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JUNTA NEWSLETTER  

JUNTA Newsletter    

Spring 2016  

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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        


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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!      


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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.    

Upcoming Events:    

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!      

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Junta Newsletter Spring 2016  

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Junta Newsletter Spring 2016  

Read about the happenings at Junta for Progressive Action during the first half of 2016!

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