Sep 23 2016

Kitchen Closed Saturday, October 8

Emily, Isaiah buttering bread.0986 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

Celebrating 50 Years of Marriage



seated-1601-041 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

Bread Donation


sliced-bread 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

Dennis Apel Is Released

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Dennis' Release.1798 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

Jeff Has Been Released And Is Now Home

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Jeff.1655a 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

Kitchen Closed Saturday, September 3

Emily, Isaiah buttering bread.0986 Hospitality Kitchen (AKA The Hippie Kitchen) will be closed on Saturday, September 3 for the long Labor Day weekend. We will return to our regular schedule on Tuesday, September 6. Apologies for the inconvenience. Have a safe and fun-filled weekend.

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Aug 19 2016

George Has His First Singing Gig In The U.S.

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George on stage.0575 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

Hospitality Day

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On the couch.1448 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

August 2016 Agitator

Front Cover August 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

Four Arrested at Vandenberg AFB on Hiroshima Day




At line.1556 The LACW along with the Guadalupe CW, and Veterans for Peace, gathered at Vandenberg AFB to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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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Aug 02 2016

Kitchen Closed On Saturday, August 6

June 2014 Graphic 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 6. The L.A. Catholic Worker will travel to Vandenberg Air Force Base, on the central coast, to commemorate the 71st 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 9. 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 26 2016

Mollie Lowery R.I.P.

Mollie Lowery_3503 Longtime friend of the LACW, Mollie Lowery, who was dedicated to the well being of the skid row homeless, placing chronically homeless people, specifically those with severe mental illness, into housing and much needed treatment, joined the heavenly Cloud of Witnesses on Monday, July 25, after a long struggle with cancer at age 70.

Mollie was co-founder, in 1985, of L.A. Men’s Place, a drop-in center for men, which later became LAMP Community that offered permanent supportive housing, counseling, and other services in a community environment to the mentally challenged of the Row.

She later obtained a ranch in Bishop, California, in the Eastern Sierra’s, where she would take skid row homeless for some time away from the streets and provide them with whatever treatment they needed, including hikes in the mountains as a form of treatment. Most recently she worked as executive director of Housing Works, in Hollywood, strategizing outreach to get homeless people into long-term care.

Mollie was dedicated to each person with whom she worked, treating everyone with dignity and respect, never giving up, no matter what, until she gained their full trust, thus enabling her to provide the housing, critical care, and love needed to rebuild their life. In addition, Mollie would hold her clients accountable for their end of the agreement. They had to set goals and work hard to achieve them, and if they backslid, they had to answer to her. No one got off easy.

She was also a strong critic of city and county officials for their lack of genuine concern for the plight of homeless people and their failure to provide additional housing and ongoing support for those most in need.

Mollie is survived by five brothers and sisters. Without doubt she will be tremendously missed.

Mollie Lowrey, Presente!

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