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June 05 2019

Website Under Construction

Please excuse us as we redesign our website.

We are still in need of VOLUNTEERS at our SOUP KITCHEN (821 E. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021) every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7:30 in the morning till 12:30.

Keep up with us on FACEBOOK or contact us by phone at (323) 267-8789 or by email at info@lacatholicworker.org.

May 05 2019

We Celebrate Community Member Mike Wisniewski’s Birthday

Today (Saturday) we celebrated our @lacatholicworker community member‘s birthday, @beckymcintyre made this amazing cake to honor Mike’s famous prayer. His faithfulness to offer this plea in public spaces, to the discomfort of many, is a great reminder that truth is not always greeted for what it is: a gift and way forward.

April 29 2019

THE ROYAL ROAD OF THE CROSS

This LINK is to an excellent reflection on our individual faith journey.

An excerpt: “There will always be many who love Christ’s heavenly kingdom, but few who will bear his cross. Many are eager to be happy with him; few wish to suffer anything for him.

Many love Christ as long as they encounter no hardship; many praise and bless him as long as they receive some comfort from him. But if Jesus hides himself and leaves them for a while, they either start complaining or become dejected. Those, on the contrary, who love him for his own sake and not for any comfort of their own, praise him both in trial and anguish of heart as well as in the bliss of consolation. Even if Jesus should never comfort them, they would continue to praise and thank him. What power there is in a pure love for Jesus – love that is free from all self-interest and self-love!”

April 24 2019

2019 Good Friday Anti-War Stations Of The Cross

Our annual Good Friday Anti-War Stations of the Cross was very successful. 62 people gathered at the Roybal Federal Building in downtown to walk and meditate on the Anti-War Stations of the Cross on a warm and sunny day as we visited places of darkness in the downtown area where Jesus continues to be crucified today.

Matt Harper did an amazing job with the SCRIPT updates, and Megan Ramsey and Matt were our readers this year.

A big THANK YOU to all who participated. Hope to see you again next year, and be sure to invite others to join us.

More photos will be posted soon as there are issues we are currently attempting to resolve with our photo gallery. Note: Click on above photo to view in high resolution and on the word “SCRIPT” to view and download this year’s script.)

These two photos are of shirts worn by two participants. Their messages are very succinct. Let us believe in and live the message.

April 21 2019

Dennis Gadson R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a longtime guest and volunteer, Dennis Gadson.

Dennis was highlighted in the December 2018 issue of the Agitator in the “Meet A Guest-Volunteer” article on page 2.

Dennis was a Vietnam vet and died on Saturday morning, April 20, as a result of cancers from Agent Orange and other chemical agents used in Vietnam during the war.

As the keeper of our bookstore and frequent occupier, along with other vets, at the front table in our dining garden, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a wonderful person!

DENNIS GADSON – ¡PRESENTE!

April 16 2019

April 13 2019

THE MARTYRDOM OF JULIAN ASSANGE — WHY HIS EXTRADITION MUST BE OPPOSED AT ALL COSTS.

The articles behind this LINK, this LINK, and this LINK are very significant in the arrest, indictment, and imminent extradition of Julian Assange. There is much at stake in this case as it “eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law” and the rights to press freedom.

Excerpts: “The illegalities, embraced by the Ecuadorian, British and U.S. governments, in the seizure of Assange are ominous. They presage a world where the internal workings, abuses, corruption, lies and crimes, especially war crimes, carried out by corporate states and the global ruling elite will be masked from the public. They presage a world where those with the courage and integrity to expose the misuse of power will be hunted down, tortured, subjected to sham trials and given lifetime prison terms in solitary confinement. They presage an Orwellian dystopia where news is replaced with propaganda, trivia and entertainment. The arrest of Assange, I fear, marks the official beginning of the corporate totalitarianism that will define our lives.

