Memo to the Pima County Board of Supervisors: 

ON AUGUST 6 VOTE NO ON THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN PIMA COUNTY AND THE CITY OF SOUTH TUCSON.

VOTE NO ON THE GENTRIFICATION OF SOUTH TUCSON.

On May 28, the South Tucson City Council promised a complete public process on enacting a GPLET zone in South Tucson. This would enable developers to pay no property taxes on new developments for 8 years and pay reduced property taxes for 17 years after that.

3 weeks later, on June 24, the South Tucson Council, prodded by Benny Young from Pima County’s Economic Development Department, voted unanimously with 1 abstention, to move forward the GPLET program.

GPLET has been used extensively by the City of Tucson in recent years to gentrify downtown. It is now the most expensive place in the City of Tucson to rent or buy a home. Poor and working people businesses are being pushed out. The gentrification process is oozing in a southerly direction. Peach Properties and the Volk Company have been buying up properties in South Tucson.

The City of South Tucson is extremely broke and dysfunctional. We residents barely have cops and fire. Who among us has a realistic hope that the City is not quickly headed for bankruptcy and dissolution?

But the people and the barrio, known as Barrio Libre, will remain after the City goes under. We will not stand by and watch wealthy developers, aided by Pima County, come in and loot and pillage and exploit our community, before it changes into something that looks like present day downtown Tucson, with many residents and businesses being displaced by people with more money and different cultural values.

The people of South Tucson deserve transparency and full public process regarding GPLET tax breaks and how they will affect our destiny as a city and as a barrio.

Please vote NO or at least delay this vote.

Thank You

Brian Flagg

(520) 624-0312

(520) 304-8443

Lonnie’s Memorial Mass

Thanks everybody for coming to Lonnie’s service.
This is some words from Lonnie’s mom.

‘Thank you for everything today. The service was beautiful

and perfect for Lonnie’.

                                                                       Faye Collier

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Memorial Mass for Lonnie Reiger

on Monday, April 15 at Casa Maria

at 10:00 am with Fr. Jose Luis Ferroni

OCD.

 

Our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers.

Lonnie worked and lived at Casa Maria for more than 30 year,

He was a hard worker and a great friend.

 

Misa en Memoria de Lonnie Reiger el Lunes 15 de Abril

en Casa Maria a las 10:00 am, con P. José Luis Ferroni OCD.

Nuestras mas sinceras condolencias a sus familiares, amigos

y compañeros de trabajo.

Lonnie vivió y trabajo en Casa Maria por más de 30 años,

El era un gran amigo y muy trabador

 

COME AND JOIN US AT CLUB CONGRESS, EVENT TO BENEFIT CASA MARIA SOUP KITCHEN

It’s going to be outside so dress warmly.

If you don’t have $5.00 come anyway, tell them you are from Casa Maria

and they will let you in.

ACOMPAÑENOS AL CLUB CONGRESS, EVENTO GRATIS SI DICES QUE ERES DE CASA MARIA

Concierto donde grupos locales van a cantar canciones de Los Beatles.

¡Ven a disfrutar con Casa Maria!

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El Robo del Siglo//The Theft of the Century

El Robo del Siglo

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El Robo del Siglo

 

Filas hasta de dos kilómetros de autos a la espera de cargar gasolina, cientos de gasolineras cerradas por falta de combustible, es el escenario en los últimos días en varios estados de México afectados por el desabasto de gasolina. El problema surgió después de el plan del nuevo gobierno para combatir las redes de robo de combustible creados en las últimas décadas, en las que según el gobierno de AMLO participan empleados de petróleo mexicano (PEMEX). Según datos oficiales el robo de combustible le provoca a el estado perdidas por alrededor de 60,000 millones de pesos anual (unos 3,000 millones de dólares). Era una vieja sospecha. Muchos creían que el creciente robo de combustible no podía realizarse sin la ayuda de empleados de Pemex. AMLO dijo que dentro de la empresa se encontró una red dedicada a robar hidrocarburos, especialmente gasolina. El grupo extraía diariamente el equivalente a 600 carros cisterna conocidos como pipas con capacidad de 15,000 litros cada una, independientemente del Huachicoleó (ordeña de ductos). Según el director de Pemex por el robo de combustible de sus ductos Pemex pierde mas de 30,000 millones de pesos anuales (aproximadamente 1,700 millones de dólares). Lo que no hicieron en los 18 años los tres presidentes anteriores Andrés Manuel López Obrador lo ah hecho en un mes, descubrir que el robo de gasolina a Pemex se gesta desde adentro con la ayuda de funcionarios de alto nivel directivo y sindical. Se menciona al general Eduardo León Trawis, subdirector de salvaguardar las propiedades de Pemex. Desde hace unas semanas AMLO anuncio medidas frontales para combatir el robo de combustible, el cual dio resultado con una reducción notable que significa un ahorro de 130 millones de dólares en tan solo unos dias para lograr esto que ha provocado desajustes en el subministro de varias regiones del país. Con el cierre de ductos se logra eliminar el suministro de gasolina robada y principalmente en la región de Guanajuato, Querétaro y Jalisco que son los estados con mayor robo de gasolina. Pemex revoco el permiso a 103 gasolineras. Pemex asegura que hay suficiente gasolina para surtir al país, pero como ahora se hace en pipas la distribución es mas lenta ya que no se usan los ductos.

