Archive for the ‘death penalty’ Category

December 2008

January 31, 2009

On the principle that something is better than nothing at all, this month’s digest will once again be a simple listing of titles and authors.

This is for the December 2008 issue of the Catholic Worker. I hope to resume a full digest for the January/February 2009 issue.

Any hyperlinks below are to related information on the web and not to the article in the paper.

  • Edgar Forand, 1917-2008 by Geoffrey Gneuhs – According to the editors, these remarks were delivered at Ed’s Funeral Mass, October 24, 2008 at the Church of the Nativity, New York City
  • Mr. President Shut it Down! by 100 Days to Close Guantanamo and End Torture campaign. Related material at http://www.100dayscampaign.org/
  • Ecological Conscience by Thomas Merton Related material from the Democratic Underground.
  • A Visit with Iraqis in Syria by Cathy Breen
  • Ecology and the Poor by Robert Francis Murphy
  • Thomas Merton — 40 Years On by Anna Brown Related material at http://www.thomasmertoncenter.org/
  • Movie Review: Grace is Gone by Felton Davis
  • Dressed for War by Matt Vogel Related material at http://www.centeronconscience.org/UAA/09092008.shtml
  • Book Review: The Kings and their Gods: The Pathology of power. By Daniel Berrigan, SJ. William B. Eeedmans Publishing Co. Grand Rapids, MI, 2008. Reviewed by Bill Griffin.
  • A Personalist Economics by Dorothy Day – Excerpted by September 1956 issue of the Catholic Worker.
  • Fritz Remembered [Fritz Eichenberg] by June Hildebrand
  • Journey of Hope [Death Penalty in Montana] by Art Laffin.

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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.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

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January/February 2008

April 6, 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.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

December 2007

January 30, 2008

The December 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Deportations and Families by Members of the New Sanctuary Movement – Two concrete examples of how current immigration policies are anti-family.
  • Between Iraq and Jordan by Cathy Breen – Three letters detailing troubles of Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria. Highlights Syria’s relative generosity and describes a visit to the monastery of St. Moses the Abyssinian.
  • Maryhouse by Amanda W. Daloisio – Reflections on gratitude. Mentions Teresa of Avila, Wendell Berry, Kathy Kelly, and St. Therese of Lisieux.
  • Christ’s Peace is Our Work by Jim Reagan – Reflections on the Christian obligation for peacemaking. Notes that the proportion of civilians among those killed or wounded in war has risen from 5% in World War I to 75% in today’s conflicts. Expresses opinion that war doesn’t simply halt the Corporal Works of Mercy, but actually reverses them.
  • Education on the Inside by Sammy Moore – Excerpt from a speech presented to the New Jersey State NAACP Convention on September 22, 2007 by the president of the NJ NAACP prison chapter president. Mr. Moore is currently serving 40 years to life. He describes his efforts to become educated, the difficulties prisoners have in becoming educated and the moral practical benefits of educating prisoners. Briefly describes the work of the NAACP Prison Project.
  • Mohammed Eausack, 1926-2007 by Matt Vogel – Obituary of a sick Muslim elder who came to the NY Catholic Worker house via his doctor at a homeless shelter. Described as gentle and witty, Mr. Eausack was a “great symbol of stubborn strength for many in the house. Though he slowed, he never really stopped fighting, struggling to get through the day.”
  • Pizza Resistance by Matt Vogel – Relates the store of resistance against the death penalty and hunger inspired by Death Row inmate Philip Workman‘s request that a homeless person be given a vegetarian pizza in lieu of Workman’s last meal.
  • An Italian Christmas Tale by Jack Cook – A retelling of the legend of La Befana, a woman who searches for her dead son and recognizes him in the baby Jesus.
  • Book Review: A Power Governments Cannot Suppress. By Howard Zinn. City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA 2007. Reviewed by Gene Roman. – Favorable Review of a compilation of essays Zinn wrote for The Progressive. The article says that Zinn “digs through the archives of American history to shine a bright light on union struggles for a decent wage, religious resistance to war and the policies of US Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush.”
  • Book Review: People Power: Fifty Peacemakers and Their Communities. By Michael True. Rawat Publications, Jaipur, India, 2007. Reviewed by Jane Sammon. – Favorable review of a book profiling Thomas Merton, Howard Zinn, Delores Huerta, Adin Ballou, and Abigail Kelly, among others.

