PA legislature to provide driver’s licenses for all keeps moving forward, recently with a successful hearing at the Transportation Committee on Aug. 11. But it still needs more voices.  Please join Casa in continuing to call on our… Continue reading News For Amigos De Casa San Jose: August 2021

News for Amigos de Casa San José: July 2021

Welcome to our July, 2021 email newsletter! Dear Amigos de Casa San José,  How to take action: From Billy Reeves, Casa’s community organizer for civic and social engagement: Please volunteer for our Voter Registration Drives and/or Get out the Vote Drives! Voter Registration drives will be in person in various locations, using an app on a tablet… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: July 2021

News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 19, 2021

Dear Amigos de Casa San José, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: How to take action: Dismantling ICE in PA:  The families in Berks have finally been released, but ICE may still re-use the facility for more detentions.  We join the #ShutDownBerks Coalition in asking the Biden administration to cut ICE’s contract with… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 19, 2021

News for Amigos de Casa San José: February 12, 2021

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can take action: Casa San José is proud to partner with PICC (PA Immigration & Citizenship Coalition) in their Tuition Equity & Inclusion Campaign. Students without permanent immigration status are usually ineligible for university scholarships and financial aid, even when they have gone to… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: February 12, 2021

News for Amigos de Casa San José – Dec. 22, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can help: Here is a wonderful family project for the holidays!  We are delivering emergency supplies to our families that are quarantining with COVID, and especially need hygiene and cleaning products.  Each household gets a bag containing disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, disposable facemasks, laundry… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José – Dec. 22, 2020

News for Amigos de Casa San José – Nov. 27, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can help:  Tuesday, Dec. 1 is Give Big Pittsburgh donation day!  Your generosity makes our work possible, and provides essential sustenance, opportunity, justice and respect to struggling immigrant families throughout the Pittsburgh region.  Thank you for always coming through for us!Our goal this year… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José – Nov. 27, 2020

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 4 de septiembre de 2020

Estimados Amigos de Casa San José, ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico! Cómo tomar medidas: ¡Las elecciones están a la vuelta de la esquina! No sólo para presidente, sino para representantes de los Estados Unidos ante el Congreso, representantes y senadores del Estado, y fiscal general del estado.Sus políticas tendrán… Continue reading Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 4 de septiembre de 2020

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Sept. 4, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: The election is around the corner!Not only for President, but for US Representatives to Congress, State Representatives and Senators, and State Attorney General. Their policies will impact immigrant communities – and all of us – enormously.  Our state representatives in particular will… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: Sept. 4, 2020

News for Amigos de Casa San José: August 7, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Casa is supporting Driving PA Forward , a vitally important campaign to allow undocumented immigrants in PA to obtain driver’s licenses. Ample evidence shows that denying them authorization to drive is unrealistic, harms public safety and makes our communities less secure. It is next… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: August 7, 2020

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 7 de julio de 2020

Estimados Amigos de Casa San José, ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico! Cómo puede tomar medidas: Hay muchas maneras de comunicarse sobre la situación de los inmigrantes y otras comunidades específicas. Es importante usar palabras que expresen positividad y humanidad compartida y no impliquen culpa o victimidad, lo que podemos… Continue reading Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 7 de julio de 2020

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: July 7, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can take action: There aremany ways to communicate about the situation of immigrants and other targeted communities. It’s important to use words that express positivity and shared humanity and not imply blame or victimhood, which we can do without realizing it.  The Immigrant Defense Project gives… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: July 7, 2020

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 6 de junio de 2020

Estimados Amigos de Casa San José, ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico! Antes que nada, queremos agradecer a nuestros maravillosos Amigos por su excelente respuesta a DAR GRAN PITTSBURGH el mes pasado: ¡recaudamos más de $40,000!  Por favor, vea “Noticias sobre lo que estamos haciendo” a continuación para averiguar cómo… Continue reading Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 6 de junio de 2020

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 13 de abril de 2020

Estimados Amigos de Casa San José, ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico!Le deseamos toda la salud, la seguridad y la atención, y gracias una vez más por unirse a nosotros. Donar a nuestro Fondo de Bonos: Estamos tratando de sacar a tantas personas de la detención como sea posible. Desde… Continue reading Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 13 de abril de 2020

