January/February 2008

The January-February 2008 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Desert Death for Immigrants by Sarah Brook – Describes the often racist opposition to today’s immigrants. Focuses on Arizona and Phoenix.
  • Gordon Zahn 1918-2007 by Michael W. Hovey – Obituary of lifelong pacificist who died on December 9, 2007 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in a nursing home outside Milwaukee WI. Zahn was an author as well as an activists and his works can be located at http://worldcat.org/search?q=gordon+charles+zahn&qt=facetNavigation&sd=desc.
  • Justice is Served! by Bill Griffin – Announcement of a service sector union campaign called Justice Will be Served! For more information, please contact Justice Will be Served! Campaign c/o National Mobilization Against Sweatshops PO Box 130293, NY NY 10013, (212) 334-2333/
  • Good News vs. Death Penalty by Art Laffin and Matt Vogel – Two brief items under the same title. Art Laffin describes his participation in the Cities of Life Campaign while in Rome. Mr. Laffin is a member of a murder victim’s family who opposes the death penalty. Matt Vogel describes how New Jersey has officially abandoned the death penalty.
  • Memories of Camp Warner by Gordon Zahn – An excerpt from the CW, Oct-Nov 1977. Camp Warner was a detention camp in New Hamshire for Catholic conscientious objectors during WWII. The article commemorated the opening of the camp in 1942.
  • Blessed Franz, Resister Saint by Bruce Kent – Reflections on the life of Franz Jagerstatter, which has affected people as far away as Turkey. Proposes his life as an example of how to say now to today’s culture of death and consumerism.
  • Sammantha, R.I.P. by Matt Daloisio – Relates the story of a veteran who committed suicide. Article notes that at least 6,256 US veterans committed suicide in 2005.
  • First Casualty of War by Bill Griffin – Summary of media accounts and leaked memos that suggest that torture is still being practiced by the CIA and other agencies under the cover of the “war on terror”.
  • One Way to Support Peace by Stanley Bohn – Supports tax resistance as a way to stop the occupation of Iraq. Also describes HR 1921, the Freedom of Religion Peace Tax Fund, which would make redirection of taxes by conscientious objectors to war legal.
  • The Bishop & the Dam by Matt Vogel – Continuing coverage of the ongoing efforts of Bishop Luiz Flavio Cappio and residents of the Brazillian state of Bahia to stop the damming and division of the Sao Francisco River. Bishop Cappio stopped his most recent hunger strike after 24 days on December 20, 2007.
  • Book Review: The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. By Philip Zimbardo. Random House, New York, 2007. Reviewed by Bill Griffin. – Favorable Review of an account of the notorious Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971 and its spooky similarity to what happened at Abu Gharib. Shows how the gov’t could have knowingly created an environment likely to result in torture w/o having to give specific orders for mistreatment.
  • Book Review: Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator’s Dark Journey Through Iraq. By Tony Lagouranis with Allan Mikaelian. New American Library, New York, 2007. Reviewed by Bill Griffin. – Favorable review of the story of an admitted US torturer in Iraq. Book relates toll torture takes on perpetrator as well as victim. Relates Spc Lagouranis eventual conversion and whistleblowing.

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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
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

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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