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Voces de Casa Maria

ROOT CAUSES OF IMMIGRATION // CAUSAS PRINCIPALES DE INMIGRACIÓN

4 min read by Brian Flagg Kids in cages, kids separated from their parents, a hideous border wall, the hate whipped up around the issue of immigration… Anyone who cares about morality or religion or being a Catholic or Christian has to care about it. If you don’t believe me, ask Pope Francis, or read his new apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate “Rejoice and Be Glad”. There is no way around it, we have got to get to the roots of it all, which is the historical policies and practices of our own government. We can continue to decry the immoral practice of

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A BARRIO HOLY BOOK STUDY! // ¡ESTUDIO DEL LIBRO SANTO DE PAPA FRANCISCO EN EL BARRIO!

2 min read by Brian Flagg The first of 3 sessions studying Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation ‘Rejoice and Be Glad’ took place last night at Guadalupe Capilla, in the heart of South Tucson (aka Barrio Libre). This project is co-sponsored by Casa Maria and Santa Cruz Catholic Church. Approximately 100 people attended. A good time was had by all.   After listening to Padre Jose Luis from Santa Cruz expound the first 34 paragraphs of the book, followed by a lively discussion mostly in español, we all dined on a delicious barbecued turkey dinner prepared by Lorena Grijalva and her daughter Zoe. Padre Jose

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¡NUESTRO OBISPO ESCRIBIÓ MUY BIEN SOBRE LA INMORALIDAD DE SEPARANDO NIÑOS DE SUS PADRES! // BISHOP WEISENBURGER SPEAKS OUT!

< 1 min read por Brian Flagg El Obispo Weisenburger dijo que todos nosotros necesitamos despertarnos y luchar a terminar las injusticias contra familias de inmigrantes. El insistió que esta tema es mas que todo una tema sobre moralidad. BISHOP WEISENBURGER SPEAKS OUT! by Brian Flagg If you missed it you might want to check out Bishop Edward Weisenburger’s op-ed in the Daily Star, “Bishops Agree Family Separation Policy is Immoral” Wednesday, June 20, 2018. He gained some national notoriety last week at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting for suggesting that they possibly consider ‘canonical penalties’ for those most responsible for separating families

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Why do people migrate?// ¿Porqué emigramos?

5 min read By Poncho Moro Poncho is a regular here at Casa Maria. Most immigrants flee their country in search of a better future for their families. They search for a social justice that can rarely be found. A social justice that has been neglected in their country of birth. In some cases, these people cross three or four countries to reach their destination in the U.S. and to obtain the so called “American Dream.”  For some, the American Dream is often broken and is nothing but a false illusion. Some lose their lives in their search, some are beaten, raped, imprisoned

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cesar!!!

< 1 min read Cesar Aguirre who lives and works hard on a daily basis at Casa Maria is an amazing rapper and makes his voice be heard by composing songs that expresses his feelings against injustice. Cesar has composed many mesmerizing songs that relate to every day struggles in the barrio. From everyone at Casa Maria, we wish you an amazing year filled with joy along with your beautiful family. Happy Birthday Cesar! Check out one of his many great songs, “Pink Sunrise”  

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CAN SEATTLE REALLY BE THAT MUCH MORE PROGRESSIVE THAN TUCSON? // ¿PUEDE SEATTLE REALMENTE TENER MUCHO MAS PROGRESO QUE TUCSON?

3 min read by Brian Flagg In case you missed it, the Daily Star had a story entitled ‘Seattle Backs Tax on Companies to Help Homeless’ (Tuesday, May 15, 2018). City Council Members look on as members of the public speak at a Seattle City Council meeting where the council was expected to vote on a “Head Tax” Monday, May 14, 2018 in Seattle. the council is to vote on a proposal to tax large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness. The plan would tax large businesses about $500 a year per worker to raise about $75 million a year for homeless services

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If I had my way

2 min read   If you didn’t already know Cesar Aguirre AKA Ceaze, who lives and works at Casa Maria with his two daughters, is also a rapper. But he doesn’t waste his talent rapping about nonsense, or glorifying drugs, alcohol and violence. He uses his talent to spread messages that matter, messages that impact the community. He raps about things that effect him and his kids… things like Red For Ed! Check it out here.   *Disclaimer- This song has not been endorsed or sponsored by Red For Ed, Arizona Educators United, Arizona Education Association, or any other association, union, group or

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¿Quién es AMLO?\\Who is AMLO?

4 min read Por Ángel Reyes AMLO es Andrés Manuel López Obrador, que actualmente está corriendo por la presidencia de México, con el partido político que el fundo en 2014, MORENA (Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional) También es conocido como el Peje, otros lo llaman el mesías, o la esperanza de México. López Obrador empezó su Carrera política a mediados de los setentas, dentro del partido oficial PRI (Partido revolucionario institucional) que en la actualidad gobierna y a gobernado a México por más de 80 años. López Obrador sale del partido PRI con Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas a finales de los 80s. Juntos formaron el partido

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WELCOME to the Reyes family\\BIENVENIDOS a la familia Reyes

3 min read By Brian Flagg. In case you did not know, Casa Maria just bought this really nice house on the corner of 24th and 3rd ave. I think its finest feature is the perfect view of Guadalupe Soup Kitchen from the large bedroom window in the rear of the house! And la familia Reyes is living in it and working here! Angel and his wife Martha are puro Sonorense, from Ciudad Obregón. Angel has been opening the kitchen and serving coffee to the early morning crowd here almost every day. They have two daughters, Martha Patricia who is 29 years old,

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