Category: On The Line

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

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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PRISON STRIKE IN NORTH AMERICA HAS BEGUN

A prison strike has begun to take hold in prisons across North America with reports of sporadic protest action from California and Washington state to the eastern seaboard as far south as Florida and up to Nova Scotia in Canada. Details remain sketchy as information dribbles out through the porous walls of the country’s penitentiaries. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/24/prison-strike-in-north-america-has-begun

FASCISM IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

This LINK is to a very powerful yet alarming talk by Chris Hedges. It certainly makes one pause, observe reality, and find like-minded people, build solidarity and act to bring sanity in the midst of evil and insanity. Our nation, and planet, are at stake.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/15/fascism-in-the-age-of-trump

FREE IMMIGRATION LEGAL ASSISTANCE

If you or someone you know is in need of legal assistance for an immigration issue, there is free assistance available from the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic at Dolores Mission Church, 171 S. Gless Street, in Boyle Heights, 90033. The attorneys are present every first and third Thursday of the month from 9am to 4pm. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/08/10/free-immigration-legal-assistance

PLEASE SIGN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS SEEKING HELP FOR JULIAN ASSANGE WHO IS IN IMMINENT DANGER

The below letter to Pope Francis was started by Ciaron O’Reilly, of the London Catholic Worker, who for years, has been a strong supporter of Julian Assange. Recent news indicates that Julian Assange’s transfer to U.K. authorities may be imminent. If this transpires, he will undoubtedly be extradited to the U.S. to face a life …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/07/29/please-sign-letter-to-pope-francis-seeking-help-for-julian-assange-who-is-in-imminent-danger

TWO OF THE SEVEN KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES INTERVIEWED

On Monday July 23, on Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman interviewed Martha Hennessy and Carmen Trotta, two of the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists. Watch or listen to this excellent interview or read the transcript HERE. An excerpt: “We look at the resistance against nuclear weapons here in the United States. On April 4, 2018—-the 50th …

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PEACE ACTIVISTS GAIN ENTRY TO GERMAN AIR BASE WHICH DEPLOYS U.S. NUCLEAR BOMBS

Susan Crane, a member of the Redwood City (CA) Catholic Worker, was among 18 peace activists who entered Büchel Air Force Base, home to 20 US nuclear weapons known as “B61s” in protest of U.S. nuclear weapons that are stored there. See story at this LINK. An excerpt: On July 15, “In bright sunshine around …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/07/21/peace-activists-gain-entry-to-german-air-base-which-deploys-u-s-nuclear-bombs

HELSINKI MEETING WAS…CLARIFYING

This LINK is to an excellent piece by Jim Wallis of Sojouners Magazine on Trump’s summit with Putin. Wallis calls us to view this, and other Trump incidents, from the perspective of our Christian Faith: “So, let’s go back to the Reclaiming Jesus Declaration. Where does this leave us, as Christians? What can we do? …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/07/19/helsinki-meeting-was-clarifying

AT WHAT COST TO OUR SOUL

This LINK is to an excellent article on our Christian responsibility to stand against the horrific and abominable policies of our government., An excerpt: “In moments of moral crisis, certain issues break through the clutter and cacophony of the daily headlines. The U.S. government’s horrific separation of children from their parents at the border is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/06/27/at-what-cost-to-our-soul

WHY ARE WE PRETENDING THESE REFUGEES ARE NOT A RESULT OF U.S. ACTIONS IN CENTRAL AMERICA?

This LINK is to a summary of a very detailed and informative report on U.S. imperial intervention in Central America dating back to the 1950s. The U.S. imperial war machine has intervened 56 times throughout Latin America, which caused massive amounts of destruction, unrest, instability, poverty, and much more. READ THE FULL REPORT!

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/06/22/why-are-we-pretending-these-refugees-are-not-a-result-of-u-s-actions-in-central-america

THE GREATEST NEED TODAY…

This LINK is to a significant, prophetic, and powerful statement, yet it is more than a statement, it is a commitment, a confession of faith in a time of crisis. You can watch a video that explains it or read the document in its entirety or a summary. An excerpt: “We are living through perilous …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/06/14/the-greatest-need-today

THE RIGHT TO HEALTH AND A HEALTHY PLANET: ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION AND HEALTH CARE

This LINK is to an excellent article by Rev. William Barber, II, from the Poor People’s Campaign. This is news that the mainstream media is NOT covering. An excerpt: “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. These are the unalienable rights guaranteed to us by our Creator and by the founders of this country, yet …

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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/06/13/the-right-to-health-and-a-healthy-planet-ecological-devastation-and-health-care