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Voces de Casa Maria

LA FIESTA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL MONTE CARMELO \\ THE FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

2 min read por Alicia Nuñez O.C.D.S. El 16 de julio es la Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo. Este año queremos empezar a tener mas eventos Carmelitas en español para que nuestra comunidad pueda participar. La celebración empezó el día 7 con platicas relacionadas a Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo y la Orden Carmelita. Es una bendición que la Orden Carmelita Seglar pudimos participar con platicas e información a nuestra comunidad, así como también tuvimos la oportunidad de escuchar las platicas de P. Jose Luis y su sabiduría en ingles y español. El 15 de julio tuvimos la procesión como otros

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GIFT OF GAB, THE GENTRIFICATION SONG

< 1 min read by Cesar Aguirre Across the country gentrification has been affecting inner-city communities. From Brooklyn to San Francisco inner-city communities have been taken over by moneyed interests. Some claim that it is development and improvement of poor, blighted communities with high crime rates and homelessness. But for those of us who live here it pushes us out further on the fringes of society, while erasing the culture and history of our community and the people that have lived here for generations. And now it’s happening in South Tucson. As an artist and rapper I feel that art, music and culture is

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A BLESSING IN MY LIFE…THE CATHOLIC WORKER NEWSPAPER, STRAIGHT OUTTA NYC, FROM MAY 1, 1933 TO PRESENT! // UNA BENDICIÓN… EL PERIÓDICO CATHOLIC WORKER, PROCEDENTE DE NUEVA YORK, DESDE MAYO 1, 1933 AL PRESENTE

3 min read by Brian Flagg Today, May 1, the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker and International Workers Day, is the 84 year anniversary of the start of the Catholic Worker movement! On this day in 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin and others went to the May Day celebration at Union Square in New York City, to hand out the first edition of the Catholic Worker newspaper. The rest is history! And I consider myself blessed to have been a Catholic Worker for the majority of my adult life, the first 2 years in

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HOLY WEEK 2017 // LA SEMANA SANTA 2017

5 min read by Brian Flagg In recent months I have tried to make a deal with God that goes something like this: “If I clean up my act and be less egotistic and more holy, gimme spiritual power to wage major warfare against local oppressors and moneyed interests.” This past Holy Week I have come to see that this is mostly egotistical and is more about my will and my wants and desires at the expense of my relationship with Jesus. I did a liquids fast from Monday through Saturday. After the first day, it was way easier than I thought it

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HEY I REALLY DO HAVE CULTURE! // ¡OYE RAZA, NO MENTIRA, TENGO CULTURA TAMBIÉN!

4 min read by Brian Flagg As a white guy who grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles I always figured I had no real culture, I never even hung out at the mall or none of that stuff. But I did grow up surfing San Onofre with my dad and all my little surf-rat friends. And just last week I surfed both San O and the Huntington Beach Cliffs (5 minutes from my mom’s house!) and the waves were hot! And I actually got a few pretty good rides! No, really! Corky Carroll, a So Cal surf idol from my youth

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LAWMAKERS OK VOUCHERS; TAKE FROM THE POOR, GIVE TO THE RICH // LEGISLADORES PASAN “VOUCHERS”; LE QUITAN A LOS POBRES PARA DARLE A LOS RICOS

3 min read by Cesar Aguirre State lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that makes all of Arizona’s 1.1 million students eligible for vouchers, which divert tax dollars out of public schools and into private and parochial schools. Vouchers were originally passed in 2011 to provide parents who have children with special needs an alternative to public schools. Since then the voucher program has expanded to include children of people in the military on active duty, foster children, all children attending failing schools and children living on Indian Reservations. Supporters of the law argue that vouchers provide more opportunities for low-income students to receive

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LET’S BE CLEAR THAT “ANTI-ABORTION” IS NOT REALLY “PRO-LIFE” // SEAMOS CLAROS QUE “ANTI-ABORTO” NO ES REALMENTE IGUAL QUE “PRO- VIDA”

2 min read This is a letter to the editor on the most recent National Catholic Reporter, one of my favorite sources of news. -Brian Flagg Protest Coverage It was disheartening to see how NCR covered recent national protests in the Feb. 10-23 edition. The front-page article, “Catholics find their voice as Trump debuts,” showed a small group of “pro-life” supporters with “anti-abortion” signs, while Page 5 reviewed the massive Women’s March. The bias is in NCR continuing to give such prominence to “anti-abortion” supporters. Let’s be clear that “anti-abortion” is not really “pro-life,” and that so-called “pro-life” supporters willfully ignore the vast array of

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TO HELL WITH AMERICANS WHO LOVE TRUMP… TRANSIT IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT! // AL DIABLO CON LOS AMERICANOS QUE QUIEREN A TRUMP….¡EL TRANSITO ES UN DERECHO HUMANO!

3 min read by Brian Flagg That’s the basic idea of a very good editorial in American Magazine, Jan. 2, 2017. Check it out! It featured powerful quotes from Pope Francis and noted planner and transit expert Jarret Walker, who visited Tucson last year and spent an evening in the park sharing his expertise with members of the Bus Riders Union. They point out that “…there seem to be few fans of public transit in the Trump administration or among congressional leaders. Last year’s Republican Party platform called public transit a form of “social engineering” and opposed using revenue from gas taxes on

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MORE FALLOUT FROM THE SANCHEZ DISASTER // MAS CONCECUENCIAS DEL DESASTRE DE LA SALIDA DE SANCHEZ

2 min read Much to my surprise I received an email this morning from the moderator of TUSD’s School Community Partnership Council (SCPC) announcing her resignation. SCPC is a collective group of site council representatives from schools across the district. Over the past four years I have been part of this council and have seen a huge shift in the way it operates. When I began attending the meetings I felt as if this group only existed for the sake of existing. There was very little opportunity to communicate our concerns, and more importantly, no way of making sure there was follow through

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