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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.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

Apr/May 2007

April 29, 2007

The March/April 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Just Phone Rates in Jail by Matt Vogel – Article explores the extremely high phone rates most families have to pay to speak to incarcerated loved ones and the negative effect this has on rehabilitation. Commends New York for giving up its kickback from the phone company it gave a prison monopoly to.
  • Anger Grows in City Streets by Chris Zimmerman – Describes angry neighborhood reaction to police shooting of Timur Pearson. Describes New Black Panther Party incitement to “put some fear into the system.” [Daniel’s Note – The CW does NOT endorse the BPP’s methods or most of its platform.]
  • Iraqis Face New Sorrow by Cathy Breen – Letters from Jordan about Iraqi Refuges and the Iraqi government’s decision to issue new passports and force refugees to return to Baghdad to get them. Letters describe deteriorating conditions for refugees in Jordan and faults US and Britain for unwillingness to take refugees their war created.
  • Spring Appeal by Editors – The Catholic Worker needs your help! Please send your NON-tax-deductible contribution to the address listed under “subscriptions.” Any amount will help them.
  • Peter Maurin Farm by Else M. Dowdy – A reflection on the last years of Theodore Rooselvet Ridlon, long time CW resident.
  • Five Years Too Long! by Matthew W. Daloisio – Describes continuing protests against the Guantanamo Bay prison run by the United States. Describes efforts to bring the names of detainees into federal courts. Mentions group Witness Against Torture. To bring a speaker to your community or for more information on the Campaign to Shut Down Guantanamo, please contact Matthew W. Daloisio, 55 E. 3rd Street, NY, NY, 10003, (201) 264-4424.
  • Theodore Rooselvet Ridlon, Our “Slim” by Tom Cornell – A tribute to the life of long time Catholic Worker and walker. His origins were shrouded in mystery, but he was kind to all.
  • Death Penalty Review Raise Questions by Alice and Staughton Lynd and Bill Griffin – Reaction and dialog to book review of Death of Innocents in the December 2006 Catholic Worker.
  • Abbe Pierre, R.I.P. by Bill Griffin – Obituary of French Resistance member and later homeless activist Fr. Henri Groues. Abbe Pierre was the founder of the Emmaus Community.
  • Sr. Ruth Heaney, OSB by Rosalie Reigle – Obituary of a Catholic Worker pioneer and prisoner advocate who kept active through her 80s. She received several awards in her lifetime, including the Elaine Aber Humanitarian Award from the Missouri Association for Social Welfare and the papal award Pro Ecclesia et Pontiface. She was married with six children before becoming a nun.
  • More on Ruth Heaney by Cyril Echele – Recollection of Sr. Ruth Heaney by a friend of many years.
  • Memories of Bishop Proano by Joseph E. Mulligan, SJ – Reflections on the prophetic life of Ecuadorian bishop Leonidas Proano, the “bishop of the Indians” with special attention to his work in the 1970s and persecution by Ecuadorian authorities.
  • Book Review – The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times: New Perspectives on the Transformative Wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola by Dean Brackley, SJ , Crossroads Publishing, New York, 2004 Reviewed by Gail M. Presbey. – Mostly favorable review of a new look at St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises. Notes author provides three requirements to keep in touch with reality – 1) Let the reality of suffering reach us; 2) undergo personal transformation; and 3) seek wisdom in community.
  • Book Review – To Wisdom Through Failure: A Journey of Compassion, Resistance and Hope. by Larry Rosebaugh, OMI. EPICA, Washington, DC, 2006 Reviewed by Karl Meyer – Favorable review of missionary and peace activist Fr. Larry Rosebaugh. Stories of work in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador and while imprisoned.

 

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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.

 

To Subscribe:

 

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

 

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

 

