I am sorry for the delay in getting the newsletter done, but I became very ill with a skin infection and had to stay a whole week in the hospital. The hospital personnel told me that I should go home and never come back! It may take a while to clean up the hospital room. I got upset when the doc told me she had good news for me. She was naming a disease after me. Seriously, I thank the people who prayed for my swift recovery so I could get back to writing the newsletter. Casa is now 53 years old. We thank all the many volunteers and donors who have helped to provide hospitality to many thousands of homeless families, single women, refugees, and hungry people. The Casa community also helped many thousands of needy families with furniture, clothing, household items, etc. due to the donations of so many kind and generous people. May we continue to live Jesus. A smile is an act of resistance.
Colonel John Suggs, the new Commandant of Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formally known as the School of the Americans in Ft. Benning GA., says that the school fosters peace throughout the whole region and gets things done. However, we know that the purpose and the results of the SOA and WHINSEC are the same ---training state agents in civilian targeted warfare that results in violent repression, torture, forced disappearances, massacres, forced migration, the criminalization of dissent, and imperialist coups to impose right-wing neo-liberal agendas. The US agenda of training and financing security forces throughout the continent to impose right-wing economic policies that benefit corporations and the elite is clear. The most recent intervention is the US-backed military coup against Bolivia’s President Evo Morales. President Morales resignation came only after the country’s top military commander, General Williams Kaliman Romero, who trained at WHINSEC, appeared on television with other high-ranking military officials and “suggested” that Morales resign. At least 6 of the Bolivian officials behind the coup have been trained at the SOA/WHINSEC. We condemn this imperialist assault on Bolivia’s people -- US intervention is never the answer! We stand with the indigenous and campesinx communities and support their autonomy, right to organize, and to decide the fate of their territories outside the grasp of the U.S. We all know that when you use of violence to get your way you will have no peace which is the great lesson given to us by Christ.
Heck is where people go who don’t believe in gosh. The Energizer bunny is in jail, charged with battery. A guy ate his family photo. Now he is a spitting image of his Dad. What’s the difference between a man running and a dog running? One wears trousers, and the other pants. If you can’t be on time, be early! You know you are getting old when your work is a lot less fun, and fun is a lot more work. We called a discount exterminator. He arrived with a rolled up newspaper. Your marriage is in trouble if your wife says, “You’re only interested in one thing,” and you don’t remember what it is. Have you seen the deer heads on the walls of bars, the ones wearing party hats, sunglasses and streamers? I feel sorry for them because obviously they were at a party having a good time when deer season suddenly arrived. Did you ever notice that anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac? Americans spend lots of money on lottery tickets? “What are you doing for your retirement?” “Uh, Powerball! When I was a girl, I had only two friends, and they were imaginary. And they would only play with one another. Have you ever wondered how many kids it takes to turn off the light in the kitchen? Three. It takes one to say, “What light?” and two more to say, “I didn’t turn it on.”
During the Cold War , the U.S. nuked the Marshall Islands 67 times. It detonated a 15 megaton thermonuclear warhead over the Bikini Atoll. It was the largest nuclear weapon the U.S. had detonated. After that, it dropped biological weapons on the Islands. Once the U.S. had finished, it scooped up the irradiated waste, which ruined the Island’s soil, and put the waste into craters covering them with cement. Also, they shipped to the Island 130 tons of radioactive materials waste from the Nuclear Test site in Nevada. Now with global warming the concrete covers are disintegrating and eventually the radioactive waste will flow out into the Ocean. More than 50,000 people still live on the Island. ---VICE
The recent Keystone oil spill is the pipeline’s 21st, totaling more than 1 million gallons of oil spilled since 2010. TC Energy (formerly Transcanada), the company that operates the pipeline, promises that there’s no risk of further spilling, but that's what they said before the last spill. We’re not surprised. This is what pipelines do. They leak. -----Food and Water Watch The Keystone pipeline spilled 383,000 gallons of oil into N. Dakota wetlands and 210,000 in S. Dakota. (CNN) The Native population again suffers from serious environmental problems due to the greed of fossil fuel companies and those of us who use them. Some of the easements that allowed Enbridge to keep its Line 5 pipeline on the tribe’s land expired in 2013, and negotiations between Enbridge and the tribe to renew the leases fell through. Yet Line 5 is still funneling Enbridge’s petroleum across the Bad River Reservation. The tribe says Enbridge is trespassing, and has sued the company to kick it off their property. If a bill awaiting Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor Tony Evers’ signature becomes law, members of the tribe protesting Enbridge’s operations on their reservation could face fines of $10,000 and up to six years is in jail. ---Grist.org
The U.S. now wants to expand Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. People are outraged since the military wants to expand it over the Desert National Wildlife Refuge located next to the Nevada Test Site and Training Range. The Air Force currently already controls 2.9 million acres of the Wildlife Refuge for the Nevada Test Site With over 800 bases and installations at home and cross the globe, the U.S. military is not hurting for space for training. ----Veterans for Peace