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 26 de marzo de 2020

Estimados Amigos de Casa San José, ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico!No podemos estar más agradecidos por las expresiones de preocupación y las ofertas de ayuda que nos han venido de las personas y las organizaciones.Deseamos profundamente que todos permanezcan fuertes en cuerpo, mente y corazón en esta crisis. Qué… Continue reading Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 26 de marzo de 2020

Noticias para amigos de Casa san José: 26 de febrero de 2020

Queridos amigos de casa San José, ¡Bienvenido de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico! Cómo puede tomar medidas: El 11 de marzo a las 7 p. m., la campaña Shut Down Berks organizará un seminario web para aquellos interesados en participar: puede obtener información. y registrarse aquí.Recientemente dieron un nuevo paso fuerte… Continue reading Noticias para amigos de Casa san José: 26 de febrero de 2020

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 15 de enero de 2020

¡Nos alegramos mucho de ver a Casa presentada en la función de #LetsMakeaSEEN de post-gazette el lunes! Mónica explicó nuestra misión elocuentemente – se puede leer aquí. Casa San José es parte de un impulso en todo el estado para conseguir que las poblaciones subcontadas se cuenten en el censo. Distribuiremos estos folletos a los… Continue reading Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 15 de enero de 2020

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

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

Attend the Lights for Liberty Vigil, July 12, 7:30 pm, Schenley Plaza

Please attend the Lights for Liberty Vigil being held in Pittsburgh this Friday, July 12, at 7:30 pm at Schenley Plaza in Oakland.  We join over 580 locations and outraged people from around the country and the world to shine a light on the horrific abuses of the Trump administration in human detention camps.  Please also notify… Continue reading Attend the Lights for Liberty Vigil, July 12, 7:30 pm, Schenley Plaza

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

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: There is a lot happening now, especially around detention camps and ICE roundups, so this is longer than usual: Call or write your legislators. Sen.Toomey (412.803.3501) email Sen. Casey (412.803.7370) email Your Congressperson (find them here) and tell them, as their… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: June 29, 2019

Action Alert for Amigos de Casa San Jose: Tell the Dept. of Homeland Security not to change the “public charge” rule! (Dec. 10 deadline.)

There is still a short time to protest the new Public Charge Rule, with the devastating changes proposed by the Department of Homeland Security.  This rule change will penalize immigrants for using the few benefits that are available to them or their (often American citizen) children, denying them any future eligibility for US citizenship.  Just the possibility of its… Continue reading Action Alert for Amigos de Casa San Jose: Tell the Dept. of Homeland Security not to change the “public charge” rule! (Dec. 10 deadline.)

Please give to Casa San José on #GiveBigPittsburgh today, Nov. 27

Give Big Pittsburgh, or #GivingTuesday, is happening today, Tuesday, Nov. 27th. It’s the online giving day hosted by the Pittsburgh Magazine in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Foundation.  You can give to Casa San José here.  This will enable us to continue our work, expand our reach, and honor our communities. The First 20 people who donate $30 or more… Continue reading Please give to Casa San José on #GiveBigPittsburgh today, Nov. 27

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Nov. 21, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: There is still a short time to protest the new Public Charge Rule, with the devastating changes proposed by the Department of Homeland Security.  This rule change will penalize immigrants for using the few benefits that are available to them or their (often American… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: Nov. 21, 2018

Election Action Alert for Our Amigos for Tuesday, Nov. 6

This coming Tuesday, Nov. 6, we will be electing our governor, lieutenant governor, and federal and state representatives, as well as several ballot questions.  This election is absolutely crucial to the future of immigrants in our country, as well as many, many other vital issues. In the name of all of us at Casa San José,… Continue reading Election Action Alert for Our Amigos for Tuesday, Nov. 6

We’re Hiring!

