Former LACW community member David Omondi (now at the Kenya CW he founded), finally achieved success in drilling for water in a small village outside Nairobi. The water well is being used to help the Massai people who live in the remote village. See more info HERE (scroll down three articles) in the letter he wrote last year describing this project. We congratulate David for his efforts, persistence, and success.
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May 03 2015
May 1 marked the 82nd anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Worker movement, and the 45th anniversary of the LACW. A big THANK YOU to Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, and to Catherine Morris and Jeff Dietrich for their dedication and commitment to keeping this community together, but most importantly to the Holy Spirit for the grace and guidance showered upon all concerned, and to all current and former community members as well as all who have donated their time and money to continue our work of serving the least among us and standing in resistance to the unjust and violent structures that create and perpetuate poverty, oppression, and war-making by the U.S. empire.
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Apr 20 2015
The LACW is a member of the Pacific Life Community (PLC), a network of spiritually motivated advocates for nuclear abolition and human rights in general. We are committed to ending nuclear weapons and war-making through nonviolent direct action along the Pacific Rim in collaboration with the global peace movement; and we are involved in struggles for justice as a necessary prerequisite for peace, meaning “the presence of justice, not the absence of tension,” as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently explained.
At the 2015 annual PLC retreat, this year held in the S.F. Bay Area, a number of people, led by former Lockheed Martin engineer and co-founder of the PLC, Bob Aldridge, agreed to form a “Catalytic Resource Cooperative for Proactive Nonviolence: A Thought Collective for Exploring Proactive Strategies Across Issue Lines.” We at the LACW invite anyone who is interested in seeking social change to view this DOCUMENT that describes what proactive nonviolence is and how to adopt the principles described therein to efforts to bring about a more just society that peace may prevail.
UPDATE: – April 27, 2015 – A note from Bob Aldridge:
Dear Participators in the Proactive Co-op,
You have not heard from me for a while because I have been researching the best way for all of us to communicate. It looks like a Forum is the most ideal, so I have also been studying how to set up and manage one. I now believe we are ready to get down to business.
I have been using the shorter name of Proactive Co-op, which makes things a little easier.
My user name on the Forum is BobA
I urge all of you to register quickly.
I have posted one forum so far, which is to identify the targets for proactive nonviolence. I have also posted the first four threads on that Forum.
So now we are set to put the Proactive Co-op into operation. It is ready for your input.
I have also been sending invitations to some groups to participate. I am moving slowly on invitations so that we can establish a solid base.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
In peace, Bob
If you would like more information about the PLC you can visit the website HERE.
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Apr 16 2015
This is a GREAT ARTICLE by Kate Chatfield from our sister house in San Bruno, California. Kate is a criminal defense attorney in San Francisco. This article, concerning a retrial she won for a client, appears in the San Bruno CW April Newsletter.
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Apr 15 2015
On Sunday, April 12, we celebrated our 40th annual Seder of Liberation. It was a fantastic success with 60 people in attendance. Everyone had a great time. Jeff was the MC, with Dennis Apel, Tina Delaney-McCudden, Paul McCudden, and Rozella Apel as our head table Hagaddah readers. We shared a great meal after the Seder with plenty of food and tasty desserts. Thank you to all who came and shared a dish. If you did not attend, plan ahead for next year–the Sunday after Easter. Guaranteed you will not regret it. See photos HERE.
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Apr 07 2015
Here is the APRIL Catholic Agitator
In This Issue:
- Death of the Liberal Class by Jeff Dietrich
- Women’s Ordination by Joannne Viviano
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Sandi Huckaby
- Book Review: Raised By Radicals by Sandi Huckaby
- Banned Street Serving by Dimitri Kadiev
- U.S. Policy in the Middle East by Faustino Cruz
- Bix Remembered by Mike Wisniewski
- Letter to the Editor by Fr. Michael Scheip
- Oscar Romero: Martyr by David DeCosse
- The Empire by Cory Randall
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Apr 06 2015
This year’s Anti-War Stations of the Cross was again very successful. The weather was perfect, and we had more than 100 people join us for our annual walk to places of darkness in the downtown area. Donald Nollar again put together a succinct and meaningful script; and we had two very articulate readers, who, after the sound system failed, projected their voices loud and clear. A big thank you to all who participated. See you again next year. See photos HERE.
