Abril 2021

Steel beams resembling a cross found in the rubble of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York is displayed outside St. Peter's Church in New York this month. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The controversy over plans to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque a couple of blocks away from ground zero in New York is but the latest manifestation of a historic cycle of distrust of immigrants -- and their faith.

 Public outcry erupted this summer over plans to convert a former Burlington Coat Factory store, located a little more than two blocks from the World Trade Center complex, into a nine-story Islamic cultural center, with a mosque included.

The area's Muslim community already uses the vacant retail space for worshippers who overflow from the al-Farah Mosque, about a dozen blocks north of the trade center property, according to The Associated Press.

Critics in New York and beyond have decried the project as an insult to the memory of those who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers and as an attempt by radicals to "triumphally prove that they can build a mosque right next to a place where 3,000 Americans were killed," as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a likely Republican candidate for president in 2012, put it.

Supporters of the project argue that the right to religious freedom means the Muslim group is entitled to build on the site and point out that the proposed building is not within sight of the trade center property, and is in fact about six blocks from the nearest of the two towers destroyed in 2001. At its core, the mosque furor is not unlike what Catholics experienced in the United States for more than 100 years, according to Georgetown University theology professor Chester Gillis.

He also is dean of Georgetown College and the founding director of the program on the Church and Interreligious Dialogue within the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. While there are a wide range of political, philosophical and even zoning arguments about the Islamic center plans, Gillis sees anti-Muslim sentiment -- based in misconceptions and xenophobia -- at the core of the debate.

 "The neophytes in society are always on the outside," Gillis said. "With Catholics, people feared they would have loyalty to a foreign power, the Holy See." With Muslims, he added, people fear a possible connection to an Islamic government or to a terrorist organization. At an impromptu news conference Aug. 18, New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan noted that "as Catholics, we ourselves are somewhat touchy about this issue because in the past we have been discriminated against."

zprawu76683zg0A Comunidade Católica Brasileira de NYC se prepara para receber os convidados de mais um arraial fantástico. Realizado sempre na segunda semana de Junho, o ARRAÍA DO VILLAGE foi o primeiro a ser estabelecido em NYC.

Respeitando a tradição, o "Casamento na Roça"  acontecerá no amplo salão paroquial da Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Pompéia, localizada no coração do   West Village, em Manhattan.  Todo ano a festa reuni "the village people" e  festeiros em trajes tipicos no melhor e maior  "arrasta pé" da cidade, sô. A festa corre solta até as 2 hs da manhã, atraindo público de todas as idades e estilos.

Depois de tantos anos de sucesso, o segredo da festa continuam o mesmo - uma mistura de autenticidade, originalidade e alegria dos participantes que vem de diferentes partes do Brasil e de diferentes países.

htvapcvgoxi4hiNeste ano, além das brincadeiras, prendas e quadrilha, teremos um prêmio especial para os melhores trajes feminino e masculino !!! Venham concorrer ao posto de sinhazinha e sinhozinho mais chics de 2010 !!

O Arraial do Village é regado a bebidas e comidas brasileiras deliciosas, por precinhos u77guxyqq6v0xtda roça. A entrada é gratuita. Aceita-se doações na entrada.

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Para doar prendas, ajudar na preparação ou no encerramento da festa, contactar Ana Lourdes: 212.920.9540 ou


uoqo7fdyxf0huhEvento: ARRAIÁ DO VILLAGE
uando: Sábado, 12 de Junho de 2010.
Das 19hs às 2 hs da manhã.
Father Demo Hall - Our Lady of Pompeii Church
25 Carmine Street - West Village
, New York, NY 10014
Como Chegar: De metrô - B, F, D, & A, C, E até W 4th St
Preço: Entrada Franca - aceita-se doações na entrada
DJ: DJ Ferrugem
Quadrilha, brincadeiras, prendas, concurso sinhosinha(o), quitutes e bebidas brasileiras a preços convidativos, trajes típicos, muita risada e alegria grátis !
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Although many disasters and sad events like the massive oil spill and the attack on Flotilla 1 had happen in the last weeks - we MUST NOT FORGET TO URGE THE CONGRESS, THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT TO WORK ON A COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM ! Let's keep the pressure on the Immigration Reform issue, while showing solidarity to other activists who are trying to give voice to the victims of recent tragedies.

Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Migration, expresses the bishops' support for comprehensive immigration reform. Such reform would take into account both the rights of a country to secure its borders and the rights of people to emigrate to support themselves and their families.

JOIN US and the JFI to Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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PHOENIX, AZ – MALDEF and a coalition of civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit today in a federal court in Phoenix challenging Arizona’s new law requiring police to demand "papers" from people they stop who they suspect are not authorized to be in the U.S. The extreme law, the coalition charged, invites the racial profiling of people of color, violates the First Amendment and interferes with federal law.

