Catholic Charities Grupo de Solidaridad               
November 13, 2020


All masses, retreats and meetings have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns until further notice. Join us at 9 am for a FaceBook live stream.

Todas las misas, retiros y juntas están canceladas por la precaución de COVID-19. Únate con P. Jon por un mensaje espiritual de “FaceBook Live Stream” por un mensaje a las 9:30 en español. 

The gap between the wealthy few and the poor is widening here and abroad. This gap is seen every day by tens of thousands of people in Silicon Valley: dwellings along freeways, behind shopping centers and along creek beds. Check out the data from the Silicon Valley Pain Index included in this issue.
Gospel Reflection:
What Do You Have to Offer?
For this week’s reflection, please tune in to FaceBook Live at 9:00 am for a livestream reflection from Fr. Jon (English).  He will do a 9:30 am reflection (en español). 

Weekly Intercessions
“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.”


The commitment to The Way is not something that one enters into with a perspective of “I’ll try this and see if it works out.” The Way requires a full-on, integral immersion. The parable was intended to suss out the weed from the chaff: which of those who seek to enter The Way will continue down the road and which ones will drop out. The decision is not dependent on how much one has to begin with, but rather, how willing are we to take a risk and be on The Way? For those who wish to follow The Way must be prepared to undergo a fierce inventory of their personal resources. Dis- ciples must examine their ability to let go of all the things that tether them to material security and they must make a choice: will they join The Way or watch others from the sidelines. Those who chose The Way were forewarned that they must renounce every thing in their life: possessions and family and take up the cross (that is, to be ready to align oneself with those who were deemed to be “non-persons” and thus be willing to die an ignominious death on a cross). Discipleship was not about knowledge about God, but rather a commitment to the “Kingdom of God,” that is, the establishment of radical social and spiritual equity. Once you are on The Way, you cannot hesitate predicate your action on a calculation of loss. You cannot be ruled by fear! You must be willing to speak truth to power even if it means being jailed. You must call out the tyrant, befriend the untouchable, heal the sick, mend the injured, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, free the prisoner, and provide hospitality for the foreigner. Our ability to act is dependent on “emunah,” אמונה that is, “trust,” (mistranslated as, “faith.”) The amount of “emunah” each of us has will be reflected in how much good we can do to usher in the Kingdom. To those with much “emunah” more will be given so that tyrannies can topple, dictators be disposed, and the vulnerable and those deemed unacceptable by the Empire will have their justice.

Let us pray for those who have chosen the difficult path of working for positive social change: that they not be dissuaded by the hostility of those opposing the rising tide of discontented voices demanding systemic change, racial equity and social justice.

Reflexión del Evangelio:
¿Que tienes que ofrecer?

Para la reflexión de esta semana, sintonice FaceBook Live a las 9:00 a.m. para una reflexión en vivo del Padre. Jon (inglés). Hará una reflexión a las 9:30 am (en español). 

Intercesiónes semanales

Huye de lo que es cómodo. Olvida la seguridad. Vive donde temes vivir. Destruye tu reputación. Sé notorio. He intentado una planificación prudente durante bastante tiempo. De ahora en adelante voy a estar loco”.


El compromiso con El Camino no es algo en lo que uno entra con una perspectiva de "Intentaré esto y veré si funciona". El Camino requiere una inmersión total. La parábola tenía la intención de sacar la maleza de la paja: cuál de los que buscan entrar en El Camino continuará por el camino y cuáles abandonará. La decisión no depende de cuánto tengamos para empezar, sino de qué tan dispuestos estamos a correr el riesgo y seguir El Camino. Quienes deseen seguir El Camino deben estar preparados para someterse a un inventario profoundo e integral de sus recursos personales. Los discípulos deben examinar su capacidad para dejar ir todas las cosas que los atan a la seguridad material y deben tomar una decisión: se unirán al Camino o observarán a los demás desde la barrera. Aquellos que eligieron El Camino fueron advertidos de que debían renunciar a todo en su vida: las posesiones y la familia y tomar la cruz (es decir, estar dispuestos a alinearse con los que se consideraban “no personas” y así ser dispuesto a morir una muerte ignominiosa en una cruz). El discipulado no tenía que ver con el conocimiento de Dios, sino más bien con un compromiso con el “Reino de Dios”, es decir, el establecimiento de una radical equidad social y espiritual. Una vez que esté en
El Camino, no puede dudar en basar su acción en un cálculo de pérdida. ¡El miedo no te puede gobernar! Debes estar dispuesto a decirle la verdad al poder, incluso si eso significa ser encarcelado. Debes llamar al tirano, hermanar los intocables, curar a los enfermos, curar a los heridos, vestir a los desnudos, alimentar al hambriento, liberar al prisionero y brindar hospitalidad al extranjero. Nuestra capacidad para actuar depende de "emunah", אמונה, es decir, "confiar" (mal traducido como, "fe"). La cantidad de "emunah" que cada uno de nosotros tiene se reflejará en cuánto bien podemos hacer para llevar en el Reino. A aquellos con mucha “emuná” se les dará más para que las tiranías puedan derrocar, los dictadores sean eliminados y los vulnerables y aquellos considerados inaceptables por el Imperio obtendrán su justicia.

Oremos por aquellos que han elegido el difícil camino de trabajar por un cambio social positivo: que no se dejen disuadir por la hostilidad de quienes se oponen a la creciente ola de voces descontentas que exigen un cambio sistémico, equidad racial y justicia social.

Community Resources  
Recursos Comunitarios

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.



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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.

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: (based on the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast) (Independent Catholic-sourced web resource) (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:  (basado en las enseñanzas del hermano David Steindl-Rast)  (recurso web independiente de origen católico)  (jesuita)

Live FB Streaming with Fr. Jon
Sunday at 9 am  (English)

 Those who want to access the live stream, please “friend” Fr. Jon on Facebook. 

