Oct 05 2015

October 2015 Agitator

Front Cover October 2015 Here is the October Catholic Agitator

    In This Issue:

    • Catholic Workers Honored In The Halls Of Power by Pope Francis
    • Pilgrim On The Way Book Review by Sandi Huckaby
    • Folly Of The Cross Book Review by Daniel Brown
    • Cancer Free by Toni Flynn
    • Arlington West by Karan Benton
    • Women Priests: Open Letter To The Pope by Roy Bourgeois
    • I Will Cherish These Moments Forever by Kelsey Chalmers
    • Holy Patience by Maria Teresa Kamel
    • You Taught Me To Love by Emily Prill
    • Our Business Is Peace by Erica Brock

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Oct 03 2015

Hospitality Kitchen (AKA Hippie Kitchen) Closed October 6, 8 and 10

Emily - Maria Chop.6066 The LACW has been struggling for some time with internal issues of age, health, and number of community members, and externally with the ever-increasing number of guests joining us for food and other essentials served at our hospitality kitchen. These issues have had an effect on our well being and safety and have now brought us to a crisis point.

Catherine and Jeff had to leave on a planned, well-deserved, and much-needed vacation. Yet this, among other circumstances, has left us without enough community members to safely operate the kitchen. We therefore decided that we had no other option but to close for one week while they are gone. We will reopen on Tuesday, October 13. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience. Please keep us in prayer.

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Sep 30 2015

Hope For The Skid Row Homeless?

Homeless encampment_Financial District This LINK is to an excellent Steve Lopez piece in the Wednesday, September 30, edition of the L.A. Times on the increasing homeless population and worsening conditions.

An excerpt: “You can easily find dozens of sprawling encampments and smaller clusters of street-dwellers all over this city whose elected officials have been saying for years — as have county officials — that it’s time to do something.

‘Skid Row is worse than it’s been in 30 years,’ says Mollie Lowery, a pioneering service provider.

On Tuesday morning I walked one block of San Pedro Street, between 5th and 6th, and counted 31 tents. It’s a campground for the poor, the mentally and physically sick, and the addicted — a human catastrophe situated just a short walk from the halls of L.A. power.

Former state Sen. Darrell Steinberg checked in with me Monday to say he’s promoting a plan to create $2-billion worth of supportive housing in California without a nickel in new taxes.

‘What does that say about us … that in the richest country in the world, where we have enormous capacity for innovation … we have massive encampments on our streets and let senior citizens, veterans, and people who are gravely disabled … fend for themselves?’

‘Enough is enough…This is not an acceptable way in a civilized society for people to live.'”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2015/09/30/hope-for-the-homeless

Sep 23 2015

LACW Sister House Retreat

Group.7263 From Friday, September 18, to Sunday, September 20, the LACW gathered with our Sister House Network (former LACW community members who started other Catholic Worker Houses) at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, for our annual retreat. Former LACW community member and now Episcopal priest and author, Larry Holben, facilitated. Though it was intense, we still had a good time with good food and beverages, good conversations, time to reflect, and two wonderful liturgies. Photos to follow.

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Sep 14 2015

Criminalizing The Homeless

tent_homeless_boyarsky_590No Person Shall Sit.. This LINK, this LINK, and this LINK, is to an excellent three part series on homelessness in Los Angeles by columnist Bill Boyarsky (formerly of the Los Angeles Times).

An excerpt: “There are 25,686 homeless in the city of Los Angeles, the largest city in Los Angeles County, where the homeless number 44,359, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. There is definitely a racial component. African-Americans are the hardest-hit, composing 47 percent of the homeless population, although only about 9 percent of Los Angeles residents are black.

Mollie Lowery, a consultant at Housing Works—which finds housing and care for the homeless—has worked with the homeless on Skid Row for decades. She told me that Los Angeles is “a city of abundance, but the abundance is not shared.” Steve Clare, the executive director of Venice Community Housing Corp., which also helps people find housing, shared a similar view. “Los Angeles is known as the meanest big city in America,” he said.”

“More than a third of Los Angeles’ homeless are mentally ill; a quarter are addicts; and 21 percent are victims of domestic violence. Many suffer from a combination of these and many other afflictions and traumas.