The U.S. military cannot account for $21 Trillion. ----Forbes Magazine and Truthdig The Pentagon is the only federal agency that has not complied with a 1996 law that requires annual audits of all government departments. The Pentagon has spent tens of billions of dollars to upgrade to more efficient technology in order to become audit-ready. But many of these new systems have failed and been scrapped. ----Reuters
Ratio of the wealth held by the world’s 42 richest people is as much as the amount held by the poorest 50 percent of the world. Percentage of Afghan refugees who have had to flee a second time after returning home : 72 Estimated portion of global migrants who are traveling from one developing nation to another : 2/5
Number of Japanese with dementia who went missing in 2016 : 15,432 Number of residents of Matsudo, Japan, trained to find lost seniors suffering from dementia : 3,000 Portion of US greenhouse-gas emissions that results from energy produced on federal lands : 1/5
Number of US facilities handling toxic chemicals that lie in areas with a high risk of flooding : 1,400 There are 18 million bikes in the Netherlands, which is more than one per head of the population of 17 million. ---Harper’s Index
NOTES OF 21ST STREET: “Enjoy the little things, one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things.” The truth of this quote was brought home to me this week. I was told a neighbor, Therese, had died. She lived at Mapendo House, next door to us, and I was so sad to hear the news. Therese lived with other women who have mental challenges. She usually sat on the porch. She always spoke to me as I entered or exited our home. She would sometimes share a short story or comment on the weather or what I was wearing. I had been praying for her because I heard she was sick and was not sitting in her usual place on the porch. Upon hearing about her death it struck me how I will miss her cheerful, inquisitive presence. In our hustle and bustle society we hold people in highest esteem who are busy working for peace and justice or helping others in some way. It is good to honor such efforts, but I believe we miss something when we fail to notice or honor the people who are dealing with serious challenges, but still smile, greet and are interested in the people around them. It shows courage and character. I am humbled and honored to have known Therese. “Enjoy the little things, one day you’ll look back and realize they are big things.” Peace, Roberta
Each Friday at 9 a.m. there is a Jericho Walk at ICE, Knapp & Broadway, to demand no more separations of families and detaining of migrants. Contact Voces de la Frontera
Fri., Dec. 6 --- Free The Fuels. Milwaukee Climate Strike at 10:30 a.m. at Zeidler Park. Let us stop banks like Wells Fargo and Chase from continuing to invest in fossil fields, and start funding renewable energy 350milwaukee.weebly.com
Thurs., Dec. 12 ----Anti-ROTC Vigil at Marquette U. on 14th & Wisconsin Ave. starting at Noon. We ask M.U. to teach nonviolence, as all Christian institutions are commanded by Christ to do.
Thurs., Dec. 19 -----Anti-Gun Vigil at Brew City Shooters Shop, 43rd & Lincoln at Noon. To own a gun is to imagine using it. If you have a gun you are saying it is right to use violence to get your way. This is a “no-no” for Christians.
May we spread the Peace sent to us in the form of a baby.
Happy Birthday, Jesus!
We would like to apologize to you, members of our extended community, for the article in last month’s newsletter. We didn’t do enough research into the author beforehand.
If any of us had done a simple, 3 second internet search, we would have seen that the author is a white supremacist who believes women are second class citizens. He also speaks out against LGBTQ rights, denies the Holocaust and calls immigrants rapists. This is the opposite of the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Worker.
It is unacceptable for us to have published an article by him. It is also unacceptable for us to have published his website. We should have found an article written by a different author.
We ask forgiveness from you, from the greater Catholic Worker community, and from Jesus. We promise to do better in the future. Peace, Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community
Hear about the new broom? It is sweeping the nation. Where do fishermen get their haircuts? At bobber shops. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math distraction. A person sent ten puns to friends, hoping that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did. Golfer: "I'd move heaven & earth to break 100 on this course." Caddy: "Try heaven; you've already moved most of the earth." A man is madly in love with a princess and wants to propose, but an evil witch has cast a spell on him, and he may say only one word a year. So he waits 14 agonizing years. accumulating all his words before coming to his beloved. Finally, the big day arrives. He gathers his nerve, drops to his knees, and says, “My darling, I have waited many years to say this. Will you marry me?” The Princess turns around, smiles, and says, “Pardon?” Why do advertisers use babies, puppies and bears to sell toilet paper? Who takes toilet paper advice from a bear? I can’t cook. I use a smoke alarm as a timer! The King who was ill was upset when the doctor told him he had a “common cold.” In a Catholic school cafeteria, a nun places a note in front of a pile of apples, "Only take one. God is watching." Further down the line is a pile of cookies. A little boy makes his own note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples." Boy: “Mr. Magic, could you pull a rabbit out of your hat?” Mr. Magic: “I would love to, but I just washed my hare, and I can’t do anything with it.”
For the last nine months, the Carrizo/Comecrudo tribe has occupied the land along the so-called border at the Yalui (Butterfly) Village to stop Trump’s 30-foot high concrete and steel border wall. Contractors have now started to survey the land at the 154-year-old Eli Jackson cemetery where Indigenous activists have set up camp. The tribe said, “We’ve had enough. They are digging up our people. Anytime that you dig somebody up and you put them somewhere else, that’s just ethnic cleansing all over again, genocide. We are the original people of this land. We are saying, we do not want your border wall. We are ready to take a stand.”
