The Open Door turns 25

In a joyous occasion last week one of our sister houses the Open Door Community in Atlanta Georgia celebrated their 25th birthday. Our very own Jeff Dietrich was there and spoke about the importance of hospitality and toilet cleaning. He also presented them with the Los Angeles Catholic Worker Harsh and Dreadful Award. Happy birthday to all of you folks!


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Protest at the Kitchen

On Tuesday July 11th the Central City East Association sent a truck, crew, cops and a steam machine along with television and newspaper crews to roust our friends off Gladys St. In front of the Kitchen, a group of community members and friends took the opportunity to blockade the truck. They were immediately surrounded by the cops and the press. This lasted about an hour until the city backed down and the truck was abandoned to the cheers of our guests at the Kitchen.


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Summer Photos

Caryn Moore

Summer is in full swing here in Los Angeles. We’ve had several great speakers and a fun 4th of July party at the house of former summer intern Mary Nalick. We were also delighted to welcome former community member Sheena Tseko, her partner Juan Ramon Prado Bustamante and their soon to be born baby, who visited us from Mexico. Our part time community member Patty Carmody hosted a lovely baby shower with lots of good food and old friends. Photos of these events can be seen at: and

Eric Debode and Sheena Tseko

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David’s Going Away Party Photos

The Hot Men of the LACW, David, Ben and Ed.jpg
caryn and sophie

Two weeks ago we had a wonderful goodbye party for David Gardener at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor. Photos of the event can be seen at


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Summer Interns

Francesca Apper, Christine Haider, Allison McGillivray, Sophie Goldstein and Caryn Moore.

Summer is here! And with it came our new interns, (from left to right) Francesca Apper, from our sister house in Fresno, Christine Haider from Earlham College in Richmond Indiana, Allison McGillivray from the University of Portland, Sophie Goldstein one of our longtime and loyal volunteers and Caryn Moore from the University of Notre Dame.

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Goodbye David

26 David loves his grits

Yesterday we said goodbye to David Gardener after four great years. His technical expertise, sense of humor and exellent beans will be greatly missed. Good luck on all your adventures David!

David and Berta making tamales

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We have Four New People Visiting us

Over the last month or so we have been very pleased and excited to welcome to the LACW our pre-summer program visitors. Tiffany Au is visiting us as part of an internship program through her school Grinnell College. Chris Rooney is visiting us from Vancouver, Canada where he volunteers and works on their newspaper the Christian Radical. Rebekah Land is here visiting us from the St. Francis CW in New Zealand. Last, but not least Ed Pilolla is a local guy who started volunteering at the kitchen, which he just couldn’t get enough of so now he is spending a month with us.


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Vandenberg Photos

Los Angeles Catholic Workers at Vandenberg Air Force Base Protest
Puppies for peace at protest in front of Vandenberg Air Force Base

Last Saturday the Los Angeles Catholic Worker joined several others at the front gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base. The turnout was excellent, and we were joined by several articulate speakers. Photos of the event can be seen at:


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Thousands March in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Catholic Workers in May Day Immigrant Rights March

Several members of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker joined the thousands who marched down Broadway to city hall in support of immigrant rights, and oposition to any proposed anti-immigrant legislation. I was able to climb on top of a newspaper vending maching and was able to take a few photos of the massive crowd. The community members were joined this morning by our friend Bob Gomez from Dolores Mission Church and Pius O’Neill who flew in to Los Angeles yesterday and plans to stay with us for at least a month. What a warm welcome to our city it was. Photos of the event can be seen at:

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Seder 2006 Photos

2006 Seder

Today was one of our best Seder celebrations ever. Several of our friends, volunteers and workers from other Catholic Worker Communities showed up to help make it a blast. Special thanks go out to Mike Wisniewski for taking photos of the event, which can be viewed at:


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Jeff Dietrich runs in Los Angeles Marathon

Sara and Claire cheer Jeff on
Jeff Dietrich runs in City of Los Angeles Marathon

Recently we got the photos back from long time community member Jeff Dietrich’ run in the Los Angeles Marathon on March 19th. Just one week shy of his 60th birthday Jeff and long time LACW friend Dan Jiru completed the marathon. David, Sarah and Claire showed up to cheer Jeff on at various spots along the route of the maratjon, although they found it very difficult to find him in the large crowd of runners that day.


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35,000 Pounds Untreated Fecal Material Deposited Daily on Downtown Sidewalks

Downtown Los Angeles Port-Potty Removal

Two weeks ago the city removed several porta-potties located in the Skid Row area. For many of our friends on the streets this was the only restroom they had access to. Below is an advertisement that was placed in the Business Journal by a friend of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker, in an attempt to return public restrooms for the homless. Please call the mayor at (213) 922-9730 or e-mail him at and tell him you saw the advertisement from the Business Journal and that you are outraged at the lack of dignity being offered to the homeless.
   On March 31st, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa removed all portable toilets from skid row, toilets used by thousands of homeless for the past 11 years. A homeless person generates seven pounds of fecal material and over a gallon of urine each day. Now, more than 35,000 pounds of untreated human waste daily cover downtown sidewalks,exposing all to the unacceptable risk of contracting deadly diseases as they travel around the city.
   Everyone working or traveling downtown is at risk after tracking fecal material from soiled sidewalks into offices, gyms and restaurants. Contamination with even small amounts of feces can result in large outbreaks of food-borne hepatitis, salmonella or shigellosis as well as E-coli, giardia, amebibiasis, or campylobacter. Health risks are not limited to downtown. They extend to areas receiving surface runoff from skid row after rain or daily sidewalk and street cleaning. Human exposure to fecal material includes bay areas and adjacent beaches.
   The only way to prevent disease and dispose of human waste is to provide toilets.
   The mayor removed the toilets after passing an ordinance against defecating on public sidewalks. Unwelcome in semipublic restrooms of office buildings, hotels and restaurants, the homeless are forced to use public space as an open-air toilet. Instead of toilets, the homeless now get jail time.
   Call the mayor at (213)922-9730 or e-mail him at to tell him to place 80 toilets throughout the 50-block skid row. He will tell you the toilets were used for illicit activity. Some were, but all were used also for the intended purpose since huge amounts of human waste were removed twice a day by sanitation workers from all portable toilets. Now that waste is on your sidewalk.


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