The five CW resisters arrested at Vandenberg AFB on August 9, 2014, commemorating Hiroshima & Nagasaki Day and protesting against U.S. imperial war-making, appeared today in federal court in Santa Barbara. All five entered a plea of “Nolo contendere” (no contest), which, surprisingly, was accepted by the court. After listening to each statement by the defendants, the court followed the prosecutor’s recommendations and issued fines ranging from $100 (for Karan Benton and Mark Kelso), $300 (for Mike Wisniewski), and $500 (for Jeff Dietrich and Fr. Steve Kelly), plus $10 court costs and $25 processing fees. All five resisters stated they would not pay fines or other added costs. The court responded by setting December 1, 2014 as the due date, acknowledging that each defendant has refused to pay. We now wait to see what, if anything, will transpire after the due date expires.
Oct 16 2014
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Oct 01 2014
Here is the October CATHOLIC AGITATOR
In This Issue:
- Who Is My Neighbor by Jeff Dietrich
- Robbing The Poor by David DeCosse
- A Geography Of Suffering by Karan Benton
- He Said, See You Next Year by Jeff Dietrich
- The Children At The Border by Faustino Cruz
- A Letter From A Reader
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Sep 30 2014
Each year Catholic Workers from the LACW Sister House network get together for our annual weekend retreat at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center near Santa Barbara. Each year we bring someone in as facilitator to lead our retreat. This year it was Art Laffin, from Dorothy Day House in Washington, DC, a longtime CW and activist. Art shared his grace-filled journey and invited us to share grace-filled events in our personal life. Art chose John’s gospel chapter 15 as the basis for the retreat and each presentation. See photos HERE.
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Sep 23 2014
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Sep 09 2014
This LINK is to an interview Ched Myers did with Jeff for a Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries Webinar on August 26. In the interview Jeff talks about life at the LACW. It is titled Hospitality and Resistance. (Note: it takes a few minutes to connect and load.)
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Aug 11 2014
The L.A. Catholic Worker, Guadalupe Catholic Worker, and Las Vegas Catholic Worker gathered at the Vandenberg AFB main gate, on California’s central coast, to vigil in commemoration of the 69th anniversary of bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and August 9, 1945. As a witness against diabolical nuclear weapons and U.S. imperial war-making, five Catholic Workers–Karan Benton, Mike Wisniewski, and Jeff Dietrich from the LACW, Mark Kelso from the Las Vegas CW, and Rev. Steve Kelly, SJ. from Oakland and Redwood City CW were arrested. All were cited for trespassing and released an hour and a half later at Vandenberg Village. See photos HERE.
UPDATE: Arraignment date is 1pm Thursday, October 16, 2014, in Santa Barbara Federal Bankruptcy Court.
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Aug 06 2014
KITCHEN CLOSED SATURDAY, AUGUST 9
Our hospitality soup kitchen will be closed Saturday, August 9. The L.A. Catholic Worker will travel to Vandenberg AFB, on the central coast, to commemorate the 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 warmaking. We will return to our regular schedule on Tuesday, August 12.
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Aug 04 2014
Here is the August CATHOLIC AGITATOR.
In This Issue:
- 100 Years of Homeless Veterans by Jeff Dietrich
- Dr. Miguel: PhD Cement Mixer and Salad Mixer
- ISIS: U.S. Sponsored Mess by Faustino Cruz
- Doing Small Things With Great Love by Elliot Martin
- I Am Now Serving A 35-Year Sentence by Chelsea Manning
- Stop Domestic Spying And Harassment by Karan Benton & Hamid Khan
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Jul 22 2014
The Columbus Police Dept. has denied Fr. Roy Bourgeois and SOA Watch a permit to hold this year’s 25th Anniversary gathering at the gates of Ft. Benning to close the SOA/ WHINSEC. See stories HERE and HERE. The LACW regularly participates in this gathering, with two LACW community members getting arrested and serving three and six months in federal prison as prisoners of conscience.
UPDATE 9/4/2014: The Columbus Police Department and Fort Benning officials rescinded its previous limited permit and granted the full permit historically approved for the November gathering because of overwhelming public opposition (over 7,000 signatures on a petition) to their attempt to limit our first amendment rights. See story HERE.
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Jul 18 2014
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