May 22 2017

David Omondi Sentenced To Six Months In Federal Prison

Former L.A. Catholic Worker community member David Omondi was sentenced to six months imprisonment on Thursday, May 18, by Federal Magistrate Judge Louise LaMonthe, in Santa Barbara Federal Court. However, David notified the court of his intention to appeal the guilty verdict he received on February 16, 2017 for his arrest at Vandenberg AFB last August, and the sentence he received as a result. David has 14 days to file the appeal and is not required to self report to the federal prison in downtown Los Angeles until after the appeal verdict (if he loses). David cannot leave the country, which means he cannot return to Nairobi, Kenya, to continue Amani House, the Catholic Worker he founded.

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May 16 2017

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers. If you or someone you know is available on Tuesday’s and/or Thursday’s from 7:30am to 1pm and would like to utilize your time helping to serve the Skid Row poor, we would greatly appreciate your presence at our soup kitchen to help with food preparation, serving our guests, and clean up after closing. No experience required. All that is needed is a friendly disposition, a bright smile, and a willingness to work. See this LINK for more info. Parking is available at or near the kitchen and we are relatively close to bus stops and Union Station. This opportunity can be weekly or at your convenience. Thank you.

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May 02 2017

LACW In The News

The Angelus, (Formerly The Tidings) the official publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, has an article about the LACWs Anti-War Stations Of The Cross. It can be read at this LINK. NOTE: The print edition has four photographs accompanying the article whereas the online edition only has one.

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Apr 29 2017

2017 Catholic Worker Seder Of Liberation

On Sunday, April 23, we celebrated our 42nd annual Catholic Worker Seder of Liberation. It was a great success with 68 people in attendance. Everyone had a enjoyable time. Sarah Fuller was the MC, with Alan Pulnar, Larry Gunsalus, and Judy Kehr as our head table Hagaddah readers. There were poignant personal stories of liberation shared, and after the Seder, we enjoyed a great meal with plenty of food and tasty desserts.

Thank you to all who came and shared a dish. If you did not attend, we suggest that you plan ahead for next year (the Sunday after Easter). Guaranteed you will not regret it. See photos HERE.

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Apr 21 2017

2017 Good Friday Anti-War Stations of the Cross

On April 14, we had our annual Good Friday Anti-war Stations of the Cross, which again was very successful. The weather was perfect and more than 60 people joined 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. A big THANK YOU to all who participated. See you again next year, and invite others to join us. See photos HERE. View and download this year’s script HERE.

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Apr 17 2017

No More War!

On Friday, April 7, the day after the U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles on Syria, a contingent of organizations and Syrian immigrants came together to protest the bombing. The group took the streets of downtown L.A. during rush hour and marched to ensure that Angelenos knew there were many who were not in support of the U.S.’ further violence and destruction in the Middle East. L.A. Catholic Workers Jed, Dimitri and Matt along with longtime friend Rufo joined the march, which ended at City Hall.

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Apr 13 2017

Flowers For Skid Row

The Hippie Kitchen gets many different and wonderful volunteers. Many come to offer their much-needed support in the preparation of and in serving our beans, salad, and bread. Others still envision new offerings for the downtown houseless population served at the Hippie Kitchen.

Ashley and Greer have been volunteering as part of their high school’s community service requirements. However, in wanting to do something more, they coordinated to bring materials to provide potted plants to the residents that frequent our kitchen. They returned on Friday, March 24, with 25 pots they had made in their pottery class along with potting soil and a variety of flowers and herbs. They spent the morning offering folks a chance to pick a pot and plant to take with them. It did not take long for all the pots and plants to go. Folks are still talking about their plants they took for themselves or for a friend. A big THANK YOU to Ashley and Greer.

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Apr 10 2017

April 2017 Agitator

Here is the APRIL Catholic Agitator

In This Issue:

    • Humiliation Of The Word by Jeff Dietrich
    • Better Know A Volunteer: Cory Escuadro by Sarah Fuller & Theo Kayser
    • There Is No Us Or Them by Alexandria Addesso
    • Wealth Inequality by Theo Kayser
    • Wealth Inequality II by Matt Harper
    • Pacific Life Community Protesting Nukes by Alexandria Addesso
    • Defend The Sacred Water by Dimitri Kadiev
    • Sacred Stone Camp Disbanded

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Apr 07 2017

Dorothy Day And The Catholic Worker Movement

There is a new video about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement, and other prophets from the U.S., at this RT LINK on YouTube.

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Apr 03 2017

UN: Americans’ Right to Protest is in Grave Danger Under Trump

This LINK is to an alarming article that warns of the neo-fascist police state that is now gripping our nation.

An excerpt: “At least 19 U.S. states have introduced bills that attack the right to protest since Donald Trump’s election as president, an ‘alarming and undemocratic’ trend, U.N. human rights investigators said this week.

Maina Kiai and David Kaye, independent U.N. experts on freedom of peaceful assembly and expression respectively, are calling on lawmakers in the United States to stop the ‘alarming’ trend of ‘undemocratic’ anti-protest bills designed to criminalize or impede the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

‘The trend also threatens to jeopardize one of the United States’ constitutional pillars: free speech,” they said in a statement, calling for action to reverse such legislation.'”

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Mar 22 2017

The LACW Annual Spring Events Not To Be Missed

If you have never attended either of these events, we highly recommend that you try attending, you will have no regrets.

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Mar 14 2017

LACW Participates In Protest To Free Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez

On Monday, March 6, members of the LACW joined with National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON) in a protest outside the Immigration Courts, near Pershing square, in an effort to stop the potential deportation of a man with four U.S. citizen children following his arrest near a school in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood.

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez made national headlines after his 13-year-old daughter, Fatima Avelica, recorded video showing him being detained Tuesday morning by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after he dropped off another daughter at the Academia Avance Charter School campus in Lincoln Heights.

Romulo dropped off his first daughter to her Highland Park school on the 28th of February. Before he could get his second daughter to school, he was pulled over by two unmarked cars and was arrested by Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE). His 13-year-old daughter, Fatima, filmed the event. Though he was scheduled for immediate deportation, the quick response of activists and lawyers won him a short-term stay of deportation.

On Wednesday, March 8, the LACW elected to forego their usual anti-military vigil outside the Federal building and chose instead to return en mass to the Immigration Courts to support Romulo and stand against the state terror of I.C.E. Catholic Workers stood on all four corners with an array of signs.

The Catholic Workers again had a presence the following Monday, March 13, to support NDLON and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) in demanding the release of Romulo. Though the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement had little interest in their presence, the group of protesters made their presence known and promised to continue the fight for all immigrants of all documentation statuses because when undocumented lives, Black lives, women’s lives… are under attack, we will stand up and we will fight back.

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