POPE FRANCIS, SANTA CRUZ CHURCH, AND THE CASA MARIA CATHOLIC WORKER INVITE YOU TO READ, DISCUSS AND BE ENERGIZED BY POPE FRANCIS’ NEW APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION GADETE ET EXSULTATE (“REJOICE AND BE GLAD”) // EL PAPA FRANCISCO, LA IGLESIA SANTA CRUZ, Y CASA MARIA CATHOLIC WORKER TE INVITAN A LAS PLATICAS DEL NUEVO LIBRO DEL PAPA FRANCISCO EXHORTACIÓN APOSTÓLICA GADETE ET EXSULTATE (“ALEGRAOS Y REGOCIJAOS”)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cesar!!!

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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”

 

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

by Brian Flagg

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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 and affordable housing. (AP photo/Elaine Thompson)

It tells how their City Council on Monday unanimously approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fund the fight against homelessness after weeks of heated debate and raucous hearings. They will charge large businesses about $275 per full-time worker each year, lower than the $500 initially proposed. It will raise about $48 million a year to pay for affordable housing and homeless services.

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Both Seattle and Tucson are filled with progressive voters.

The difference is that the elected officials in Seattle really support the interests and needs of the majority of their voters.seattle

In Tucson the Democrats on the City Council march lock-step with the Mayor in his quest to do endless taxpayer giveaways (AKA incentives) to his developer buddies, with the end-product being the gentrification of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.

Recent stories in the Star have documented how rents have skyrocketed downtown and how it is now impossible to purchase a downtown home for less than $350,000.

It’s time for us in Tucson to promote and elect some forward looking candidates who will represent a progressive agenda, one that aggressively fights poverty with meaningful amounts of public investment.


¿PUEDE SEATTLE REALMENTE TENER MUCHO MAS PROGRESO QUE TUCSON?

por Brian Flagg

¡Pienso que no!

Mi sueño y mi mete es que los politicos de Tucson sean como los politicos de Seattle.

Pienso que si es posible porque los votantes de los dos lugares son similares.

Esta semana los politicos de Seattle votaron para cobrar impuestos a compañías grandes como Amazon y Starbucks, para obtener dinero para viviendas para los pobres y también servicios para los homeless.

Los politicos en Seattle tienen corazón y están luchando por los derechos de toda su gente.

Aquí, nuestros politicos hablan como si tuvieran amor para los pobres pero ellos usan el dinero para recompensar a sus amigos ricos, especialmente en el downtown.

Ahora es mucho mas caro rentar o comprar una casa en el downtown.

Necesitamos encontrar candidatos nuevos en Tucson que van a apoyar a toda la gente.

If I had my way

 

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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.

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Mayday March downtown Tucson on May 1, 2018

 

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Mayday March downtown Tucson on May 1, 2018

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*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 organization. This is only the opinion of an angry parent!
This song goes out to all the teachers, parents, grandparents and community members that have sacrificed so much to make sure our kids are getting the education they deserve.

¿Quién es AMLO?\\Who is AMLO?

Por Ángel Reyes

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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 político PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática) con dicho partido fue jefe de gobierno del Distrito Federal del 2000 al 2005. Siendo la 4ta ciudad del mundo con más población. Implemento un sistema de pensiones para adultos mayores, bajo el índice de crimines violentos, asaltos y secuestros. López Obrador es graduado de la UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de México) siendo una de las mejores universidades de Latinoamérica. Por lo cual cuenta con el apoyo de intelectuales, maestros y artistas

Dentro de su gabinete quiere darle un papel importante e igualitario a la mujer. Poniendo en su gabinete a ocho mujeres y ocho hombres.

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Sus diez más importantes propuestas son:

  1. Consulta para reforzar las reformas laborales, educativo, fiscal, energética entre otras.
  2. Cambio de estrategia en la inseguridad y violencia
  3. Aumento al salario mínimo, así como mejor pago a maestros, enfermeras, soldados. Pensiones a adultos mayores al doble.
  4. No se aumentarán impuestos, ni se seguirá endeudando al país.
  5. Se eliminará fuero al presidente y altos funcionarios públicos para poder ser juzgados por corrupción, se acabará las pensiones millonarias, no habrá seguro médico privado, venderá la flotilla de aviones de lujo del gobierno.
  6. Ganara la mitad de lo que genera el actual presidente. Viajará en avión comercial o por automóvil
  7. No al nuevo aeropuerto en la Ciudad de México. Se construirá una vía de ferrocarril de gran velocidad del DF a la frontera México-Estados Unidos.
  8. Empleo o estudio a dos millones 600 mil jóvenes, que actualmente no están estudiando o trabajando.
  9. Cómbate a la corrupción e inseguridad.
  10. Se construirán refinanciaras y reforzara la industria eléctrica.

