Two LACW’s Found Guilty Of Trespassing

L.A. Catholic Workers Karan Founds-Benton and Alexandria Addesso appeared in federal court in Tacoma, WA, on Wednesday, September 6, to stand trial with four other nuclear resisters (known as the PLC 6) for crossing the line at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, WA, on March 7, 2017 at the conclusion of the Pacific Life Community’s (PLC) annual Faith and Resistance Retreat.

All six were found guilty. Five were sentenced to one year probation and 100 hours community service, while one (Betsy Lamb – lower right in photo in lower left) was given two years probation along with community service. See story and read statements HERE.

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LACW Joins With LA CAN For A Skid Row Block Party

The LACW joined with Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) for a Labor Day block party on 6th Street for the folks on Skid Row. Megan cooked 20 gallons of excellent chili, which was a huge hit with those in attendance. Megan, Jed, and Mike served as LA CAN BBQ’d hot dogs and handed out a variety of chips, water, soda, and watermelon. There was some good entertainment with the Skid Row Percussionists, a Jimmy Hendrix cover band, an R&B band, the spoken word, among others. With the temperature hovering in the low 90s, though hot, it was a good party.

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Friday, August 11 Hospitality Day

At least once each quarter we host a “Hospitality Day” where we invite up to twenty-five guests from downtown to join us at our house for a time to get away from the madness of the streets and enjoy part of the day relaxing, eating, playing board or card games, read, take a bath or shower, and do laundry. We begin with breakfast at 8:15am (cereal, toast, fruit, oatmeal, coffee, milk, orange juice, pastries and cookies) then free time (including chips and salsa and soda) until noon, then a big lunch. This time Theo cooked burgers (including veggie burgers), mashed potatoes, broccoli with nacho cheese topping, tossed salad, BBQ and regular chips, followed by dessert including ice cream, pastries and cookies, and soda for ice cream floats. Then, unfortunately, a return trip downtown at 1:30. All had a great time and all were exceedingly grateful. See more photos HERE.

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August 2017 Agitator

Here is the AUGUST Catholic Agitator.

In This Issue:

    • The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Interview With Kate Hennessy
    • Breast Cancer by Johanna Berrigan
    • Better Know A Volunteer: Ken Baldwin by Sarah Fuller and Theo Kayser
    • Letters to the Editor
    • Confronting Racism by Matt Harper and Theo Kayser
    • The World Will Be Saved By Beauty – A Book Review by Tina Delany
    • Community and Guests by Sarah Fuller

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LACW at Vandenberg Air Force Base – One Arrest

On Saturday, August 5, the LACW joined the Guadalupe Catholic Worker and others in a prayerful witness commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and calling for the elimination of ICBM missile testing, nuclear weapons, and U.S. imperial war-making.

Three LACW’s (Jeff Dietrich, Mike Wisniewski, and Karan Benton) were faced with arrest for “Ban and Bar” violations if they did not immediately leave the protest area. Jeff and Mike chose to leave rather than face arrest, while Karan refused to leave and was immediately arrested, cited for trespass, and later released facing a future court date and certain jail time. Security also approached Guadalupe Catholic Worker Dennis Apel, but chose not to enforce his Ban and Bar. The witness continued for an hour and a half before gathering for a closing prayer and dispersal.

Photos are now posted HERE and HERE.

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Kitchen Closed Saturday, August 5

June 2014 Graphic 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. 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 Saturday, August 5. The L.A. Catholic Worker will travel to Vandenberg Air Force Base, on the central coast, to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, protest against U.S. nuclear weapons policy, and call for an end to U.S. imperial war-making. We will return to our regular schedule on Tuesday, August 8. If you are interested in accompanying us, please call 323-267-8989 and we will gladly make room for you. We will spend the night at the Guadalupe Catholic Worker and return late afternoon Sunday.

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Kevin Key, Skid Row Activist/Organizer R.I.P.

A onetime criminal defense attorney who lost his career to a crack addiction, Kevin Michael Key found both ruin and redemption on L.A.’s Skid Row, a neighborhood he came to embody as one of its loudest and most persistent activists.

Until his death July 19 from cancer, Key was involved with virtually every outreach, self-help or activist group that had its hands in skid row — even acting in a theater group that provided purpose and camaraderie to people who had lost both.

While he was once drawn to skid row to feed his worsening drug habit, Key discovered that through activism and being in the company of others trying to get back on their feet, a renewed sense of self-worth had blossomed.

