At least once each quarter we host a “Hospitality Day” where we invite up to twenty-five guests from downtown to join us at our house for a time to get away from the madness of the streets and enjoy part of the day relaxing, eating, playing board or card games, read, take a bath or shower, and do laundry. We begin with breakfast at 8:15am (cereal, toast, fruit, oatmeal, coffee, milk, orange juice, pastries and cookies) then free time (including chips and salsa and soda) until noon, then a big lunch. This time Theo cooked burgers (including veggie burgers), mashed potatoes, broccoli with nacho cheese topping, tossed salad, BBQ and regular chips, followed by dessert including ice cream, pastries and cookies, and soda for ice cream floats. Then, unfortunately, a return trip downtown at 1:30. All had a great time and all were exceedingly grateful. See more photos HERE.
Aug 13 2017
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Aug 09 2017
Here is the AUGUST Catholic Agitator.
In This Issue:
- The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Interview With Kate Hennessy
- Breast Cancer by Johanna Berrigan
- Better Know A Volunteer: Ken Baldwin by Sarah Fuller and Theo Kayser
- Letters to the Editor
- Confronting Racism by Matt Harper and Theo Kayser
- The World Will Be Saved By Beauty – A Book Review by Tina Delany
- Community and Guests by Sarah Fuller
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Aug 07 2017
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.
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Aug 01 2017
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
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
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
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Jul 18 2017
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
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
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
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
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