The coalition filing the lawsuit includes the American Civil Liberties Union, MALDEF, National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), ACLU of Arizona, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) – a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.

"Arizona's law is quintessentially un-American: we are not a 'show me your papers' country, nor one that believes in subjecting people to harassment, investigation and arrest simply because others may perceive them as foreign,” said Omar Jadwat, a staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.

“This law violates the Constitution and interferes with federal law, and we are confident that we will prevent it from ever taking effect." The lawsuit charges that the Arizona law unlawfully interferes with federal power and authority over immigration matters in violation of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution; invites racial profiling against people of color by law enforcement in violation of the equal protection guarantee and prohibition on unreasonable seizures under the Fourteenth and Fourth Amendments; and infringes on the free speech rights of day laborers and others in Arizona. “This discriminatory law pushes Arizona into a spiral of fear, increased crime, and costly litigation,” said Victor Viramontes, MALDEF Senior National Counsel.

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's one of those situations where context makes all the difference. In the world of religious belief, faith leaders want their people soundly committed to their faith, not agnostic, defined as a person who believes that the human mind "cannot know" whether there is a God.

But many faith leaders would like the pipes that carry Internet traffic to be agnostic, which they define as not knowing what is moving from one computer to the next. That is one way of describing the principle of net neutrality.

The Federal Communications Commission this spring announced its intent to draw up language that would enforce net neutrality. Already a couple of net neutrality cases with religious overtones have surfaced.

When a barbershop quartet aficionado tried sending files of public-domain barbershop quartet music via a file-sharing service, but was blocked by Comcast from doing so, The Associated Press conducted its own test, trying to send the similarly copyright-free King James Bible using a file-sharing service.

AP's file-sharing was likewise blocked. In January, Catholic Relief Services sent text messages to Sprint telephone users, asking them to call CRS to make a donation for Haitian earthquake relief. But three days into the initiative, Sprint told CRS, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency, to shut down its text-to-call operation or risk losing access to all Sprint users.

Text messaging, like the Internet, falls under the purview of the nation's telecommunications giants.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI deplored an assault by Israeli commandos on a flotilla of ships taking aid to the Gaza Strip, calling the series of events "tragic" and "very painful," as well as a cause concern for all those who long for peace in the region.

He also called on world leaders and local politicians to do all they could to improve the living conditions in Gaza, which Israel has blockaded since 2007, when the Islamic militant group Hamas took control of the territory.

"Once again I repeat with a heavy heart that violence does not resolve controversies, but rather it augments the dramatic consequences and spawns more violence," he said at the end of his general audience talk in St. Peter's Square June 2.

The pope made an appeal to all political leaders on local and international levels to "unceasingly seek just solutions through dialogue so as to guarantee the people in the area better living conditions, in harmony and serenity."

In Geneva, the Vatican's representative to U.N. organizations there, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, said "a full, impartial and transparent investigation into the latest incident, based upon international law and international humanitarian law, is necessary."

Speaking at an emergency U.N. debate June 1 in Geneva concerning the Israeli raid, Archbishop Tomasi said it was "clear that the humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza" were not being met. "All parties involved and the international community have a responsibility to cooperate so that the fundamental human rights of those persons are implemented," he said.

At least nine people were killed when Israeli special forces boarded the ships in international waters in the early morning hours May 31 in an attempt to stop the vessels from reaching the Palestinian territory of Gaza. Dozens were wounded in the ensuing fight between Israeli commandos and activists.

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Bishops of the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean called on their governments to address the economic root causes of migration and seek policies that will help create jobs for people in their homelands.

During a regional consultation on migration held at the headquarters of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops June 2-4, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City and bishops from Canada, Haiti and Latin America spoke with reporters about some of the issues being discussed at the meeting.

Addressing economic root causes of migration "in our mind, is the lasting and humane solution to the challenge of illegal immigration," said Bishop Wester, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, in a statement he read at the June 3 news conference.

"Second, we believe that all governments, not only the U.S., should look at their immigration laws and reform them in a manner which respects basic human rights," Bishop Wester continued. The nations of the hemisphere also must "redouble their efforts against the scourge of human trafficking," he said.

He noted that in a globalized world, where capital, communications and goods are readily exchanged, the movement of labor has not been regularized, and the impact of globalization on human beings has not been acknowledged or addressed. "As the most powerful country in our hemisphere and a destination for migrants, the United States should lead the way in this effort by reforming immigration laws as soon as possible," said Bishop Wester
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Advocates for Haitian peasants said a U.S.-based company's donation of up to 475 tons of hybrid vegetable seeds to aid Haitian farmers will harm the island-nation's agriculture.

The advocates contend the donation is being made in an effort to shift farmer dependence from local seed to more expensive hybrid varieties shipped from overseas.

