Voces de Casa Maria

How Liberation Theology and the Empowerment of Poor Communities Threatens the U.S. by Citlali Ramirez

4 min read     Pope John Paul II chastising Father Ernesto Cardenal for practicing Liberation Theology on his visit to Nicaragua, March 1983.      The Catholic Church has a long and complex history, especially in a Global context. In the mid 20th century, Catholic groups in Latin America began preaching for and practicing what is considered Liberation Theology. Liberation Theology sought to shift the alliance of the Catholic Church away from the military, elite and, corrupted and turn its advocacy and efforts towards the poor. Brazil is one of the several countries in which this new ideology began to gain traction

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Sacrificing the Many for the Privilege of a Few

6 min read by Gene Martinez Historically, crises have consistently exposed deeper realities of power and inequity that have always been present but are either disregarded or otherwise hidden during ordinary times. The COVID -19 pandemic has done just that. It is not just a health crisis; it is a crisis rooted in our very system of capitalism. A capitalistic system, especially the one practiced in the United States, promotes the concentration of money, resources and power in the hands of a few by exploiting the work of the large working class. In the United States, the powerful few are the leaders of

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7 min read by Cesar Aguirre A few months ago, before the pandemic hit, I got together with the family to watch the super bowl. My brother-in-law was sitting next to me when he received a text. Out loud he read the message, “‘Do you support Bernie?’ Oh hell no!” I leaned over curiously, hoping to spark meaningful discourse (sports just don’t do it for me anymore, I need substance). Instead of discussion I got shut down with the most politically charged statement that one can make, “I’m not political, I don’t do politics bro.” Anyone that knows me knows I wear my

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Medical care for all

2 min read       Last week I received a notification that El Rio Community Health Center would be doing free COVID-19 tests. I decided to set appointments for my mom and me. As I was making our appointments my mom stopped me to say she wasn’t going. Irritated I asked her why, she said, even if she were sick she couldn’t afford treatment anyway. I couldn’t believe that most of us are having to face this dilemma. The tests might be free but medical treatment can cost uninsured patients tens of thousands of dollars. According to the Census Bureau, the average

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Gentrification Crisis

< 1 min read Our community needs to take on this attitude, no? That housing is a most basic human need just like health care. My prayer is that the damned pandemic might slap into peoples consciousness the need for “a massive investment in public housing and anti-gentrification community land trust”, starting right here in South Tucson! Check out these articles! -Brian Flagg                  

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¡Vamos Hachando le Ganas con Positividad!

3 min read Mi opinión del Covid-19 es que las personas de bajo recursos estamos batallando más por no tener el trabajo para poder llevar nuestra comida para casa. En algunas familias nomas están trabajando, mama o papa, solo una persona, y eso no alcanza para todas las necesidades. A mí me da mucha tristeza los niños cuando te piden algo y nos puedes complacerlos. Pero, si pudieras venir a Casa María todos los estamos abiertos de 8:30-11:00 A.M. Estamos para servir a todas las familias que necesitan comida. ¡Vengan por ella! Me preocupa que las personas más vulnerables se puedan enfermar del

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!!!ACTION ALERT!!! The People’s Bailout

3 min read !!!ACTION ALERT!!! You can take real action NOW! Update on the People’s Bailout The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the HEROES Act; a sweeping, three-trillion dollar proposal that addresses many of the issues called for in the People’s Bailout. However, senators are saying the bill will be “dead upon arrival” when it comes before the Senate. We CANNOT let this bill for the people be crushed. Act now! Use the links below to send a simple message to Senator McSally and Senator Sinema. All you have to say is:  “I am a constituent and I urge you to Please

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Corona Virus and the Dangers of Ecofacism

2 min read By Citlali Ramirez The Coronavirus outbreak has exposed many flaws not only in our governmental and economic structures, but also in our societal structures and the way in which people interact with and react to the world. I have recently seen posts and tweets circulating social media claiming that the minor but noticeable improvements in the environment as evidence that “we are the virus”. This is an ecofscist narrative that perpetuates a toxic environmentalist perspective, minimizing the value of human lives for the sake of protecting the Earth’s ecosystems. This ideology is not new and historically comes hand in hand

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We’ve Gotta Know The Issues, Stay WOKE!

3 min read The COVID-19 Pandemic has been extremely hard for me to deal with. I struggle with depression and anxiety, being locked up in my home alone is where I sometimes want to be, but it’s not the healthiest place for me. This pandemic also hits home because my mom has respiratory issues and a weak immune system, so I really worry about her health and ability to access quality medical care if she does get sick. What I struggle with most is the complacency and apathy of many of my fellow Americans. I know this is a scary situation, but there

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