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Catholic Charities Grupo de Solidaridad               
November 6, 2020

COVID-19

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.


COVID-19
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. 

WEEKLY COMMUNIQUE
On November 4, the Silicon Valley Faith Leaders Collaborative participated in a press conference with “Protect Our Community,” and “Count the Vote.” Later that night the Collaborative held a prayer vigil followed by a rally sponsored by “Protect Our Community.” The Si Se Puede Collective in the Mayfair held a Healing Circle at Mexican Heritage Plaza. Many cities hosted events calling for a peaceful transition of power. What we need is a radical transformation of a political system that will give greater access for people, not special interests to shape the policies and budgets that affect their lives. No matter who ends up in the White House, the work of equity in public policy, including dismantling the militarization of police forces in US cities will continue.
Gospel Reflection: Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour!
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
“I Look at the World,” by Langston Hughes

I look at the world
From awakening eyes in a black face— And this is what I see:
This fenced-off narrow space
Assigned to me.

I look then at the silly walls
Through dark eyes in a dark face— And this is what I know:
That all these walls oppression builds Will have to go!

I look at my own body
With eyes no longer blind—
And I see that my own hands can make The world that's in my mind.
Then let us hurry, comrades,
The road to find.

Langston Hughes


Let us pray for all the vote counters tallying the results of the election, that they not become intimidated by roving bands of hot headed vigilantes.

Let us pray for all those who are teaching non-violent resistance, that they be successful in training more people to become creative resisters to injustice and violence.

Let us pray for the investigative journalists who are working to uncover the lies told about counting votes.

Let us pray for community organizers who create capacity within communities so that those who are directly affected can fashion solutions to the challenges that they face in their everyday lives.

Let us pray for activist artists, musicians, and poets that give heartfelt expression to the Resistance.

Let us pray for healing for our communities that have been torn apart by White supremacy, anti-immigrant sentiment, and xenophobia.

Reflexión del Evangelio: Estén pues, preparados, porque no saben ni el día ni la hora. 

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
América insurrecta (Pablo Neruda)

Nuestra tierra, ancha tierra, soledades, se pobló de rumores, brazos, bocas. Una callada sílaba iba ardiendo, congregando la rosa clandestina, hasta que las praderas trepidaron cubiertas de metales y galopes.

Fue dura la verdad como un arado.

Rompió la tierra, estableció el deseo, hundió sus propagandas germinales y nació en la secreta primavera.
Fue callada su flor, fue rechazada
su reunión de luz, fue combatida la levadura colectiva, el beso
de las banderas escondidas,
pero surgió rompiendo las paredes, apartando las cárceles del suelo.

El pueblo oscuro fue su copa,
recibió la substancia rechazada,
la propagó en los límites marítimos, la machacó en morteros indomables. Y salió con las páginas golpeadas
y con la primavera en el camino. Hora de ayer, hora de mediodía,
hora de hoy otra vez, hora esperada entre el minuto muerto y el que nace, en la erizada edad de la mentira.

Patria, naciste de los leñadores,
de hijos sin bautizar, de carpinteros,
de los que dieron como un ave extraña una gota de sangre voladora,
y hoy nacerás de nuevo duramente desde donde el traidor y el carcelero
te creen para siempre sumergida.
Hoy nacerás del pueblo como entonces. Hoy saldrás del carbón y del rocío. Hoy llegarás a sacudir las puertas
con manos maltratadas,con pedazos
de alma sobreviviente, con racimos
de miradas que no extinguió la muerte, con herramientas hurañas
armadas bajo los harapos.

News - Noticias

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.

Volunteer with Catholic Charities to distribute food in partner parishes

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Proper attire for volunteering: comfortable shoes. No slippers, flip flop’s, sandals or open-toe shoes.


Voluntario con Caridades Católicas para distribuir alimentos en parroquias asociadas
Tiene que enlace aquí para voluntarse. 
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:

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)
 

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.

WE NEED YOUR HELP 
NECESITAMOS SU COOPERACIÓN


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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

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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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
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