El problema no para ahí, la tercera modalidad de robo es en barcos. Se han detectado decenas de embarcaciones que zarpan de Campeche (sur) y cruzan el golfo para llegar a Tamaulipas (noroeste). Estos grupos contratan exempleados de las plataformas petroleras y según López Obrador ya hay resultados. El martes 8 de enero, se registró el robo de 27 pipas. La cifra mas baja desde la expropiación petrolera de 1938.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, actual presidente de México, lo único que pide es calma a la población mexicana. Es preferible sufrir el desabasto de combustible y las incomodidades que eso causa a seguir sufriendo el robo tan sin medida que había estado ocurriendo durante las ultimas décadas.

Por: Angel Reyes

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The Theft of the Century

Rows of up to two kilometers of cars waiting to load gasoline, hundreds of gas stations closed for lack of fuel, is the scene in recent days in several states of Mexico affected by the shortage of gasoline. The problem arose after the new government’s plan to combat the fuel theft networks created in recent decades, in which, according to the AMLO government, Mexican oil employees (PEMEX) participate. According to official data, the theft of fuel causes the state lost about 60,000 million pesos annually (about 3,000 million dollars). It was an old suspicion. Many believed that the growing theft of fuel could not be done without the help of Pemex employees. AMLO said that within the company was found a network dedicated to steal hydrocarbons, especially gasoline. The group extracted daily the equivalent of 600 tank cars known as pipes with a capacity of 15,000 liters each, independently of Huachicoleó (milking ducts). According to the director of Pemex for the theft of fuel from its pipelines Pemex loses more than 30,000 million pesos annually (approximately 1,700 million dollars. What the last three presidents could not do in the last 18 years, Andrés Manuel López Obrador was able to do in a month, discover that the stealing of gasoline from Pemex is developed from within with the help of officials of senior management and union. General Eduardo León Trawis, deputy director of safeguarding Pemex properties, is mentioned. Since a few weeks AMLO announced frontal measures to combat fuel theft, which resulted in a significant reduction that means a saving of 130 million dollars in just a few days to achieve this that has caused imbalances in the sub minister of several regions from the country. With the closing of pipelines, it is possible to eliminate the supply of stolen gasoline and mainly in the regions of Guanajuato, Queretaro and Jalisco, which are the states with the highest theft of gasoline. Pemex revoked the permit to 103 gas stations. Pemex ensures that there is enough gasoline to supply the country, but as it is now done in pipes the distribution is slower since the pipelines are not used.

The problem does not stop there, the third type of theft is in boats. Dozens of boats have been detected that sail from Campeche (south) and cross the gulf to reach Tamaulipas (northwest). These groups hire former employees of the oil platforms and according to López Obrador there are already results. On Tuesday, January 8, the theft of 27 pipes was recorded. The lowest figure since the oil expropriation of 1938.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, current president of Mexico, only asks the Mexican population to remain calm. It is preferable to suffer the shortage of fuel and the discomfort that causes instead of continuing to suffer the theft without measure that had been occurring during the last decades.

By: Angel Reyes

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ROOT CAUSES OF IMMIGRATION // CAUSAS PRINCIPALES DE INMIGRACIÓN

by Brian Flagg

Kids in cages, kids separated from their parents, a hideous border wall, the hate whipped up around the issue of immigration…kid_in_cage

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 family separation, fight about walls and argue about border safety and security, but until we as a nation take a good look at ourselves and take responsibility for the extreme poverty and violence we have caused south of the border nothing will change.Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin

So let us listen to words of wisdom from Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, TX and the president-elect of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

From the National Catholic Reporter, June 15-28, 2018:

As Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, said in a statement June 1, “Family unity is a cornerstone of our American immigration system and a foundational element of Catholic teaching. … Rupturing the bond between parent and child causes scientifically-proven trauma that often leads to irreparable emotional scarring.”

“My brother bishops and I understand the need for the security of our borders and country, but separating arriving families at the U.S.-Mexico border does not allay security concerns,” Vásquez said. “Children and families will continue to take the enormous risks of migration — including family separation — because the root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle remain: community or state-sanctioned violence, gang recruitment, poverty, and a lack of educational opportunity.”

“Policies should address these factors first as we seek to repair our broken immigration system,” the bishop said.

