“God will wield authority over many peoples and arbitrate for mighty nations; they will hammer their swords into plowshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war. Each person will sit under their own vine and fig tree, with no one to trouble them.” (Micah 4)
Dear, dear friends, Feb. 2015
So much of our work at the Catholic Worker is going beautifully. Teens, Vets, day laborers, and women & children have found homes. The poor receive gigantic quantities of free, fresh vegetables. Women and children are learning at our English Language School and in our tutoring program. For 40 years with God’s grace and the help of countless volunteers and supporters, we have been trying to make sense out of everyday life and the gospels.
While these works take up the bulk of our time and energy, we are acutely aware that all that we are, and all that we have, and all that we love can be gone in a FLASH. Certainly, there were moms and dads, school children, retired vets, priests and nuns living and working as hard as we do in the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Gone!!! All of their work, all of their loves, all of their homes, hospitals, schools, and convents were vaporized instantaneously.
At the Redwood City Catholic Worker for “at risk teens,” we know that all life is at RISK – we live under the sword of Damocles known as “nuclear weapons.”
At one time in the history of upright two legged creatures (not too long ago), cannibalism was a common practice. Cannibalism is now abolished. Much more recently, slavery was a common practice. Slavery is now universally condemned and its abolition is within reach. Someday, if our species has enough time, we can live in a world without war and certainly, in a world without nuclear weapons!!!
Since the early 1970’s, I (Larry Purcell) have been periodically arrested for non-violently resisting war and opposing nuclear missiles built at Lockheed/Martin in Sunnyvale, Calif. For the past 3 years Susan Crane has been living and working at the Catholic Worker for teens. Susan has spent 6 years in Federal Prison for 4 separate “Plowshare Actions” that say “yes to life and no to death.” by converting destructive weapons into useful tools of life.
As Valentines Day approaches, we want to recommit ourselves to “Love is the answer.”
God willing and with a lot of work from us, the human race will survive global warming and nuclear weapons long enough to learn to stop the killing and to love one another.
Joy and gratitude,
Larry Purcell, Ronnie Georges, Sr. Mary Jane Floyd, Jan Johanson,
Aida Figueroa, Susan Crane and J. Arthur White.
A presentation: “Hell Fire: Lockheed/Martin and the Weapons Industry Go to Gaza” by Dalit Baum from American Friends Service Committee on Sat. Feb. 28th at 7:30 pm. Place– Vallombrosa Retreat Center 250 Oak Grove Ave. Menlo Park.
Monday March 2: A non-violent direct action at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale (light rail station at 5th and Mathilda Ave in Sunnyvale) 10 to noon. For info and details, call Susan Crane (650) 366-4415.
- Food in any amount.
- Mayra (one of our teens) will give birth to her baby in June. We need everything: crib, stroller, car seat, high chair, diapers, blankets, etc.
- Household items: outdoor welcome mats, lap top computer, tablet, smart phones, wheelchairs, large lightweight suit cases, Pine Sol, bikes, locks, helmets, a flat T.V., scholarships to Canada College for out teens– tuition is now $2,000 a year.
- A house or money to buy a house for another Catholic Worker. Call Larry for coffee (650) 366-4415.
- Mary Jane pleads, “We desperately need teachers of English.” And ”Speaking Spanish is not necessary to teach” in our school. Classes are from 6:30 to 8pm Monday through Thursday. For info call Sr. Mary Jane (650) 366-8315. Her final words are, “We have space, we have women who want to learn English – we need you to teach them. Thanks.”
- Cars, trucks, and vans – Redwood General Tire Company, in Redwood City, has generously volunteered to repair and smog donated vehicles that we will give to the poor.
- Day Laborers need jobs (painting, carpentry, hauling, gardening, etc). Call Cesar at (650) 339-2794. These men and women can do everything.
- Your ongoing love and support.