Our soup kitchen will be closed this Saturday, March 8, 2014. The LACW community will join other faith-based West Coast groups and individuals at the annual Pacific Life Community (PLC) Retreat and Direct Action, this year held in Las Vegas, with nonviolent direct action at both, the Nevada Nuclear Test Site–now known as Nevada National Security Site–(in protest against U.S. nuclear weapons policy) and Creech Air Force Base (in protest against immoral and illegal U.S. drone murders carried out in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. Creech is a drone command center for such attacks). We will back to our normal schedule beginning on Tuesday, March 11, and days thereafter.
Mar 04 2014
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Feb 24 2014
On Sunday, February 23, we celebrated the first birthday of community members Alecia and Ed’s daughter Hazel. Top photo is Hazel eating her cake. Bottom photo is Hazel taking her first solo step amidst community and friends. Below photo is mom and Hazel. It was a joyous event. We wish Hazel many more years of good health, happiness, wisdom, love, peace, and joy.
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Feb 08 2014
We now have a beautiful mural in the kitchen on the wall that our guests see as they enter. The artist, Dimitri Kadiev, is a traveling artist who asked if he could stay with us for a few weeks and offered to paint a mural in gratitude. When he showed us a sketch we were thrilled. We cannot thank Dimitri enough for his magnificent work that he named “Francis.” He will forever be in our minds and hearts for his great gift, not only to us, for for all who enter our kitchen. Many blessings, Dimitri. (NOTE: Double click on the photo to view it in high resolution.)
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Feb 03 2014
Here is the FEBRUARY Catholic Agitator
In This Issue:
- On the Legacy of Dorothy Day by Dr. Cornel West
- Tax Resistance by David Hartsough
- With Pope Francis The Times Are Changing by Jeff Dietrich
- Transform Now Plowshares Sentencing Update by Mike Wisniewski
- A Catholic Worker Family at the U.S. Supreme Court by Dennis Apel
- Bury The Dead (Book Review) by Karan Benton
- William Stringfellow – Biblical Literacy by Elizabeth McAlister
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Jan 23 2014
Each January five wonderful women from Olympia, Washington (known as the Washington Clippers – Kathleen, Maggy, Saima, Judy, and Nancy [not in photo]), travel down to the LACW to provide foot care six days each week for our friends on Skid Row. They soak and bath feet, cut toenails, do cuticle care, foot massages, and other treatment as needed. Because the City of Los Angeles enforces its mean-spirited ordinances against the homeless, folks are forced to walk several miles each day (often with worn shoes or shoes either too big or too small), which takes a toll on their feet, and along with other foot ailments, causes them to greatly appreciate the tender-loving care these great women provide. We cannot thank them enough for taking the time to join us in this extraordinary ministry. See photos HERE.
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Dec 27 2013
On Sunday, December 22, we invited a few friends to join us put up our Christmas tree and sing carols as we decorated. We enjoyed a variety of home-baked and bakery cookies, Sees Candy, a fruit bowl, hot spiced cider, and good conversation. It was a fun time. See photos HERE.
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Dec 14 2013
This LINK is to David Omondi’s new eight minute video on his venture in Kenya. Very well done and a very worthwhile project. Our love and prayers are with you, David.
If you would like to make a donation, you can either send a check to the L.A.C.W. earmarked “Kenya Project” or go to this LINK and donate online.
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Dec 14 2013
Today the Angel City Chorale made their annual trip to Skid Row, in two huge buses and a van to carry their gear, to sing Christmas Carols for one hour in our garden. They are an amazing group and sing absolutely beautifully. Everyone, from guests eating in the garden, to volunteers and community members, thoroughly enjoyed the hour. The highlight was when they spread out around the garden to serenade all guests at each table and invite everyone to join in a sing-a-long. Thank you Angel City Chorale for making time to visit our garden and spread the holiday spirit among our guests. Blessings upon all. (NOTE: Mouse click each photo once or twice to see them in high resolution)
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Dec 12 2013
Each year on the first or second Sunday of December, St. Paul High School, from Santa Fe Springs, has their annual “Walk for Hunger,” a 26+ mile walk from Salazar Park in East Los Angeles to Santa Monica Beach. The proceeds are donated to the LACW, which provides a significant portion of our budget. This year marks year 41 for the walk. We thank all who participated to make it yet another success. See photos HERE. Many blessings and a very joy-filled Christmas.
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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
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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. This LINK is the full court transcript, including where Apel is labeled as “posing a threat to the order and security of the base.” (photo by Steve Kelly, SJ–press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court)
UPDATE DECEMBER 19: The Loss of Innocence is Dennis Apel’s reflection on his case.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 26, 2014: Supreme Court Sides With Military in Vandenberg Protest Case. The court unanimously issued its written decision as expected.
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