Mar 12 2017

LACW Attends NoDAPL Demonstration

On February 5th, Super Bowl Sunday, a group of Los Angeles Catholic Workers and friends joined thousands of Angelenos to stand against the Dakota Access (DAPL) and Keystone XL (KXL) pipelines. The march, which went from Pershing Square to the Federal Building, came just 12 days after Donald Trump signed executive orders to begin approval of the DAPL and KXL pipelines, 9 days after the North Dakota legislature introduced a bill that would make it legal for drivers to “unintentionally” run over protesters standing on the road, and 4 days after North Dakota police and national guard forces began kittling and arresting the water protectors at Standing Rock. Equipped with an array of creative signage, the mass of people that marched in protest carried a roughly 100 foot mock-pipeline above their heads demanding, “JUSTICIA CLIMATICA AHORA” and “NO MORE DIRTY OIL.”

Those who spoke offered a compendium of things for the large crowd to reflect on. The speakers asked the crowd to remember the sacredness of the land we were on, wondering also what the land’s ancestors would say about the streets and skyscrapers that dominated the scene. They highlighted the indigenous community’s indefinite boycott of the Super Bowl until the NFL ends its support of Washington DC’s racist mascot. They recognized that many in the crowd had arrived via Uber, despite the national boycott of Uber for their refusal to support NYC taxi drivers during their strike at JFK airport over the immigration ban. The organizers also shared that their attempts to contact the organizers of the Women’s March in an effort to try and work together had been met with silence.

But the recognition of a common reliance on water, a need for coming together and a valuing of prayer kept the space sacred. A mixture of native music and performances permitted the audience to center those most affected by the government’s refusal to honor indigenous lives and treaties. And as one speaker reflected, “Use your voice, your gifts and your talents to spread the word. Use whatever you have to spread love and awareness to your neighbors and to all communities facing oppression. Walk in prayer every day.” And so we returned home wondering how will we use our gifts and voices to continue this necessary fight.

Recent events at the pipeline site include the North Dakota Army National Guard’s deployment of two surface-to-air missile-launchers near a critical work site, and in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, almost 11 months after the first spiritual resistance camp was founded in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, federal and local law enforcement agents forcibly cleared those who occupied land the federal government promised to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe under the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty.

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Feb 21 2017

LACW Bids Farewell To Dr. Gayle Wood, DDS

On Saturday, February 18, the LACW closed our soup kitchen to attend the memorial service for one of our volunteer dentists, Dr. Gayle Wood, who passed away suddenly on January 15, at age 57. Dr. Gayle is missed by all who knew her. Dr. Gayle, a single mom, left behind two twin 15-year old sons, Chris and Josh, whose dad died several years ago. We ask that you please keep them in prayer during this tragic transition. Thank you.

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Feb 19 2017

LACW Stands With Standing Rock

Recently the LACW was represented at an anti-DAPL/Keystone XL pipeline demonstration held at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in downtown Los Angeles, where approximately 1000 people gathered. At about 6pm the group processed into the street shutting down traffic on Wilshire Blvd–there were no arrests. LACW volunteer Pat Bonner is in top right photo.

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Feb 15 2017

LACW Supports Measure S On The Los Angeles March 7 Ballot

Measure S is an initiative to change the city’s laws governing changes to the general plan and development projects. It is the premier anti-gentrification measure. The Los Angeles Catholic Worker supports this measure because we believe it will help save housing for the homeless, poor, and working people. Measure S is also supported by our longtime friend, Rev. Alice Callaghan, and many other friends.

Our founders, Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, believed that local elections were the most important elections. We encourage all of our supporters and volunteers who live in Los Angeles to please vote YES on Measure S

A “yes” vote is a vote in support of imposing a moratorium on construction that increases development density for up to two years, prohibiting project-specific amendments to the city’s general plan, requiring a public review of the city’s general plan every five years, requiring city staff—not developers or project applicants—to perform environmental impact reports, and establishing other changes to the city’s general plan laws.

A “no” vote is a vote to reject the initiative, leaving the city’s zoning and development laws unchanged.

You can learn more about this measure at this LINK.

MEASURE S VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: This Sunday, February 18, there will be a volunteer day of action, including making phone calls and knocking on doors to make sure all of our neighbors know what is at stake on the March 7 ballot. There are four offices around the city: in Hollywood, Palms, Tarzana, and Jefferson. To get involved e-mail,

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Feb 13 2017

Legal Team Available For Immigration Issues

Dolores Mission Church, the LACW adopted parish, hosts the (free) Loyola Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic each Wednesday from 2:30 – 5pm in the parish hall located at 171 South Gless Street, Los Angeles, 90033. If you, or someone you know, needs legal assistance with an immigration issue, please arrive early to get a number. You can call the parish office for more information at 323-881-0039



The following is a letter from Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez:

Dear friends,

These are challenging times in our country right now with the new Presidential orders on immigrants and refugees.

