In Place of DDCW Monthly Clarification of Thought–Please consider participating in the Witness Against Torture Events

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

Instead of the regular Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Clarification of Thought talk that is usually held on the first Friday of the month, we are inviting people to participate in the Witness Against Torture (WAT) events that are being held in Washington, D.C. January 6-13 as part of the “Fast for Justice.” On Day 1 of the Fast WAT sent out the following message: 

January 11, 2014 marks the twelfth anniversary of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the eighth anniversary of Witness Against Torture’s January 11 presence in D.C., and our sixth liquids fast.

For the next 8 days, we are fasting in Washington, DC for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. We wish to frame this act thusly:

This is not about us. This is NOT about the United States cutting itself out of the patchwork of the family quilt of humanity. This is about 155 men who have been stuck in prison cells in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for up to 12 years, who continue to count the days, weeks, months and years they must wait to go home.

Who are these men? Where did they come from? How and why were they captured so many years ago to be held prisoners in Cuba by the U.S. military? And when will they regain their freedom?

Through our actions this week– fasting and vigiling– we reach out to them to connect. We will connect you too through a daily update, which will include a report of what we did here in DC, reflections from fasters, and links to news articles. (Let us know if you would like to receive daily updates from the fast by sending an e-mail with “fast updates” in the subject to

Finally, each day we will share a profile of one GTMO detainee and one WAT member. We invite you to discover your connections to the prisoners as we explore our own by introducing  ourselves beside them.

In Peace, Witness Against Torture
*let us know if you will join us for a day, or days of fasting

We especially encourage people to attend the January 11 march and rally (see below) to mark the 12th anniversary of the first detainees going to Guantanamo (see below info). For more info see the Witness Against Torture web site:

With gratitude,
Art Laffin


Rally and procession to mark the 12th anniversary of Guantánamo, and to demand its closure.

WHERE: White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, D.C.)

• Noon – Gather for rally and witness at the White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)

• 1 p.m. – Procession leaves from White House, ends at 2:30 p.m.

• Speakers: TBA

Sponsoring Organizations: Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture, Amnesty International, CODEPINK: Women For Peace, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the World Can’t Wait. Blue Lantern Project, & .

This January 11, 2014 marks the unacceptable 12th anniversary of indefinite detention without charge or trial at Guantánamo. Join us in Washington, D.C. to witness this anniversary together, and to call on President Obama to finally fulfill his broken promise to shut it down. Obama has the power to close Guantánamo, and the new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA 2014) just approved by Congress makes it even easier for him to do so. 155                    men remain detained at Guantánamo; most should never have been detained in the first place and are entering their 13th year of being deprived of their liberty without any charge or trial. They must be tried in a fair court or released; Guantánamo must be shut down.

Published in: on January 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Massacre of the Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance Retreat

The Massacre of the Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance Retreat
Dates: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 – 3:30pm – Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church,
1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
We invite you to participate in all or part of the Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance retreat


Every hour of every day, the United States Military magnifies destruction across the globe. From overt wars to covert “dirty wars,” lives are destroyed, families torn apart, people disappeared. Every second of every minute, the world’s addiction to oil, natural gas and nuclear power is the cause of environmental contamination that is threatening global devastation. And always, the existence of nuclear weapons puts all life in utter peril. On this Feast of the Holy Innocents we respond to all this with a resounding “No!” This is the time to hold a magnifying glass to these horrors for all to see. This is a time when we call for transformation and resolve to magnify God’s creation with joy.

Details: Please join members of Jonah House, the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and members of the Atlantic and Southern Life communities in a time of prayer, reflection and nonviolent witness to commemorate the Massacre of the Holy Innocents – past and present – and to proclaim hope for a world of nonviolence, peace and justice.
The retreat will begin on Friday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. with a candlelit demonstration outside the Pentagon and end on Saturday, Dec. 28 with a noon-time nonviolent witness at the White House.

