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La Casa Holds ACLU Know Your Rights Training

ACLU Know Your Rights Workshop On Monday, March 13th, La Casa de Don Pedro held a training session at St. Lucy’s Church to educate staff members on Immigrants’ Rights & Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and what staff can do to support the undocumented community. The Know Your Rights training

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ACLU Know Your Rights Workshop
On Monday, March 13th, La Casa de Don Pedro held a training session at St. Lucy’s Church to educate staff members on Immigrants’ Rights & Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and what staff can do to support the undocumented community. The Know Your Rights training session was led by Jeanne LoCicero, Esq., Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. La Casa organized the workshop with the ACLU in response to increased ICE raids in New York and New Jersey and increased concern from constituents. Prior to the Know Your Rights, La Casa staff reported receiving more questions about Immigrants’ Rights, DACA applications and renewals, and a deepened sense of fear among constituents. La Casa staff posed questions to Ms. LoCicero regarding how to file third party complaints, what to do if ICE comes to La Casa, rights to record police or ICE interactions, and identification. The ACLU workshop educated staff on how to respond to questions and provide accurate information about immigrants’ rights if confronted by ICE, local law enforcement or deportation. Newark remains a sanctuary city, where police will local law enforcement will not provide information to ICE nor will Newark Public Schools provide information about students or parents immigration status to ICE officers. La Casa’s Executive Director ensured staff that La Casa remains a sanctuary for immigrants. Know Your Rights posters and pocket cards, with information provided by the ACLU and United We Dream are available at all of La Casa’s centers. 

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Announcing our Gracias A Ti Honorees

At our Gracias A Ti breakfast on May 4, La Casa de Don Pedro will honor individual supporters and staff whose generosity and dedication to La Casa inspires us every day. Supporter Honorees Annie Basile Volunteer Tony Hughes Vice Chair, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association Gloria Ramos Board Member & Secretary-at-Large

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At our Gracias A Ti breakfast on May 4, La Casa de Don Pedro will honor individual supporters and staff whose generosity and dedication to La Casa inspires us every day.

Supporter Honorees

Annie Basile
Volunteer

Tony Hughes
Vice Chair, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association

Gloria Ramos
Board Member & Secretary-at-Large

Mark Thompson
Owner, Security-On-Point, Inc.

Miriam Silver Verga
Volunteer

La Casa Staff Honorees

Sofi Cordero
Senior Housing Counselor

Celena Cordova
Senior Human Resources Specialist

Gloria Jerez
Early Childhood Education Center Director III

Percival MacMaster
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Coordinator

Coraly Perez
Welfare to Work Case Manager

Nila Rouiller
Youth, Family & Health Services Program Assistant

 

Gracias A Ti is the first of La Casa’s 45th Anniversary events. With the theme, Together We Rise, our 45th Anniversary events celebrate our legacy in Newark and our community. La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45 year legacy in Newark is one of resilience, of creativity, and of unity of unity. We have built bridges that unite communities, empowered leaders who ignite social change and created opportunities for all to thrive. Forty five years later, we remember that together we rise.Together we triumph over adversity. And together we can build a brighter, more equitable future.

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#ArtsEdNow: La Casa & NAER team up for a Community Creative Session for Arts Advocacy

#ArtsEdNow: La Casa & NAER team up for a Community Creative Session for Arts Advocacy On Thursday evening, March 30th, parents, kids, teenagers and teachers filled a classroom in La Casa de Don Pedro’s 39 Broadway center to talk arts advocacy. Lauren Meehan & Mayuri Chandra of Newark Arts Education Roundable’s

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#ArtsEdNow: La Casa & NAER team up for a Community Creative Session for Arts Advocacy
On Thursday evening, March 30th, parents, kids, teenagers and teachers filled a classroom in La Casa de Don Pedro’s 39 Broadway center to talk arts advocacy. Lauren Meehan & Mayuri Chandra of Newark Arts Education Roundable’s (NAER) facilitated the community conversation, while La Casa’s ­­Youth & Family Counselor, DeboraCubias provided Spanish translation. The group discussed the importance of arts education, both inside and outside of school, the barriers to arts education, and how parents and students can organize to make arts a priority. After the discussion, kids got creative with painting projects and a collaborative drawing of the city.

“If there isn’t more music, painting, or extracurricular activities, other than math, etc. in schools, then what are [our kids] learning?” asked one mother. The message from parents, teachers and students was clear: Arts education is a priority, and we want to have more art programs in school curriculum, after school programs and over the summer.

La Casa de Don Pedro has made arts education a priority, for kids, teens and adults alike. We believe art is a source of empowerment. The 21st Century Kids After School Enrichment program at McKinley School engages our fourth fifth and sixth graders in issues of social justice and community engagement through music, dance, theatre and poetry. Art therapy is a critical component of our Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Program. We’ve worked with arts organizations such as Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, La Asociación de Barranquiteños de New Jersey, NJPAC, Newark Arts, City Without Walls, and GlassRoots. Yendor Productions, local artists and our kids have painted murals along Lower Broadway.

