Jeff has a new article on Pope Francis just published in the NCR (National Catholic Reporter). You can read it HERE.
Dec 06 2013
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Dec 02 2013
Here is the DECEMBER Catholic Agitator
In This Issue:
- 2013 Christmas Appeal by Jeff Dietrich
- A Deep Abiding Friendship by Liza Apper
- Curt’s Kitchen by Helen Grove
- Way of God by Peter Stiehler
- The Sister Houses by Jeff Dietrich
- The Gift of the Catholic Worker by Julia Ochiogrosso
- The Pebble in the Pond by Dennis Apel
- The Way of the Cross by Eric DeBode
- The Simple and Holy Time by Johanna Berrigan and Mary Beth Appel
- The Joy of Our Lives by Steve Baggarly and Kim Williams
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/12/02/december-2013-agitator
Dec 01 2013
Guadalupe Catholic Worker Dennis Apel will appear with his attorney, U.S. constitutional lawyer and UC Irvine Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, before the U.S. Supreme Court on December 4 (Supreme Court case No. 12-1038: United States of America, Petitioner v. John Dennis Apel.) concerning whether a person who has a “ban and bar” letter from the base commander that prevents that person from entering a military base (Vandenberg AFB) without the base commander’s approval can continue to protest on a public roadway easement. This is a First Amendment issue that was appealed from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by the U.S. government. The forthcoming decision will not only affect Dennis, but anyone who has been arrested on a military base and was issued a ban and bar. Please keep Dennis and this situation in prayer. This LINK is to an article that gives and excellent overview of this case. This LINK also has good info on Dennis and his journey.
UPDATE: (Wednesday, December 4, 2013) These three links– LINK, LINK, LINK give updates on what the Justices focused on, which does NOT look good. In the second link there is a link to the Scotus Blog, which gives a good analysis from a legal perspective. This LINK has the audio of the actual case arguments. (photo by Steve Kelly, SJ–press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court)
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/12/01/guadalupe-catholic-worker-goes-to-supreme-court
Nov 15 2013
HERE is another excellent, yet disturbing, Chris Hedges article on 28-year-old whistleblower Jeremy Hammond (in photo), who, today, received 10 years in federal prison for hacking into Texas-based private security firm Strategic Forecasting Inc., or Stratfor, and releasing 3 million e-mail exchanges that exposed the firm’s infiltration, monitoring, and surveillance of protesters and dissidents, particularly in the Occupy movement, on behalf of corporations and the national surveillance and security state. This surveillance most likely includes LACW community members and the LACW itself, since we were involved with and arrested with Occupy Los Angeles, as well as being long-standing stalwarts in the resistance community. See the story of Jeremy’s sentencing HERE, and his full court statement HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/11/15/the-revolutionaries-in-our-midst
Nov 13 2013
Please note that Hospitality Kitchen (aka: Hippie Kitchen) is closed on Thanksgiving Day. However, we will be open on Saturday, November 30. Further, the kitchen also will be closed on Christmas Day, and Thursday, December 26, and New Years Day, but will be open on Saturday, December 28, and Thursday, January 2..
Also, we do not accept volunteers working for school service requirements or other forms of community service hours from Thanksgiving to Christmas. We do not have the space to accommodate the many people who wish to volunteer during this, our busiest, time period.
Thank you. Many blessings during this holiday season and beyond.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/11/13/lacw-upcoming-holiday-schedule-and-policy-reminder
Nov 11 2013
Each year for the past 24 years, thousands of people converge at the gates of Fort Benning, in Columbus, Georgia, to demand the closure of the School of Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute For Security Cooperation (SOA/WHINSEC), a school where Latin American military and police are trained in counter-insurgency tactics (i.e. torture). Many graduates have been responsible for major human rights atrocities and massacres throughout Latin America. If possible, join the LACW in saying NO MAS!–NO MORE! to this immoral institution known as the School of Assassins. For more info see the SOA Watch websites HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/11/11/join-the-lacw-at-the-annual-vigil-to-close-the-soawhinsec
Nov 01 2013
As with the Vandenberg action (post below), the same federal prosecutor requested all charges be dropped against Jeff Dietrich and Barbara Robinson for the action at the downtown Federal Building in protest against the 35 year prison sentence given to Pvt. Chelsea Manning. It is a travesty of justice that Manning has not been granted clemency while charges are dropped against Catholic Workers. To find out more about Pvt. Manning and what you can do to support her click on this LINK.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/11/01/charges-dropped-3
Oct 17 2013
Five of six Catholic Workers arrested on Nagasaki Day, August 9, appeared for arraignment in Santa Barbara Federal Court today and received a pleasant surprise…the federal prosecutor told the judge that we are not worth the time and cost to the government and recommended that the charges be dropped. The visiting judge complied. This is very strange since the federal prosecutor has a history of pushing for heavy fines and jail time for all Catholic Workers. This time, no time, no fine. YES!! We will accept any victory, especially believing that we would get jail time for this action since the temporary judge in that court has recently been issuing jail time to all resisters who have appeared before him. UPDATE:The sixth resister from this action, Karan Founds-Benton (third from right), received a letter stating her charges also were dropped.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/10/17/charges-dropped-2
Oct 16 2013
David Omondi (left) appeared in federal court today for sentencing for the August 28 action in protest against the 30-year sentence of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning. At his October 2 arraignment, David pleaded guilty to two charges: Failing to comply, and Obstructing a door. David walked away with 10 hours community service to be served at Homeboy Industries and $60. in court costs, which David stated he will not pay. The judge was going to issue a $200. fine plus court costs until David stated Catholic Workers do not pay fines for something we believe is standing up for what is right and just, and following a higher law. After many questions to David and considerable discernment, the court said it was best to give community service since it did not want to sentence David to jail time. Jeff has a trial date of December 5 after pleading not guilty to both charges, while Barbara has a November 21 court appearance scheduled after also pleading not guilty on October 2.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/10/16/david-gets-ten-hours-community-service
Oct 08 2013
Forty-eight Catholic Workers from our sister house network gathered From September 27 – 29, at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, for our annual retreat. This year’s facilitator/presenter was Elizabeth McAlister, from Jonah House, in Baltimore, MD. Liz is the widow of the late Phil Berrigan. She offered us much to reflect on in our resistance efforts and daily work with the poor. See photos HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/10/08/lacw-sister-house-retreat
Oct 04 2013
Here is the October Catholic Agitator
In This Issue:
- Harming The National Defense by Jeff Dietrich
- In Nairobi, Kenya New Catholic Worker by David Omondi
- Interview With Terrorist Nun by Jeff Dietrich
- Seven Sacred Works For Young Activists For The Love Of Justice by Lydia Wyllie-Kellermann
- A Swift And Brutal Verdict by Chris Hedges
- In Syria: The U.S. Has No Dog In This Fight by Faustino Cruz
- Organizing For Justice: Immigration Reform by Heather Moline
- Project Unspeakable
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/10/04/october-2013-agitator
Sep 26 2013
On Wednesday, September 25, the LACW joined with Call to Action and other groups at Our Lady Queen of Angels Cathedral, downtown Los Angeles, in a protest against the planned meeting in Rome with the Pope and all Catholic bishops. The laity are not included in this meeting, which will set priorities and a new Church agenda. LACW community member Heather Moline made a statement and was interviewed by Univision, a Spanish language television network.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2013/09/26/lacw-joins-in-protest-against-vatican-policy