A few weeks ago Jeff Dietrich, long time member of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker for 36 years, turned 60. Dennis Apel, of the Guadalupe Catholic Worker, sent me photos of Jeff’s Birthday party at the Richmond Bar & Grill in El Segundo. For the curious the photos are online at: http://lacatholicworker.org/g/Jeffs_Birthday/
Mar 30 2006
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Mar 20 2006
Long time Los Angeles Catholic Worker, Jeff Dietrich, was arrested along with seven others in front of U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein’s office this morning. The demonstration was organized by Steve Gibson from the AFSC, to protest Senator Feinstein’s complacency as the war in Iraq marks a third anniversary this week.
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Mar 05 2006
Recently two Catholic Worker came to my attention, and they deserve to be highlighted.
The first is Dutch, pink, and Catholic Worker all around. I think this website has been around for a while, but recently received an over-haul, and a domain name change. The site has information in both English and Dutch.
The second is a new website, from the St. Francis folks in Columbia, MO. The site is neatly laid out, with quite a bit of information about the CW movement in general, and borrowing from their Dutch Bretheren, the site is as purple, as the Dutch are pink.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2006/03/05/new-and-newish-catholic-worker-websites
Feb 24 2006
Recently two of our faithful Thursday volunteers, Tom and his wife Jan Honoré, went on a delegation to Haiti. We plan to feature the autrocities being commited in that country in our next issue of the Agitator, including an article written by Tom of his experiences there.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2006/02/24/tom-and-jan-honores-trip-to-haiti
Jan 27 2006
Last Friday, January 20, Martha’s long time friend and cat, Bella, passed away. Bella was over 21 years old and has lived at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker for the last thirteen years. Bella was laid to rest in our rose garden here at the house. Her presence with us will be missed by Martha and the rest of the LACW community.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2006/01/27/bella-rip
Jan 16 2006
The new volunteer stories, originally apearing in the December, 2005 issue of the Catholic Agitator are now online at: http://lacatholicworker.org/visiting-and-volunteering/volunteer-interviews/.
The 2004 interviews are available at: http://lacatholicworker.org/visiting-and-volunteering/volunteer-interviews/volunteer-stories-2004/.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2006/01/16/volunteer-stories
Dec 20 2005
It was reported in this morning’s New York Times that the ACLU has obtained documents confirming that the FBI has been spying on peace activists, included in the list are Peta, Grean Peace and the Los Angeles Catholic Worker. There are two FBI files that the ACLU has, both related to our semi-annual protest at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Those wishing to start, or add to their own files the next protest at Vandenberg will be on May 20th.
ACLU’s own report about FBI spying
ACLU’s list of FBI files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
The two files related to the Los Angeles Catholic Worker:
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Nov 24 2005
I just recently returned from visiting the Open Door Community, on my way to attend the annual SOA Protest at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. I was greeted with an over-flowing of love and hospitality so emblematic of Catholic Worker Communities.
What struck me the most was that during my short five day stay, I personally witnessed each of the six Works of Mercy listed in Matthew 25 taking place. I was able to help Tony cook and serve the soup for their Thursday lunch meal. On Saturday I was able to ride along for their monthy Hardwick Prison trip providing transportation to low-income families to visit relatives locked up in Georgia State Prisons. Many of these families would otherwise be unable to make the trip themselves either for lack of a vehicle or due to rising gasoline prices. While the families were visiting at the prison a group of us took the opportunity to visit Flanery O’Conner’s historic home in Milledgeville.
On Sunday we drove to Columbus Georgia for the SOA Protest, where I ran into former interns Elizabeth Henricks (’05), and Chris Knesrick (’04); former LACW Community Member Sheila McCarthey, former Los Angeles JVC Sara Suman and many others.
The trip ended on a high note on Monday with a protest action outside of the grand opening of Atlanta’s new aquarium. I was amazed at how colorful their signs/costumes were, and how well they integrated singing into their protest. Especially Chad’s wonderful voice starting off the protest with This Little Light of Mine.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/11/24/davids-atlanta-trip
Nov 23 2005
LACW community member, David Gardner, while visiting the Open Door Community in Atlanta, joined their protest action outside of Atlanta’s new $280 million aquarium. A local reporter was on hand and interviewed him and the qoute ended up in the local paper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The article can be read online here, although he remembers sounding more articulate at the time of the interview, however sounding inteligent and wearing a giant shark head don’t always go hand-in-hand.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/11/23/david-gardner-in-the-news
Nov 10 2005
On the night of November 5th, several of us at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker were pleased to attend Alverno High School’s rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream staring one of our youngest volunteers, Sophie Goldstein, as Puck. It was a great production using the original script with modern stage/costumes. Appearing in the photo from left to right: Christian Belt, Clare Bellefeuille-Rice, Sarah Grab, Faustino Cruz, Sophie Goldstein (in costume), Megan Fincher and David Gardner.
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Nov 10 2005
We are happy to welcome the two most recent additions to our community, Christian Belt and Sarah Grab. Both are from Germany, and are enrolled in a six month community service program in the United States sponsored by The International Fellowship of Reconciliation. While Sarah was placed at our community, Christian is currently on loan to us from our Sister House in Orange County.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/11/10/new-international-volunteers
Oct 30 2005
For several years while Manuel lived with us at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker, he would construct a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar for us. Manuel, an artist and a native of Mexico put a lot of time, energy and creativity into it. This last year he, along with Jorge Manly-Gil returned to Mexico to start a Catholic Worker there. Manuel requested that I post photos of this years altar so he can see how this tradition is continuing in his absence.
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