Sus propuestas so ambiciosas que ayudaran al pueblo de México. La trayectoria de López obrador ha sido la más transparente de la mayoría de los políticos mexicanos. Cuenta con el apoyo de la mayoría del pueblo de México. Es un fenómeno que no se veía desde la revolución mexicana o Lázaro Cárdenas. Aunque es una revolución ideológica, no de armas. Pues López Obrador es un hombre de paz. Siendo esta su tercera vez que corre para la presidencia.  México es un país inmensamente rico lleno de gente noble, sencilla, trabajadora, luchadora, que no merece a estos paracitos, sin etica y sin valores enfermos de podér que estan en el gobierno. Se espera que esta vez se le haga justicia al pueblo mexicano al ganar AMLO.


Who is AMLO?

By Angel Reyes

AMLO is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is currently running for the Presidency of Mexico, with the political party that he founded in 2014, MORENA (National Regeneration Movement). He is also known as el Peje, others call him the Messiah, or the hope of Mexico. Lopez Obrador began his political career in the mid-1970s, with the official party PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), which now governs and has governed Mexico for more than 80 years. Lopez Obrador quit the PRI party with Cuauhtémoc Cardenas at the end of the 80s. Together they formed the political party PRD (Democratic Revolution Party), AMLO was elected head of the Federal District Government from 2000 to 2005, the 4th largest city in the world. He implemented a system of pensions for seniors and decreased the index of crimes, violent assaults and kidnappings. Lopez Obrador is a graduate of UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de Mexico), one of the best universities in Latin America. He has the support of intellectuals, teachers and artists.

He plans to involve women much more in his presidency and has ten major proposals that include things such as doubling the minimum wage, a huge increase in money for education and no more de-regulation of industries.

His ambitious proposals are going to help the people of Mexico. The path of Lopez Obrador has been the most transparent of all of Mexican politicians. He has the support of the majority of the people of Mexico. It is a phenomenon not seen since the Mexican Revolution or Lázaro Cárdenas. This is an ideological revolution, not a violent revolution, Lopez Obrador is a man of peace. This is his third time running for President of Mexico. I am hoping that this time Mexican people get the justice they deserve and that AMLO wins the Mexican presidency…

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

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!

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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, graduated from Pueblo High School, and has a 5 year old daughter named Ximena

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Angela is a 24 year old graduate of Sahuaro High School and is currently a student at PIMA Community College, has a 4 year old daughter named Dacia.

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They both have been regular volunteers with Keep Tucson Together, the Thursday evening clinic at Pueblo High School that helps immigrants with legal matters.

Over the last 2 years they have both been extensively involved in Casa Maria efforts to get everyone on the planet to vote.

They are already making a big difference in Casa Maria’s ability to serve people and change society, starting with our own church and our own barrio!

Martha is so young and smart and social media savvy, we are going to re-start our blog! Our goal is to post something interesting and/or informative two or three times per week.

Stay Tuned!

 


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Casa María acaba de comprar una muy bonita casa en la esquina de la calle 24 y 3ra avenida. Creo que su mejor característica es la vista perfecta de la cocina de Guadalupe, desde la ventana de la habitación mas grande.

La familia Reyes esta viviéndo en ella y trabajando en Casa María!

Angel y su esposa Martha son Sonorenses, de Ciudad Obregón. Angel ha estado abriéndo la cocina y sirviéndo café para la multitud de personas que asisten en la mañana y está aquí casi todos los días.

Ellos tienen dos hijas. Martha Patricia de 29 años, graduada de Pueblo High School, y tiene una hija de 5 años llamada Ximena.

Angela de 24 años, graduada de Sahuaro High School y ahora estudiante en PIMA Community College, tiene una hija de 4 años y se llama Dacia.

Ellas han sido voluntarias de Keep Tucson Together (Manteniendo Tucson Unido), la clínica de los jueves en la tarde en Pueblo High School, que ayuda a personas indocumentadas con sus asuntos legales.

En los últimos dos años las dos han estado extensamente involucradas en los esfuerzos de Casa Maria para que la gente vote.

Todos ellos ya están haciéndo una gran diferencia en la habilidad de servir a la gente y como cambiar la sociedad, empezando con nuestra iglesia y con nuestro barrio!

Martha es muy jóven e inteligente y tiene sabiduría en las redes sociales, vamos a reiniciar nuetro blog! Nuestra meta es publicar cosas interesantes y/o informativas, dos o tres veces por semana

Mantente al pendiente!

CHAD OWENS R.I.P.

by Brian Flagg

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Chad Owens Former Yuppie, former street guy, Does all the food Pick ups

Long time Casa Maria worker Chad Owens died in his sleep on Sunday, October 1, here in his bedroom at Casa Maria.

 

He was 69 years old.

He had returned 5 days earlier from the hospital where he had a tumor removed from near his spine. He was scheduled to begin chemo for lung cancer.

So he was in pain, not happy about it and had readily expressed his desire to move on.

Chad was known for being a very hard working hombre. Everyday, 7 days a week, he got to the soup kitchen at 4 am to start the coffee, help the cooks prepare the soup and then go do the food pick ups. He had really good relationships with everyone at the Safeways and Food Citys who give us food they can’t use.

