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Catholic Charities Grupo de Solidaridad               
January 9, 2021

COVID-19

All masses, retreats and meetings have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns until further notice. 

COVID-19
Todas las misas, retiros y juntas están canceladas por la precaución de COVID-19. 

WEEKLY COMMUNIQUE

A scene from the January 6 seditious insurrection in which Trump nationalists breached the Capitol and stormed the hallways. The rioters defaced Congressional offices with feces, urine and spray paint. They destroyed federal property, stole laptops and other documents containing sensitive data, carried away historical and significant objects, and threatened the lives of Capitol Police Officers. Some seditionists were identified as having military training, others were identified as business owners and otherwise ordinary people. Many carried the US Flag and several carried confederate flags. Nazi and racist propaganda were everywhere and several people sported tattoos and regalia associated with extreme right wing White Supremacist groups and organizations. Many GOP legislators and surrogates of Trump expressed support of these seditionists, including and most especially Trump himself. 

Reflection:
Someone Mightier Than Me

Weekly Intercessions

This past week we have seen the most heinous display of anti-patriotism since the Civil War…and there have been many precedents.  In 1898 the city of Wilmington, North Carolina, voted in a bi-racial town council. (https://www.history.com/news/wilmington-massacre-1898-coup) The election results did not sit well with some White citizens. So enraged by the results of the free and fair elections, White organizers opposed to the election results collaborated in an insurrection with vigilantes in the area. Together they mounted an armed attack against the government. They stormed the city hall killing hundreds of Black citizens and forcing elected officials out of office. Hundreds of thousands of Black citizens were driven from the city and NO ONE was prosecuted or punished. This is who we are.  When we make the statement, “This is not who we are,” we absolve ourselves of our racist history. We ignore the centuries long legacy of slavery, the Trail of Tears and the genocide of the First Nations Peoples, Jim Crow and segregation, the Chinese (Immigrant) Exclusion Act, the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans, the caging of children at the border and separation of babies from their mothers, Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing,  and the killing of dozens of Black persons (https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2020/know-their-names/index.html) at the hands of law enforcement. This is, in fact, who we are. The seditious insurrection of January 6, 2021 is who we are…and the subsequent denial of culpability is who we are. And the public planning of a terrorist act for the Inauguration through social media is who we are. We must collectively confess and repent of our history. We have all benefited from our nations’s violent, racist, and nativist, past and therefore none of us can distance ourselves from these racist seditious actions by saying, “I am not a racist” or “I had no idea he would take it this far.”  

Let us pray for our Country: all residents and especially our elected officials in these next few days. That we emerge stronger, more aware, more prepared and more determined to rise from the ash heap of injustice and violence to become a more perfect union not in word, but in deeds.

Reflexción:
Alguién más poderoso que yo

Intercesiónes semanales

La semana pasada hemos visto la demostración más atroz de antipatriotismo desde la Guerra Civil ... y ha habido muchos precedentes. En 1898, la ciudad de Wilmington, Carolina del Norte, votó en un consejo municipal birracial. (https://www.history.com/news/wilmington-massacre-1898-coup) Los resultados de las elecciones no les sentaron bien a algunos ciudadanos blancos. Tan enfurecidos por los resultados de las elecciones libres y justas, los organizadores blancos que se oponían a los resultados de las elecciones colaboraron en una insurrección con los vigilantes de la zona. Juntos montaron un ataque armado contra el gobierno. Irrumpieron en el ayuntamiento matando a cientos de ciudadanos negros y obligando a los funcionarios electos a dejar el cargo. Cientos de miles de ciudadanos negros fueron expulsados ​​de la ciudad y NADIE fue procesado o castigado. Esto es lo que somos. Cuando hacemos la declaración, "Esto no es lo que somos", nos absolvemos de nuestra historia racista. Ignoramos el legado de la esclavitud durante siglos, el rastro de las lágrimas y el genocidio de los pueblos de las Primeras Naciones, Jim Crow y la segregación, la Ley de Exclusión de personas de China (por inmigración), el encarcelamiento forzoso de estadounidenses de origen japonés, el enjaulamiento de niños en la frontera y la separación de los bebés de sus madres, Timothy McVeigh y el atentado de Oklahoma City, y la matanza de decenas de personas negras (https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2020/know-their-names/index.html) a manos de la policía. De hecho, esto es lo que somos. La insurrección sediciosa del 6 de enero de 2021 es lo que somos ... y la posterior negación de la culpabilidad es lo que somos. Y la planificación pública de un acto terrorista para la Inauguración a través de las redes sociales es lo que somos. Debemos confesar y arrepentirnos colectivamente de nuestra historia. Todos nos hemos beneficiado del pasado violento, racista y nativismo de nuestras naciones y, por lo tanto, ninguno de nosotros puede distanciarse de estas acciones racistas sediciosas diciendo: "No soy racista" o "No tenía idea de que llegaría tan lejos.”

