Voces de Casa Maria

RIP Pastora Enma

< 1 min read Last night we lost a spiritual giant, a powerful leader, and a dedicated Casa Maria volunteer, Enma Orellan (La Pastora) due to COVID-19. We are deeply saddened by her passing and would like to commemorate her memory. She was the director of the Salvation Army Youth Center almost next door to Casa Maria for many years. Dedicating her life to the service of others, even in her last days she displayed selflessness and valor by delivering food to those in need. In the words of her daughter Glenda, “My mom has been promoted to the glory of God” We will

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A city’s budget can tell you exactly where the city’s moral compass lies!

4 min read   by Cesar Aguirre    Casa Maria and Catholic Workers have always been anti-war. Some  of my favorite stories to hear Brian talk about are the protests against war and nuclear weapons. Stories of him and others camping at Davis Monthan Air Force Base for more than five months. Or of Dorothy Day and other Catholic Workers throwing blood on bombs.      It is our duty, not only as Catholics but also as decent human beings, to speak out against all destruction of life. War and the militarization of our police force is exactly that, the destruction of life.   

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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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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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