March/April 2005

The following articles appeared in the March-April 2005 issue of the Catholic Worker:

  • Report on Sri Lanka by Tanya Theriault – Article on the difficulties of delivering tsunami aid to parts of Sri Lanka controlled by Tamil Tigers. Author appears to blame both rebels and gov’t for situation.
  • Hegemony’s Joystick by Matt Vogel – Review of video game America’s Army,  a taxpayer produced recruiting tool available for free download and given away at youth events. Reflections on effectiveness and opinion of what game teachers.
  • Brothers in Peace and War by Gary Ashbeck – A story of two brothers, one a soldier and the other an opponent of the war in Iraq.
  • A Refusal to be Silenced by Carmen Trotta – Report on current activities and life challenges of Israeli anti-nuclear activist Mordechai Vanunu.
  • An Example for the World by Jane Sammon – Reflections on the life of murdered Salvardoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and recommending his life as an example for our current times.
  • Revolutionary Spirit by Martin Luther King, Jr [Excerpted from April 4, 1967 address in New York City.] – Plea to America to withdraw from Vietnam and aid in its rebuilding. 
  • Tsunami Help – Letter by Sheila McCarthy – Describes the work of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement in Sri Lanka.
  • Housing Rights and Wrongs by Jim Reagan – Examines the struggles of poorer New Yorkers to obtain and keep housing. Includes information on landlord practices and community groups working to better conditions.
  • Book Review: HEGEMONY OR SURVIVAL: America’s Quest for Global Domination. By Noam Chomsky. Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2004. Review by Bill Griffin. – Favorable review of book which traces American foreign policy since 1945. Yahoo search results for book title.
  • Book Review: LIBRARIAN OF BASRA: A True Story from Iraq. Written and Illustrated by Jeanette Winter. Published by Harcourt Books, 2005. Reviewed by Padraic O’Neil. – Favorable review of inspiring story how Ms. Alia Muhammad Baker salvaged 30,000 books from Basra’s central library from the chaotic days of the 2003 war. At one point, books were hidden in a restaurant. Note to my conservative friends: This review DOES NOT blame coalition forces for the destruction of the library.


As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have two suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

Phil Runkel
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141

3) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.

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