Vásquez has hit on the hard truth: The root causes of our “migration problem” lies on the other side of our borders and they are sown with the seeds of foreign policy mistakes the United States made in Central America over the last six decades — supporting dictatorships, quashing democracy and imposing imperialistic economic policies. The United States has never taken responsibility for the part we played in creating the violence, poverty and lack of opportunity that force our brothers and sisters south of our borders to uproot their families and flee north.

Eradicating the problems that force people to leave their homes is the best deterrent.

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And from the AZ Daily Star, July 11, 2018:

“We know that the best way to tackle the migration phenomenon and the problems of safety … is to spur development in Mexico,” Lopez Obrador said.

Lopez Obrador said he wants the U.S. to join in an “alliance for progress” to bring development and jobs to Mexico and Central America, a call that hearkened back to President John F. Kennedy’s program launched in 1961.

Lopez Obrador has a bit of nostalgia for the 1960’s, Mexico’s last long sustained period of economic growth, and apparently hopes the U.S. will consider re-launching its own aid program from that era.

“What we want, from Panama to the northern border of Mexico and the United States to the Rio Bravo is for the people to have opportunities for jobs,” he said.


CAUSAS PRINCIPALES DE INMIGRACIÓN 

por Brian Flagg

Niños en jaulas, separados de sus padres, un muro horrible, el odio agitado al rededor de la tema de inmigración… kid_in_cage

Cual quiera persona moral, religiosa, católica o cristiana no lo puede ignorar.

Es lo que dice el Papa Francisco  en su nuevo exhortación apostólica Gaudete et Exsultate  “Alegraos y Regocijaos”.

No hay otra, tenemos que enfocarnos en las causas principales de inmigración, las que están causadas por las políticas históricas y practicas de nuestro gobierno de los estados unidos.

Podemos seguir condenando la practica immoral de separar familias, pelear sobre el muro y la seguridad y protección de la frontera, pero nada cambiara hasta que tomamos responsabilidad por las acciones de este país que esta causando la pobreza y violencia extrema que esta sucediendo sur de la frontera.Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin

Eso es lo que dijo el obispo Joe Vasquez de ciudad Austin en Texas en el National Catholic Reporter, julio 15-28, 2018 . Nos dice que los estados unidos nunca an tomado responsabilidad de las políticas y practicas de los últimos 60 años, como apoyar dictaduras, aniquilar la democracia, y imponer políticas económicas imperialistas.

Ay que escuchar sus palabras de sabiduría, y también las del nuevo presidente electo de mexico,  Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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El dijo en el AZ Daily Star, julio 11, 2018:

“Pensamos que la mejor manera de enfrentar el fenómeno migratorio y los problemas de seguridad… pasa por impulsar el desarrollo en México”, dijo.

López Obrador dijo que quiere que Estados Unidos se sume a una “alianza para el progreso” que traiga desarrollo y empleo a México y Centroamérica, un planteamiento que evoca el programa lanzado por el presidente John F. Kennedy en 1961.

El político izquierdista siente cierta nostalgia por la década de los 1960, el último periodo de crecimiento económico continuo de México, y al parecer espera que Estados Unidos reconsidere su propio programa de estímulo de aquella época.

“Lo que queremos es que desde Panamá hasta la frontera norte de México y Estados Unidos, hasta río Bravo, la gente tenga oportunidades de trabajo”, dijo. “Ese es nuestro planteamiento central”.

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

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.

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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 Luis truly inspires. He knows a great deal about the history of our church and is really good about translating the text into a barrio context that makes sense to the people. Like the Holy Father, there is nothing pretentious about either of them.

Please attend the next 2 sessions on July 5 and July 12. (see above flyer)

Call Brian at (520) 624312 to obtain a copy of ‘Rejoice and Be Glad’.


¡ESTUDIO DEL LIBRO SANTO DE PAPA FRANCISCO EN EL BARRIO!

por Brian Flagg

Anoche fue la primera de 3 platicas del estudio de la nueva exhortación apostólica del Papa Francisco ‘Alegraos y Regocijaos’ que estamos teniendo en la Capilla Guadalupe, en el mero corazón de Sur Tucson (Barrio Libre). Este proyecto es co-patrocinado por Casa María y la Iglesia Católica de Santa Cruz.

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Asistieron mas o menos 100 personas, y la pasamos muy bien.

Después de escuchar al Padre Jose Luis de Santa Cruz explicar los primeros 34 párrafos del libro, y una buena platica casi todo en español, todos cenamos una deliciosa barbacoa de pavo preparada por Lorena Grijalva y su hija Zoe.

El Padre José Luis realmente inspira. Él sabe mucho sobre la historia de nuestra iglesia y es muy bueno  traduciendo el texto a un contexto de barrio que tenga sentido para la gente. Como el Papa Francisco, no hay nada pretencioso en ninguno de ellos.

Por favor asisten las próximas 2 platicas 5 de julio y 12 de julio. (ver el volante arriba)

Habla al Brian (520) 624-0312 para obtener una copia del libro ‘Alegraos y Regocijaos’.