Upcoming Holiday Schedules

Please note that Hospitality Kitchen (aka Hippie Kitchen) is closed on Tuesday, November 20 for needed maintenance, and Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22. However, we will be open on Saturday, November 25.

Further, the kitchen will also be closed on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, will reopen on Thursday, December 27. We will also be closed on New Years Day, Tuesday, January 1, will reopen on Thursday, January 3.

Also, we DO NOT accept volunteers working for school service requirements or other forms of community service hours beginning the week after Thanksgiving until the week after Christmas. We do not have space to accommodate the many people who wish to volunteer during this time period.

Thank you. Happy holidays. May your holiday season be safe and filled with many blessings and much joy, happiness, and love.

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Catholic Worker Tensie Hernandez Self-Surrenders To Federal Authorities

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Tensie Hernandez, from the Guadalupe Catholic Worker, appeared in Santa Barbara Federal Court for a trespass charge related to her arrest at Vandenberg Air Force Base on August 6 during our annual protest commemorating the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The court accepted Tensie’s guilty plea and ordered her to spend 7 days in federal custody at the downtown Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center. 

On Monday, November 5, we gathered at the downtown Roybal Federal Building for a short prayer service before Tensie self-surrendered at the U.S. Marshal’s Office escorted by her husband Dennis Apel.  It is expected that Tensie will be released on Friday, November 9 because of the Veteran’s Day holiday on Monday. We thank Tensie for her witness and dedication to peace and U.S. imperial war machine disarmament.

(NOTE: To see below photos in high resolution click on each photo.)

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Dorothy Day Birthday

Today, November 8, 2018, we commemorate Catholic Worker movement co-founder Dorothy Day’s 121st birthday. We give thanks for the gift of Dorothy’s life, her witness, and the CW movement–founded in 1933.  Dorothy joined the Heavenly Cloud Of Witnesses on November 29, 1980 (aged 83) in New York City

Dorothy was a woman who afflicted the comfortable, and comforted the afflicted. She liked to say, “Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.”

Another famous quote allegedly said by Dorothy: “Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy rotten system.”

Some interesting facts:

  1. Born in 1897, she was raised in a nominally Protestant family and became a Roman Catholic in 1928.
  2. One of her early memories was the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and how her mother offered help to quake victims.
  3. Her father was a sportswriter who covered racetrack news.
  4. She loved reading novels from early childhood on, and her favorite author was Fydor Dostoevsky.
  5. She was baptized and confirmed at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Chicago in March of 1911 when she was thirteen.
  6. She rejected organized religion in college because she didn’t see so-called “religious people” helping the poor.
  7. In the World War I period she was part of a circle of social radicals and literary types like Eugene O’Neill.
  8. She first went to jail with a group of suffragists in 1917 who were demonstrating at the White House in favor of giving women voting rights.
  9. She had an abortion in a failed relationship when she was 22 years old.
  10. The birth of her daughter Tamar in 1926, within a common-law marriage, brought her great joy and happiness, and led to her final embrace of the Catholic faith.
  11. She met Peter Maurin in 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression.
  12. The Catholic Worker newspaper appeared in May 1933 with 2,500 copies distributed by hand. Circulation grew to 190,000 by 1938, and dropped to 50,000 during World War II, largely because of the paper’s pacifist stand. (Today’s circulation is over 80,000.)
  13. The first House of Hospitality opened in 1933. Today over 220 Catholic Worker communities exist in thirty-nine states and ten foreign countries.
  14. She maintained throughout her life that Peter Maurin, not she, started the Catholic Worker Movement. She called him a modern St. Francis who was responsible for completing her Catholic education.
  15. Her written work includes 8 books, 350 plus articles for journals and magazines, and over 1,000 articles for The Catholic Worker newspaper.
  16. A heavy smoker for years, she finally gave up the habit “cold turkey” after praying for several years for help in quitting.
  17. She went to daily Mass and weekly confession, and regularly went on religious retreats.
  18. She read the Bible at a time most Catholics didn’t.
  19. She travelled long distances by bus. She carried a Bible, a missal, the Divine Office, and a jar of instant coffee on her hundreds of trips.
  20. She went to jail four times from 1955 to 1959 for acts of civil disobedience. She with others refused to take shelter during civil defense drills that simulated a nuclear attack on New York City.
  21. In 1955 she became a professed secular oblate of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Procopius.
  22. She and a group of women fasted for ten days in 1963 in Rome, at Vatican Council II, wanting the bishops to condemn all war. They did condemn nuclear war.
  23. She was instrumental in founding Pax Christi USA.
  24. She was a prolific letter writer, including many years of correspondence with the monk Thomas Merton.
  25. She was a grandmother nine times, with one grandson going to Vietnam with the U.S. military during the war.
  26. She was a friend to bishops and cardinals, while being critical of the Church’s wealth and support for war and war preparations.
  27. She went to India to speak to Mother Teresa’s novices and received a cross from Mother Teresa worn by the Missionaries of Charity.
  28. Her last jailing was in 1973 at the age of 75 while protesting with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in California.
  29. She loved the beauty of the natural world and would seek out the quiet of a small beach cottage she owned on the shore of Staten Island.
  30. Her gravestone has engraved on it a design of loaves and fishes and the words “Deo Gratias” (“thanks be to God”).