Here is the PDF of this year’s Anti-War Stations of the Cross script.
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Mar 20 2015
The application process for our 2015 Summer Internship Program is now closed. No further applications will be accepted. Please check our “Internship Opportunities” page and “Visiting” page for more info if you have an interest in joining us as a live-in worker. If you already submitted an application you will be notified before May 4 of your status. Thank you. Blessings.
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Mar 17 2015
HERE is a PDF of last year’s script used for the Anti-War Stations of the Cross.
PLEASE CALL 323-267-8789 to reserve a seat and sign up to bring either a salad or dessert.
NOTE: If you have yet to attend either or both of these events, you are missing out on our two best events of the year (one solemn the other a festive celebration). Please consider attending both events, it is guaranteed that you will not regret it. Bring a friend as well.
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Mar 17 2015
This LINK is to a MUST Watch video on the L.A.P.D. murders on Skid Row. Before any investigation began, the Los Angeles police department began to use the mainstream media to convict Charly Keundeu Keunang, “Africa.” As you can see in this video, Mr. Keunang was not the only one, and at the end of the video, you can see other incidents of brutality. More importantly, listen to the hypocrisy of our elected leaders, as their forces continue to militantly oppress the most vulnerable.
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Mar 12 2015
On Wednesday, March 4, seven members of the LACW traveled to Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada (about 50 miles north of Las Vegas), to join CODEPINK and Veterans for Peace in a anti-drone protest at one of the leading bases where U.S. drones used to bomb and assassinate are controlled. Over 140 people attended the five day event with 34 resisters arrested (including LACW community member Karan Benton) on Friday morning for blocking traffic. See photos HERE.
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Mar 04 2015
The LACW community was represented by Mike Wisniewski at the 2015 Pacific Life Community (PLC) Resistance Retreat. This year’s retreat was held in Menlo Park, in Northern California, from Friday, February 27, through Monday, March 2, with a nonviolent direct action on Monday at Lockheed Martin, in Sunnyvale, protesting nuclear weapons work and other weapons for war. After sharing poetry, litany, dancing, songs, and prayer, 12 people were arrested for blocking traffic. They carried a letter with them that read:
To All of Us Who Pay Taxes or Work at Lockheed Martin,
Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest weapons producer. The nuclear missiles that Lockheed Martin designs and builds are a threat to all life on earth. We ask you to evaluate the morality of profit from world-wide death and suffering.
This is the time to transform Lockheed Martin’s reliance on weapons production into new technologies that help the earth and benefit the common good.
Those arrested included: Peggy Coleman, Betsy Lamb, Ann Havill, Fr. Jerry Zawada, OFM, John Yevtich, Katie Kelso, Susan Crane, Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, Larry Purcell, Elizabeth Murray, Ed Ehmke and Mary Jane Parrine. Four of the protesters were released that afternoon by signing out, as was one later that evening. The seven who refused to sign papers for their release were held in jail until they were seen by a judge. They were released, all charges dropped, on Wednesday night, March 4. The individuals who signed out will have a future court date.
The keynote speaker was Dalit Baum, Ph.D., originally from Tel Aviv, and co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, and of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. Dalit is a feminist scholar and teacher. She has been active with various groups in the Israeli anti-occupation and democracy movement. She has worked for American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in the San Francisco office since 2013 and currently serves the organization as Director of Economic Activism. She spoke on the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, and the destruction and slow genocide of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. This year’s retreat had 80 people in attendance from various western states.
***See photos HERE.***
***See video of action at Lockheed Martin HERE. ***
During the retreat, on February 28, news came of the passing of longtime Tacoma Catholic Worker, peace activist, and PLC member, Jesuit Fr. William “Bix” Bichsel, 86, who now resides with the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed. The retreat and direct action were dedicated to him with many wearing a photo of Bix in remembrance. Bix was a member of the Disarm Now Plowshares and recently traveled to Jeju Island to protest the U.S.-sponsored naval base being built there. Fr. Bix–PRESENTE!
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