Lois Thorne R.I.P.

Lois Thorne

[Note:Lois Thorne was a long time friend, supporter, and volunteer of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker. We have fond memories of her helping to butter the bread in the morning and passing out plates during serving time. The following was sent to use via email by her daughter in law and is reprinted here. Today one of her sons, Kerry, volunteered at our soup kitchen as a rememberance of his mother.]

Ms. Lois Thorne, an activist in Los Angeles since the mid-1950s, died early Saturday, May 14, of pneumonia. She was 79. Ms. Thorne grew up during the depression on a farm in Montana, lost both parents when she was 16 and worked her way through the University of Washington in the 1940s to become a teacher. She obtained 6 additional teaching certificates, including in Special Education, which became her lifelong specialty.


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Cats of the Catholic Worker


For those cat lovers out there (you know who you are), I posted some pictures of the feline members of our community.


Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/05/11/cats-of-the-catholic-worker

Civil Disobediance Update

On the morning of May 4th, Catherine Morris, Sara Suman and David Gardner appeared in court as the result of their civil disobedience action on March 16th.
Sara Suman entered a plea of guilty and will appear for sentencing on May 25th.
Catherine Morris also entered a guilty plea and will be sentenced on June 29th.
David Gardner entered a plea of not guilty and has a trial date of July 7th where he plans to change his plea to guilty.


Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/05/07/civil-disobediance-update

Seder photos now online


For all those who attended and those who were unable to, I have posted some of the photos from this year’s seder event.


Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/05/07/seder-photos-now-online

Elizabeth Guatemala Update


[Note: We recently received two updates from Elizabeth Griswold, a former Los Angeles Catholic Worker community member now working with a rural indigenous community in Guatemala. Both updates are included in this post.]
   I wish everyone a Happy Spring and also a belated Happy Ashura, Happy Purim, and Happy Easter!
    Here are some pictures from Semana Santa here–Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter. It is a really big deal here. We had no classes at school (a Spring Break), and I got to experience other traditions like eating crocodile meat, bread and honey, sweet garbanzo beans, and beet salad. There were big processions through the streets, Wed-Sun, with people marching and carrying large floats depicting Jesus´ final week.


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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/04/10/elizabeth-guatemala-update

Ed Birmingham aka John Mowers RIP

Ed Birmingham, a longtime guest and friend of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker died this morning. Ed had stayed with us off and on for several years, so long that no one seems to remember when he first came to the LACW. When he came to us he was no stranger to the CW movement, since he was the first guest to stay at the Martin dePorres House in San Francisco, and had lived with Karl Meyer in 1958 at a CW House in Chicago. He has been a guest at many other CW Houses, and has used many aliases over the years. He would often sit in our living room making collages while listening to classical music or simply waiting for a new person to talk to who can listen to all of his many stories.

We love Ed and we miss him.
David Gardner
Los Angeles Catholic Worker


Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/03/26/ed-birmingham-aka-jojn-mowers-rip

Stations of the Cross Photos now online


We are happy to announce that our annual Good Friday Stations of the Anti-War Cross was well attended and was a success. For those who are interested I posted some pictures of the event. lacatholicworker.org/g/stations-05


Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/03/26/stations-of-the-cross-photos-now-online

Guatemala Update

[Note: Former Los Angeles Catholic Worker Community Member Elizabeth Griswold has been in Guatemala the last few months working with rural indigenous communities.]

Hello to all,
   I´ve been meaning to write another group e-mail for awhile. But I keep getting individual ones to which I use my time responding (which is great too—I´m not discouraging anyone please!). Then I tried last week, but the whole thing got erased in the end.
   All is still going pretty well. My schedule is basically teaching every morning from 8 to 12:30 while I visit different elementary-age classrooms. Then I go home for lunch and go back to the school in the pm for middle school teaching Mon and Thurs and helping in the office the other days, if I can´t get out of it (There´s not much to do there, the only value is trying to become better friends with the secretary, because she´s invited me for dinner a few times before. It´s nice to broaden my social contacts, and it´s a really good dinner. They´re the richest people I´ve met, since they have family working in the US.) I enjoy the older kids a lot more—the preschoolers can bring me to such frustration since I don´t know how to reach them and they´re so clingy, but the 6th grade almost brought me to tears over how well they had learned “Hello. How are you?”.


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Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/03/19/guatamala-update

March 16th Civil Disobediance Action

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Our demonstration at the Downtown Federal Building this morning was a sucess! As planned LA Catholic Workers Catherine Morris and David Gardner along with Jesuit Volunteer Corp. member Sara Suman were arrested as part of a planned civil disobediance action in front of the Federal Building. Unfortunatly our friends from the Dept. of Homeland Security were a little anxious and we were unable to setup our altar mourning those who have died during the ongoing conflict in Iraq. Initially the officers told us that we would be immediatly booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center, however after, two hours in holding cells we were released on our own recognisance. According to the officers this was because they were going to be getting busy and be bringing in the real criminals soon.
Click here to see more photos from this event.


Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2005/03/16/march-16th-two-years-is-too-long