Haitian farmers and small growers traditionally save seed from season to season or buy the seed they desire from traditional seed markets. However, an official from the St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. told Catholic News Service that the seed is simply a donation to the Haitian government. The first two shipments -- 135 tons -- of hybrid varieties of corn, cabbage, carrot, eggplant, melon, onion, spinach, tomato and watermelon arrived in Haiti during the first two weeks of May.

Bazelais Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay, the primary group opposed to the donation, told CNS June 1 from his office in Brooklyn, N.Y., that farmers usually are skeptical of unknown seed varieties. "From my experience, the peasant (farmer) is very careful in using the seeds, particularly corn," Jean-Baptiste said.

"They would not plant a seed they did not know because they invested time to prepare the land and the seed." In a widely distributed e-mail in mid-May, Jean-Baptiste's brother, Chavannes, executive director of the peasant group, excoriated the seed donation as "a new earthquake."

He said the entry of Monsanto seed into Haiti was "a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds ... and on what is left of our environment in Haiti."


No dia 23 de Abril, a governadora do Arizona, Janet Brewer aprovou a lei que criminaliza imigrantes indocumentados naquele estado. Até então cruzar a fronteira era uma infração civil e regulamentada por leis federais.

A lei SB1070 obriga policiais a deter e encarcerar qualquer pessoa que não tenha em mãos seus documentos ou que "pareça um imigrante irregular" no pais. Ela criminaliza acompanhantes de imigrantes indocumentados e dá aos cidadãos do Arizona o poder de denúnciar qualquer "pessoa suspeita" de estar ilegalmente nos Estados Unidos.

Essa lei incentiva o preconceito racial e "racial profiling" , colocando principalmente as pessoas de descendência indigena/ negra latino americana em risco. Um grande retrocesso na história dos direito civil americano.

Onde Participar:

:: Em Manhattan, NY 
Time: May 1, 12pm
Location1 : Foley Square, Downtown Manhattan (Worth Street Between Centre & Lafayette Streets) Organizer: Frances Liu
Details: Assemble at 11, March at noon

Location 2:Union Square
Time: 12pm
More info: Ana Lourdes Alvarenga (1.212.920.9540) 

:: No Queens, NY
Location: 88th Street and Roosevelt Avenue
Organizer: Javier Valdes
Details: The clean up will be from 88th Street and Roosevelt Avenue to 111th St and Roosevelt Avenue, covering 1.2 miles of the main thoroughfare.

:: Em Long Island, NY 
Time: May 1, 12pm
Location: corner of Front St. and North Franklin St, Hempstead, NY
Organizer: Jessi Jaramillo & Osman Cruz
Details:The march will begin assembling on the corner of Front St. and North Franklin St. at 11 AM and will step off at Noon. Marchers will arrive at the parking lot at Fulton and Washington at 12:30 PM for a rally expected to last until 2 PM. There will be speakers and music at the rally.

:: Em Southampton, NY
CIR NOW- Keeping our families & communities in the San Joaquin Valley SAFE & UNITED
Time: May 1, 12:30pm
Location: Lola Prentice Park, 151 Windmill Land, Southampton, New York
Details: A rally sponsored by several organizations to let our neighbors know that we care for all our residents and that we want a safe, secure and welcoming country.

:: Em Peekskill, NY
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: Federal Building, One Park Place, Peekskill
Organizer: Norma Pereira-Mora

:: Em Albany, NY
Time: TBD
Location: NY State Capitol
Organizer: Hudson Mohawk May Day Committee

:: Em Albion, NY
Time: May 1, 12pm
Location: Albion Courthouse, Main & Park St.
Organizer: Corinne Rosen

:: Em Buffalo, NY
Time: May 1, 2pm
Location: Martin Luther King Park, Goodell and Main Street
Organizer: Corinne Rosen

:: Em Ithaca, NY
United for Immigration Reform 2010.
Time: May 1, 2pm
Location: Robert Purcell Community Center, Cornell University
Details: March starting 2pm at Cornell University, Robert Purcell Community Center, and goes to Ithaca Downtown Commons for a rally at 3:30pm.

Demonstre seu repúdio  a lei racista SB1070 contactando os legisladores do Arizona:

Senator Frank

Senator Chuck Gray District

Senator Russell
imagesWASHINGTON— In solidarity with the Catholic bishops of Arizona, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, issued a statement April 27, opposing the enactment and implementation of Arizona SB 1070, which criminalizes undocumented immigrants.

“This new law, although limited to the State of Arizona, could have impact throughout the nation, in terms of how members of our immigrant communities are both perceived and treated,” Bishop Wester said in the statement. “SB 1070 gives law enforcement officials powers to detain and arrest individuals based on a very low legal standard, possibly leading to the profiling of individuals based upon their appearance, manner of speaking, or ethnicity.”

 Bishop Wester called SB 1070 “symptomatic of the absence of federal leadership on the issue of immigration” and called for “the Administration and Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to enact comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible.”
Full text of the statement follows.


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