Contact: Jonah House: 410-233-6238,; Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649,

Published in: on December 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm  Comments (1)  

Clarification of Thought Friday, December 6th @ 7:30pm

Join us for our next Clarification of Thought
The Ghosts of Jeju
Speaker: Regis Tremblay
Join us for our Clarification of Thought program and see an important new film, The Ghosts of Jeju. This film is about a new U.S.-backed naval base on Jeju Island off the coast of S. Korea that is under construction and which is being resisted by the local islanders along with many Catholic religious, many of whom have been arrested and jailed. The base, which is part of the U.S. military “pivot” to Asia, will serve as a strategic outpost to contain China.
The producer of the film, Regis Tremblay, will be present to discuss the film.




A shocking documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, S. Korea. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea.

Using previously secret and classified photos, film and documents, this will be the first English-language documentary about the struggle of the brave people of Gangjeong Village who are opposing the military advance of the United States, just as their parents and relatives did in 1947. As then, they are being arrested, jailed, fined, and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate America’s “pivot to Asia,” and will destroy their 400 year old village and their UNESCO protected environment.

And yet, the indomitable spirit of the villagers and their supporters, who have not lost hope in spite of overwhelming odds, will inspire and motivate everyone who believes there is a better way to live together on this planet.

Date: Friday, December 6th, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.

Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010
Free and Open to the public. For more information contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649

Published in: on November 21, 2013 at 2:36 am  Leave a Comment  

In Concert


What: Charlie King and Karen Brandow / Double CD Release (So Far, So Good: 40 Songs for 40 Years of Songwriting) Concert to Kick off Charlie’s Anniversary Tour – 50 Years of Folk Performing

When: 7:30 PM, Friday November 15, 2013
Where: Luther Place Church, 1226 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005.
Metro and Parking: Closest Metro and Directions to Church: McPherson Square Metro Station (Blue & Orange Line). Follow Vermont Ave. out of metro and exit on 15th and I St. NW. Walk north to Thomas Circle. Bear right on Vermont Ave. as you go around circle. Use Vermont Ave. entrance to sanctuary. Red Line: Farragut North-Walk four blocks east on L St. NW and then left on 14th St. and Vermont. For street parking please read signs carefully. There is 2 hour unrestricted parking on streets near the church.
How Much: Free Will Offering – (Suggested Donation-$10) This program is open to the public.
Sponsored by: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
Charlie King and Karen Brandow are musical storytellers and political satirists. Their repertoire covers a century and a half and four continents. They perform with the sweet and precise harmony of life partners. They sing and write passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Charlie King has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century. His songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. His political musical influences are the folk music revival of the 1960’s, and the protest songs of the Civil Rights and Vietnam War era. Karen Brandow has been performing with Charlie King since 1998. While doing human rights work in Guatemala from 1986-1994, Karen studied voice, performance and classical guitar. There she broadened her repertoire to include Latin American music of the “Nueva Canción” or New Song Movement. She performs in English and Spanish.
“Two voices that complement each other beautifully & instrumentation that is spare, acoustic & just right” – Victory Music Review
For more info contact: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649
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Clarification of Thought Friday, October 4th @ 7:30pm

Join us for our next Clarification of Thought  with guest speakers Ann Wright
Dissent and Conscience
Speaker: Ann Wright
Ann Wright has a master’s degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. After college, she spent thirteen years in the U.S. Army and sixteen additional years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel. In 1987, Col. Wright joined the Foreign Service and served as U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone. She was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, she cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation of a Muslim, Arab, oil-rich country would be a a violation of international law.
Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace. She fasted for a month, picketed at the US prison at Guantánamo, Cuba and has been arrested numerous times for peaceful, nonviolent protest of Bush’s policies, particularly the war on Iraq. She has been on delegations to Iran and was in Gaza three times in 2009, following the Israeli attack on Gaza that killed 1,440 and wounded 5,000. She was an organizer for the Gaza Freedom March that brought 1,350 persons from 44 countries to Cairo, Egypt, in solidarity with the people of Gaza. She was on the May, 2010 Gaza flotilla that was attacked by the Israeli military and was an organizer for the US Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, in the 2011 Gaza flotilla. She traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen to interview victims of US assassin drones. She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience.” Please join us.
Date: Friday, October 4, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.

Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010

For more information contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649

Published in: on September 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

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