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    • Laurel Hall on June 19, 2005 at 10:29 am
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    Hooray! You’ve got a website! I’m t-i-r-e-d of typing out parts of CW articles to pass on to others (that IS okay isn’t it?) At last, I can C&P them. Wonderful! Thanks!

  1. my dear friends. i love your website, and am bookmarking it so i can get here easily to see what
    you are doing. you continue to inspire me and give me hope.

    much love and many blessings, carol fennelly

  2. Check this from CODE PINK:

  3. Here’s a link to the Christian Century article about Bible study and Empire, summarizing the movement in recent years and including the work of Tom Wright, whom I told Jeff about on our last visit:


    Great to see everyone again as always.


    • Meredith on July 31, 2005 at 10:55 am
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    Good on ya! Love the website! Meredith Males

    • James Choi on September 1, 2006 at 2:06 pm
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    wow first comment in one year. i just want to thank you guys for being so friendly and making me feel at home. I will definitely keep coming out keep up the good work!

  4. Thank you for the good work you do! It is and should be an inspiration to us all.

    • Carlos on May 13, 2009 at 8:36 am
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    I love the work you guys do!!! Keep it up!! I would love to get involved as a volunteer, I live in Spain but I am willing to go there. God Bless you all!!

    • James Kifer on June 21, 2009 at 7:48 am
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    June 21, 2009 A Brief Explanation of Why We Have What We Do Not Want
    Variable One: Desire for Peace
    Indicator: Public Opinion Against Afghanistan War
    59% Against; subject to changeability over the last several months
    Variable Two: Fear (type: xenophobia)
    Indicator: Public Opinion Against Immigrants
    69% Against; has been steady for two years.
    The American people are against the Afghan War; however, xenophobia runs high. This explains to some extent why we have what we are against. People are afraid to be against the war for various reasons, most linked to fear. Even if (as it is portratyed) Americans fear that immigrants “are too expensive due to entitlements,” this still provides enough justification to keep a war on; we fear Mexicans (they are different); therefore, we must fear Afghans more (they are more different). Xenophobia and the now very highly emphasized falsehood that rights are dependent on feats of arms will serve the cause of warfare well. Stay tuned for wars without end, until the end. Everyone is entitled to the benefits of warfare–that is the most human of rights!

    • colleen on July 7, 2009 at 10:09 am
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    I was at the Hippies Kitchen for one morning in August 2006 volunteering. Myself and A catholic priest Fr Don were in LA after attending the Celebrate Recovery Summit at Saddleback Church.We had come over from Australia.Our morning at rhe Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen was such an inspiration to us.I remember Faustino , the Dietrichs and others .Thank you so much for giving us that opportunity and God Bless you and your work

    • Joan Fox on August 11, 2010 at 8:18 am
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    I lived in the House of Ammon, Hubbardston MA back in 1971, with Fr Bernie Gilgun et al. I once had a copy of “Do Not Neglect Hospitality” by Harry Murray, but lent it out and it did not return to me. If there is a copy out there somewhere that someone would like to send me, or if anyone knows where I can look for a copy, I would so much appreciate it. Our house is discussed in that book and I would cherish having it again.
    Thank you very much.

    • Stanton J. Price on August 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm
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    Chris Hedges article is one of the finest articles on the state of the world that I have read. It is impossible to challenge any of his conclusions. I wish, though, he had covered some very specific problems and maybe he will in another issue of the Agitator. For example, there is a great deal to be said about the opposition to the Muslim cultural center in Lower Manhattan. What really troubles me, as a Jew, is the concept of collective guilt that the opponents of this center are expressing. All Muslims are somehow guilty of the acts of a few. Even groups that should know better, like the ADL, are using collective guilt. The Catholic Church has finally stopped applying collective guilt to the Jews, or at least I hope it has.

    I believe that many people have to express hate. This includes disadvantaged people in our country who don’t really understand who the targets of their anger should be. It is not possible now to publicly express hatred against blacks, Jews. Catholics and Asians. The LGBT community is a diminishing target because it is able to fight back. That leaves the undocumented and Muslims as the only scapegoats. So they are taking the full brunt of the anger that should be directed at corporate America. I’m sure Mr. Hedges can put all this in better language than I’ve been able to put together and I hope very much that he will write an article about the scapegoats on the new century.

    I only differ from Mr. Hedges in that I regard Simone Weil as a narcissistic anorexic who did nothing but cause problems for her family and everyone around her and took up a much-needed hospital bed in wartime London. I don’t think she was a Christian any more than she was a Jew. Reading what she wrote gives the impression she didn’t think any religion was good enough for her. She did have a brother, though, who became a world-class mathematician and contributed a great deal to the world.

    • Anthony Glenn Miller on September 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm
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    What area of your work is in need of the most volunteers? Thanks for the wonderful testimonies and witness on your website.
    Peace, tony miller

    • Joseph Maizlish on December 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm
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    LACW and friends,

    I just saw these three youtube video items about CW founder Dorothy Day. Three more are to be posted soon:

    From: Charles Muth
    Date: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    We posted this 3 segments [of a video series about Dorothy Day] this past week:

    Sainthood cause for Dorothy Day (4 min)

    Who is Dorothy Day? (5 min)

    Dorothy Day’s unpopular stance (5 min)

    We expect to post 3 more soon.

    Thanks and let me know if you would like for me to send you the links to the other segments of the series.

    Chaz Muth
    Multimedia Journalist
    Catholic News Service
    3211 Fourth Street NE
    Washington DC 20017
    202.541.3276 office
    202.541.3255 fax

    [email protected]

    1. Hi Joe:

      Thanks for the links. Yes, please keep us updated. Many blessings.