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Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association (LBNA) Community Forum – 4/6

Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association (LBNA) Community Forum The Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association would like to invite you to their 2nd Quarter Community Forum.  The Watts-Campbell Preservation Society, the Newark Police Department, and an expert on the Local Control of Newark Public Schools will give presentations. Thursday, April 6, 2017 Location: St. Lucy’s

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Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association (LBNA) Community Forum

The Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association would like to invite you to their 2nd Quarter Community Forum.  The Watts-Campbell Preservation Society, the Newark Police Department, and an expert on the Local Control of Newark Public Schools will give presentations.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Location: St. Lucy’s Church

Address: 118 7th Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104

Time: 6pm – 8:30pmLBNA Community Forum 4-6-17 Flyer LBNA Community Forum 4-6-17 Flyer_SPANISH

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Community Creative Sessions with Newark Arts Education Roundtable

La Casa is partnering with the Newark Arts Education Roundtable for a Community Creative Session. Join us from 6pm – 8pm at La Casa’s 39 Broadway Center to get creative and advocate for the arts. The Community Creative Session will bring together families, community members, and more, in an effort to educate

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La Casa is partnering with the Newark Arts Education Roundtable for a Community Creative Session. Join us from 6pm – 8pm at La Casa’s 39 Broadway Center to get creative and advocate for the arts.

The Community Creative Session will bring together families, community members, and more, in an effort to educate masses about the importance of arts education for young people. It is a city-wide effort we are conducting in each Ward. Food will be provided, and all are welcome! Arts activities for children under 12 will be available, so please bring your families.

We look forward to seeing you!

Community Creative Sessions Flyer

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La Casa Announces 45th Anniversary Celebration: Press Release

[Newark, NJ] La Casa de Don Pedro is proud to launch its yearlong 45th Anniversary Celebration. With the theme Together We Rise, La Casa’s four anniversary events honor leaders who advance its mission, pay homage to La Casa’s legacy in Newark and celebrate the thriving community. The event series begins with

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for website[Newark, NJ] La Casa de Don Pedro is proud to launch its yearlong 45th Anniversary Celebration. With the theme Together We Rise, La Casa’s four anniversary events honor leaders who advance its mission, pay homage to La Casa’s legacy in Newark and celebrate the thriving community. The event series begins with Gracias a Ti | Breakfast at La Casa on May 4 followed by the 10th Annual Festival de La Familia on September 23, 15th Annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on October 14, and closes with Together We Rise | 45th Anniversary Celebration gala in November.

Taking Together We Rise as its 45th Anniversary theme, La Casa de Don Pedro looks back on its roots as a fledgling community advocacy organization born in 1972, and journey to become the comprehensive community development organization & social services provider La Casa is today. Together We Rise highlights La Casa’s historic role as an advocate and unifier that builds bridges and partnerships across communities to ignite social change and build a stronger Newark.

“Our 45th Anniversary / Together We Rise is not just a celebration of La Casa, but a tribute to our Newark organizations, advocates and partners who have joined hands with us and our collective efforts to create positive change and opportunities for our community,” said Raymond Ocasio, La Casa de Don Pedro’s Executive Director.

La Casa’s 45th Anniversary Celebration has already garnered support from political leaders as well as flagship institutions and organizations in Essex County, who serve as sponsors or Honorary Committee members. La Casa is seeking partners for the 45th Anniversary Celebration events. Each of the four events offers unique sponsorship opportunities and benefits. To learn more about La Casa’s 45th Anniversary Celebration events and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mariel Fernandez (mfernandez@lacasanwk.org) or visit: www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/45th-anniversary/.

45th Anniversary Celebration Sponsors *as of 3/23
Prudential Premiere Diamond Sponsor | Valley National Bank Premiere Gold Sponsor | JP Morgan Chase Premiere Gold Sponsor | McCarter & EnglishLLP | Horizon NJ Health | City National Bank | North Jersey Federal Credit Union | Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, City of East Orange | Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, NJ State Legislature |

45th Anniversary Celebration Honorary Committee *as of 3/23
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez | NJ State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz | Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin | Assemblywoman Blonnie Watson | Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders President Britnee Timberlake | John Schreiber, New Jersey Performing Arts Center | Joan Straussman, NeighborWorks America

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Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka visits La Casa and McKinley 21st Century Civic Learning and Engagement Program

Our students wrote and the mayor listened. On Wednesday, February 23 Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined the La Casa and McKinley 21st Century Civic Learning and Engagement Program students, parents and teachers for a conversation about challenges the community faces. Mayor Baraka’s visit came in response to letters written

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Our students wrote and the mayor listened. On Wednesday, February 23 Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined the La Casa and McKinley 21st Century Civic Learning and Engagement Program students, parents and teachers for a conversation about challenges the community faces. Mayor Baraka’s visit came in response to letters written by our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders expressing concerns about education and public safety in their neighborhoods. Students took to the microphone; posing questions to the Mayor about public safety and policing, charter schools and Newark Public Schools return to local control and how they can create change in their communities. The Mayor addressed our young students’ concerns and encouraged them to continue advocating and organizing to improve their communities.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center is a federally funded program supported by the New Jersey Department of Education for out-of-school-time programs in the state.  Through poetry, theatre, music, video production and arts projects, our young students have a chance to raise their voices to build stronger communities. La Casa de Don Pedro’s 21st Century kids program fosters civic responsibility and social consciousness so that our youth possess the tools and knowledge to become the next generation of leaders.