Under what law did Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno capriciously terminate Julian Assange’s rights of asylum as a political refugee? Under what law did Moreno authorize British police to enter the Ecuadorian Embassy—diplomatically sanctioned sovereign territory—to arrest a naturalized citizen of Ecuador? Under what law did Prime Minister Theresa May order the British police to grab Assange, who has never committed a crime? Under what law did President Donald Trump demand the extradition of Assange, who is not a U.S. citizen and whose news organization is not based in the United States?”

“This termination of asylum by Ecuador in violation of international law comes a week after WikiLeaks warned the public it had received information from two high level Ecuadorian government sources about a US-backed plan for the Ecuadorian government to expel Assange from its embassy.

This prosecution of Assange is recognized by experts on free speech rights as an attack on freedom of the media everywhere.

James Goodale, First Amendment lawyer and former general counsel of the New York Times, said this about the US government’s efforts to charge a journalist who is not American and did not publish in the US, possibly with espionage: ‘If the prosecution of Julian Assange succeeds, investigative reporting based on classified information will be given a near death blow.” David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression stated that “prosecuting Assange would be dangerously problematic from the perspective of press freedom.'”

“The first crucial fact about the indictment is that its key allegation — that Assange did not merely receive classified documents from Chelsea Manning but tried to help her crack a password in order to cover her tracks — is not new. It was long known by the Obama DOJ and was explicitly part of Manning’s trial, yet the Obama DOJ —  not exactly renowned  for being stalwart guardians of press freedoms — concluded that it could not and should not prosecute Assange because indicting him would pose serious threats to press freedom. In sum, today’s indictment contains no new evidence or facts about Assange’s actions; all of it has been known for years.

The other key fact being widely misreported is that the indictment accuses Assange of trying to help Manning obtain access to document databases to which she had no valid access: i.e., hacking rather than journalism. But the indictment alleges no such thing. Rather, it simply accuses Assange of trying to help Manning log into the Defense Department’s computers using a different username so that she could maintain her anonymity while downloading documents in the public interest and then furnish them to WikiLeaks to publish.

April 12 2019

Former LACW David Omondi Loses Guilty Verdict Appeal.

On Wednesday, April 10, we received word that the U.S. District Court upheld David Omondi’s trespass conviction for his August 2016 arrest at Vandenberg AFB and subsequent February 16, 2017 trial and later sentencing when he was sentenced to six months in prison.

The head of the appellate section of the Public Defender’s Office is filing an appeal in the 9th Circuit Court.

We believe David will be allowed to stay in Kenya until June.  He was granted permission to visit his family until that time by the court and U.S. Attorney’s Office, at the request of the Public Defender’s Office.  We also believe David will be able to hold off his sentence until the appeal process in the 9th Circuit Court is complete.

April 09 2019

NO TO NATO: TIME TO END AGGRESSIVE MILITARISM

The article behind this LINK reveals much about the real North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the growing movement to end its reign of terror.

An excerpt: “The mythical NATO is an organization that keeps the peace in the world, but, in reality, it has always been an aggressive military force to protect western capitalism and provide cover for illegal interventions. When the US is unable to get the United Nations Security Council to approve military action, NATO provides a multi-national approach to wars as occurred in Serbia and Afghanistan among others. When Congress will not grant authority for US military action, as in Syria, NATO participation becomes the legal cover for massive military attacks by the United States.

While NATO provides a veneer of legality, in reality, it does not have any international legal authority to go to war any more than the United States has. Even NATO military attacks require either (1) UN authorization through the Security Council, or (2) a direct military attack and a self-defense response. The NATO wars are illegal under international law, just as unilateral wars by the United States are illegal.”

BLASE BONPANE – R.I.P.

Photo by Hélène Stelian

It is with great sadness that we announce that longtime LACW friend, activist, educator, organizer, author, truth-teller, and former radio program host, Blase Bonpane, joined the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses today, April 8. He was 89 years young.

