We Welcome Back our “Washington Clippers” Foot Care Team

Each January, for two weeks, four to six 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, Saima, Cheryl, Nancy, and Judy.

In photos are: above left, Cheryl, above right, Maggie, left, Rev. Kathleen, right, Saima; below left – Judy. below right – Nancy.

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2018 Summer Intern Program Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2018 LACW Summer Intern Program are now being accepted. This year’s summer program will begin on Monday, July 2 and end on Saturday, August 11.

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

You can download an application HERE or e-mail info@lacatholicworker.org or call 323-267-8789 to request one along with any questions you might have. Closing date is March 27.

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

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

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United Nations Rapportuer Recently Toured Los Angeles’ Skid Row – Gives A Scathing Report

This LINK and this LINK are to two Los Angeles Times articles on the U.N. monitor on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, who recently toured Skid Row, and in his preliminary report gave harsh criticism on the conditions human beings are forced to live in on the streets of Los Angeles. In above photos, Philip Alston and General Dogon, from Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN).

An excerpt: “The United Nations’ monitor on extreme poverty and human rights said Friday that political will created the hundreds of encampments that he saw lining the streets of Los Angeles, adding that the country is rich enough to end homelessness.

‘But we don’t want to put the money into it,’ special rapporteur Philip Alston, just off a two-week fact finding tour that included downtown L.A.’s skid row, said at a Washington, D.C., news conference. ‘We want to see homeless people as losers, a low form of life.'”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/12/19/united-nations-rapportuer-recently-toured-los-angeles-skid-row-gives-a-scathing-report

Saturday Volunteers Serve With Christmas Spirit

Regular Saturday volunteer Larry Gunsalas brought in a bag of Christmas head gear on December 16, which volunteers wore while serving and voicing Christmas greetings to our guests, which brought smiles to many faces.

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Angel City Chorale Performs At Hippie Kitchen

On Saturday, December 9, the Angel City Chorale again made their annual visit to Skid Row to sing Christmas Carols in our dining garden. Everyone from guests eating in the garden to volunteers and community members thoroughly enjoyed the concert. Each year their performance seems to go up a notch. This year, as last, they had a variety of songs from old classics to newer originals. As is the custom, near the end of the concert they spread out among the tables and invited everyone to join in a sing-a-long. The entire hour+ was a wonderful holiday treat. Thank you, Angel City Chorale, for making time to visit our garden and spread the holiday spirit among L.A.’s most poorest. Blessings upon all and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope to see you again next year.

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LACW Attends County Burial Memorial For Unclaimed Dead

On Wednesday, December 6, the LACW attended the Los Angeles County Annual Burial Of The Unclaimed Dead, a memorial that has been held since 1896. This year the ashes of 1495 unclaimed bodies of people who died in 2014 were laid to rest in a common grave at Evergreen County Cemetery, in Boyle Heights. For the past few years the attendance has greatly increased, most likely because of press coverage. This year there were more than 200 people who came to pay their respects to those who died with no one to claim their bodies, including an infant. Our longtime friend, fellow activist, and celebrant at our liturgy on the first Wednesday of each month, Fr. Chris Ponnet, presided. (Double click on photos to view in high resolution.)

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December 2017 Agitator

Here is the December Catholic Agitator

In This Issue:

      • Slow But Steady – Christmas 2017 Appeal by Jeff Dietrich
      • Fighting For Skid Row Toilets, A Matter Of Dignity by Matt Harper
      • Racism And The Lost Cause – Letter To The Editor by Richard Nester
      • Better Know a Volunteer by Sarah Fuller and Theo Kayser
      • At LMU LACW Protest the Air Force ROTC Program by Matt Harper
      • Knowing I Was Loved by Mary Ann O’Connor
      • A Motley Gang Of Holy Daredevils by Marc Gulaya
      • Practicing Compassion by Kaleb Haven
      • Faith And Justice by Iris Vazquez Howard
      • The Demands of Skid Row by Lilian Vasquez

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St. Paul High School 2017 Walk For Hunger

On Sunday, December 3, St. Paul High School, in Santa Fe Springs, had their 45th Annual March For Hunger, which benefits the LACW. The walk begins at Salazar Park in East L.A. and ends at Santa Monica Beach, a 26+ mile journey. The LACW and a few kitchen volunteers greeted the walkers and gave them key chains five miles into the walk. Eight LACW community members and volunteers also joined on the walk on a gorgeous, sunny, 72 degree day (lower right photo). We thank all students, faculty, parents, and alumni for walking to help feed our guests at the “Hippie Kitchen.” We wish you many blessings and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Memorial for U.S. Church Women Martyred in El Salvador

Join the LACW community for a memorial service on Saturday, December 2, 7pm at Mount St. Marys College Doheny Campus in Chapel (near building 15), 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007, Phone: 626-345-1666, to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the four U.S. churchwomen martyred in El Salvador.