NOTE: Above painting of Dorothy Day by Ruben Ferreira                       

To learn more about Dorothy and the CW movement visit this LINK

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LACW 2018 Día de los Muertos Altar

The LACW celebrates the Mexican tradition of El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) on November 1 & 2 (All Saints and All Souls Day in the Catholic tradition) to remember, honor, and celebrate the lives of family, friends, and mentors who have gone before us. The altar usually stays up until just before Thanksgiving.

The top photo is our altar (Ofrenda) for 2018, right photo is house guest Alberto’s outside porch display. See more photos HERE.

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LACW Attends Black Lives Matter One Year Anniversary Protest Against Killer Cops

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, LACW, along with approximately 200 other citizens, attended the first anniversary of Black Lives Matter weekly protest, at L.A. County Hall Of (In)Justice, against L.A. County Prosecutor Jackie Lacey, who has yet to prosecute any LAPD officers or L.A. County Sheriff deputies for killing more than 400 Black and Latino citizens during her four year tenure, even when urged to by then LAPD Police Chief Charley Beck.

LAPD and L.A. County Sheriff Dept. have killed more of its citizens than any other city and county police agencies in the nation. See photos HERE

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/10/27/lacw-attends-black-lives-matter-one-year-anniversary-protest-against-killer-cops

Volunteers Needed

If you have free time on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, please consider volunteering at our soup kitchen. We are in need of weekday volunteers. We ask that volunteers arrive between 7:30 – 7:45 am and commit to 1 pm

We would love to have you join us to prepare and serve a hot meal to our sisters and brothers on Skid Row. One or two can come without a reservation, however, three to five people (max) are considered a group and we ask that you make reservations in advance. Please call 323-267-8789. Thank you.

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Plowshares Activist Clare Grady Speaks At The LACW

On Wednesday, October 3, the LACW hosted Clare Grady, who is one of the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists. Clare, who is from the Ithaca (New York) Catholic Worker, is currently out on bail and on house arrest with an ankle bracelet, but with permission to be in California for family member’s wedding. Clare’s talk was interrupted by her probation officer who called to ask why she was out past her curfew. He forgot that there is a three hour time difference!

Clare spoke about their plowshares action in general, but specifically read from her affidavit that would justify the defendants’ use of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as a defense. In the affidavits, the defendants speak about their sincerely-held religious beliefs–based on the Bible and Catholic Social Teaching–and how these beliefs motivated their nonviolent acts of prophetic witness against the government’s possession of nuclear weapons, and the use of such weapons to threaten people, nations, and all life on the planet. Their case is the first time that a court has agreed to consider the peace activists use of the RFRA. If granted it provides a reasonable chance of acquittal of all charges and will set a precedence for all future plowshares actions.

The seven activists, armed with household hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, a few banners announcing their action, and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace and crimes against humanity, went into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia on April 4, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, to symbolically disarm the weapons.  They had hoped to call attention to the ways in which nuclear weapons kill every day by their mere existence and maintenance. Nuclear weapons eviscerate the rule of law, enforce white supremacy, perpetuate endless war and environmental destruction and ensure impunity for all manner of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Dr. King said, “The ultimate logic of racism is genocide.” We say, “The ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide.” A just and peaceful world is possible when we join prayers with action. Swords into Plowshares!”

