After spending four months in federal prison for non cooperation with the system after getting arrested for protesting against U.S. nuclear weapons policy and its imperial war-making last August 9 at Vandenberg AFB, Jeff was released this afternoon. We welcomed him home with a homecoming party in our community room where we enjoyed plenty of food, beverages, and music. It was an emotional time for Jeff. Guadalupe Catholic Worker Dennis Apel remains incarcerated for one more week.
Aug 26 2016
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Aug 24 2016
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Aug 19 2016
Recently our in-house worker guest from Palestine, George Shkara, not only was trained to be a kitchen organizer, but he also had his Los Angeles debut as a singer at a club in Silver Lake, where some LACW community members were present for support. He put on a very good show and was well received. We congratulate him and wish him well in his emergent singing career.
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Aug 19 2016
Recently we had a Hospitality Day where we brought 12 of our friends from downtown to the house for a nice breakfast, time to relax, read the paper, play games, watch soccer on the television, then had a banquet feast for lunch consisting of tasty, tender, mouth-watering beef chuck roast, mashed potatoes with butter, sour cream and chives with gravy on the side, collard greens, cauliflower, bakery bread, and a variety of desserts, including premium ice cream with various toppings. All had a great time and left full and happy.
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Aug 08 2016
Here is the AUGUST Catholic Agitator.
In This Issue:
- U.S. War For The Greater Middle East by Jeff Dietrich
- Mollie Lowery – R.I.P.
- Muhammad Ali – R.I.P.
- Why Are We Still In Afghanistan? by Eli Massey
- Society’s Racial Woundedness by Jeff Dietrich
- Resistance As An Act Of Creation by Karan Benton
- The Women Didn’t Run by Brendan Walsh
- This Award Is Not For Me by Jesse Williams
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Aug 08 2016
During the vigil portion of our gathering, Mike Wisniewski and Karan Benton were approached by base security and warned that they were in violation of Ban and Bar letters (Letters from the base commander notifying them that because of previous arrests at the base they were now banned and barred from entering the base without written permission from the base commander.) They were asked to leave immediately or face arrest. Mike chose to leave the protest area while Karan refused to leave and was immediately arrested.
Later, after the vigil and prayer service, LACW Jed Poole and Veterans for Peace member Chris Knudson intentionally crossed the green line marking the lawful protest area, processed down the base road and were arrested near the visitors center.
While those arrests were taking place, David Omondi walked onto the street without the intention of being arrested, but was nevertheless arrested without warning. All were sited for trespass and released 30 minutes later at Vandenberg Village, seven miles from the base gate. Court dates will be scheduled at a later date.
(Click on photos once or twice for high resolution viewing.)
NOTE: More photos now posted HERE.
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Aug 02 2016
Disarm and Repent! Abolish Nuclear Weapons. War No More!
Hospitality Kitchen (AKA Hippie Kitchen) will be closed Saturday, August 6. The L.A. Catholic Worker will travel to Vandenberg Air Force Base, on the central coast, to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, protest against U.S. nuclear weapons policy, and call for an end to U.S. imperial war-making. We will return to our regular schedule on Tuesday, August 9. If you are interested in accompanying us, please call 323-267-8989 and we will gladly make room for you. We will spend the night at the Guadalupe Catholic Worker and return late afternoon Sunday.
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Jul 26 2016
Longtime friend of the LACW, Mollie Lowery, who was dedicated to the well being of the skid row homeless, placing chronically homeless people, specifically those with severe mental illness, into housing and much needed treatment, joined the heavenly Cloud of Witnesses on Monday, July 25, after a long struggle with cancer at age 70.
Mollie was co-founder, in 1985, of L.A. Men’s Place, a drop-in center for men, which later became LAMP Community that offered permanent supportive housing, counseling, and other services in a community environment to the mentally challenged of the Row.
She later obtained a ranch in Bishop, California, in the Eastern Sierra’s, where she would take skid row homeless for some time away from the streets and provide them with whatever treatment they needed, including hikes in the mountains as a form of treatment. Most recently she worked as executive director of Housing Works, in Hollywood, strategizing outreach to get homeless people into long-term care.
Mollie was dedicated to each person with whom she worked, treating everyone with dignity and respect, never giving up, no matter what, until she gained their full trust, thus enabling her to provide the housing, critical care, and love needed to rebuild their life. In addition, Mollie would hold her clients accountable for their end of the agreement. They had to set goals and work hard to achieve them, and if they backslid, they had to answer to her. No one got off easy.
She was also a strong critic of city and county officials for their lack of genuine concern for the plight of homeless people and their failure to provide additional housing and ongoing support for those most in need.
Mollie is survived by five brothers and sisters. Without doubt she will be tremendously missed.
Mollie Lowrey, Presente!
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Jul 14 2016
This LINK is to an article on the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. Something that each and all of us in this nation should have knowledge of since the United States is the World Empire and has a first use policy.
This also is one of the reasons that five Catholic Workers and a member of the Veterans for Peace were arrested last year at Vandenberg AFB on the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing, with three of the six sentenced to jail time, including Jeff Dietrich and Dennis Apel, who remain in federal prison (see this LINK).
An excerpt: “On the 20th anniversary of the ICJ Advisory Opinion on threat or use of nuclear weapons, the people must wake up, stand up and speak out. Nuclear weapons are illegal as well as immoral and costly. They are not even weapons, but instruments of mass annihilation. They serve no useful purpose and endanger all countries, all people, and all future generations. It is past time to end the nuclear era.”
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Jun 30 2016
Our 2016 Summer interns have arrived and are eager to see what awaits them in the next six weeks. From left to right meet Jeffery Harrell (Washington State), Gregory Fister (Missouri), Emily Guerra (Southern California), Isaiah Ritzmann (Ontario, Canada), Shawn Rodine (Nebraska). We warmly welcome them and hope this is a very rewarding summer experience. Check back to this post periodically throughout the summer for more photos posted HERE.
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Jun 17 2016
Each year the 13 LACW Sister Houses get together for our annual retreat at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Montecito, near Santa Barbara. This year because of scheduling difficulties, we gathered on Memorial Day weekend rather than in the Fall. This year 40 Catholic Workers from around the nation, and Mexico, gathered to listen to presentations from this year’s facilitators, Willa Bickham and Brendan Walsh from Viva House Catholic Worker in Baltimore, MD, and to socialize, pray, sing, relax, and just have a good time. We remembered our brothers who are in prison and jail: Jeff Dietrich, David Omondi, Dennis Apel, and Faustino Cruz, as well as the two we lost in the past year: Dan Delany (co-founder of the LACW) and Fr. Daniel Berrigan, SJ. See photos HERE.
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Jun 14 2016
This LINK is to a short article about Dorothy Day’s resistance to civil defense drills back in the 1950s and early 1960s, specifically June 15, 1955–61 years ago.
An excerpt: “In this particular case, Operation Alert was a nationwide, mandated, legally enforced drill. Dorothy Day, fellow Catholic Workers and other pacifists informed the media that they would disobey the law, and refused to evacuate public spaces and work places for the proscribed fifteen-minute period. Instead, they sat on park benches in City Hall Park, quietly praying and meditating. All 27 – and a shoeshine man who was taken into custody by mistake – were arrested. They were branded murderers by their judge, who accused them of being responsible for the simulated deaths of three million New Yorkers.”
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