From October 7 – 9, 2016, the Las Vegas Catholic Worker organized and hosted the international gathering of Catholic Workers from around the nation and from Mexico, Germany, Australia, and Amsterdam. Nearly 200 people attended. There were 32 wide-ranging round table discussions from which to choose, a lot of great food and beverages, an open mic talent show on Saturday evening with 20 performers, a liturgy at the Nevada National Security Site (formerly the Nevada Nuclear Test Site) on Sunday morning along with a civil disobedience line crossing action where 30 people were arrested, sited for trespass and immediately released, then lunch at the Goddess Temple, in Cactus Springs, followed by another peace witness and civil disobedience action at Creech AFB, in Indian Springs, where U.S. drones are controlled. There were 13 people arrested at Creech – Brian Terrel, Allison McGillivray, Sam Yergler, Kathy Boylan, Scott Schaefer-Duffy, Claire Schaefer-Duffy, Kelsey Chalmers, Alexandria Addesso, Steve Jacobs, Austin Cook, Phil Runkel, Marcus Collogne, and John Heid. All were transported to Clark County Jail in Las Vegas, processed, sited and released by 11pm with court date pending. It was an absolutely fabulous weekend. See photos HERE.
Oct 14 2016
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Oct 05 2016
Here is the OCTOBER Catholic Agitator
In This Issue:
- The War On People Of Color by Matt Harper
- Book Review Each Other’s Angels by Jeff Dietrich
- Justice Betrayed by Theo Kayser
- We Must Show Up, Be Present And Visible by Shawn Rodine
- Becoming The Stuff Of Legend by Jeffery Harrel
- Something Like Home by Gregory Fister
- Dance Of The Great Firefly by Emily Guerra
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Sep 23 2016
Please be advised that Hospitality Kitchen (AKA The Hippie Kitchen) will be closed on Saturday, October 8. The LACW community will be traveling to Las Vegas on Friday, October 7, to attend the International Catholic Worker Gathering hosted by the Las Vegas Catholic Worker. We will return to our normal schedule on Tuesday, October 11. Apologies for the inconvenience. Blessings.
If you are interested in attending go to this LINK for further info. It will be a grand time.
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Sep 18 2016
On September 11, LACW community member Mike Wisniewski and his wife Bonnie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at Dolores Mission Church surrounded by their four daughters and 11 grandchildren along with community and friends. Following the ceremony and Mass there was a grand celebration where all present had a wonderful time.
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Sep 07 2016
We are in a dilemma. We recently lost two sources for bread that we need for our soup kitchen serving. If you know of a source or can look for a source to get either full loaf and/or sliced bread in large quantities, we would greatly appreciate your assistance in this matter. We use an average of 48 loafs of sliced bread on each of three serving days, plus our guests greatly appreciate having any extra bread/buns/rolls we can provide for them to take back to their encampment. The bread does not necessarily have to be fresh, however, the softer the better. Please call 323-267-8789 for further info or to make arrangements. We thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide. Blessings.
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Sep 02 2016
At 11:10 this morning, Dennis Apel (from the Guadalupe Catholic Worker) was released from federal prison after serving four months for noncooperation with the system by refusing to adhere to probation requirements after being arrested for protesting against U.S. nuclear weapons policy and its imperial war-making last August 9 at Vandenberg AFB. Dennis was reunited with family, friends, and community at the Downtown L.A. Metropolitan Detention Center. We processed four short blocks away from MDC to La Placita Church to have a short prayer service, afterward it was time to enjoy relationships, the beautiful day, and freedom before traveling back to the central coast to Santa Maria.
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Aug 26 2016
After spending four months in federal prison for non cooperation with the system after getting arrested for protesting against U.S. nuclear weapons policy and its imperial war-making last August 9 at Vandenberg AFB, Jeff was released this morning. We welcomed him home with a homecoming party in our community room where we enjoyed plenty of food, beverages, and music. It was an emotional time for Jeff. Guadalupe Catholic Worker Dennis Apel remains incarcerated for one more week.
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Aug 24 2016
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Aug 19 2016
Recently our in-house worker guest from Palestine, George Shkara, not only was trained to be a kitchen organizer, but he also had his Los Angeles debut as a singer at a club in Silver Lake, where some LACW community members were present for support. He put on a very good show and was well received. We congratulate him and wish him well in his emergent singing career.
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Aug 19 2016
Recently we had a Hospitality Day where we brought 12 of our friends from downtown to the house for a nice breakfast, time to relax, read the paper, play games, watch soccer on the television, then had a banquet feast for lunch consisting of tasty, tender, mouth-watering beef chuck roast, mashed potatoes with butter, sour cream and chives with gravy on the side, collard greens, cauliflower, bakery bread, and a variety of desserts, including premium ice cream with various toppings. All had a great time and left full and happy.
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Aug 08 2016
Here is the AUGUST Catholic Agitator.
In This Issue:
- U.S. War For The Greater Middle East by Jeff Dietrich
- Mollie Lowery – R.I.P.
- Muhammad Ali – R.I.P.
- Why Are We Still In Afghanistan? by Eli Massey
- Society’s Racial Woundedness by Jeff Dietrich
- Resistance As An Act Of Creation by Karan Benton
- The Women Didn’t Run by Brendan Walsh
- This Award Is Not For Me by Jesse Williams
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Aug 08 2016
During the vigil portion of our gathering, Mike Wisniewski and Karan Benton were approached by base security and warned that they were in violation of Ban and Bar letters (Letters from the base commander notifying them that because of previous arrests at the base they were now banned and barred from entering the base without written permission from the base commander.) They were asked to leave immediately or face arrest. Mike chose to leave the protest area while Karan refused to leave and was immediately arrested.
Later, after the vigil and prayer service, LACW Jed Poole and Veterans for Peace member Chris Knudson intentionally crossed the green line marking the lawful protest area, processed down the base road and were arrested near the visitors center.
While those arrests were taking place, David Omondi walked onto the street without the intention of being arrested, but was nevertheless arrested without warning. All were sited for trespass and released 30 minutes later at Vandenberg Village, seven miles from the base gate. Court dates will be scheduled at a later date.
(Click on photos once or twice for high resolution viewing.)
NOTE: More photos now posted HERE.
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