Freddie Gray’s Baltimore

Speakers: Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham 

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW,

Washington, DC 20010

Why did Baltimoreans rise up after the police murder of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015? Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham, who founded the Viva House Catholic Worker in west Baltimore 47 years ago, will discuss Freddie Gray’s death, the subsequent uprising it spurred, the pervasive racism and the myriad of problems plaguing Baltimore that his death magnified. Articles by and about Walsh and Bickham’s response to the Baltimore riots have appeared in the New York Catholic Worker and the National Catholic Reporter. See June/July 2015 issue of the New York Catholic Worker, and: article riots.


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Aug. 6 Pentagon Witness-Five Arrested

Dear Friends,
To commemorate the 70th year since the U.S. began the Nuclear Age by dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, 30 friends from the Atlantic Life Community and other peace groups participated today in an early morning peace witness at the Pentagon that was organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. The group carried signs, photos of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, and banners, two of which read: “Remember the Past, Repent the Sin, Reclaim the Future–Hiroshima and Nagasaki” and “Abolish Nuclear Weapons.” The group then processed from Army-Navy Drive to the regular protest site near the Pentagon metro station. While most people entered the police designated protest area, five of our community remained on the sidewalk a good distance behind the main procession, and were prevented by police from walking any further. They proceeded to kneel or stand  across the sidewalk, holding photos of Hiroshima victims, as several people spread ashes on the pavement. Bill Streit, Nancy Gowen, Kathy Boylan and Andrea Eiland were arrested within ten minutes. Steve Baggarly, who handed out at least of dozen leaflets about the conversion of Fr. George Zabelka, the Enola Gay military chaplain, was also arrested for leafleting. They were all charged with “disobeying a lawful order.” Steve was given an additional charge under a “soliciting” statute. They were all  processed and released after several hours. They were given a trial date of October 1 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA.

As the five were awaiting arrest, the community that had gathered in the designated protest area, held a prayer service of repentance (see below). During the course of the service, which was repeated twice during the one-and-a-half hour witness, there were periods of silence. Shortly before 8:15 AM, which was the exact time the bomb was dropped, the leaflet with George Zabelka’s testimony was read and the song of the A-Bomb survivors was offered. We concluded our witness with a centering Shalom prayer, followed by a blessing for five friends, including recently-released Transform Now Plowshares prisoners Sr. Megan Rice and Mike Walli, who were immediately leaving to attend peace events in Knoxville, TN, organized by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA). Our closing circle ended with the singing of “Vine and Fig Tree.”



Published in: on August 10, 2015 at 3:57 am  Leave a Comment  

August 6 Peace Witness

Commemorating the U.S. Nuclear Bombings

of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Dear Friends,
Please join with the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and other peacemakers for a nonviolent peace witness to commemorate the U.S. nuclear bombings of Japan on August 6 and August 9, 1945, and to call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons. See details below. Please share with other friends.


During this time of commemoration, we pray and act in solidarity with peacemakers worldwide calling for nuclear abolition, including those in Japan, the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) who will be at the Nuclear Weapons Complex at Oak Ridge, TN, Tri-Valley Cares and other groups who will be at Lawrence Livermore Labs in CA, all those attending the National Campaign for Nonviolence national conference in Santa Fe, NM and who will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and all who are participating in the International Fast for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.


Seventy years ago the U.S. government did the “unspeakable” and dropped atomic bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Please join in a nonviolent witness as we seek to remember the pain, repent the sin and reclaim the future.

When and Where:

Thursday, August 6 (Anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the feast of the Transfiguration): nonviolent witness at the Pentagon. Meet on corner of Army-Navy Drive and S. Eads St. @

6:45 a.m. Witness from 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. (8:15 a.m. was the actual time of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima)

Please Join Us!

For more info contact: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker–202-882-9649,

Published in: on July 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ending the Crime of Torture–Support TASSC During Torture Survivors Week: June 24-27

Speaker: Herman Wainggai
Date: Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010.
Herman Wainggai, is a visiting scholar at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Fairfax, Virginia. He is a politician, diplomat and a leader in West Papua’s self determination struggle. And he represents the Federal Republic of West Papua at the United Nations in New York. Herman is also member of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) and will speak about his experience as a torture survivor. The mission of TASSC, the only organization founded by and for torture survivors, is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to empower survivors, their families and communities wherever they are.
Please join TASSC in celebrating its 18th Annual June Torture Survivors’ Week from June 24-27th. Please join and support the TASSC vigil on June 27th at Lafayette Park across from the White House. For more info please see:
Please join us!
For more info contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or 202-360-6416.
Published in: on May 29, 2015 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Celebrating 82 Years of the Catholic Worker

Speaker:  Bill Frankel-Streit, Member of the Little Flower Catholic Worker in Louisa, VA

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.


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


On May 1, 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, The Catholic Worker newspaper made its debut with a first issue of 2,500 copies. The paper provided a radical critique of the political and social order from the perspective of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching. Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin and several others distributed the paper in Union Square for a penny a copy (still the price) to passersby. The Catholic Worker Movement is grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person. Today, over 200 Catholic Worker communities in the U.S. and abroad, remain committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and foresaken. Catholic Workers practice the works of mercy and peace and protest injustice, war, racism, and violence of all forms.


Please join us in an evening of sharing and celebration that will be led by long-time Catholic Worker and peacemaker, Bill Frankel-Streit. Bill and his wife, Sue, were formerly members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker for ten years before moving with their family to rural central Virginia to start the Little Flower Catholic Worker.

For more information contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, 202-360-6416

Published in: on April 24, 2015 at 7:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

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