He was from Monroe, Michigan and in past lives he played tennis at USC, tended bar in Washington D.C. and did time living on the streets of Tucson due to his life-long struggle with alcohol. He was a big fan of the Michigan Wolverines and the Tigers, the Lions and the Pistons no matter how lousy they were.

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Chad Owens Former Yuppie former street guy does all the food pick ups

Chad chose to work every single morning in pain, until the day he went to the hospital, which was about 10 days before he died. I told him the morning he left that I really liked how he was going out, working right up to the end and then going out in a blaze of glory. And I meant it. That’s how I wanna go out!

Chad is already greatly missed here at Casa Maria.

He is going to be cremated and we plan to celebrate a mass here at Casa Maria in his honor on Monday, October 16 at 10 am. Msgr. Cahalane will celebrate.

 

 


CHAD OWENS, QUE DESCANSE EN PAZ

Chad Owens murió el domingo, 1 de octubre. El trabajo en Casa Maria por muchos años y levantaba la comida de las tiendas.

Tenia 69 años.

El regreso a Casa Maria del hospital 5 días antes de que murió donde le operaron un tumor cerca a su columna. Estaba programado para iniciar la quimioterapia para el cáncer de pulmón.

Tenia mucho dolor, e expresó su deseo de pasar.

El trabajaba muy duro. Todos los días el llegaba a la cocina a las 4 de la mañana para empezar el cafe, ayudar a los cocineros empezar la sopa, y luego iba a todas las tiendas a levantar la comida. Tenia buenas relaciones con todos los trabajadores de los Food Citys y Safeways  que nos dan la comida que ya no pueden usar.

El era de Monroe, Michigan y en tiempos pasados jugo tenis por USC, fue cantinero, y vivió en las calles de Tucson por la batalla que tuvo con el alcoholismo.

Chad quiso seguir trabajando hasta el día que fue al hospital, 10 dias antes de que murió. Le dije el día que fue al hospital que realmente me gustó cómo él estaba saliendo, trabajando hasta el final y luego saliendo en un resplandor de gloria. ¡Así quiero salir yo!

Lo extrañamos mucho en Casa Maria.

Él va a ser cremado y planeamos celebrar una misa aquí en Casa María en su honor el lunes, 10 de octubre a las 10 de la mañana. Mons. Cahalane celebrará.

PADRE JIM HOBERT…

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Un gran hombre, un gran sacerdote, un humilde servidor de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo.

Después de servir un tiempo en la parroquia El Sagrado Corazón lo cambiaron a Douglas, AZ.

Los lunes en la mañana ha celebrado misa aquí por años, ademas cuando es tiempo de luchar el ha estado con nosotros en la calle o en las juntas del consejo de la ciudad para hacer justicia.

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FATHER JIM HOBERT…

A great man, a great priest, a humble servant of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

He is being transferred from Sacred Heart Parish to Douglas, AZ.

He has celebrated the Monday morning mass here for years in addition to showing up on the street with us or at City Council meetings, to shine light on injustice.

He will be missed!Father Jim2

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

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 años; empezando el el Food City y terminando en Santa Cruz. Gracias a Dios tuvimos una maravillosa experiencia este año. La Orden del Carmelo Seglar en Español tiene el estandarte de la Virgen del Carmen el cual fue bendecido y lo pudimos usar en la procesión como debe de ser.  Gracias Casa Maria por donar el estandarte.

Y no puedo dejar de hablar de otra hermosa experiencia: P. Godfrey bendiciendo los escapularios y el pueblo participando alrededor del altar, como una sola familia que somos.

Fue hermoso ver, como poco a poco la comunidad hispana a podido ir participando cada vez mas en los eventos Carmelitas.

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THE FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

by Alicia Nuñez O.C.D.S.

July 16 is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

This year we want to start having more Carmel events in Spanish so that our community can participate.

The celebration started on the 7th with conversations about Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Order. It was a blessing that the Order of Secular Carmelites was able to participate in these conversations and information for our community, just like we had the opportunity to listen to Fr. Jose Luis, and his wisdom, in English and Spanish.

July 15 we had the procession like in years past; beginning at Food City and ending at Santa Cruz Church. Thank God we had a marvelous experience this year. The Spanish Order of the Secular Carmel has the standard/banner of the Virgen Mary of Carmen which was blessed and we were able to use in the procession like it is meant to be used. Thank you Casa Maria for donating the standard/banner.

And I can’t forget to mention another beautiful experience; Fr. Godfrey blessing the scapulars and the people participating around the altar, like one big family which we are.

It’s been amazing to see how, little by little, the Spanish speaking community is participating more each time we have a Carmel event.

The O.C.D.S. in Spanish hopes to have more events in Spanish so our community can continue to participate.

 

GIFT OF GAB, THE GENTRIFICATION SONG

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 at the heart of the struggle and moves the soul. This song by Gift of Gab certainly does that for me.

Gift of Gab, one-half of the rap duo Blackalicious (which both me and Brian really like), tackled the issue head on with “the Gentrification Song”.

Check out this short article about it on NPRmusic.