Blase, a former Catholic priest, and his wife Theresa, a former Catholic nun, founded, in 1983, the Office of the Americas, which is dedicated to furthering the cause of international justice and peace through broad based educational programs. Historically, however, OOA has been deeply involved in Latin American issues, specifically related to U.S. foreign policy. Blase also hosted the radio program World Focus, which was broadcast on Pacifica’s KPFK 90.7 FM here in Los Angeles. One of Blase’s favorite quotes was: “Don’t Mourn, Organize!” Blase will certainly be missed.

BLASE BONPANE – ¡PRESENTE!

April 08 2019

LACW Attends Pacific Life Community Faith And Resistance Retreat

LACW Jed Poole was one of more than 50 activists who attended the Pacific Life Community (PLC) Annual Faith and Resistance Retreat, this year held at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park, CA, with a nonviolent direct action at Lockheed-Martin Corp in nearby Sunnyvale. Lockheed produces the Trident intercontinental ballistic missiles for launching nuclear weapons from Trident submarines. Eleven nuclear resisters were arrested during a blockade of Lockheed-Martin’s main gate. Those arrested included former LACW community member Sam Yergler and Guadalupe CW Dennis Apel. All were charged with trespassing and later released with a future court date. For more info visit this LINK.

April 05 2019

Join Us For Our Annual Spring Events

Note New Seder Location

April 2019 Agitator

Here is the APRIL Catholic Agitator

In this issue we celebrate some of the many people who contribute in novel and unexpected ways to the life and work of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker.

  • Stone Soup Catholic Worker Style by Sarah Fuller
  • American Martyrs Parish by Matt Harper
  • Nick Zetts – Catalina View Gardens by Matt Harper
  • Patty Carmody by Sarah Fuller
  • Mary Ann O’Connor by Theo Kayser
  • “Elevator” Joe by Kaleb Havens
  • Duffy Walton by Kaleb Havens
  • The Cloud Of Witnesses by Becky McIntyre
  • Dimitri Kadiev by Becky McIntyre
  • M.O.M. by Matt Harper
  • Steve Supowitz by Matt Harper
  • Marta and Louie Duran by Matt Harper
  • Porfirio Torres by Becky McIntyre
  • Spiritual Food by Toni Flynn

March 31 2019

Catherine Morris Highlighted In Pasadena Weekly Newspaper

Catherine Morris was highlighted in a recent edition of the Pasadena Weekly entitled “Woman On A Mission.” Read story HERE.

An excerpt:Catherine Morris is 84. But the silver-haired former Pasadena nun, who was once a teacher and later a principal at the private Mayfield Catholic school, shows few signs of slowing down in her long-time role as an advocate for society’s outcasts. 

Morris, who grew up in Pasadena and holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Portland, recently tried to explain to a reporter why she left Mayfield and her order — the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus — for a cause and a draft dodger named Jeff Dietrich. Together they shaped a life dedicated to helping homeless people on Skid Row, the notorious 54-block area in downtown Los Angeles where there are now tent cities and people sleeping on drug-ravaged streets.”

We Now Have A New Internal Kitchen Mural – CLOUD OF WITNESSES

The beginning sketch
Three-quarters completed
Completed

In the past month LACW community members Kaleb Havens and Becky McIntyre collaborated on a mural with our artist friend Dimitri Kadiev and his friend Daniel Imburgia, as well as with some of our Skid Row community members Crushow, James, and Rufo, to bring to life the mural “Cloud of Witnesses” in the preparation area of the Hippie Kitchen. The mural depicts historical “feeders”—those who have done prominent work in serving food on the streets to those experiencing hunger and homelessness.

These people serve as examples for our L.A.C.W. community in our ministry to provide meals and care for our friends living on Skid Row. They are represented as follows (from left to right): two figures to symbolize the Skid Row community here in Los Angeles, Ammon Hennacy, Peter Maurin, Candelaria Valenzuela, Ericka Huggins, Bobby Seale, Sr. Mary Skobtsova of Paris, Archbishop Dom Helder Camara, Dorothy Day, and St. Martin de Porres.

