Aug 07 2017

LACW at Vandenberg Air Force Base – One Arrest

On Saturday, August 5, the LACW joined the Guadalupe Catholic Worker and others in a prayerful witness commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and calling for the elimination of ICBM missile testing, nuclear weapons, and U.S. imperial war-making.

Three LACW’s (Jeff Dietrich, Mike Wisniewski, and Karan Benton) were faced with arrest for “Ban and Bar” violations if they did not immediately leave the protest area. Jeff and Mike chose to leave rather than face arrest, while Karan refused to leave and was immediately arrested, cited for trespass, and later released facing a future court date and certain jail time. Security also approached Guadalupe Catholic Worker Dennis Apel, but chose not to enforce his Ban and Bar. The witness continued for an hour and a half before gathering for a closing prayer and dispersal.

Photos are now posted HERE and HERE.

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Aug 01 2017

Kitchen Closed Saturday, August 5

June 2014 Graphic We Remember August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945

Never forget that the U.S. imperial war machine is the ONLY nation in human history to use 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 Saturday, August 5. The L.A. Catholic Worker will travel to Vandenberg Air Force Base, on the central coast, to commemorate the 72nd 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 8. 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 29 2017

Kevin Key, Skid Row Activist/Organizer R.I.P.

A onetime criminal defense attorney who lost his career to a crack addiction, Kevin Michael Key found both ruin and redemption on L.A.’s Skid Row, a neighborhood he came to embody as one of its loudest and most persistent activists.

Until his death July 19 from cancer, Key was involved with virtually every outreach, self-help or activist group that had its hands in skid row — even acting in a theater group that provided purpose and camaraderie to people who had lost both.

While he was once drawn to skid row to feed his worsening drug habit, Key discovered that through activism and being in the company of others trying to get back on their feet, a renewed sense of self-worth had blossomed.

In 2002, Key became sober and found new life in activism. He joined the United Coalition East Prevention Project, worked as a liaison for the diabetes program at the JWCH Community Clinic, marched with the prison reform group Critical Resistance and served two terms on the Downtown Neighborhood Council.

He prodded civic leaders to give skid row the same attention and amenities that other neighborhoods received. He preached the gospel of sobriety. He helped lead a campaign to rescind a liquor license at the New Genesis Hotel, a low-cost housing complex built with public money on the edge of skid row. The neighborhood, he said, already had more than enough alcohol.

Key also was introduced to the Los Angeles Poverty Department theater troupe, which shared the same acronym as the city’s police force — LAPD. As he watched the group perform, he realized that what he was witnessing was activism theater, performance art — often written by those who lived on skid row — that put a spotlight on the realities and challenges of life on the streets in downtown Los Angeles. Key also toured with the group in South America, Europe and the East Coast.

Key came to view skid row as a recovery community, a place where people could get sober, pick up the pieces and begin to enjoy life again. He was also an unrelenting advocate for the neighborhood, a place he viewed with hope, and it was a home.

Key also began a dialogue with the LACW to use wall space in our clinic to display art work by skid row artists.

Key is survived by a son, Kevin Jr.; two daughters, Kawana and Antoniette; a brother; and several grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him. Kevin Key – ¡PRESENTE!

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Jul 25 2017

Fr. Jerry Zawada, OFM – ¡PRESENTE!

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our longtime friend, Fr. Jerry Zawada, OFM – nuclear resister, peace and justice activist, Franciscan Friar. Jerry joined the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses on July 25, at the age 80.

Jerry served his early years as a Franciscan priest in the Philippines, and later worked with the homeless, war refugees, and survivors of torture in Chicago, Milwaukee, Mexico, Las Vegas, Tucson and elsewhere. Jerry was imprisoned for two years in the late 1980s for repeated trespass at nuclear missile silos in the Midwest; served three six-month prison sentences (2001, 2003, 2005) for trespass at the U.S. Army School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation – WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, Georgia, and two months in prison in 2007 after crossing the line to protest torture training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Jerry was also arrested several times at Creech AFB in Nevada, protesting against U.S. drone policy, and at Vandenberg AFB in California, protesting against U.S. nuclear missile testing. In addition, a few years ago, his advocacy for and celebration of Mass with Catholic women priests earned a disciplinary letter from the Vatican.

