Sep 09 2014

Jeff Interviewed By Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries

_me_xxxx_catholic_workers 171440.ME.0405.blackyouth.bwd1714 This LINK is to an interview Ched Myers did with Jeff for a Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries Webinar on August 26. In the interview Jeff talks about life at the LACW. It is titled Hospitality and Resistance. (Note: it takes a few minutes to connect and load.)

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Aug 11 2014

Five Catholic Workers Arrested At Vandenberg AFB

Five Resisters.3655The L.A. Catholic Worker, Guadalupe Catholic Worker, and Las Vegas Catholic Worker gathered at the Vandenberg AFB main gate, on California’s central coast, to vigil in commemoration of the 69th anniversary of bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and August 9, 1945. As a witness against diabolical nuclear weapons and U.S. imperial war-making, five Catholic Workers–Karan Benton, Mike Wisniewski, and Jeff Dietrich from the LACW, Mark Kelso from the Las Vegas CW, and Rev. Steve Kelly, SJ. from Oakland and Redwood City CW were arrested. All were cited for trespassing and released an hour and a half later at Vandenberg Village. See photos HERE.

  • UPDATE: Arraignment date is 1pm Thursday, October 16, 2014, in Santa Barbara Federal Bankruptcy Court.

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    Aug 06 2014

    We Remember – August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945

    June 2014 Graphic Disarm and Repent! Abolish Nuclear Weapons.


      Our hospitality soup kitchen will be closed Saturday, August 9. The L.A. Catholic Worker will travel to Vandenberg AFB, on the central coast, to commemorate the 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 warmaking. We will return to our regular schedule on Tuesday, August 12.

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    Aug 04 2014

    August 2014 Agitator

    Front Cover Poppy August 2014 Here is the August CATHOLIC AGITATOR.

      In This Issue:

      • 100 Years of Homeless Veterans by Jeff Dietrich
      • Dr. Miguel: PhD Cement Mixer and Salad Mixer
      • ISIS: U.S. Sponsored Mess by Faustino Cruz
      • Doing Small Things With Great Love by Elliot Martin
      • I Am Now Serving A 35-Year Sentence by Chelsea Manning
      • Stop Domestic Spying And Harassment by Karan Benton & Hamid Khan

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    Jul 22 2014


    SONY DSCNo SOAThe Columbus Police Dept. has denied Fr. Roy Bourgeois and SOA Watch a permit to hold this year’s 25th Anniversary gathering at the gates of Ft. Benning to close the SOA/ WHINSEC. See stories HERE and HERE. The LACW regularly participates in this gathering, with two LACW community members getting arrested and serving three and six months in federal prison as prisoners of conscience.

    UPDATE 9/4/2014: The Columbus Police Department and Fort Benning officials rescinded its previous limited permit and granted the full permit historically approved for the November gathering because of overwhelming public opposition (over 7,000 signatures on a petition) to their attempt to limit our first amendment rights. See story HERE.
    You Can Jail The Resisters

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    Jul 18 2014

    Former Community Member Margaret Johnson Visits

    IMG_3225Former LACW Margaret Johnson recently returned for a short week-long visit before heading up to Santa Cruz. It was great seeing and talking with her again, and enjoying her massage therapy after a long day at the kitchen. We wish her many blessings on her journey.

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    Jul 16 2014

    Presenting Our 2014 Summer Interns

    2014 Interns.3349We warmly welcome our 2014 Summer Interns. (left to right) Kurt Rosenberg (Philadelphia, PA), Rebecca Murray (Los Angeles, CA), Elliot Martin (Lancaster, PA), (not in photo–Joel). More photos will be posted in the coming days and weeks. See photos HERE.

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    Jul 13 2014

    Kitchen Garden Tile Artwork

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    By Ed Pilolla

    Throughout the Hippie Kitchen garden the colorful broken tile artwork of former community member and artist Manuel Hernandez is on display. On Saturday, July 12, former community members Alecia Stuchlik and Rebecca Casas led an art project to place more of those tiles on the cement ground where the line for food forms next to the kitchen. In the spring, Rebecca and Alecia retrieved Manuel’s leftover plates from storage at the community house in Boyle Heights and began using them on this project.

    After working a full shift at the Hippie Kitchen on Saturday morning, community members Jed Poole and David Hays, along with the summer intern Joel, mixed cement in buckets, providing the heavy-lifting for the tile project in the afternoon. See more photos HERE

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    Jul 11 2014

    Update From David Omondi

    Below is an update letter we received from David in Kenya:David.1099June 2014 Graphic

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    Jul 04 2014

    Farewell To Ed, Alecia, and Hazel

    Ed, Alecia, Hazel.3121On July 2, we bid farewell to Ed, Alecia, and Hazel as they begin a new chapter in their life. They will be staying with a friend in the L.A. area for three weeks before heading to Ed’s hometown in Chicago, then to Alecia’s hometown in Kansas, where they will settle for an unspecified time. They will be missed, especially little bright blue-eyed and energetic Hazel. We wish them well on their journey with many blessings, happiness, and joy, and a prayer for their return sometime in the future.

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    Jun 27 2014

    LACW Karan Founds-Benton Invites You To Join Her For A Late Afternoon Of Poetry And Story

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    Karan performs DRIVING THE BODY BACK at ART SHARE L.A., Saturday, July 19, at 4:30 PM – Tickets $7.00

    A chair, some photographs, traditional music, and ten stories of life and death create an intimate family journey of Irish – Immigrant struggle in pioneer and modern United States of America.

    Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander, Writer/Actor Karan Founds-Benton and Veteran Broadway Director Michael Sokoloff bring to life the critically acclaimed poetic narrative,Driving The Body Back. This one – woman show has received audience and critical acclaim throughout the Midwest and premieres for California audiences as a special benefit for Art Share L.A.

    “I could listen and watch this author and performer for many hours.” Lancer, Theatre Mania Online Reviews, Chicago

    “Weaves an unbroken series of spells”- Jay Harvey,Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

    “Anyone looking for something a little bit off the beaten …. path, or who has a penchant for the literary side of theatre, really ought to go check out this quiet gem of a show.” – Kansas City Star

    “This is a warm and gentle tale – or series of tales – that evoke other times and places beautifully. Skillfully acted (and sung) . . . .” – Minnesota Fringe Audience Review

    ART SHARE L.A. is located at 801 East 4th Place, Los Angeles, 90013. There will be lot parking for this event.

    Reserve your tickets at: or call 213-687-4278

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    Jun 24 2014

    Rebecca’s Ford Amphitheater Performance

    Rebecca2 Twelve new photos were added from Rebecca’s May 31 Ford Amphitheater performance (see below seven posts). View photos HERE.

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