The LACW will host Clare Grady, one of the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists, and member of the Ithaca (NY) Catholic Worker, as a guest speaker on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 6pm at Hennacy House, 632 N. Brittania St, L.A. 90033. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Potluck dinner follows.
Sep 13 2018
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Aug 29 2018
The kitchen will also be closed on Saturday, September 15, for a Catholic Worker gathering. We will be back on our regular schedule on Tuesday, September 18. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/29/hospitality-hippie-kitchen-closed-on-saturday-september-8-and-15
Aug 25 2018
This LINK is to an excellent article in the Guardian on the latest tactic by the businesses on Skid Row to harass, demean, and make life even more miserable for the houseless human beings living on the streets.
The question that begs to be asked: What kind of society are we that continues to allow homelessness and continuous harassment and degradation of these human beings acceptable?
An excerpt: “The day the fence arrived, Gabe was sitting next to his tent, right at the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. It was a chain link fence – about six feet tall – placed at the edge of the sidewalk, where it neatly enclosed Gabe, his neighbors, and the tented homes they have made for themselves on the streets of what is sometimes called the homeless capital of the country.
“They put the whole sidewalk inside the fence,” said Gabe, an older black man with kind eyes and a disarming demeanor who has lived on the streets of Skid Row for about five years. He was scaling a fish over a red plastic cooler as he talked. “I felt like we were in prison on the sidewalk. It felt like we were in prison and could get out, but still in prison, you know what I mean?”
Local activists and police officers were called. Eventually, the chain-link fence was moved to free Gabe and his neighbors. It wouldn’t be the last of the fences.”
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/25/fenced-out-los-angeles-businesses-find-new-way-to-keep-away-homeless
Aug 23 2018
This LINK is to an article that recently appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent concerning ongoing protests at Vandenberg Air Force Base against U.S. nuclear weapons policy. The article is actually a statement formulated and signed by 91 activists who have been arrested while protesting at the base, including LACW community members. The names of the 91 are listed in alphabetical order at the end of the statement.
An excerpt: “The United States brought nuclear weapons into the world. It is the only country to have used them, and it did so on innocent civilians.
Nuclear weapons are now many times more powerful than the fission bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They make no nation safer but imperil all nations and the planet we all live on. Nuclear weapons are intrinsically immoral.
Fifty years ago, the United States signed the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. We joined the four other nuclear countries in 1968 to promise to work “in good faith” toward “complete disarmament,” while other nations that signed the treaty agreed to never obtain them.
The current nuclear arsenal of the United States, however, and its plans to modernize its nuclear weaponry over the next 30 years (at a cost of $1.2 trillion, according to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office), radically belie the promise our nation made when it signed the Nonproliferation Treaty. Our country’s current deployment of more than 1,500 nuclear warheads in its triad of intercontinental ballistic missiles, strategic bombers, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles endows us with monstrous nuclear capacity and supremacy over all other nations…
So, 50 years after promising to help purge the world of nuclear weapons, our nation insanely believes the best way to prevent the use of nuclear weapons is to assure that they are ever more effective. Moreover, we have the audacity to demand that other nations such as Iran and North Korea not have such weapons.
Has there ever been a greater and more dangerous hypocrisy in the history of civilization?”
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/23/nuclear-hypocrisy
Aug 09 2018
Here is the AUGUST Catholic Agitator
In This Issue:
- Immigration by Karan Founds-Benton
- Statement of Detainees
- New LACW Sister House in New Jersey by Alexandria Addesso
- My Great-Great Grandfather Came by Steamship by Micah Wullschleger
- Fences and Borders For Skid Row Poor by Matt Harper
- Radical Act of Hospitality by Theo Kayser
- Poor Peoples Campaign Takes D.C. by Dimitri Kadiev
- The Soul of the Nation by Reclaiming Jesus.org
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/09/august-2018-agitator
Aug 02 2018
Never forget that the U.S. imperial war machine is the ONLY nation in human history to use nuclear weapons, killing more than 200,000 human beings created in God’s image and likeness, primarily women, children, and the elderly, and leaving countless more to suffer from cancer and other illnesses related to radiation exposure. Now more than ever, we must redouble our efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons. We the people MUST resist U.S. nuclear policy and tirelessly work to eliminate the most diabolical weapons ever made and U.S. imperial aggression that assures their use again.
Disarm and Repent! Abolish Nuclear Weapons. War No More!
Hospitality Kitchen (AKA Hippie Kitchen) will be closed Tuesday, August 7. The L.A. Catholic Worker will travel to Vandenberg Air Force Base, on the central coast near Santa Maria, to commemorate the 73nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, protest against U.S. nuclear weapons policy, including missile testing at Vandenberg AFB, and call for an end to U.S. imperial war-making. We will return to our regular serving schedule on Thursday, August 9.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/02/hippie-kitchen-closed-tuesday-august-7
Jul 25 2018
One of our very first guests to eat at the Hippie Kitchen 48 years ago, and longtime friend, Bill Hoard, recently celebrated his 77th birthday. Jeff and Alex picked him up at the convalescent home where he lives and took him to Hollywood to visit his favorite cartoon character’s star (Snoopy), then took him to a restaurant to enjoy one of his favorite meals, BBQ Chicken.
Bill still comes to our kitchen almost every Saturday, via Access Transportation, to spend a few hours with us and enjoy the dining garden and hand out trinkets to other guests. Happy Birthday, Bill! We wish you many blessings.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/07/25/happy-birthday-bill-hoard
Jul 18 2018
The LACW has serious issues with the plumbing in our 131 year old Victorian house. Some of our community members and interns have, for days, in the heat and with much sweat, been manually digging 12 foot deep holes for the plumbers to access and replace the old pipes. These are photos of the labor involved.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/07/18/lacw-has-major-plumbing-issues
Jul 04 2018
In photo from left to right are: Romario Quijano (Austin, TX), Mayer Cook-Tonkin (Castlemaine, Australia), Benny Mattis (Townsend, MA), Angelica Brown (Portland, OR), Yesenia Vasquez (Los Angeles, CA). We warmly welcome them and wish them a very blessed and fruitful summer living and working with us.
Check back to this post regularly for updates and many more photos. See photos HERE.
(NOTE: Double click on this and all photos to view in high resolution)
UPDATE: August 5 – Our interns have participated in and enjoyed resistance vigils, a Hospitality Day, three pool parties, three picnics, participated in a craft day with our artist guest, Alberto, listened to a several speakers, and attended five liturgies thus far. See photos HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/07/04/meet-our-2018-summer-interns
Jul 02 2018
Although we missed the march itself, we were able to make it for the final 25 minutes of the rally outside the Federal Metropolitan Detention Center, where immigrants are held.
See photos HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/07/02/lacw-attends-families-belong-together-march
Jun 28 2018
On Wednesday, June 27, the LACW joined with the growing encampment of Occupy ICE – L.A., at the downtown Federal Building/Metropolitan Detention Center on the corner of Alameda and Arcadia, in protest against the fascist Trump regime’s immigration policy. The small but growing community is blocking one of the exits where Homeland Security buses leave the MDC (Metroplitan Detention Center). A large number of immigrants are held in MDC either waiting to appear in court or be deported. See more photos HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/06/28/lacw-joins-with-occupy-ice-l-a
Jun 20 2018
On Wednesday, June 20, at noon, the LACW vigiled and leafleted by the downtown U.S. Immigration Court, across the street from Pershing Square, in opposition to the evil, immoral, and abominable Family Separation Act.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/06/20/lacw-attends-vigils-for-julian-assange-and-against-u-s-immigration-policy