Jerry did not stop standing up and speaking out for a peaceful, just, and nuclear-free world, even when in recent years he physically slowed down and was not quite sure how far his legs would carry him. His life will remain an example to many: Those who knew and loved him, and those who never had an opportunity to meet him, but know of his legacy. Thank you, Jerry, for your faithful witness. You will be dearly missed. (Photo by The Nuclear Resister)

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Jul 19 2017

July 30 Pool Party Cancelled

Due to a death in the family of the host, Dr. Rich Meehan, this Sunday’s pool party went from being rescheduled to now being cancelled. Please keep the Meehan family in prayer. Thank you.

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Jul 18 2017

Books Needed

Our soup kitchen library for our friends downtown is in dire need of books. If you have books you no longer want or know of someone who has plenty and willing to pass them on, please consider donating them. Westerns (Louis L’Amour etc), novels, sports related, fiction, nonfiction, biographies and autobiographies are very popular, but religious/spiritual/theological books are not. Please send or bring them to Hennacy House, 632 N. Brittania St., Los Angeles, CA 90033-1722 Thank you. Many blessings.

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Jul 16 2017

Our Foot Care Ministry Needs Men’s White Socks

Summer is a time when our homeless friends on Skid Row need clean socks for optimum foot health. Our foot care ministry needs NEW large men’s white socks, sizes 13-15, or large tube socks. Please bring or send them ASAP to Hennacy House – 632 N. Brittania St., Los Angeles, CA 90033-1722. Thank you. Many blessings.

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Jun 28 2017

Meet Our 2017 Summer Interns

Our 2017 Summer Interns have arrived. Each has displayed an eagerness to learn about our work and get to know us, and our guests at our soup kitchen.

In photo at left are (standing) Kaleb Havens, from Los Angeles (Left); Marc Gulaya, from Irvine, California; (sitting) Lilian Vasquez, from Los Angeles (Left); Iris Vazquez-Howard, from Olympia, WA. We warmly welcome them and wish them a very blessed and fruitful summer living and working with us. Check back here regularly for updates and photos.

See additional photos HERE. (NOTE: Double click on photos to view in high resolution)

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Jun 26 2017

LACW Highlighted On New York Cable Show “All Things Catholic”

See this LINK to watch the 25 minute segment on NET TV – All Things Catholic: Return to the Los Angeles Catholic Worker – Season 4 Episode 6 Airdate: 5/18/17

This week on All Things Catholic, host, Joe Estevez returns to the Los Angeles Catholic Worker. He interviews community members and volunteers to discuss the importance of its mission on Skid Row.

Tune in every Thursday at 9PM. The show is available on Time Warner Cable Channel 97, Channel 48 on Verzion Fios, and Cablevision Channel 30 in the New York Area. For more information, please go to www.netny.tv

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Jun 23 2017

Kitchen Closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Just a reminder that in keeping with our tradition, Hospitatlity Kitchen (AKA Hippie Kitchen) will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. We will reopen with normal schedule on Thursday, July 6. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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Jun 11 2017

New Skid Row Mural Dedication

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, after serving at our soup kitchen, we gathered at Catch 21 Restaurant, one block from the kitchen, to dedicate and bless the new mural by our traveling muralist friend, Dimitri Kadiev, who had assistance from a few friends and other Skid Row artists. The theme of the mural is Sacred Water, which is scarce for our homeless friends on Skid Row. The L.A. Catholic Worker Hospitality Kitchen (aka the Hippie Kitchen) is the primary source of water for many. People are allowed to fill many containers of various sizes with water from our garden faucet and from our ice-cold water in Igloo containers during serving hours. The amount of water we serve each week is incalculable, thus very sacred.

For the blessing Jeff used a reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah, chapter 55, as the prayer: “All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain to eat; Come without paying and without cost…” And he used a small branch of leaves from a shade tree in our dining garden to dip into a pitcher of water drawn from our garden faucet to bless the mural.

In the photo on left is Catch 21 owner Kenny Choa, artist/muralist Dimitri Kadiev, Catherine Morris and Jeff Dietrich of the L.A. Catholic Worker. In photo on right is Jeff and Catherine standing in front of their mural depiction. See more photos HERE.

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Jun 06 2017

June 2017 Agitator

Here is the JUNE Catholic Agitator.

In This Issue:

    • Bring Back The Draft by Jeff Dietrich
    • Wages Of Rebellion – Book Review by Mike Wisniewski
    • From Sanctuary To Liberation by Matt Harper
    • Defending The Sacred by Dimitri Kadiev
    • Anarchism by Alexandria Addesso
    • Stop Abuse by Megan Ramsey

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