Community Organizer Casa San Jose, an outreach of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden The community organizer is responsible for developing opportunities for the Latino community of Pittsburgh to will garnering support and advocacy for Latino individuals and families in the community.   Essential Duties include (but not limited to): Advocate for the Pittsburgh… Continue reading We’re Hiring!

News for Amigos de Casa San José: October 22, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: *Help counteract the false and corrosive narrative that is being spread about “sanctuary” cities and policies:  as the election approaches, we are seeing more political ads, conservative TV shows and misleading rhetoric saying that “sanctuary” policies and localities are illegal, cause… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: October 22, 2018

Action alert for Amigos de Casa San José: Oct. 11, 2018: please protest the Public Charge Rule change

Dear Amigos – we have some time-sensitive information so we’re sending this out earlier than usual: Action: The new Public Charge Rule, with the devastating changes proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, has been posted, and is open for public comment starting yesterday, and available for only 60 days.  This rule change will penalize immigrants for using… Continue reading Action alert for Amigos de Casa San José: Oct. 11, 2018: please protest the Public Charge Rule change

Action alert for Amigos de Casa San José

Dear Amigos, We need a few people to represent Casa and greet people and/or do voter registration this Saturday the 15th at Latino Day at Kennywood from 10-12 or from 12-2.  It comes with a free ticket for the day!  If you are interested, please contact roye.werner@gmail.com ASAP. Indicate the shift you can do, and whether you’re interested in registering voters,… Continue reading Action alert for Amigos de Casa San José

“New Social Justice fund to combat racial, economic inequity”

“A new fund to boost support for social justice activists and advocates working in Pittsburgh has been launched at The Pittsburgh Foundation and has made eight grants totaling $158,000 to local organizations. The goal of the fund is to reduce barriers to funding, increase engagement and influence of community members and challenge systems that perpetuate… Continue reading “New Social Justice fund to combat racial, economic inequity”

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

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: 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… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: Aug. 16, 2018

News for Amigos de Casa San José: June 28, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: Pressley Ridge, which has been caring for children since 1832, is a foster care agency. Because there has recently been an increase in their Spanish-only speaking youth, they are in need of Spanish-speaking homes and families to care for them. If you might be willing to consider… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: June 28, 2018

“Protesters mass outside Pittsburgh ICE HQ to decry Trump immigration policy”

“The rally, which led to a temporary closure of the Hot Metal Bridge, was organized by local immigrants’ rights advocates at Casa San Jose, the Thomas Merton Center, Pittsburgh United, and the Pittsburgh Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, as well as the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network. Monica Ruiz, a community organizer with Casa San Jose,… Continue reading “Protesters mass outside Pittsburgh ICE HQ to decry Trump immigration policy”

“Immigration protest blocks Hot Metal Bridge intersection on Pittsburgh’s South Side” Interview with Monica on Channel 4 Action News today.

“It shouldn’t have taken little kids crying in cages for kids to wake up and realize that this is happening on a daily basis, so separation — whether it’s at the border or at someone’s house at 6 o’clock in the morning, while their father’s being taken from their arms — is not acceptable,” said… Continue reading “Immigration protest blocks Hot Metal Bridge intersection on Pittsburgh’s South Side” Interview with Monica on Channel 4 Action News today.

“Fate of 50 immigrant children in Pittsburgh area remains uncertain”

“Their parents obviously aren’t in Pennsylvania, so I don’t know how they’re going to get where their parents are,” said Monica Ruiz, a Latino community organizer with Casa San Jose in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. “Holy Family isn’t a bad place. But these kids are still not with their families,” Ruiz said. “The kids should be… Continue reading “Fate of 50 immigrant children in Pittsburgh area remains uncertain”

“Local advocates trying to help those caught up in zero tolerance immigration policy”

“Pittsburgh-area faith leaders and other advocates for immigrants are ramping up efforts on behalf of immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigration.” “’If I had my druthers, churches would be having prayer vigils all over the place,’ said Sister Janice Vanderneck, executive director of Casa San… Continue reading “Local advocates trying to help those caught up in zero tolerance immigration policy”