‘People live in public spaces because they have no alternatives,’ John Maceri, who leads Lamp Community—an organization that finds housing for the homeless—told me. ‘We keep perpetuating the same cycle over and over again. We have to stop punishing people for being poor and helpless.’

He added: ‘The vast majority … are just trying to survive. Then to arrest them for that and to punish them seems very cruel.'”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2015/09/14/criminalizing-the-homeless

Sep 13 2015

Hospitality Kitchen Closed Saturday, September 19

Emily - Maria Chop.6066 Hospitality (AKA Hippie) Kitchen will be closed on Saturday, September 19, 2015, as the LACW community travels to La Casa de Maria Retreat Center for our annual LACW Sister House Retreat weekend. We will return to our regular serving schedule on Tuesday, September 22.

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Sep 07 2015

Fun Day Downtown

On Concert Hall Balcony.7099a With all the stress within the LACW community lately due to illnesses and other crises, the decision was made to have a downtown tour “Fun Day” on Wednesday, September 2, after serving breakfast on the street, and vigiling against the wars. Catherine drove us downtown and Jeff took us on a walking tour of the Central Library, Water Park, Disney Concert Hall, MOCA bookstore, Bradbury Building, and to Grand Central Market for lunch. See photos HERE.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2015/09/07/fun-day-downtown

Sep 07 2015

Story On Jeff In Easy Reader Newspaper

Jeff This LINK is to a story about Jeff that is published in the September 7 issue of the South Bay newspaper, the Easy Reader News.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2015/09/07/story-on-jeff-in-easy-reader-newspaper

Sep 01 2015

Jeff’s Book Tour News

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Aug 21 2015

2015 Summer Program Final Photos

Interns - End.6813 Each year after the Vandenberg Witness, we spend time at the Guadalupe Catholic Worker, where we enjoy great food, a liturgy, time to talk and relax in front of a bonfire, and go on a hike to Oso Flaco Beach and Wilderness Preserve. See photos HERE.

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Aug 10 2015

Six Arrested At Vandenberg AFB On August 8

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Five Catholic Workers and a member of Veterans For Peace were arrested at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday, August 8, after an hour long vigil commemorating the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thirty-five people attended the vigil including members of the L.A, Guadalupe, and Kenya Catholic Workers, Veterans for Peace, and other individuals.

Dennis Apel led us in a short prayer of repentance and read a poem by Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Founder, David Krieger, entitled: “God Responded With Tears” from the book of poetry God’s Tears: Reflections on the Atomic Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Dennis also reminded us that this date also marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Nuremberg Charter by the U.S. and other European nations. The charter stipulated that crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity by the European Axis Powers could be tried. How ironic that this agreement was signed two days after the bombing of Hiroshima and one day before the bombing of Nagasaki, yet NOBODY has been held accountable.

Those arrested included: (from left to right) Dennis Apel (Guadalupe CW), Mike Wisniewski and Jeff Dietrich (LACW) Chris Knudson (Veterans For Peace), David Omondi (Formerly of the LACW now at the Kenya CW), and Erica Brock (LACW Summer Intern who is now an LACW community member). The six resisters were cited for trespass and released an hour later at Vandenberg Village. No court date scheduled at this time. See photos HERE. (Double click on photo to view in high resolution)

See the Santa Maria Times articles covering this vigil and another story about Dennis HERE and HERE.

UPDATE – October 5, 2015: We received notice that those arrested have a Thursday, November 19, court appearance at 1pm in Santa Barbara Federal Court.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2015/08/10/six-arrested-at-vandenberg-afb-on-august-8

Aug 05 2015

Chaplain To Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombing Crews Repents

Fr. George Zabelka2This LINK is to a inspirational and touching interview with Fr. George Zabelka, the chaplain to the crews that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This LINK is to a short video from the documentary about Fr. Zabelka, The Reluctant Prophet, who several years before his death, had a faith conversion and publicly repented for his part in the bombings, which was the greatest evil this nation has thus far committed, and began speaking out against war in general, nuclear weapons in particular, promoting gospel nonviolence as a way of life. This LINK is to the excellent full documentary–The Reluctant Prophet–about Fr. George Zabelka, the history of U.S. nuclearism, and the resistance against nuclear weapons.

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