To assist us in supporting our sisters and brothers, our Office of Government and Community Relations, and our Office of Life, Justice, and Peace, have created a special webpage which contains important resources for parishes, families, and individuals. On this new WEBPAGE you will find resources to help you learn more about the issues and resources that will enable you to get involved in your community and in communicating with your elected officials.

Please continue to pray with me, for our nation, and for our elected officials. With the guidance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I pray that we might all work together to find a compassionate solution to the challenges of reforming our immigration and refugee systems.

Archbishop Jose Gomez

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Feb 10 2017

2017 Summer Intern Program Applications Now Available

Applications for the LACW 2017 Summer Intern Program are now being accepted. This year’s summer program will begin on Monday, June 26, and end on Saturday, August 12.

To learn more about our Summer Program see our INTERN OPPORTUNITIES page.

You can download an application HERE or e-mail to request one along with any questions you might have. Closing date will be March 21.

Please complete and either e-mail it to or mail it via USPS to:
L.A. Catholic Worker, 632 N. Brittania St., Los Angeles, CA 90033-1722, Attn: Summer Program.

Notification of acceptance will be in early April at the latest.

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Feb 06 2017

February 2017 Agitator

Here is the FEBRUARY Catholic Agitator

In This Issue:

    • Down And Out And Under Arrest by Jeff Dietrich
    • Better Know A Volunteer: Sr. Elizabeth Rodkewich by Sarah Fuller & Theo Kayser
    • Rejecting White Privilege by Matt Harper
    • Historical Anti-Trump March by Matt Harper
    • The Fascist Formula by Maereg Tesfaye
    • Dr. Gayle Wood, DDS, Obituary

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Jan 22 2017

LACW Participates In J20 Trump Protests

On Friday, January 20, Inauguration Day, the LACW went out in the rain and participated in two Trump protests – one at the downtown Federal Building, then later joined the Mariachi Plaza March from Boyle Heights to City Hall where two other marches from other parts of the city ended where approximately 3000 gathered for a rally. See photos HERE.

On Saturday, January 21, members of the LACW, along with our Washington Clippers foot care crew, joined the “Women’s March” where approximately 700,000 women and men marched from Pershing Square to City Hall. The resistance continues.

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Jan 20 2017

Karan’s Day In Federal Court

LACW Karan Benton appeared in Federal Court in Santa Barbara on Thursday, January 19, to plead not guilty for the citation she received for a “ban and bar” violation at Vandenberg AFB last August 6 (see HERE). To her surprise, Magistrate Judge Louise LaMonthe decided to dismiss the charges because Karan is battling cancer. Karan has to submit a verification note from her doctor, upon receiving it Judge LaMonthe will officially remove it from her record. Amazing, there is still some compassion present within this filthy rotten system.

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Jan 18 2017

Close Guantanamo Now

On Wednesday, January 11, the 15th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison and the human rights violations it represents, the LACW joined other groups at the downtown Federal Building for the annual rally to protest Obama’s failed promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and to demand that it be closed NOW! Speakers included, Michael Rapkin, attorney for Guántanamo detainees, Mike Farrell, actor/activist, Ameena Mirza Qazi, National Lawyers Guild, among others. In photo at left: LACWs Matt, Sam, Doug.

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Jan 15 2017

Allison Archives LACW Basement

Back in October, former LACW community members Sam Yergler and Allison McGillivray returned for a three month visit after being on the road for several years.

While at the LACW, both rolled up their sleeves and went to work on house projects that were either in need of repair or simply cleaned up and organized. As Sam worked in the house, Allison went into the basement Agitator room and began sorting, organizing, and labeling 46 years of photos, slides, photo cds, copies of the Agitator, various papers, notes, posters, letters, audio and video tapes, and other memorabilia.

In this photo is Allison with 22 packed boxes containing everything that was noteworthy and savable that have been shipped to the Catholic Worker Movement Archives at Marquette University in Wisconsin.

Allison also began a new ongoing project interviewing and audio taping long-term Catholic Workers for an oral history of the movement that also will be kept at the Marquette University Archives. While at the LACW she taped Jeff and Catherine giving an oral history of the LACW, and Mike Wisniewski.

Today, the basement and Agitator room is clean and organized as never before. We thank Sam and Allison for all their long hours and hard work. They will be departing in their old motor home on Tuesday, January 17, continuing on their journey around the nation stopping at other Catholic Worker houses and resistance communities offering their love and labor. We send them off with grateful hearts, blessings, prayers, and lots of love.

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Jan 14 2017

We Welcome Back Our “Washington Clippers” Foot Care Team

Each January, for two weeks, five to seven beautiful, wonderful, and amazing women from Olympia, Washington, travel down to the LACW to care for the feet of the Skid Row poor and homeless. This week they began their ministry and have a fully booked schedule each day Tuesday – Saturday from 7:00 am until noon. Welcome back Rev. Kathleen, Maggie, Syma, Jackie, Nancy, Judy, and Cheryl.

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