Undocumented: A Pittsburgh family lives in uncertainty

“This is the story of one Pittsburgh family.  The parents are undocumented immigrants. Two children are citizens. And one could have been a DACA recipient but is not.  He’s been talking over his options with a youth worker at the Pittsburgh-based Latino outreach center Casa San Jose…” The rest of this story, by Tracie Mauriello, published… Continue reading Undocumented: A Pittsburgh family lives in uncertainty

News for Amigos de Casa San José: April 10, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 28 to help with an event sponsored by the Mexican Consulate to get passports and other vital documents to local residents who are Mexican citizens. Location is the gym behind Central Catholic High School which is at 4720 Fifth Ave. in… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: April 10, 2018

News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 13, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter!  Again, lots to communicate: Help:  We are very excited about our upcoming fundraising event! “Fiesta del Sol” will take place on May 5th, 2018 at the Frick Fine Arts Building in Oakland. Its theme is getting to know Latin Americans and their contribution to our community. You’ll… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 13, 2018

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Feb. 24, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter.  We have a lot to communicate this week! Help:  Join Casa’s Rapid Response team by attending a Legal Observer Training, offered by the ACLU, on Sunday, March 18th, from 10am to noon at our office, 2116 Broadway Ave. in the Beechview neighborhood.  You’ll learn how… Continue reading News for Amigos de Casa San José: Feb. 24, 2018

Pittsburgh’s Latino community uninspired by president’s address

From a small storefront office in a city built by immigrants in a state that voted for Donald Trump, voices of dissent rang out in English and Spanish as the president delivered his first State of the Union speech Tuesday. The first boos began the moment Donald Trump’s face appeared on the wall, projected there… Continue reading Pittsburgh’s Latino community uninspired by president’s address

Pittsburgh Jewish activists join immigrant groups in calling for path to citizenship for Dreamers

On Jan. 30, about 50 people gathered to protest in front of Pittsburgh’s U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement office, on the South Side. The group was made up of members of Bend the Arc Pittsburgh, a progressive Jewish organization, as well as local Latino-advocacy groups Casa San José and the Labor Council for Latin American… Continue reading Pittsburgh Jewish activists join immigrant groups in calling for path to citizenship for Dreamers

Beechview’s Casa San Jose provides legal help after judge allows DACA program to temporarily stay

Casa San Jose held a three-hour workshop Saturday to help Dreamers take advantage of the grace period provided by U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup’s Jan. 9 ruling. Two immigration attorneys were available to help with renewal applications and a third attorney was on hand to advise the immigrants on related issues. Monica Ruiz, a community organizer… Continue reading Beechview’s Casa San Jose provides legal help after judge allows DACA program to temporarily stay

Official Statement from Casa San José on Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 El Salvadorans

Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for roughly 200,000 El Salvadorans with strong and deep ties to the United States. According to research at the Center for Migration Studies, 88 percent of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries work, large numbers are homeowners, they have 192,700 US citizen children, and… Continue reading Official Statement from Casa San José on Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 El Salvadorans

Dear Friends of CSJ

Dear Friends of Casa San Jose, With the 2017 holiday season now in full gear, we feel so grateful for our volunteers, Amigos, and supporters who generously gave us financial assistance and more than 500 hours of service this past year. Because of your tireless efforts, we are growing and starting to flourish. Today, Tuesday November… Continue reading Dear Friends of CSJ

Give Big Pittsburgh

Give Big Pittsburgh happens on Tuesday, Nov. 28 (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving) from midnight to 11:59 pm. It’s the online giving day hosted by the Pittsburgh Magazine in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Foundation. It’s a great way to donate to Casa San José! Please consider us for your year-end contributions, and especially, share the link… Continue reading Give Big Pittsburgh

Casa San Jose Focus on Education in Pittsburgh City Paper

An article published in last week’s Pittsburgh City Paper highlighted the alarming inadequacy of education for Black and Latino students in the Pennsylvania school system. Casa San Jose’s own Jeimy Sanchez-Ruiz explained some of the difficulties facing Latino immigrant students and their families, “Most of these kids have never had real schooling. The kids that I work with… Continue reading Casa San Jose Focus on Education in Pittsburgh City Paper


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