Welcome to Voces de Casa Maria

Editors note:

Welcome to Casa Maria’s Blog/ Voces de Casa Maria! We are truly blessed to have the dynamic journalism major from the University of Arizona, Kassandra Manriquez help us with all the technical work to make this blog a reality.

-Brian Flagg


My name is Kassandra Manriquez, a second year journalism student at the University of Arizona.

I see journalism as a craft that puts my passion to work. My heart is in justice and in people. I believe in people.

I am a Catholic who spent most of my childhood in the City of South Tucson with my lovely grandma. Through study at the University, I have grown to appreciate different faiths, religions and cultures.

I taught catechism for three years at my parish St. John the Evangelist. Though I miss teaching catechism, my heart has moved me toward a new line of work. I was blessed with the opportunity to work with Brian and Casa Maria.

I met Brian while working on a research project focused on dissecting the complexities in poverty. What I learned at Casa Maria while shooting my documentary taught me far more than what I learned in my three weeks of Internet and book research.

Brian Flagg and the people of Casa Maria have beautiful and complex stories to tell, all equally inspiring. The energy at Casa Maria is more powerful than anything I can shoot with my camera or write on paper. Nonetheless, I hope my work can give you a little piece of “los voces de Casa Maria.”

Thank you for your support,

Kassandra Manriquez

TUSD Parents and TEA: Educational Session September 12

The last session of a three-part education series will be held this Thursday with guest speaker, Augustine Romero.

Augustine Romero is the Director of Mulitcultural Curriculum for TUSD.

Join us:

When: Thursday, September 12, 6 p.m.

Where: John Valenzuela Youth Center, 1550 S. 6th Ave.

Child care is available and refreshments will be served.

Tucson Bus Riders Union: Film Screening August 30

The Tucson Bus Riders Union presents:

Bus Riders Union

A documentary that follows the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union for 3 key years of struggle, documenting the fight against transit racism and their struggle in the streets and on the buses in Los Angeles.

Join us for a film screening:

When: Friday, August 30, 7pm

Where: Casa Maria, 352 E. 25th Street

Food and drinks will be provided! Hope to see you there!

For more information on the Tucson Bus Riders Union, visit our tucsonbusridersunion.org, email tucsonbusridersunion@gmail.com, or call (520) 624-0312.

Cafecito with TUSD’s New Superintendent

Join us in introducing our schools and neighborhoods to the new superintendent, H.T. Sanchez. Our goal is to increase parent involvement and shine a light on our south side schools.

This is a great opportunity to brag about your child’s school, share stories and ask questions. Please bring ALL of your family. Childcare will be provided.

Transportation will be provided by Casa Maria.
Please call (520) 624-0312 or Cesar Aguirre (520) 878-3044

When: Wednesday July 17, 2013

Time:  6pm-8pm

Where: John Valenzuela Youth Center
1550 S 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 792-9251

Click here for the facebook event page!