The figures are depicted on the wall as if they are working in our very kitchen—chopping onions and cabbage, cutting up tomatoes, buttering bread, carrying pots of beans, serving tea and oranges – right above where our current volunteers carry out these tasks every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Behind them, to the left, is a scene of Skid Row in all its beauty and brokenness, backed by the Los Angeles skyline. Its reality is messy—filled with peoples’ tent homes, cats, dogs, pigeons, trash, clothes, carts and people scattered throughout – yet the bright colors used in the scene demonstrate hope and perseverance, the beauty of our friends who live in the vibrant Skid Row community.

The fence breaks down, separated by the peace flag we fly in our garden and that many people fly from their tents, into the angels in the sky, and eventually into the green canopy of our sacred garden space at the Hippie Kitchen.

The angels are the “cloud of witnesses,” or all of those who have gone before us, who are watching over and blessing the work we do each day. The larger figures represented are only a few of these people, so additionally the left wall includes a list of community members, volunteers, and friends who have contributed to the L.A.C.W. throughout the years. Space has been left for others to be added as years pass.

It is much nicer looking at it in person, so, if you are in the L.A. area, consider joining us as a volunteer in preparing and serving a hot meal to our Skid Row homeless sisters and brothers.

August 16 2018

FASCISM IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

This LINK is to a very powerful yet alarming talk by Chris Hedges. It certainly makes one pause, observe reality, and find like-minded people, build solidarity and act to bring sanity in the midst of evil and insanity. Our nation, and planet, are at stake.

August 11 2018

FREE IMMIGRATION LEGAL ASSISTANCE


If you or someone you know is in need of legal assistance for an immigration issue, there is free assistance available from the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic at Dolores Mission Church, 171 S. Gless Street, in Boyle Heights, 90033. The attorneys are present every first and third Thursday of the month from 9am to 4pm. You MUST make an appointment by calling 323-881-0039. If you have general questions please call the legal clinic at 213-252-7409.

August 10 2018

August 2018 Agitator

Here is the AUGUST Catholic Agitator

In This Issue:

      • Immigration by Karan Founds-Benton
      • Statement of Detainees
      • New LACW Sister House in New Jersey by Alexandria Addesso
      • My Great-Great Grandfather Came by Steamship by Micah Wullschleger
      • Fences and Borders For Skid Row Poor by Matt Harper
      • Radical Act of Hospitality by Theo Kayser
      • Poor Peoples Campaign Takes D.C. by Dimitri Kadiev
      • The Soul of the Nation by Reclaiming Jesus.org

August 02 2018

Hippie Kitchen Closed Tuesday, August 7

We Remember August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945

Never forget that the U.S. imperial war machine is the ONLY nation in human history to use nuclear weapons, killing over 200,000 human beings created in God’s image and likeness, primarily women, children, and the elderly, and leaving countless more to suffer from cancer and other illnesses related to radiation exposure. Now more than ever, we must redouble our efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons. We the people MUST resist U.S. nuclear policy and tirelessly work to eliminate the most diabolical weapons ever made and U.S. imperial aggression that assures their use again.

Disarm and Repent! Abolish Nuclear Weapons. War No More!

Hospitality Kitchen (AKA Hippie Kitchen) will be closed Tuesday, August 7. The L.A. Catholic Worker will travel to Vandenberg Air Force Base, on the central coast near Santa Maria, to commemorate the 73nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, protest against U.S. nuclear weapons policy, including missile testing at Vandenberg AFB, and call for an end to U.S. imperial war-making. We will return to our regular serving schedule on Thursday, August 9.