The four women — (pictured from top left) Sister Ita Ford, M.M., Sister Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U., lay missioner Jean Donovan, and Sister Maura Clarke, M.M, were, on Dec. 2, 1980, abducted, raped, shot and killed by Salvadoran national guardsmen trained at the U.S. School of the Americas (SOA) in Fort Benning, GA. The murders were part of a brutal pattern of attacks by death squads and members of the Salvadoran Armed Forces against persons working with El Salvador’s poor and war refugees.

The women were killed nine months after the assassination, in March 1980, of El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero, also killed by graduates of the SOA with U.S. taxpayer money.

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LACW Protests Air Force ROTC Program At Loyola Marymount University

On Thursday, November 16, the 28th anniversary of the murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter, at the University of El Salvador by U.S. trained Salvadoran troops, at all Jesuit Universities across the U.S. there were protests against the ROTC programs at each university.

The LACW had a presence at Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles. We began outside a campus chapel by praying the Rosary for an end of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at LMU. We then proceeded to the main entrance for a vigil and few short talks explaining our purpose and inviting others to join us. There we were greeted by a small group of counter demonstrators in favor of the military and ROTC Program. We then went inside to the area outside the AF-ROTC offices. Then proceeded to the President’s office, where we were denied a meeting with LMU President Snyder, but his spokesperson agreed to accept a symbolic cardboard sword (representing St. Ignatius sword that he laid down and rejected his military career that he may follow the nonviolent Christ) and a flyer calling Mr. Snyder to end the ROTC program since it is am absolute contradiction to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith. See more photos HERE.

There were no arrests or confrontations with the counter demonstrators, although we did engage in conversations.

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Upcoming Holiday Schedule

Please note that Hospitality Kitchen (aka Hippie Kitchen) is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23. However, we will be open on Saturday, November 25.

Further, the kitchen will also be closed on Saturday, December 23, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, reopen on Tuesday, December 26. We will also be closed on New Years Eve and New Years Day (reopen on Tuesday, January 2).

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

Thank you. Happy holidays. May your holiday season be safe and filled with many blessings and much joy, happiness, and love.

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Sunday, November 19 is World Day Of The Poor and World Toilet Day

 

This LINK details Pope Francis’ call for a “World Day of the Poor” as an opportunity to grow in mercy and charity, and in shaping attitudes toward the poor and needy.

This LINK explains the United Nations “World Toilet Day” as a time to take action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste.

Both of these significant issues–poverty and severe lack of sanitation–affect most of the folks who eat at our soup kitchen. We applaud Pope Francis for challenging each of us to look at our attitude toward the poor and homeless in our midst, and around the world. We must ask ourselves, What does it say about this, the wealthiest society in human history, who also believes itself a “Christian” society, yet also believes it acceptable that millions of its citizens are forced to live on the streets of our cities and towns, often without sufficient sanitation? How tragic that we reject God’s mandate in Deuteronomy 15:4 that, “There should be no one of you in need.” And Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:31-46 that whatever we do or fail to do to the least among us we also do to Him.

Here in Los Angeles we have more than 51,000 homeless people, including approximately 4,000 who live on the streets of Skid Row in unconscionable subhuman conditions due to a severe lack of sanitation facilities. The City and County of Los Angeles have failed miserably to meet the standards set by the United Nations Policy For Refugee Camps. According to a recent report, refugee camps in Syria have better sanitation conditions than on Skid Row. The study requires 164 toilets and hand washing stations be installed by year’s end to meet these standards. If this is not bad enough, Governor Brown recently declared a state of emergency because of the Hepatitis A outbreak. Toilets and hand washing stations are essential to help combat and defeat this critical health crisis.

Both, our faith and the United Nations, call us to act. This is a great time to contact L.A. city officials–Councilman Jose Huizar’s office at 213-473-7014 and Mayor Eric Garcetii’s office at 213-978-0600 to demand that the 164 portable toilets and hand washing stations immediately be placed on the streets of Skid Row. This health crisis cannot and must not continue any longer.

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