On Saturday, June 3, we had a unique group of volunteers at our soup kitchen to serve the Skid Row poor and homeless. The McInerney family, from Lincoln, Nebraska, were on a family vacation road trip and while on the road, wanted to find a way to serve those in need. They had some prior knowledge of the Catholic Worker movement and while planning their trip looked online for a soup kitchen and found the LACW. They called and made reservations and upon arriving in Los Angeles found their way to the kitchen. They were very excited and grateful that their entire family was allowed to work together.
In the above photo are Alexa, Lisa (mom), Julia, Allen (dad), Tessa, and Lydia. They were great volunteers eager to work and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you McInerney family! Many blessings. (Click on photo for high resolution viewing)
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New figures released show the homeless population in Los Angeles County took another big leap. More than 57,000 fellow human beings now live on the streets, in shelters, or in vehicles parked on the streets. Yet many still consider this a “great” nation. How can anyone take pride in this disgraceful tragedy when it exists in the wealthiest nation in human history. How much longer will “we the people” tolerate these tragic crises? This LINK and this LINK provide more grim and tragic information.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/05/31/l-a-homeless-population-continues-to-increase
Former L.A. Catholic Worker community member David Omondi was sentenced to six months imprisonment on Thursday, May 18, by Federal Magistrate Judge Louise LaMonthe, in Santa Barbara Federal Court. However, David notified the court of his intention to appeal the guilty verdict he received on February 16, 2017 for his arrest at Vandenberg AFB last August, and the sentence he received as a result. David has 14 days to file the appeal and is not required to self report to the federal prison in downtown Los Angeles until after the appeal verdict (if he loses). David cannot leave the country, which means he cannot return to Nairobi, Kenya, to continue Amani House, the Catholic Worker he founded.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/05/22/david-omondi-sentenced-to-six-months-in-federal-prison
We are in need of volunteers. If you or someone you know is available on Tuesday’s and/or Thursday’s from 7:30am to 1pm and would like to utilize your time helping to serve the Skid Row poor, we would greatly appreciate your presence at our soup kitchen to help with food preparation, serving our guests, and clean up after closing. No experience required. All that is needed is a friendly disposition, a bright smile, and a willingness to work. See this LINK for more info. Parking is available at or near the kitchen and we are relatively close to bus stops and Union Station. This opportunity can be weekly or at your convenience. Thank you.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/05/16/volunteers-needed
The Angelus, (Formerly The Tidings) the official publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, has an article about the LACWs Anti-War Stations Of The Cross. It can be read at this LINK. NOTE: The print edition has four photographs accompanying the article whereas the online edition only has one.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/05/02/lacw-in-the-news
On Sunday, April 23, we celebrated our 42nd annual Catholic Worker Seder of Liberation. It was a great success with 68 people in attendance. Everyone had a enjoyable time. Sarah Fuller was the MC, with Alan Pulnar, Larry Gunsalus, and Judy Kehr as our head table Hagaddah readers. There were poignant personal stories of liberation shared, and after the Seder, we enjoyed a great meal with plenty of food and tasty desserts.
Thank you to all who came and shared a dish. If you did not attend, we suggest that you plan ahead for next year (the Sunday after Easter). Guaranteed you will not regret it. See photos HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/04/29/2017-catholic-worker-seder-of-liberation
On April 14, we had our annual Good Friday Anti-war Stations of the Cross, which again was very successful. The weather was perfect and more than 60 people joined us for our annual walk to places of darkness in the downtown area. Donald Nollar again put together a succinct and meaningful script, and we had two very articulate readers. A big THANK YOU to all who participated. See you again next year, and invite others to join us. See photos HERE. View and download this year’s script HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/04/21/2017-good-friday-anti-war-stations-of-the-cross
On Friday, April 7, the day after the U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles on Syria, a contingent of organizations and Syrian immigrants came together to protest the bombing. The group took the streets of downtown L.A. during rush hour and marched to ensure that Angelenos knew there were many who were not in support of the U.S.’ further violence and destruction in the Middle East. L.A. Catholic Workers Jed, Dimitri and Matt along with longtime friend Rufo joined the march, which ended at City Hall.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/04/17/no-more-war
The Hippie Kitchen gets many different and wonderful volunteers. Many come to offer their much-needed support in the preparation of and in serving our beans, salad, and bread. Others still envision new offerings for the downtown houseless population served at the Hippie Kitchen.
Ashley and Greer have been volunteering as part of their high school’s community service requirements. However, in wanting to do something more, they coordinated to bring materials to provide potted plants to the residents that frequent our kitchen. They returned on Friday, March 24, with 25 pots they had made in their pottery class along with potting soil and a variety of flowers and herbs. They spent the morning offering folks a chance to pick a pot and plant to take with them. It did not take long for all the pots and plants to go. Folks are still talking about their plants they took for themselves or for a friend. A big THANK YOU to Ashley and Greer.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/04/13/flowers-for-skid-row
Here is the APRIL Catholic Agitator
In This Issue:
- Humiliation Of The Word by Jeff Dietrich
- Better Know A Volunteer: Cory Escuadro by Sarah Fuller & Theo Kayser
- There Is No Us Or Them by Alexandria Addesso
- Wealth Inequality by Theo Kayser
- Wealth Inequality II by Matt Harper
- Pacific Life Community Protesting Nukes by Alexandria Addesso
- Defend The Sacred Water by Dimitri Kadiev
- Sacred Stone Camp Disbanded
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/04/10/april-2017-agitator
There is a new video about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement, and other prophets from the U.S., at this RT LINK on YouTube.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/04/07/dorothy-day-and-the-catholic-worker-movement-2
This LINK is to an alarming article that warns of the neo-fascist police state that is now gripping our nation.
An excerpt: “At least 19 U.S. states have introduced bills that attack the right to protest since Donald Trump’s election as president, an ‘alarming and undemocratic’ trend, U.N. human rights investigators said this week.
Maina Kiai and David Kaye, independent U.N. experts on freedom of peaceful assembly and expression respectively, are calling on lawmakers in the United States to stop the ‘alarming’ trend of ‘undemocratic’ anti-protest bills designed to criminalize or impede the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.
‘The trend also threatens to jeopardize one of the United States’ constitutional pillars: free speech,” they said in a statement, calling for action to reverse such legislation.'”
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/04/03/un-americans-right-to-protest-is-in-grave-danger-under-trump