 

Oremos por nuestro País: todos los residentes y especialmente nuestros funcionarios electos en estos próximos días. Que salgamos más fuertes, más conscientes, más preparados y más decididos a levantarnos del montón de cenizas de la injusticia y la violencia para convertirnos en una unión más perfecta, no de palabra, sino de hecho.

Community Resources  
Recursos Comunitarios

Grupo Solidaridad is a part of an on-going community project of Catholic Charities’ division, Advocacy and Community Engagement.  For more information on how to get involved in Grupo Solidaridad, its activities or other groups associated with Grupo Solidaridad, contact Fr. Jon Pedigo at jpedigo@CatholicCharitiesSCC.org

Grupo Solidaridad es parte de un proyecto comunitario en curso de la división de Caridades Católicas, Advocacy and Community Engagement (Abogar y Compromiso Comunitario). Para obtener más información sobre cómo participar en Grupo Solidaridad, sus actividades u otros grupos asociados con Grupo Solidaridad, comuníquese con el P. Jon Pedigo en jpedigo@CatholicCharitiesSCC.org

Volunteer with Catholic Charities to distribute food in partner parishes

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Voluntario con Caridades Católicas para distribuir alimentos en parroquias asociadas
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Estimenta adecuada para el voluntariado: zapatos cómodos. NO zapatillas, chanclas, sandalias ni zapatos abiertos.

Amenazas de la deportación masiva - ¿Qué hacer?
¿Debemos tomar en serio la amenaza de Trump de deportar a millones de personas? Si y no. Al observar el nivel práctico de esta amenaza, el DHS no cuenta con personal para lograr este objetivo ... pero no podemos simplemente ignorar la amenaza de Trump porque su política de inmigración está orientada hacia la deportación. Los activistas de inmigración y el Grupo Solidaridad trabajan junto con equipos de acompañamiento que brindan apoyo emocional y espiritual y ayudan a conectarse a los servicios sociales, se respetan los recursos legales para garantizar que se respeta el debido proceso de la Constitución, y los defensores que trabajan para moldear la política pública y responsabilizan a los funcionarios públicos de garantizar que los inmigrantes sean respetados en el trabajo y la escuela, estén seguros en sus comunidades y puedan participar en sus propios asuntos públicos. Esté atento a las ALERTAS DE TEXTO en los próximos días para recibir alertas sobre eventos y acciones que apoyan a nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes en el Valle.
Threats of Mass Deportation - What to do?
Should we take Trump’s threat to deport millions of people seriously?  Yes and no. Looking at this threat form practical level, DHS is not staffed to accomplish this goal….but we cannot simply ignore Trump’s threat because his immigration policy is geared toward deportation.  Immigration activists and Grupo Solidaridad are working alongside accompaniment teams that provide emotional and spiritual support and help connecting to social services, legal resources to ensure due process under the Constitution is respected, and advocates who work to shape public policy and hold public officials accountable to ensure that immigrants are respected at work and school, secure in their communities, and able to engage in their own public affairs.  Watch for TEXT ALERTS over these next few days for alerts on events and actions that support our immigrant community in the Valley. 

Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020

No COVID-19-Related Evictions Until February 1, 2021

  • Tenant cannot be evicted for a COVID-19 related hardship that accrued between March 4 – August 31, 2020 if tenant returns declaration of hardship under penalty of perjury.
  • Tenant cannot be evicted for a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021 if tenant returns declaration of hardship under penalty of perjury and pays at least 25% of the rent due.
  • Higher income tenants (over $100K household income or over 130% of median household income, whichever is higher) must provide documentation to support their declaration upon a landlord’s request.
  • Applies to all residential tenants (including mobile home tenants), regardless of immigration status.
Tenants Still Responsible for Paying Unpaid Amounts to Landlords
  • So long as the tenant with COVID-19 related hardship follows the bill’s procedures, any unpaid rent due between March 4, 2020 – January 31, 2021 is not a ground/basis for eviction, but is still owed to the landlord as a form of consumer debt.
  • Small claims court jurisdiction is temporarily expanded to allow landlords to recover these amounts.
  • Landlords may begin to recover this debt on March 1, 2021. This expanded smallclaims court provision sunsets on February 1, 2025.
Additional Legal and Financial Protections for Tenants
  • Extends notice period for nonpayment of rent from 3 to 15 days to provide tenant additional time to respond to landlord’s notice to pay rent or quit.
  • Requires landlords to provide hardship declaration forms in a different language if rental agreement was negotiated in a different language.
  • Provides tenants a backstop if they have a good reason for failing to return the hardship declaration within 15 days.
  • Requires landlords to provide tenants a notice detailing their rights under the Act.
  • Limits public disclosure (“masking”) of eviction cases involving nonpayment of rent between March 4, 2020 – January 31, 2021.
  • Protects tenants against being evicted for “just cause” if the landlord is shown to be evicting the tenant for COVID-19-related nonpayment of rent.
Statewide Consistency and a Pause on Local Measures
  • Existing local ordinances can remain in place until they expire and future local action cannot undermine this Act’s framework.
  • Requires ordinances that provide a repayment schedule to begin repayment no later than March 1, 2021.
  • Clarifies that nothing in the Act affects a local jurisdiction’s ability to adopt an ordinance that requires just cause, consistent with state law, provided it does not affect rental payments before January 31, 2021.
Protections for Small Landlords
  • Extends the Homeowners’ Bill of Rights’ anti-foreclosure protections to small landlords, 1-4 units, non-owner occupied.
  • Provides new accountability and transparency provisions to protect small landlord borrowers who request CARES-compliant forbearance, and provides the borrower who is harmed by a material violation with a cause of action.
Significantly Increases Penalties on Landlords Who Do Not Follow Court Evictions Process
  • Increases penalties on landlords who resort to self-help (i.e., locking the tenant out, throwing property out onto the curb, shutting off utilities) to evict a tenant, rather than going through the required court process.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR EXTREMELY LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO HAVE NOT AND CANNOT RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS 

PROGRAMAS DE ASISTENCIA DE ALQUILER PARA FAMILIAS DE INGRESOS EXTREMADAMENTE BAJOS Y AQUELLAS QUE NO HAN RECIBIDO NI PUEDEN RECIBIR BENEFICIOS DE DESEMPLEO 

PROGRAM OPEN THROUGH JUNE 30, 2021
PROGRAMA ABIERTO HASTA EL 31 DE JUNIO DE 2021

Spiritual resources/Recursos espirituales

Social isolation can be very difficult because we long for the emotional elements that come from human connection and our sacramental tradition is dependent on human touch. Our spiritual health and emotional well-being are not two separate things, but inseparably connected, therefore, we need resources that not merely keep us distracted during this time, but resources that will help us grow.


Many parishes offer mass streaming online, including daily masses so please check your parish’s website to see if your parish offers mass. 


Every Sunday Fr. Jon will offer a 9 am message in English, repeated at 9:30 am in Spanish on his Facebook Page. You need to “friend” him to get the access to the reflections.


As social isolation becomes the “new normal,” we may need additional resources for our spiritual well-being.

Catholic Meditation and/or spiritual sources:

https://gratefulness.org (based on the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast)

https://www.sacredspace.ie (Independent Catholic-sourced web resource)

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/prayer-online/ (Jesuit)

El aislamiento social puede ser muy difícil porque anhelamos los elementos emocionales que provienen de la conexión humana y nuestra tradición sacramental depende del toque física. Nuestra salud espiritual y nuestro bienestar emocional no son dos cosas separadas, sino que están inseparablemente conectadas, por lo tanto, necesitamos recursos que no solo nos mantengan distraídos durante este tiempo, sino recursos que nos ayudarán a crecer.


Muchas parroquias ofrecen transmisión de la santa misa online, incluidas las misas diarias, así que consulte el sitio web de su parroquia para ver si su parroquia ofrece misa. P Jon ofrece una reflexión cada domingo en español a las 9:30 am (inglés sera a las 9 am) en su página de Facebook. Tiene que “friend” al padre a tener acceso a las reflexiones.


A medida que el aislamiento social se convierte en la "nueva normalidad", es posible que necesitemos recursos adicionales para nuestro bienestar espiritual.

Meditación católica y / o fuentes espirituales:

https://gratefulness.org  (basado en las enseñanzas del hermano David Steindl-Rast)

https://www.sacredspace.ie  (recurso web independiente de origen católico)

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/prayer-online/  (jesuita)
 

Resources from the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

 

California Department of Public Health - COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations / Prevención de COVID-19 Recomendaciones /

Coronavirus Mới (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities / Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades

Coronavirus – Information, Response, And Considerations (Western Center on Law & Poverty)

 

HEALTH/Salud

Covered California: Responding to the COVID-19 crisis, Covered California has announced a new open enrollment period that will extend through June 30. If you, a family member, friend, or any other Californian is losing health benefits, or just newly interested in getting insured, there is now the opportunity to enroll in comprehensive coverage for individuals and families.

