RALLY TO “KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER” ON THE STEPS OF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT IN WASHINGTON, APRIL 18 , 2016
Dear Friends, We are coming off of a busy spring season here at Junta. As we keep on with the work of building a community space and offering critically-‐needed programs to New Haven residents, we have enjoyed events and activities taking place not only in and around our office in Fair Haven, but even as far away as Washington, D.C.! From the New Haven Green to the Supreme Court, with rallies and protests both local and national, I am reminded this Spring of the importance and scope of Junta’s mission. The local programs we offer have implications that reach far beyond our town. In fact, our focus on inclusive community engagement, help to vulnerable populations, and meaningful rights for immigrants and their families is a mission that has national and even international resonance. The current political climate, which is frightening to us all, makes us aware that we must raise our voices and actively advocate for what matters to our communities. The national political outcomes that the rest of 2016 has in store will have
immediate impacts on our friends and neighbors here in New Haven. However, so long as our country’s politics remains as slow and problematic as they are, it is really organizations like Junta that are the true line of defense for the rights and well-‐being of many of our community members. We make tangible, visible change. Junta offers legal advice and family counseling to add clarity to a byzantine system of laws and policies. We provide an after-‐school arts program to students who need extra attention and aren’t getting it in an overburdened school system. We even offer a free summer camp that provides kids from low-‐income backgrounds the chance to learn about the environment and experience the wonders of a state park here in Connecticut. We not only offer much-‐ needed ESL classes for adults, but classes on women’s rights, public health, nutrition, computer skills, and craft, empowering our clients’ potential to gain employment and contribute civically to their community. Through partnerships, we provide
diapers and furniture to families who need the support. We both provide help to those who are vulnerable and simultaneously empower people to be the directors of their own lives. Overall, I firmly believe it is the work of organizations like Junta that makes the most difference in our communities. I am so grateful to the donors and volunteers who make these programs possible; we couldn’t do it without you! Just as we look forward to supporting our community in the coming season, we look forward to your continued support of Junta to make all of these changes a reality. We must vote on the ballot for what we believe in, but also vote with our time and our resources. Thank you for your support, Sandra Trevino Executive Director of Junta for Progressive Action
JUNTA NEWSLETTER |
JUNTA ADVOCACY IN DC!
ESL Graduation and Gardening
We have been especially excited about the great turnout and energy of our women's group, “Mujeres Creando.” Through Junta's partnership with Planned Parenthood, we have gotten to explore topics such as women's rights, immigrant's rights, and even some social justice theater activities.
Probably the biggest event of our season was the arrest of three New Haveners while they were protesting the Obama administration’s deportation policy in front of the White House on February 23rd. Those arrested include our own Director of Advocacy, Ana Maria Rivera-‐Forastieri, Junta Board Member and Yale Professor Alicia Schmidt Camacho, and Fair Immigration Reform Movement spokesperson Kica Matos. They and 11 other activists from around the country engaged in civil disobedience to call attention to the unjust and inhumane deportations of undocumented individuals by the Obama administration.
Adult ESL classes are wrapping up for the Spring semester. We have been enjoying the opportunity to celebrate students’ hard work and progress with graduation parties and certificate ceremonies. Looking forward, we will still have classes available in the evenings starting in July, and our community garden in the backyard could use some love during the nice weather in the summer months! If you want to take a summer class or even just practice English while working in our garden beds (new this season!), please let us know! We also have begun offering art and handicraft classes this spring, teaching people the skills they need to work from home and hopefully earn a little money through their craft! We will hopefully offer another class this summer; stay tuned!
Family Services Expansion We continue to be excited about providing counseling and resources to families in our community, and we are also excited to announce that, thanks to a donation, we have been able to expand our diaper bank by 50% to now serve over 100 kids!
This spring, Junta had many opportunities to advocate for the rights of families in our community to government officials in Washington, DC. Two students from our Youth Action Committee (Steven P. and Alejandra G.) attended the Keeping Families Together summit in DC, and the following week, 15 members from DAPA-‐eligible families joined them in the capitol for a rally outside of the Supreme Court while the court heard oral arguments on the DAPA case. Closer to home, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal came to Junta to meet with the Castillo-‐ Olivares family and learn about their experience and perspective on these issues. Our own Juancarlos Soto also put together an incredible art exhibit called “Faces of DAPA,” and three of his portraits are on their way to Washington, D.C. to represent to our national lawmakers that here in New Haven, we want to keep families together and pass the reforms necessary to do so.
This A pril, we also had the amazing opportunity to meet with Jennicet Gutierrez, an amazing undocumented trans immigrant rights activist. Gutierrez is most famous for "heckling" Obama to stop deporting families and detaining LGBTQ people. She is an inspiration to activists of all genders and all backgrounds in our community, and we feel very lucky we had the chance to speak with her!
Youth Action Committee Not only did we send some students to D.C. this Spring, but our youth group continues to engage in civics closer to home. We have grown substantially this Spring, and now 16 youth are involved in our activities, which include group meetings as well as presentations at local schools, voter registration, participation in rallies, and more!
JUNTA NEWSLETTER |
Figure 1Junta's first Junta’s graduating class
Thank you for your support! We are so very grateful for the generous support of old and new friends of Junta. Without you, we could not continue to provide the programs and services that are needed to make our community a healthier and viable environment to live, work and play.
SAVE THE DATE! JUNTA’S 47TH GALA September 22, 2016 Amarante’s Sea Cliff
If you are interested either in becoming an advertising sponsor or attending the event, check back on our website for more details in the near future!
We appreciate our very generous grantors! We couldn’t continue the important work we do without you!
MAKE A DONATION!
We rely on the support of all of you to offer free programs, services and advocacy to the community. Your gift will help our children’s program, The Neighborhood Place (TNP), serve disadvantaged children (ages 5-‐14). TNP is in great demand, with over 100 families on our wait list! Your gift will also provide 65 children the opportunity to partake in our Big Turtle Village’s five-‐day sleep-‐away camp this summer. The children will spend their days making new friends and exploring the natural environment at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. Please make a donation today!
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Fund City Missionary Association of New Haven City of New Haven Youth Violence Community Development Block Grant Community Foundation for Greater New Haven Enterprise Holdings Foundation First Niagara Foundation Frontier Communications Community Services Fund Hispanic Federation Lewis G. Schaeneman, Jr. Foundation NewAlliance Foundation Planned Parenthood of Southern New England TD Charitable Foundation United Way of Greater New Haven Woman’s Seamen’s Friend Society Yale University
JUNTA for Progressive Action 169 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513
OR GIVE ONLINE AT: www.juntainc.org
Questions or concerns? CONTACT US: Junta for Progressive Action 169 Grand Avenue, New Haven, 06513 (203) 787-‐0191 (203) 787-‐4934 firstname.lastname@example.org
HELPING HANDS THRIFT STORE Donate items and designate Junta as your charity of choice to Helping Hands Community Thrift Store and Furniture Bank located at 334 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT. Junta will receive a portion of the sale proceeds to help sustain our services and programs that we provide to the Greater New Haven community.
Don’t forget to like us on FACEBOOK!
JUNTA NEWSLETTER |
169 Grand Avenue New Haven, CT 06513
Read about the happenings at Junta for Progressive Action during the first half of 2016!