Transmisión en vivo con el P. Jon 
Domingo 9:30 am (español)

Aquellos que quieran acceder a la transmisión en vivo, por favor "friend" en FaceBook.

Resources from the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley



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)



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. 


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From Silicon Valley Pain Index
From SJSU’s Human Rights Institute “Silicon Valley Pain Index”

White Supremacy and Income/Wealth Inequity in Santa Clara County

0 Number of Black women employed by ten large Silicon Valley technology companies.

0.7% Amount of wage increase for top 10% of Silicon Valley workers from 1997-2017 after adjusting for inflation, while wages decreased for the 10th-90th percentiles.

1% Amount of venture capital dollars (out of $19 billion) that went to African American start-up tech firms.

1 Rank among the 3,142 U.S. counties for average monthly housing costs ($2,341) and apartment rental rates in Santa Clara County ($2,911).

3 Rank among U.S. counties for median household income ($125,933).

3% Black employees in the top 75 Silicon Valley technology companies.

3 Number of large Silicon Valley technology companies who have no Black employees.

3.5 Number out of 1,000 Asian American and Asian women workers in high tech firms who are executives.

4.5% Whites who do not complete high school in Santa Clara County.

4.8% Latinos who are in corporate high tech executive positions.

5.6% Whites who are living in poverty.

6 Rank among U.S. counties in income inequality.

6.5% Increase in commercial office space development from 2017 to 2018, with 18.2 million square feet of office space opening up in Santa Clara County.

8.5% Decrease in number of new housing permits (to 5,500) from 2017 to 2018.

10 Number of White youth arrested per every 1,000 young Whites.

11.5 Number out of 1,000 White men workers in high tech firms who are executives.

11.8% Latinos who are living in poverty.

$12 Amount of minimum wage in Saratoga and Los Gatos—two cities in the county that are predominantly White and very wealthy—for businesses with 25 employees or less.

12.7% Blacks who are living in poverty.

13% Households that have more than $1 million in net worth, controlling 75% of the wealth.

13.2% San José State University students who have experienced homelessness in past year (over 4,000 students).

14.2% Amount of wage decrease for middle-class earners (50th percentile) in Silicon Valley from 1997-2017 after adjusting for inflation.

14.9% Blacks who do not complete high school.

17% Newly approved housing units (614) deemed “affordable” (i.e., for households earning 50% of the median income or less) in 2017-18.

18% White households who are not self-sufficient.

19% People who are living in poverty, using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (which is adjusted for geographic differences in housing costs, as well as adds in-kind benefits (e.g., nutritional assistance and subsidized housing) and subtracts necessary expenses (e.g., income taxes, and costs of child care and medical care).

20% Households that have less than $400 in savings for an emergency, with the number of households doubling for Latinos and tripling for Blacks.

20.8% Latinos who do not complete high school.

23% Household renters who pay more than 50% of their income toward housing.

26.8% People who are experiencing food insecurity.

31% Large tech companies with no women of color executives.

31% White children who are not proficient in math.

34% Latinos who have died from COVID-19; Latinos are 23% of county’s 18-and-older population.

37% K-12 students who receive free or reduced-price meals.

40 Number of arrests of Latino youth for every 1,000 young Latinos.

46% Black households who are not self-sufficient.

46% Whites who work at Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, LinkedIn, and Yahoo, but hold 70% of executive positions.

47% Asian Americans and Asians who work at Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, LinkedIn, and Yahoo, but hold 25% of executive positions.

50% San José State students who sometimes or often cut the size of their meals or skip meals because they don’t have enough money.

57% Latino households who are not self-sufficient.

61% Homeless population who are Black and Latino.

67% Black children who are not proficient in math.

74 Number of billionaires living in Silicon Valley.

74 Number of arrests of Black youth for every 1,000 young Blacks.

75% Latino children who are not proficient in math.

161 Number of homeless people who died on the streets last year.

9,706 Number of people who are homeless on any given night.

$28,960 Average per capita income for Latinos.

$40,807 Income of households at the 20th percentile.

$40,886 Average per capita income for African Americans.

$63,136 Average per capita income for Asian Americans.

76,000 Number of millionaires and billionaires who live in Silicon Valley.

$82,810 Average per capita income for Whites.

$94,450 Yearly income for a family of four to be considered low income.

$428,729 Income of households at the 95th percentile.

$1,200,000 Median home price.

$1,000,000 Dollar amount cut from libraries in San José, the largest city in Santa Clara County, for the 2020-21 budget.

$3,400,000 Average annual income of the top 1% of households in San José.

$449,000,000 Dollar amount of the San José Police Department’s budget for 2020-21.

$47,000,000,000 Dollar amount that Apple saved under the most recent Republican tax bill.

$48,200,000,000 Net worth of Larry Page, co-founder, Google, and 3rd richest Silicon Valley mogul.

$55,700,000,000 Net worth of Sergey Brin, co-founder, Google, and 2nd richest Silicon Valley mogul.

$76,000,000,000 Net worth of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook, and the richest Silicon Valley mogul.

$248,200,000,000 Net worth of the top 10 richest Silicon Valley moguls, all of which are white men.

$307,500,000,000 Dollar amount of cash reserves for four Silicon Valley companies (i.e., Alphabet [Google’s parent company], Apple, Cisco, and Facebook).

* Research Note: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information in the index and utilize the most current information, in many cases 2020 data is unavailable and statistics represent the latest data accessible. Any errors brought to the attention of the author or the SJSU Human Rights Institute will be researched, and if verified, will be corrected in future editions.
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. 

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