“ You had a vision, O king; this is what you saw: a statue, a great statue of extreme brightness, stood before you, terrible to see. The head of this statue was of fine gold, its chest and arms were of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet part iron, part earthenware. While you were gazing, a stone broke away, untouched by any human hand, and struck the statue, struck its feet of iron and earthenware and shattered them. And then, iron and earthenware, bronze, silver, gold all broke into small pieces as fine as chaff on the threshing floor in summer. The wind blew them away, leaving not a trace behind.” (Daniel 2)
Our very own Susan Crane returned from Germany safe and sound. She and other internationals joined a coalition of 50 German peace organizations to highlight and protest the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons on German soil (namely Büchel Air Force Base). Sharing these nuclear weapons with Germany violates the “non-proliferation treaty” which prohibits sharing “nuclear weapons technology” &/or nuclear weapons with non-nuclear nations.
The U.S. stations nuclear weapons in 5 different “non-nuclear” European countries (Germany is just one of them).
Susan was stopped by German authorities 3 times while protesting inside the air base. She was detained and released once while standing atop the very building which houses nuclear weapons. If these weapons are ever detonated (God forbid), our species is doomed. If these weapons are not detonated, our species still loses because the U.S. alone plans to spend over a trillion dollars to upgrade our nuclear arsenal. What a scandal. What a waste! Diplomats and presidents use the threat of our nuclear arsenal more often than you can imagine.
If you wish to hear the full story, come to the Catholic Worker House at 545 Cassia St. in Redwood City on Oct. 12th at 7pm to share with Susan and her international co-conspirators.
The San Bruno Catholic Worker and the Redwood City Catholic Worker collaborated to purchase and open another home in Oakland, Calif. (Property is cheaper on the other side of the bay.) We purchased a house (3 bedrooms, three baths, and a full basement) for $730,000. This home, for men leaving prison, will be managed by Kate Chatfield and a group (Re:store Justice). The basement will become the headquarters of Re:store Justice.
Our first guest had his sentence commuted by Governor Brown after serving 22 years in prison. In the press conference announcing the commutation, the governor mentioned that this man upon leaving San Quentin, will have a stable place to live—that’s the new house we purchased with the help of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.
We have furnished the house, are replacing the sewer line, corrected a number of other “fixer upper” type things and are ready for our guests. We estimate that it will take $25,000 a year to run this program and hope to have that budget set for three years. We need all the help we can get. Checks can be made out to Catholic Worker Hospitality House and sent to 672 2nd Ave. San Bruno, Calif. 94066 (aka, The San Bruno Catholic Worker).
Peace and gratitude,
Larry Purcell, Ronnie Georges, Aida Figueroa, Susan Crane, Jan Johanson,
and J Arthur White
- Food in any amount. Aida wants honey.
- Household needs: black plastic bags, toilet paper, paper towels, a 10Ft. X 10 Ft. carpet, freezer bags, a coffee pot, binoculars for Sr. Mary Jane, a video projector, bikes, etc.
- Day Laborers: If you need a worker call Cesar at 650-339-2794. They also need construction tools and especially, gardening tools to build up a library of tools that the men can borrow over and over again.
- Scholarships: Each year we try to fund a number of students with $500 to $10,000 scholarships. So far, we are helping eight. Last year we helped 13 students. If you want to help us help, call Larry (650) 366-4415.
- Major funding for the new house in Oakland for men coming out of State Prison. For stability, we would like to have a budget of three years ($25,000 a year). The men need everything. Call Larry at 650 366-4415.
- English Language School needs assistant teachers. Call Pam at (650) 365-6019.
- Showers for the Homeless: Bath towels and wash cloths, body wash (liquid soap for showers), tents, socks, sleeping bags, warm jackets etc. Call Susan (650) 366-4415.
- You are all invited to an evening with Susan and others (John La Forge and Marion Küper from Germany) to discuss their resistance in Germany: Oct. 12th at 7pm (evening) at 545 Cassia St. Redwood City.
- Your ongoing love and support.