In 2002, Key became sober and found new life in activism. He joined the United Coalition East Prevention Project, worked as a liaison for the diabetes program at the JWCH Community Clinic, marched with the prison reform group Critical Resistance and served two terms on the Downtown Neighborhood Council.

He prodded civic leaders to give skid row the same attention and amenities that other neighborhoods received. He preached the gospel of sobriety. He helped lead a campaign to rescind a liquor license at the New Genesis Hotel, a low-cost housing complex built with public money on the edge of skid row. The neighborhood, he said, already had more than enough alcohol.

Key also was introduced to the Los Angeles Poverty Department theater troupe, which shared the same acronym as the city’s police force — LAPD. As he watched the group perform, he realized that what he was witnessing was activism theater, performance art — often written by those who lived on skid row — that put a spotlight on the realities and challenges of life on the streets in downtown Los Angeles. Key also toured with the group in South America, Europe and the East Coast.

Key came to view skid row as a recovery community, a place where people could get sober, pick up the pieces and begin to enjoy life again. He was also an unrelenting advocate for the neighborhood, a place he viewed with hope, and it was a home.

Key also began a dialogue with the LACW to use wall space in our clinic to display art work by skid row artists.

Key is survived by a son, Kevin Jr.; two daughters, Kawana and Antoniette; a brother; and several grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him. Kevin Key – ¡PRESENTE!

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Fr. Jerry Zawada, OFM – ¡PRESENTE!

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our longtime friend, Fr. Jerry Zawada, OFM – nuclear resister, peace and justice activist, Franciscan Friar. Jerry joined the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses on July 25, at the age 80.

Jerry served his early years as a Franciscan priest in the Philippines, and later worked with the homeless, war refugees, and survivors of torture in Chicago, Milwaukee, Mexico, Las Vegas, Tucson and elsewhere. Jerry was imprisoned for two years in the late 1980s for repeated trespass at nuclear missile silos in the Midwest; served three six-month prison sentences (2001, 2003, 2005) for trespass at the U.S. Army School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation – WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, Georgia, and two months in prison in 2007 after crossing the line to protest torture training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Jerry was also arrested several times at Creech AFB in Nevada, protesting against U.S. drone policy, and at Vandenberg AFB in California, protesting against U.S. nuclear missile testing. In addition, a few years ago, his advocacy for and celebration of Mass with Catholic women priests earned a disciplinary letter from the Vatican.

Jerry did not stop standing up and speaking out for a peaceful, just, and nuclear-free world, even when in recent years he physically slowed down and was not quite sure how far his legs would carry him. His life will remain an example to many: Those who knew and loved him, and those who never had an opportunity to meet him, but know of his legacy. Thank you, Jerry, for your faithful witness. You will be dearly missed. (Photo by The Nuclear Resister)

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July 30 Pool Party Cancelled

Due to a death in the family of the host, Dr. Rich Meehan, this Sunday’s pool party went from being rescheduled to now being cancelled. Please keep the Meehan family in prayer. Thank you.

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Books Needed

Our soup kitchen library for our friends downtown is in dire need of books. If you have books you no longer want or know of someone who has plenty and willing to pass them on, please consider donating them. Westerns (Louis L’Amour etc), novels, sports related, fiction, nonfiction, biographies and autobiographies are very popular, but religious/spiritual/theological books are not. Please send or bring them to Hennacy House, 632 N. Brittania St., Los Angeles, CA 90033-1722 Thank you. Many blessings.

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Our Foot Care Ministry Needs Men’s White Socks

Summer is a time when our homeless friends on Skid Row need clean socks for optimum foot health. Our foot care ministry needs NEW large men’s white socks, sizes 13-15, or large tube socks. Please bring or send them ASAP to Hennacy House – 632 N. Brittania St., Los Angeles, CA 90033-1722. Thank you. Many blessings.

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Meet Our 2017 Summer Interns

Our 2017 Summer Interns have arrived. Each has displayed an eagerness to learn about our work and get to know us, and our guests at our soup kitchen.

In photo at left are (standing) Kaleb Havens, from Los Angeles (Left); Marc Gulaya, from Irvine, California; (sitting) Lilian Vasquez, from Los Angeles (Left); Iris Vazquez-Howard, from Olympia, WA. We warmly welcome them and wish them a very blessed and fruitful summer living and working with us. Check back here regularly for updates and photos.

See additional photos HERE. (NOTE: Double click on photos to view in high resolution)

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