Kings Bay Naval Base is one of the largest nuclear submarine bases in the world. It refits and maintains submarines that carry Trident D5 nuclear missiles. The Trident D5 is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), built by Lockheed Martin.  Each submarine carries the capacity to cause devastation equivalent to 600 Hiroshima size bombs. Thus, the six Tridents maintained at Kings Bay have the capacity to cause the devastation of 3600 Hiroshima-scale attacks. Therefore it is nothing less than an omnicidal weapon–with the destructive force to vaporize the entire planet. To learn more visit kingsbayplowshares7.org  or  facebook.com/Kingsbayplowshares/

NOTE: A video of the talk will be posted here in the near future.

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October 2018 Agitator

Here Is The OCTOBER Catholic Agitator

In This Issue: 

Technology: Good or Evil?

  • There Is A Dark Side To The History Of This Innovation by Micah Wullschleger
  • Blasphemous by Theo Kayser
  • New Jersey CW Update by Alexandria Addesso
  • Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse And Cover-Up by Jeff Dietrich
  • We Have Been Duped by Matt Harper
  • Interview With Jesse And Martha Lewis

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Kings Bay Plowshares Activist Clare Grady To Speak At The LACW

The LACW will host Clare Grady, one of the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists, and member of the Ithaca (NY) Catholic Worker, as a guest speaker on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 6pm at Hennacy House, 632 N. Brittania St, L.A. 90033. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Potluck dinner follows.

Learn more about the Kings Bay Plowshares HERE, HERE, HERE, and an interview with Clare HERE.

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Hospitality/Hippie Kitchen Closed On Saturday, September 8 and 15

Please be advised that the LACW soup kitchen will be closed on Saturday, September 8, for a day-long planning meeting. We will be back on our regular schedule on Tuesday, September 11.

The kitchen will also be closed on Saturday, September 15, for a Catholic Worker gathering. We will be back on our regular schedule on Tuesday, September 18. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

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Fenced Out: Los Angeles Businesses Find New Way To Keep Away Homeless

This LINK is to an excellent article in the Guardian on the latest tactic by the businesses on Skid Row to harass, demean, and make life even more miserable for the houseless human beings living on the streets.

The question that begs to be asked: What kind of society are we that continues to allow homelessness and continuous harassment and degradation of these human beings acceptable?

An excerpt: “The day the fence arrived, Gabe was sitting next to his tent, right at the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. It was a chain link fence – about six feet tall – placed at the edge of the sidewalk, where it neatly enclosed Gabe, his neighbors, and the tented homes they have made for themselves on the streets of what is sometimes called the homeless capital of the country.

“They put the whole sidewalk inside the fence,” said Gabe, an older black man with kind eyes and a disarming demeanor who has lived on the streets of Skid Row for about five years. He was scaling a fish over a red plastic cooler as he talked. “I felt like we were in prison on the sidewalk. It felt like we were in prison and could get out, but still in prison, you know what I mean?”

Local activists and police officers were called. Eventually, the chain-link fence was moved to free Gabe and his neighbors. It wouldn’t be the last of the fences.”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/25/fenced-out-los-angeles-businesses-find-new-way-to-keep-away-homeless

Nuclear Hypocrisy

This LINK is to an article that recently appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent concerning ongoing protests at Vandenberg Air Force Base against U.S. nuclear weapons policy. The article is actually a statement formulated and signed by 91 activists who have been arrested while protesting at the base, including LACW community members. The names of the 91 are listed in alphabetical order at the end of the statement.

An excerpt: “The United States brought nuclear weapons into the world. It is the only country to have used them, and it did so on innocent civilians.

Nuclear weapons are now many times more powerful than the fission bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They make no nation safer but imperil all nations and the planet we all live on. Nuclear weapons are intrinsically immoral.

Fifty years ago, the United States signed the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. We joined the four other nuclear countries in 1968 to promise to work “in good faith” toward “complete disarmament,” while other nations that signed the treaty agreed to never obtain them.
The current nuclear arsenal of the United States, however, and its plans to modernize its nuclear weaponry over the next 30 years (at a cost of $1.2 trillion, according to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office), radically belie the promise our nation made when it signed the Nonproliferation Treaty. Our country’s current deployment of more than 1,500 nuclear warheads in its triad of intercontinental ballistic missiles, strategic bombers, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles endows us with monstrous nuclear capacity and supremacy over all other nations…

So, 50 years after promising to help purge the world of nuclear weapons, our nation insanely believes the best way to prevent the use of nuclear weapons is to assure that they are ever more effective. Moreover, we have the audacity to demand that other nations such as Iran and North Korea not have such weapons.

Has there ever been a greater and more dangerous hypocrisy in the history of civilization?”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/23/nuclear-hypocrisy