Nov 24 2015

Upcoming Holiday Schedule and Policy Reminder

Emily - Maria Chop_6066 Please note that Hospitality Kitchen (aka Hippie Kitchen) is closed on Thanksgiving Day. However, we will be open on Saturday, November 28. Further, the kitchen also will be closed on Christmas Day (reopen on Saturday, December 26) and New Years Day (reopen on Saturday, January 2).

Also, we do not accept volunteers working for school service requirements or other forms of community service hours from Thanksgiving to Christmas. We do not have the space to accommodate the many people who wish to volunteer during this time period.

Thank you. Many blessings.

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Nov 20 2015

LACW Co-Founder Dan Delany’s Eulogy By Jeff Dietrich

Dan Delany crop.7336 Below is the PDF of the excellent eulogy that Jeff gave at LACW co-founder Dan Delany’s funeral last month. DAN DELANY EULOGY

An excerpt: “Recently we have been having some problems at the L.A. Worker and we have been working with Sr. Cathy, our long-term, Harvard-trained, community therapist who has helped us over our numerous communal bumps through the years. An essential part of her technique is to engage the whole community in a process of defining itself. At the end of the process she told us, ‘This is your own self-definition of who you are as a community: You are SALTY, SCRAPPY, AND JUDGMENTAL.’

Yes, that is who we are, and that is who we have been from the beginning, SALTY, SCRAPPY, AND JUDGMENTAL. I could just blame that communal definition on our founder, Dan Delany: salty, scrappy, and judgmental. But I suspect the truth is that the Catholic Worker movement in general tends to attract people who are salty, scrappy, and judgmental and Dan Delany was a prime exemplar of those essential Catholic Worker qualities: Salty, scrappy, and judgmental.

I was a 24-year-old, newly minted radical, when I stepped in the front door of the L.A. Catholic Worker, and like all 24-year-olds I thought I knew everything. But in the subsequent years with Dan I would receive my postgraduate degree in theology, church history, and Catholic Worker radicalism. And even more, I would find myself in the midst of a community and a movement that would ultimately sustain me for the rest of my life.”

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Nov 19 2015

L.A. Catholic Workers Appear In Federal Court

Holding Banner.6693 L.A. Catholic Workers Jeff Dietrich, Mike Wisniewski, David Omondi, and Erica Brock appeared in Santa Barbara Federal Court on Thursday, November 19, for arraignment on trespass charges resulting from their August 8, 2015 arrest at Vandenberg Air Force Base in protest against U.S. nuclear policy and its imperial war-making.

Erica pleaded guilty–$100 fine plus $35 in fees. Jeff and Mike pleaded no contest. Both are facing jail time and will be sentenced on February 18. David pleaded no contest and is also facing jail time and will be sentenced on April 29. Maximum sentence is six months in federal prison plus $5000 fine. The prosecutor asked for jail time because of our refusal to cooperate with this filthy rotten system and pay fines from previous actions.

Veterans For Peace member Chris Knudson also appeared, pleaded guilty and received $100 fine plus $35 fees.

Dennis Apel from the Guadalupe CW rescheduled his arraignment to a date in December and also will face jail time for the same reason.

NOTE: The judge is somewhat sympathetic to our cause, which could have an impact on sentencing.

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Oct 30 2015

El Día de Muertos Altar (Day of the Dead Altar)

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The LACW celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) on November 1 & 2 (All Saints and All Souls Day in the Catholic Tradition) to remember and celebrate the lives of family and friends. The photo on left is our altar for 2015 (double click on photos to view in high resolution).

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Oct 24 2015

Make Skid Row A Refugee Camp?

la-la-oe-1023-homeless-jpg-20151022Jeff has a “Letter to the Editor” published in Friday’s Los Angeles Times relating to the Skid Row homeless and the $100 million allocated by the mayor to “end homelessness.” Read his (third one listed) and others published in a series HERE.

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Oct 23 2015

LACW Co-Founder Dan Delany Joins Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses

Dan Delany.7336 On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, LACW co-founder, Dan Delany, joined the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses after suffering with multiple illnesses over the past years. Dan and his wife Chris founded the LACW in 1970, then a short time later left the community, moved to Sacramento where they eventually co-founded Loaves and Fishes, carrying on in the Catholic Worker tradition of feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless. Loaves and Fishes is one of the largest homeless service projects in the nation. Dan will be missed by those who knew him. Dan is survived by his wife Chris, two children and three grandchildren along with several family members. Dan Delany…¡Presente!

UPDATE OCTOBER 26: This LINK is to Dan’s obituary in the Sacramento Bee

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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.'”

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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. See photos HERE.

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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.'”

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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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