March 18: Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Ongoing Safety Net Services for Most Vulnerable Californians During COVID-19 Outbreak
The order waives eligibility re-determinations for 90 days for Californians who participate in:  Medi-Cal health coverage, CalFresh food assistance, CalWORKS,  Cash Assistance for Immigrants, and In-Home Supportive Services.

 

Public Charge: USCIS has announced that immigrants can seek testing, treatment, and prevention of COVID-19 without fearing immigration consequences due to public charge. The public charge regulations from the Department of Homeland Security & Department of State — which institute a wealth test in our immigration system – went into effect on Monday, February 24, 2020, while the litigation proceeds in the lower courts.

Please visit Protecting Immigrant Families for more information. // USCIS exhorta a todas aquellas personas, incluidos los extranjeros, que tengan síntomas similares a los de la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) (fiebre, tos, dificultad respiratoria) a buscar el tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención necesarios. Dicho tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención no afectarán negativamente a los extranjeros como parte del análisis futuro de carga pública. 

 

For complete website see: https://www.lawfoundation.org/coronavirus

COVID-19 Alternatives for POSADAS, Simbang Gabi, and Christmas Caroling
Alternativas para las POSADAS, Simbang Gabi y Villancios durante COVID-19

Las tasas de infección y morbilidad de COVID han alcanzado niveles más alto en el país y el gobernador ha im- puesto restricciones a las reuniones públicas para que el virus no se propague. Las camas de nuestra UCI en el condado ya han alcanzado de su capacidad. COVID ha afectado especialmente a la población latina y se deben tomar mayores precauciones. Como comunidad, no debemos reunirnos en grandes asambleas ni socializar con otras personas fuera de nuestra “manada pandémica”.

Este “kit” es un recurso para nuestras familias que nos permitirá celebrar plenamente las Posadas y mantener la salud de todos los miembros de nuestra familia.


Ritual de Casa de las Posadas
• Preparar comida habitual para Posada
• Reúna a los que viven en su hogar fuera de la casa en el camino de entrada y lean juntos Lucas 2: 1-14.
• Camine hasta una puerta de la casa que no sea la puerta de entrada y diga una petición para aquellos que no tienen un techo sobre su cabeza esta noche (personas sin vivienda, campos de refugiados en la frontera y aquellos que son rechazados por sus propias familias). 
• Camine hacia otra puerta (que no es la puerta de entrada) y diga una petición para aquellos que están huyendo de sus países de origen y buscan un lugar en nuestra comunidad para vivir sus vidas sin miedo.
• Camine hasta la puerta principal y diga una petición para aquellos que están ayudando a personas sin hogar, personas sin hogar, refugiados y personas rechazadas por sus propias familias y entrar. Ve al belén de tu casa, canta “Las Posadas”, reza el Padre Nuestro y procede a compartir la comida preparada.
• Concluir las Posadas con bendiciones de los niños y familiares mayores.

COVID infection and morbidity rates have reached record levels in the country and the Governor has imposed re- strictions on public gatherings so that the virus does not spread. Our ICU’s beds in the county have already reached capacity. COVID has hit the Latino population especially hard and greater precautions need to be taken. As a community, we must not gather in large assemblies nor socialize with others outside our “pandemic pod.” This “kit” is a resource for our families that will allow us to fully celebrate Posadas, Simbang Gabi and Caroling and maintain health for all the members of our family.

• Prepare customary food for Posada
• Gather those who live in your household outside the house in the driveway and read Luke 2: 1-14 together.
• Walk to a door to the house that is not the front door and say a petition for those who do not have a roof over their head this night (unhoused persons, refugee camps on the border, and those who are rejected
by their own families).
• Walk to another door (that is not the front door) and say a petition for those who are fleeing their home countries and seeking a place in our community to live their lives free from fear.
• Walk to the front door and say a petition for those who are helping unhoused persons, homeless persons, refugees and people rejected by their own families and enter. Go to the nativity scene in your home, sing “Las Posadas” pray the Our Father and proceed to share the food prepared.
• Conclude the Posada with blessings of the children and older relatives.

Simbang Gabi
If your parish offers Simbang Gabi masses, watch the mass together and share in a household breakfast (or midnight snack) If there is not a mass that you can watch, recite the rosary and offer petitions for family members and conclude the prayer with the food.

Christmas Caroling
Arrange an evening on Zoom with your friends to share your favorite YouTube videos of Christmas carols. (The “host” of the Zoom call will need to make each participant at “co-host” so that the participant can share their screen and play their video). If you have an exceptionally talented group, have the person offer a carol live! You can try to have all participants sing a carol together; however, Zoom videos of multiple people singing is really the art of music editing and spontaneous singing is somewhat difficult. But you all can give it a try! At the conclusion of the caroling, have participant lift their favorite warm beverage and toast one another.

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