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La Casa Centers Closed on 2/9 due to snowstorm

Forum on 1/10 to Discuss Lower Broadway Developments

What’s Happening in Lower Broadway? On Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30pm, the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association will host a free, open, community forum to share important information about developments in Newark’s Lower Broadway Neighborhood. The meeting will be held at basement of the Rectory at Saint Lucy’s Church, (118 7th

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What’s Happening in Lower Broadway?

On Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30pm, the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association will host a free, open, community forum to share important information about developments in Newark’s Lower Broadway Neighborhood. The meeting will be held at basement of the Rectory at Saint Lucy’s Church, (118 7th Avenue, Newark). Presenters include La Casa de Don Pedro, PSEG, the Lower Broadway Coalition, and the Newark Police Department.

La Casa de Don Pedro will share the results from a recent Resident Satisfaction Survey and PSEG will present information about their plans to upgrade the substation at the corner of Clay Street and McCarter Highway. The Lower Broadway Coalition will share an update on Interstate 280/Route 21 and the Newark Police Department will introduce their Community Service Officers.


Please direct questions and your RSVP to lowerbroadwaynewark@gmail.com.

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La Casa de Don Pedro calls on the community to kick-off the giving season with #GivingTuesday

 Newark, NJ (November 23, 2016) #GivingTuesday is a global movement that celebrates the work of charitable organizations and activates change in underserved communities.  La Casa de Don Pedro has joined this international day of giving to celebrate and support giving. La Casa’s #GivingTuesday mission is to raise $15,000 to support

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 Newark, NJ (November 23, 2016) #GivingTuesday is a global movement that celebrates the work of charitable organizations and activates change in underserved communities.  La Casa de Don Pedro has joined this international day of giving to celebrate and support giving.

La Casa’s #GivingTuesday mission is to raise $15,000 to support its programs, provide 500 families with holiday meals, and fulfill the holiday toy wishes of the 900 children they educate and support.  The campaign runs from #GivingTuesday, [Nov. 29] until Dec. 31.

“In these uncertain times we face, a gift can make a world of good by giving joy, spreading love, and inspiring hope,” says Executive Director, Raymond Ocasio.

Last year, contributors helped raise $15,000 and provided food and toy donations for hundreds of families. This year, with an even wider network of children and families hoping for a brighter holiday, the need is even greater. In September, La Casa opened five new Head Start centers in Newark, expanding its preschool program to educate 600 three and four year olds daily.  The after school enrichment programs give 250 6-12 year old kids a safe environment to explore their creativity and engage with their community. 25 teenagers count on family counselors for emotional and social support as they navigate adolescence.

Individuals or businesses can make financial and in-kind contributions of food or toys by giving online or by dropping off contributions by any Food and Toy Collection Center. La Casa de Don Pedro has partnered with a variety of businesses and individuals to support its programs and services through #GivingTuesday over the past three years.  Sponsors like Horizon NJ Health, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Essex County Sheriff and Prosecutors offices, and North Jersey Federal Credit Union have been key partners in the efforts.  La Casa encourages other businesses to consider supporting its work through Give Days.

“Give Days offer an opportunity for businesses to support our cause and attract new customers.  We will help interested parties come up with an appealing way to help promote their contributions (i.e. Taco Tuesdays or Wednesday Wine & Dine),” says Carrie Puglisi, Director of Program & Fund Development. “We will help you promote your 100% tax free contribution to La Casa de Don Pedro on our website (www.lacasanwk.org), through media outreach, email blasts and social media posts.”

Blaze Pizza at 691 Broad Street, Newark has already pledged to support La Casa de Don Pedro. On December 6st from 12pm to 3pm, the restaurant will donate 20% of the sales from customers who show this Blaze Pizza fundraiser flyer in support of La Casa.

La Casa de Don Pedro isn’t the only charitable organization in Newark to celebrate #GivingTuesday.  Greater Newark Conservancy will hold a kick-off art exhibition and reception at the Squirrel and the Bee in Short Hills on Monday, November 28th.   They will sell their produce and poinsettias #GivingTuesday, November 29th.  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and GlassRoots, among other nonprofits, will celebrate giving on #GivingTuesday as well. “We are all in this together,” says Ocasio.

For more information or to get involved with La Casa de Don Pedro’s #GivingTuesday’s efforts, please contact Mariel Fernandez at info@lacasanwk.org or 973.482.8312 ext. 1116. To make a contribution online or to learn more about #GivingTuesday, visit http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/givingtuesday-2016/

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