Category: On The Line

Articles and photos not directly related to the LACW community, yet are highly noteworthy and recommended.

LESSONS ON BUILDING DEMOCRACY AFTER NONVIOLENT REVOLUTION

The article behind this LINK is an excellent resource in facilitating an answer to the question, Why do some nonviolent revolutions end in democracy while others do not?  With the reality that our nation is rapidly descending into a fascist police state controlled by corporations and the handful of oligarchs behind them, and further realizing …

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A FRANCISCAN PLEA FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA

The below PDF contains an excellent one page statement from the Franciscan Friars on the current state of affairs in the United States. It is a call to reject and resist the status quo and boldly speak out and against U.S. fascist imperial policies that are utterly contrary to gospel values. A FRANCISCAN PLEA FOR …

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U.S. DETENTION OF MIGRANT CHILDREN CONTINUES TO SKYROCKET

This LINK is to a horrifying article about the abominable U.S. policy of detaining migrant children (indeed, our own as well) in what amounts to concentration camps. Many of these children will never again see their parents and families. As long as “we the people” remain silent in the midst of this atrocity, thus allowing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/10/29/u-s-detention-of-migrant-children-continues-to-skyrocket

TYPHUS OUTBREAK AMONG HOMELESS IN LOS ANGELES

The disconcerting article behind this LINK reveals yet another serious outbreak of a disease primarily affecting our homeless sisters and brothers. An excerpt:  “There have been 64 cases of typhus reported across Los Angeles County so far this year, more than the 53 cases recorded this time last year, and on track to surpass the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/10/19/typhus-outbreak-among-homeless-in-los-angeles

ANOTHER GOOD REFLECTION OF SAINT OSCAR ROMERO

This LINK is to a very good reflection on the now official Saint Oscar Romero. An excerpt: “In 1997 Romero was declared a “Servant of God,” a process which makes him a candidate for sainthood. But the process stalled when the hierarchy worried if such a move would be too “political.” Then in February of …

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WHAT OSCAR ROMERO’S CANONIZATION SAYS ABOUT POPE FRANCIS

This LINK is to a good article in The Atlantic about Pope Francis officially making Oscar Romero a saint. An Excerpt: “Nearly four decades later, Pope Francis has declared Óscar Romero a saint. An archbishop murdered at the altar, in the manner of England’s Thomas Becket, would seem a simple case. But Romero’s path to canonization—at …

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WHAT’S THE PLAN?

The below and this LINK  is to an excellent piece in today’s L.A. Times Letters to the Editor concerning the Democrats and climate change. The Letter:  “The United Nations report on the existential impacts of climate change is nightmarish, and I’m sure I’m not the only millennial terrified for my babies’ future. It’s so easy …

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KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES UPDATE

KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES ACTIVISTS PRESENT  RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DEFENSE Attorneys for the seven Kings Bay Plowshares defendants today filed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act Memo in federal court in Brunswick, GA, as their response to the court’s request for supplemental briefings that would justify the defendants’ use of  the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in their defense. The …

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THE U.S. MILITARY DROPS A BOMB EVERY 12 MINUTES

This LINK is to a horrific revelation about the reality of what the U.S. Empire is like. Really, how much longer will “we the people” allow the killing and destruction continue in our name and with our tax dollars? Is this how we desire to be remembered in history?  Judgment is certain, as every empire …

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DAVID McREYNOLDS, ANTIWAR ACTIVIST: OCTOBER 25, 1929 – August 17, 2018

David Ernest McReynolds, one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians, a prominent democratic socialist who was twice a candidate for President of the United States, running atop the ticket of the Socialist Party USA in 1980 and 2000. He was also an audacious pacifist antiwar activist and prolific photographer. He described himself as “a …

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MISSING PERSON NOTICE

Adam Buckley disappeared from a group home on June 12. He was later misidentified by the L.A. Coroner’s Office as a homicide victim in Lancaster. In the meantime, he was arrested in Torrance on Aug 25 and released on Aug 28. He has health issues and may not know how to call his family for …

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HEALING TRAUMA: BEYOND GANGS AND PRISON

The focus of the short 23 minute documentary behind this LINK is on the deep trauma individuals experience early in their lives which leads them into gangs, violence, and ultimately prison, and the work that Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. does at Homeboy Industries in helping individuals turn their lives around. At Homeboy Industries, career, education, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/25/healing-trauma-beyond-gangs-and-prison