Jul 30 2015

Kitchen Closed On Saturday, August 8

June 2014 Graphic

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We Remember August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945

Disarm and Repent! Abolish Nuclear Weapons. War No More!

Hospitality Kitchen (AKA Hippie Kitchen) will be closed Saturday, August 8. The L.A. Catholic Worker will travel to Vandenberg Air Force Base, on the central coast, to commemorate the 70th 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 11. 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 30 2015

Police Excessive Force On An Unarmed Innocent Citizen

Kate.7780 This LINK is to a video and story on ABC 7 News in San Francisco about a client of Kate Chatfield (left), from our sister house in San Bruno, California, who represented the male victim highlighted in the video against the “assault on a police officer” and “resisting arrest” charges for merely speaking out on behalf of a young woman the police were beating on the ground during a Gay Pride Celebration last month.

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Jul 22 2015

LAPD Tasers and Shoots Homeless Man In Wheelchair Downtown

wheelchairThis LINK is to a video of ten LAPD officers tasering and shooting a homeless man in a wheelchair on Broadway and 3rd St, in downtown Los Angeles.

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Jul 15 2015

No Concern For The Homeless

Alice C This LINK is to an excellent Patt Morrison interview in the Wednesday, July 15 edition of the L.A. Times Op-Ed page (A23) with longtime friend and Skid Row associate Alice Callaghan.

An excerpt: “The change began at Fourth and Main. More than a third of all the housing on skid row had been on Main. [Developer] Tom Gilmore bought a building that was not at that point housing, but by buying that building and converting it into upper-scale housing, it changed the real estate dynamic all the way down Main. Then it became almost impossible for nonprofits to secure housing because now landlords have dollar signs on the horizon. It resulted in the conversion of SROs (Single Room Occupancy Hotels). It was a domino effect. And the city did nothing.

On skid row in the 1960s, we had almost 10,000 affordable housing units, SROs. A general relief check used to cover the rent. They were occupied by the same kind of people who are now on the street. By the 1980s we were down to about 6,700 [units]. Now, in the 50-block [skid row] area, we are down to just 3,600 SRO units. When people say, “Why are all these people on the sidewalk?,” there’s a simple mathematical equation: They’re on the sidewalks because we have eliminated their housing.

In the past, the city redevelopment agency had a plan to save skid row housing, to fix it up, to maintain it, because the city understood then that if you didn’t house people on the row, you couldn’t solve any other problems in downtown. That plan lost support in the late ’80s. With term limits, there were no champions left, the redevelopment agency began to lose its power and downtown became laissez-faire economics, which it is to this day.”

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Jul 01 2015

Presenting Our 2015 Summer Interns

2015 Interns Group.6053 We warmly welcome our 2015 Summer Interns. (Left to Right) Christian Cruz (New York, New York), Erica Brock (New York, New York), Anthony John Scheip (Fort Myers, Florida), Maria Teresa Kamel (San Antonio, Texas), Emily Prill (Oberlin, Ohio), Kelsey Chalmers (Kansas City, Missouri). More photos will be posted on this post in the coming days and weeks. Check back often. See Photos HERE. (Double click on photos to view at high resolution)

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Jun 25 2015

Yet More Aggressive Harassment For The Homeless

157817.ME.0407.Skid-Row.IKThis LINK this LINK and this LINK are to articles on the L.A. City Council’s decision to get tougher and meaner toward the homeless. On Tuesday, June 23, the City Council passed an ordinance that will make life more miserable for the homeless. The city will now seize homeless people’s property after a 24-hour notice. The LACW is involved a lawsuit against the city over its treatment of the poor and homeless of Skid Row since the passage of the Safer Cities Initiative (SCI) in 2006. More info as this progresses.

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Jun 24 2015

The LACW Soup Kitchen Will Be Closed On July 4

Anne and Manuel Chop Lettuce_0269 Please note that the LACW Hospitality Kitchen (AKA Hippie Kitchen) will be closed on Saturday, July 4, not in celebration, but to mourn all the evil, death, and destruction perpetrated in our name by the government. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 7, at our regular time.