  5. I just read Jeff Dietrich’s column, “Surprised by skid row.” dated 12/25/12
    The focus of Jeff’s piece is about an honest homeless man, Ernie who returned a check for $2,500 he found in a dumpster. Isn’t it time to offer the 32,000 homeless people in LA County stranded every night without shelter a safe nights rest every night. If you go to station you will see a realistic and practical way to safeguard people who can’t get a shelter bed and supply them with a private sleeping module and private lockbox, toilets and shower and a stand alone steel container to put their stuff in during the day all linked to caseworker support. The Sleep Stations can be purchased and sited by the County and operated by caseworker agencies, i.e. the Midnight Mission, etc.
    You can email me for more information or just go to
    Randy Walburger
    Side By Side

  6. Saw a brief snippet recently that L.A. Is trying to outlaw handing out food to the poor. Is that accurate? You guys are probably all over this but it occurred to me that if cash is considered 1st Amendment protected “free speech” the can’t “feeding the poor” be akin to freedom of religious expression protected under the same Amendment? Always in my thoughts and thanking you guys for all you do.

    Stephen T! Millhouse

    • Peter Steimle on October 12, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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    I am so grateful for The Catholic Worker for helping my great-uncle, Eugene Fejnas, both by providing him a place to stay and for involving him in caring for others. You were his family when most of his family didn’t know he existed. I learned about him last year when “on a lark” I looked up my grandmother in the 1920 Census records. A Google search revealed that Eugene had been homeless for many years before being taken in by The Catholic Worker. He died years ago, before we ever had knowledge of him, and I cannot express how much I wish I’d known earlier when we could have taken him in, given him a home, family, opportunities for growth, etc. Thank you so very much. …I wonder how many others who are in need, have family who don’t know their whereabouts, or perhaps even of their existence. Again, I thank you.

    • Stella Goodpasture, OP on December 23, 2014 at 11:29 am
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    Looking for news of Catherine Dietrich Thank you. Stella

    1. There is a good story about Catherine and Jeff in this week’s Tidings (December 26).

    • Ray Toal on February 20, 2016 at 10:14 pm
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    “Racism and Gun Control”
    Catholic Agitator, Feb. 2016 vil.46 no. 1

    Dear Jeff;

    I just read the subject article which you authored.

    The idea that in America we developed an armed citizenry to control blacks, as stated in your article, is mistaken
    and fanciful. Armed militias began in1636, and was an transplant here of the English idea of an armed citizenry called “Yeomen .i.e. citizens who are not nobility nor peasants. “Yeomen” described a class between nobility and peasants
    They usually owned some land and were relatively economically independent. They could be quickly mobilized if needed
    to defend the state.
    The militias were the first to fire upon the Hessian mercenaries in the encounters that preceded the revolutionary war. Thus,
    the idea of an armed citizenry is as American as apple pie and symbolizes the fact that in America ultimate power is in the hands of the people not the government or the elites who tend to get control of it.

    Now Sir, what do you think a working class white guy like me feels after reading your article? You apparently think that I am a violent , fearful, racist, xenopholic Cretan. That the collective past of people like us is pathological. You of course, in pointing out our pathology, are raised above it and stand tall ,unafraid , and pure.

    Well, the response of people like me to arrogant attitudes from my “betters” is the tea party and Donald Trump.

    See you at the CCD convention

    Ray Toal

    • Mario Navarro on July 15, 2016 at 4:39 am
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    The Hippie Kichen, like their food and setting, very pleasant setting.

  7. I wanted some information on the consequences of being arrested by a federal marshal.

    A number of my Jesuit community were thinking about DACA and whether the President stalling . Maybe something has been planned already.

    Thank you,


    • Pamela Evans on May 17, 2018 at 2:47 pm
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    regarding a request for canes in the Catholic @gitator for April, perhaps you could contact Hurrycanes at 800-942-9102. The company name is Hurry Works LLC, they perhaps have inventory of old canes that they might be willing to ship, just a thought.

    1. Thank you, Pamela. We will contact them.

    • RONALD S FUJIYOSHI on August 15, 2021 at 2:53 pm
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    Dear Los Angeles Catholic Worker,
    Your newspaper was one of the few that I have regularly read cover to cover for a number of years.
    Recently, reflecting on Covid and George Floyd, I am feeling that God wants us to reset completely; God wants us to follow the highest ideals and teachings given to us, including that humans were made in the image of God and were “Good.” I don’t know if you have had the opportunity to view the HBO movie “Exterminate All of the Brutes.” I am convinced that the virus of White Supremacy is the first virus that needs to be gotten rid of. As an organization that stands on “non-violence”, do you not believe that White Supremacy has justified and still justifies violence against people? I believe you do. Although the Catholic Worker has struggled with it, why are you still a basically White organization? Aren’t you using White Privilege as leverage in your work? Why haven’t you planned for completely diversifying your leadership and membership to reflect the equality of all people? I am sure you have read Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s Golden Gulag and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, both clearly relating to the situation in California and the rest of North America. I would like to know how you respond to this email.
    Thank you for helping me in my journey.

    • Geraldine Finegan on December 30, 2022 at 6:31 pm
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    Dear Catholic Charities,
    when i was in the skidrow Shelters, one of your beautiful Dentists gave my Lower Left Molar a Crown. Now I have a broken tooth on the Right Side. I still have some of my SSDI refund left. I can pay for it! Is the medical hut on 821 East 6th happening on Thursday mornings???
    Recently when I was at URM for 2 weeks, I chopped some veggies & buttered some bread for Ken, but i left at 10 for addicts free acupuncture at HHCLA Beverly & 512 E. 4th Street Thank you for all you do

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