This LINK is to an excellent Op-Ed piece that appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, January 16.
An excerpt: “Fifty-seven thousand eight hundred. That’s approximately how many people are homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night. If they all came together, they would constitute a city the size of (suburban) Arcadia.
What would such a city look like? What can we say about its residents, its health, its future?
If we walked through Homeless City, we would see that more than two-thirds of its residents are male. Four of every 10 people we meet would be African American — many more than in the surrounding areas, where only 9% of residents and 12% of those living in poverty are African American.
We wouldn’t get very far before being struck by the children of Homeless City. One of every 10 city residents is a child. We ought to be particularly worried for these 5,370 youths because experiencing homelessness as a child powerfully predicts later homelessness.”
TEMPORARY TRAILERS FOR THE HOMELESS
This LINK is to Mayor Garcetti and the City Council’s solution to end homelessness. A very pathetic and shamelful response to say the least in one of the nation’s wealthiest cities. Obviously the poorest of the poor in Los Angeles mean little to nothing to Los Angeles city officials.
REPORT SAYS HOMELESS DEATHS IN L.A. COUNTY DOUBLED IN FIVE YEARS
This LINK gives the grim and shameful story of the more than 800 homeless people who died on Los Angeles County streets and in shelters during 2017. This is morally wrong and unacceptable in the wealthiest nation in human history. May God have mercy on U.S.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/01/19/what-if-l-a-s-homeless-population-were-a-city
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/01/12/we-welcome-back-our-washington-clippers-foot-care-team-2
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/01/04/2018-summer-intern-program-applications-now-available
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
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/12/18/saturday-volunteers-serve-with-christmas-spirit
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/12/12/angel-city-chorale-performs-at-hippie-kitchen
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.)
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/12/10/lacw-attends-county-burial-memorial-for-unclaimed-dead
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
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/12/06/december-2017-agitator
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/12/04/st-paul-high-school-45th-annual-walk-for-hunger
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/12/01/memorial-for-u-s-church-women-martyred-in-el-salvador-3
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/11/17/lacw-protests-air-force-rotc-program-at-loyola-marymount-university
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/11/14/upcoming-holiday-schedule