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Jun 15 2015

June 2015 Agitator

Front Cover June 2015 Here is the JUNE Catholic Agitator

    In This Issue:

    • Saints, Sinners & Prophets by Jeff Dietrich
    • Sorrows, Tears, And Blood by Dimitri Kadiev
    • Baltimore: Not Just In Flames, But With Righteous Anger by Frida Berrigan
    • Living Your Death At The Catholic Worker by Karan Benton
    • Letter From Iowa by Karan Benton
    • Psalm by Karan Benton
    • Transform Now Plowshares: Authentic Heroes by Mike Wisniewski
    • No Favoritism! by Sarah Fuller

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May 21 2015

David Omondi at the Keyna Catholic Worker Strikes Water

16.yes!a Former LACW community member David Omondi (now at the Kenya CW he founded), finally achieved success in drilling for water in a small village outside Nairobi. The water well is being used to help the Massai people who live in the remote village. See more info HERE (scroll down three articles) in the letter he wrote last year describing this project. We congratulate David for his efforts, persistence, and success.

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May 03 2015

Happy Anniversary Catholic Worker Movement and LACW

Dorothy and Peter The CW PaperCatherine & Jeff (Tidings)

May 1 marked the 82nd anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Worker movement, and the 45th anniversary of the LACW. A big THANK YOU to Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, and to Catherine Morris and Jeff Dietrich for their dedication and commitment to keeping this community together, but most importantly to the Holy Spirit for the grace and guidance showered upon all concerned, and to all current and former community members as well as all who have donated their time and money to continue our work of serving the least among us and standing in resistance to the unjust and violent structures that create and perpetuate poverty, oppression, and war-making by the U.S. empire.

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Apr 20 2015

An Invitation To Participate In Proactive Nonviolence

PLC Logo The LACW is a member of the Pacific Life Community (PLC), a network of spiritually motivated advocates for nuclear abolition and human rights in general. We are committed to ending nuclear weapons and war-making through nonviolent direct action along the Pacific Rim in collaboration with the global peace movement; and we are involved in struggles for justice as a necessary prerequisite for peace, meaning “the presence of justice, not the absence of tension,” as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently explained.

At the 2015 annual PLC retreat, this year held in the S.F. Bay Area, a number of people, led by former Lockheed Martin engineer and co-founder of the PLC, Bob Aldridge, agreed to form a “Catalytic Resource Cooperative for Proactive Nonviolence: A Thought Collective for Exploring Proactive Strategies Across Issue Lines.” We at the LACW invite anyone who is interested in seeking social change to view this DOCUMENT that describes what proactive nonviolence is and how to adopt the principles described therein to efforts to bring about a more just society that peace may prevail.

UPDATE: – April 27, 2015 — A note from Bob Aldridge:
Dear Participators in the Proactive Co-op,

You have not heard from me for a while because I have been researching the best way for all of us to communicate. It looks like a Forum is the most ideal, so I have also been studying how to set up and manage one. I now believe we are ready to get down to business.

I have been using the shorter name of Proactive Co-op, which makes things a little easier.

The Forum is located at http://proactivecoop.PLRC.org and a bare-bones instruction sheet on how to use it and register is HERE.

My user name on the Forum is BobA

I urge all of you to register quickly.

I have posted one forum so far, which is to identify the targets for proactive nonviolence. I have also posted the first four threads on that Forum.

So now we are set to put the Proactive Co-op into operation. It is ready for your input.

I have also been sending invitations to some groups to participate. I am moving slowly on invitations so that we can establish a solid base.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

In peace, Bob

If you would like more information about the PLC you can visit the website HERE.

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Apr 16 2015

Article By Kate Chatfield From The San Bruno C.W. Sister House

Kate.7780 This is a GREAT ARTICLE by Kate Chatfield from our sister house in San Bruno, California. Kate is a criminal defense attorney in San Francisco. This article, concerning a retrial she won for a client, appears in the San Bruno CW April Newsletter.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2015/04/16/article-by-kate-chatfield-from-the-san-bruno-c-w-sister-house

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