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

December 2006

January 21, 2007

The December 2006 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Light that Gives Us Hope by Christopher M. Zimmerman – Reflections on 9/11/2001 vs. Christmas. The first has become a day of division and government encouraged fear, the second means “light coming into darkness and hope chasing away gloom.” Recommends celebrating a festival on September 16th known as One Hundred Days to Christmas.
  • People’s Movement in Oaxaca by Deirdre Cornell – An account of the AEPO, the State Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca. Description of the diverse nature of this democracy movement in one of Mexico’s poorest states. Also has some background on an indigenous decision making system know as “usos y costumbres (literally, uses and customs) based on traditional models and participation.
  • Shut Down Guantanamo! by Frida Berrigan & Matthew W. Daloisio – An account of the work done by legal, medical and social groups in 2006 to try and close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Article offers this breakdown of 517 prisoners at Guantanamo based on Social Science Research Network analysis of recently released DoD data:
    • al-Qaeda fighters only made up 8% of prisoners.
    • Only 5% of prisoners were captured on the battlefield.
    • 86% of the prisoners were captured by either Pakistan or the Northern Alliance and turned over to US custody for payment of large bounties.
    • The article also notes that as of July 2006, 75% of the prisoners were no longer being interrogated.
  • The Common Good and the Land by T. Christopher Cornell – A reflection on the possibilities of intensive natural agriculture. Notes that for the past two years, Peter Maurin Farm has given 6,000 pounds of fresh, usable produce to friends, visitors, local soup kitchens and CW houses in the city. For more on intensive agriculture, the author recommends the Sheep Ranch Catholic Worker’s new publication, 21st Century Agitator. Contact Chris Montesano, Box 53, Sheep Ranch, CA 95250. This article mentions the following books:
  • Blanket Appeal by Editors – An appeal for blankets to be brought to the New York Catholic Worker House. Contact information in “Subscription” section below. I’d recommend you contact them before sending any blankets.
  • House List Update by Editors – A list of CW houses that have either changed address, just formed or have closed. Full contact information in the paper. If you’d like addresses and can’t find a copy of the Dec 2006 CW, please e-mail me and I’ll get the address for you if I haven’t lost my paper.
    • Changed Address
      • Sacramento CW
      • Oakland CW
    • New Houses
      • St. Joseph’s – Troy, OH
      • St. Patrick’s Kitchen – Troy, OH
      • St. Francis House – New London, CT
      • Stevensville CW Farm – Stevensville, MT
      • Omaha Catholic Worker – Omaha, NE
      • Promised Land CW Farm – Christchurch, New Zealand
    • Closed Houses
      • John Filligar CW Farm – Pence Springs, WV
      • Mary Harris CW – Washington DC
      • Llewellyn Scott House – Washington DC
  • Nuclear North Dakota by Carmen Trotta – Describes outcome of Plowshares action against a nuclear silo in North Dakota in 2006. Notes US non-compliance with Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and suggests that a nuclear strike on the United States within a decade is possible.
  • Labor Letter by George Albertz – An appeal to locate current or former ACLU lawyer Ed McGuire who helped out Hubert Albertz in his “fight to clean up SEIU Local 32E.” Appeal is made by son George Albertz. No contact information provided other than “Bruderhof community in Harlem” If you know where to find Mr. McGuire, please try to contact Mr. Albertz through the New York Catholic Worker House.
  • Catonsville Film by Bill Griffin – Favorable review of the movie Investigation of a Flame: A Documentary Portrait of the Catonsville Nine. This film can be purchased from First Run/Icarus Films, 32 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-488-8900 and 800-876-1710. “All proceeds are being donated to the Viva House Catholic Worker in Baltimore.”
  • Build the City of God by Jim Reagan – A reflection on Advent that also talks about the high cost of New York housing.
  • Sr. Mary Luke Tobin, R. I. P. by Bill Ofenloch – Obituary of a nun who was one of 15 women invited to participate in Vatican II. “She spoke and wrote tirelessly on peace and social justice issues, for women’s rights and against war and preparations for war. She picketed with the United Farmworkers, was arrested and jailed for protesting the Vietnam War, played a major role in the ecumenical movement, and was an adviser to the Women’s Ordination Movement. She was also a ballet dancer!”
  • Book Review – Peacework: Prayer, Resistance, Community by Henri Nouwen, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 2005 Reviewed by Grace Yukich – Favorable review of a book that asserts that peacemaking is impossible without prayer, resistance and community. Each aspect feeds the others, but prayer is considered the most important. Saying “yes” to live is as important as saying “NO!” to violence and death.
  • Book Review – The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ Vintage Books, New York, 2005 Reviewed by Bill Griffin – Favorable review of a book written by long-time pro-life activist Sister Helen Prejean. Article asserts that one hundred two three death row inmates have been exonerated through the use of DNA evidence since the death penalty was reintroduced in 1977. A podcast of an author interview is available.

     

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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.

     

    To Subscribe:

     

    Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

     

    Send your subscription requests to:

    Catholic Worker
    36 East 1st St.
    New York, NY 10003
    Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

     

    Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.