July 30 2018

PLEASE SIGN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS SEEKING HELP FOR JULIAN ASSANGE WHO IS IN IMMINENT DANGER


The below letter to Pope Francis was started by Ciaron O’Reilly, of the London Catholic Worker, who for years, has been a strong supporter of Julian Assange. Recent news indicates that Julian Assange’s transfer to U.K. authorities may be imminent. If this transpires, he will undoubtedly be extradited to the U.S. to face a life sentence for releasing Iraq war documents leaked by then Private Bradley Manning. If you would like to be a signatory to this plea for help, contact Ciaron at, ciaronx@yahoo.com or Mobile at 0772 412 0596 or outside (y) UK + 44 772 412 0596

Your Holiness,

In your first Papal visit outside of Rome only months after your election as Supreme Pontiff, you choose the Italian island of Lampedusa, a refuge for migrants and asylum seekers fleeing the prospect of death. You did so to express your closeness and love to suffering people, to promote their dignity, which was under threat at home and in jeopardy in the countries where they seek refuge. Your first act upon arrival was to lay a wreath in the sea in memory of all those who had lost their lives seeking refuge.

We, the undersigned, write to you, Your Holiness, as a loving Father to those who lives are in imminent danger, begging and beseeching you to speak up for someone whose life is in imminent danger. A life that can only be saved by your intervention. In order to lessen the possibility of us laying a wreath in the coming days, in memory of the stateless asylum seeker Julian Assange, we ask that you speak out on his behalf.

Julian is possible moments or hours away but certainly days away from being abducted by a SAS squad from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where his asylum status is about to be revoked. Based on the precedent the risk of death is very high. Last time the SAS entered an Embassy in London they assassinated their targets after they had surrendered and were unarmed lying on the ground.

With all legal avenues exhausted and the British, American, Ecuadorian and Australian governments all arranging the imminent raid on Julian, we cry out to you, Holy Father and ask that you encourage nations to respect the life of Julian Assange and to cease his arbitrary detention (as cited by the United Nations) and grant him asylum status where he can continue his work as a journalist, telling the truth, that is the truth that respects the dignity of persons. Please, Holy Father speak up and defend this life which so many powerful nations want to end and whose life only you can plead for leniency in a manner which may be heeded by the powerful who seek to end him.

Yours in desperate hope,

Download PDF of above letter HERE.

We are asking you to consider signing the attached Plea to the Pope to intervene for Julian Assange for safe passage out of England to a place of safety.

Please sign Name, Profession or Vocation, Country of birth

PRESENT SIGNATORIES

John Shipton, father of Julian Assange, Australia
Martin Sheen, Actor/ Catholic activist, U.S.A.
Martha Hennessey, granddaughter of Catholic Worker co-ounder Dorothy Day, Kings Bay Plowshares, U.S.A
Ciaron O’Reilly, Catholic Worker, 24/7 vigil outside Ecuadorian embassy London, Australia
Fr. Gerry McFlynn, Prison Chaplain to Irish Prisoners In England, Ireland

CATHOLIC WORKERS
Scott Albrecht, The Catholic Worker Farm, England
Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker, U.S.A.
Jeff Dietrich, Los Angeles Catholic Worker, U.S.A.
Catherine Morris, Los Angeles Catholic Worker, U.S.A.
Mike Wisniewski, Los Angeles Catholic Worker, U.S.A.
Steve Jacobs, Colombia Catholic Worker, U.S.A.
Silvi Pocsova, Camden/London Catholic Worker, Slovakia.
Carmen Trotta, New York Catholic Worker, Kings Bay Plowshares U.S.A.

HEALTH WORKERS
Clara Campos, Nurse, Chile
Sean O’Reilly, Psychiatric Nurse, Australia.

CLERGY
Fr. Martin Kelly, Missionary priest Ethiopia, Ireland.
Fr. Peter Murnane OP, Dominican priest, Australia.

RELIGIOUS
Monk Tomas Murray, Monastery Wisconsin, U.S.A

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