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

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/02/06/february-2017-agitator

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/01/22/lacw-participates-in-j20-trump-protests

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/01/20/karans-day-in-federal-court

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/01/18/close-guantanamo-now-3

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/01/15/allison-archives-lacw-basement

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/01/14/we-welcome-back-our-washington-clippers-foot-care-team

Jan 09 2017

Jed Has Been Released From Federal Prison

LACW Jed Poole is now home after serving a thirty day sentence for his nonviolent witness at Vandenberg AFB last August 6. Jed was arrested for trespassing while protesting against U.S. war-making and U.S. nuclear weapons policy. We welcome him home and thank him for his witness.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/01/09/jed-has-been-released-from-federal-prison

Jan 06 2017

LACW Sister House In San Bruno Advocates For Tiny Houses

This LINK is to an article in the Mercury News about Peter Stiehler, former LACW and co-founder along with his wife Kate of our sister house in San Bruno, California (San Francisco Bay Area), who is attempting to convince local authorities to allow “tiny houses” to be distributed to the homeless in the Bay Area as a solution to the high cost of housing.

An excerpt:
“Last month, a tiny house on wheels was delivered to his San Bruno nonprofit, Catholic Worker Hospitality House. Once he spruces it up, he plans to use the 105-square-foot abode as a mobile showcase, encouraging his city and others on the Peninsula to tweak their laws in favor of the miniature structures. After that he hopes to let a client use it.

‘We feel that tiny houses can be one of the solutions for creating more affordable housing in our community,’ said Stiehler, whose organization also runs a homeless shelter and a dining room that serves breakfast to about 70 people a day. ‘It’s a quick and easy way to get housing done.’

On a recent morning he gave a quick tour of his cedar-framed tiny house, which sits in the parking lot of a local church. Stiehler said he spent $13,000 on the structure, which is just a shell, and the trailer on which it rests. He figures he’ll spend as much as $10,000 to finish the interior, including a bed, kitchen, work area and bathroom with a composting toilet.”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/01/06/lacw-sister-house-in-san-bruno-advocates-for-tiny-houses

Dec 23 2016

2016 Christmas Tree Trimming

On Sunday, December 18, we gathered to put up and decorate our Christmas tree while singing Christmas carols and enjoy a variety of refreshments and baked goods. It was an enjoyable evening in preparation for our Christmas celebration. See photos HERE.

May you have a blessed and joy-filled Christmas. May the Spirit of Christmas permeate our lives and our nation; may each of us not only live Jesus Christ’s message of love, compassion, and healing, but may we also stand in resistance to empire, whose policies are contrary to the Gospel of love and nonviolence preached and lived by Jesus. Let us strive to further God’s nonviolent kin-dom that peace with justice may prevail.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2016/12/23/2016-christmas-tree-trimming

Dec 22 2016

Annual Homeless Memorial

On Wednesday, December 21, the LACW attended the annual Homeless Memorial for all skid row residents who died over the past year. Catherine again represented the LACW as she read the names of our guests at the Hippie Kitchen, along with Mollie Lowrey, longtime LACW friend and homeless advocate, Fr. Dan Berrigan, SJ, one of our longtime supporters, Bro. Skip Matthews, and our longtime house guest, Joe Garcia. With each person named Catherine gave a brief background of who that person was. It was a nice ceremony to remember and honor our departed sisters and brothers. May they rest in peace.
(Double click on the program at left to enlarge)

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2016/12/22/annual-homeless-memorial-3

Dec 21 2016

Graveside Memorial For Joe Garcia

On Saturday afternoon, December 17, Catherine lead a graveside memorial to bury the ashes of our longtime house guest Joe Garcia, who passed away on October 2 (see this LINK). Joe’s family attended, along with the LACW community, and other house guests. His grave is in our memorial garden along with other house guests, friends, and family members.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2016/12/21/graveside-memorial-for-joe-garcia

Dec 15 2016

Upcoming Holiday Schedule and Policy Reminder

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Please note that Hospitality Kitchen (aka Hippie Kitchen) is closed on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, and Christmas Day (reopen on Tuesday, December 27) and New Years Day (reopen on Tuesday, January 3). We will be open on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31.

Also, we do not accept volunteers working for school service requirements or other forms of community service hours until the end of December. We do not have space to accommodate the many people who wish to volunteer during this time period.

Thank you. Many blessings. Happy holidays. May your holiday season be safe and filled with joy

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2016/12/15/upcoming-holiday-schedule-and-policy-reminder-5

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