August / September 2006

The following articles appeared in the August-September 2006 issue of the Catholic Worker:

  • Report from New Orleans by Bill Quigley – A bleak assessment of life in New Orleans after Katrina. Asserts that the poor and public institutions remain the most impacted. Mentions the relief work of Common Ground Collective and People’s Hurricane Relief. Articles notes reconstruction efforts of Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups.
  • Flight into the Unknown by Kathy Breen – A bleak assessment of civilian life in Iraq. Notable for its quotes from Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. Expresses sense of some Iraqis that all chaos in Iraq is the fault of Iraq’s neighbors and/or the United States. Disbelief that Iraqis hold significant responsibility for society. Article makes mention of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). 
  • School’s In – Speak Out! by Amanda W. Daloisio and Tanya Theriault – An appeal to college students to work for the abolition of torture. Offers suggestions for student action including showing the film Road to Guantanamo. Article mentions group Witness against Torture.
  • St. Joseph House by Silke Tudor – Reflections of a new volunteer at St. Joseph’s Catholic Worker House. Talks of the beauty of everyday life and the self-nourishment that comes with giving.
  • Rent Hi-Rise Unwise by Bernard Connaughton – Letter expresses discontent with the lack of local rent control in NYC.
  • French Connection by Mike True – Account of a three day conference of anarcho-pacificists, former communists, teachers and students at the University of Savoy in France. Also mentions protests against France’s First Employment Contract.
  • Billions for Bases by Pat Sullivan, OFM Cap. – Letter from Okinawa Japan using the US basing behavior in Japan and especially Cuba to posit the likelihood of large permanent bases in Iraq. Author is discouraged at this prospect.
  • Little Way in the Big Easy by Melissa Jameson – Personal account of Gulf Coast relief work being done by the Common Ground Collective (see above for link). Article also mentions Seeds of Peace Collective.
  • Film Review: The Battle of Algiers by Bill Griffin – Favorable review of the 1966 movie The Battle of Algiers . Suggests the film holds lessons for United States involvement in Iraq. Also mentions short documentary, The Dictatorship of Truth.
  • CW Book List by Editors – List of books related to the Catholic Worker Movement. I’ll to put up the full list in a future entry, but these books were identified as out of print and so I thought I’d share library catalog records for those now:
  • Moratorium on Death Penalty by Celeste Fitzgerald – Describes success of the New Jerseyans for alternatives to the death penalty (NJADPP) in obtaining a one year moratorium on executions in New Jersey. NJADPP can be contacted at 986 S. Broad St. Trenton, NJ 08611 or by phone at 609-278-6719.
  • Letter for Life by Ed Kinane – Letter expresses the belief that killing is always wrong, whether it is done by individuals or the State. Argues that techniques designed by the military to produce desentization to violence will harm people overseas and here at home.
  • Book Review: Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists, by Bill Kauffman, ISI Books, Wilmington DE, 2006. Reviewed by Geoffrey Gneuhs – Favorable review of a book of essays about people who have inspired the author. Persons covered in the book include Dorothy Day , Peter Maurin , Eugene McCarthy , artist Grant Wood and Wendell Berry . Reviewer calls the book, “a song to liberty, truth, goodness and beauty, family and community, to hearth and home, to farm and small town.”
  • Book Review: A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror, by Alfred W. McCoy. Metropolitan Books, New York, NY Reviewed by Tom Cornell – Favorable review of a book that traces current US torture policy back to the early Cold War and asserts that degrading treatment is a bipartisan affair. References the 1963 CIA Kubark training manual and the current Army Field ManualView snippets on Google Book Search.


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 three 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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