A recent U.N. report says that Yemen is now “on course to become the world's poorest country” with 79 percent of the population living under the poverty line and 65 percent classified as “extremely poor.” The Yemen Data Project says that 600 civilian structures have been destroyed each month in Yemen, mostly by airstrikes. “Staple food items are now on average 150% higher than before the crisis escalated,” says a 2019 report by the Norwegian Refugee Council. Also teachers, health workers and civil servants in the northern parts of the country haven’t been paid in years. ----Voices for Creative Nonviolence The U.S. spends $700 million a day fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. ----Peace Action WI
The utility industry has already invested $125 billion in nuclear power, with an additional $140 billion to come before the decade is out. It is a huge loss for the U.S. consumer and the utilities. There is still no safe way to get rid of radioactive waste from the nuclear power plants. ----Forbes
The U.S. is the only country in the world that deploys its nuclear weapons in other countries. ---NukeWatch
The average Cold War spending was $350 billion. In 2020, the U.S. is giving the military $750 billion. The U.S. military still cannot account for $21 Trillion it has already received. Out of every dollar of federal discretionary funding 53 cents goes to the military. ---Peace Action
There has been a 158% increase in enrollments in charter schools between 2006 and 2016. The amount allocated by President Trump’s 2018 education budget for school choice programs like charters and e-learning was $1.4 billion. He proposed cutting the overall budget of the education dept. by $9 billion.---Mother Jones
One third of the USA military budget would eliminate poverty in the USA. The poorest 3,500,000,000 people on Earth have less wealth than the 26 richest billionaires. The poor have lost 11% of their wealth in the last decade while the richest are $900 Billion richer. -----NY Times
Today an estimated 6.5 million people in the US have an immediate family member currently incarcerated, and about 113 million , or about half of the adults in the US, have had an immediate family member locked up for at least a night.
Wisconsin spends $1.5 billion on prisons, spending more on corrections than on higher education. It has a higher than average incarceration rate, private prisons, a racist criminal justice system, a broken parole department that has a lack of compassionate release for older people and revocation of parole with no new crime, & many more problems. --MICAH
Our criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 109 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories. If all of our incarcerated people lived in one city it would be larger than Phoenix. Despite a steadily falling crime rate, 2.7 million children (1 in 28) currently have a parent behind bars. More than 5 million children (7 percent of all U.S. children) have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives. “Mary House turned 30 this year, and we’re grateful to still be here, thanks to all of you in our extend family of kind and generous friends, guests, volunteers and donors. In 30 years, you’ve helped Mary House provide more than 5500 overnight stays to traveling families. THANK YOU!! You are all amazing, and we would not be here without all of you.” ---Mary House, Wisconsin Dells WI
Human Rights First stated that So far, only one of the many applicants is known to have won asylum. More than 42,000 people who have legally applied for asylum in the United States have been made to “disappear” into Mexico. --Truth Out
Israel's crimes can finally be judged by the ICC. However, the Attorney General of the ICC (International Criminal Court based at The Hague), Fatou Bensouda, refuses to handle the complaints filed against Israeli crimes, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Buses will be chartered from several major cities (along with organized carpools) to make a one day round-trip to demonstrate before the ICC on Friday, November 29 which will be the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people Also, the U.N. said the United States, Britain and France may be complicit in war crimes by arming the Saudi-led coalition that has led a bombing campaign in Yemen, which has killed tens of thousands since 2015 and caused the death by starvation of an estimated 85,000 children.--UN
NOTES FROM 21ST STREET: The forests are quieter when I walk in them. Many birds have begun the migration south. The silence brings me a sense of loss. I love the sounds and sightings of our wonderful feathered friends. The following are a few of the special moments I have been blessed to enjoy with birds. The time a beautiful Meadowlark perched on a fence post on a midsummer afternoon. The Meadowlarks’ aria filled the glorious summer air with joy. The time I spotted a Ruby Throated hummingbird sipping from an orange columbine flower. The colors and the fragile beauty of plant and bird filled me with awe. The majesty of a Great Grey Owl silently looking at me from the low branch of a pine tree. My first sighting of a Piliated Woodpecker, the haunting call of the loon. All of these experiences have brought me great joy. We are so gifted in so many ways by their presence. Data has been gathered that tell us that all bird populations have plummeted by 3 billion birds across North America since 1970. One in eight bird species are threatened by global extinction due to farming, logging, invasive species, hunting and climate change. We all have to act now in any way we can to stop this tragedy. We should keep our cats in our homes and not outside. They decimate the bird population. For the health of our environment, the birds and our grandchildren we have to act now. Peace, Roberta.
Thurs., Nov. 7 ----Jericho Walk at ICE to stop detentions, Knapp & Broadway, starting at 9am.
Sunday, Nov. 10 ---10:30 am St. Ben’s Parish invites all to celebrate Dorothy Day and the special women in our lives who have inspired and nurtured us. Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, was born on Nov. 8, 1897. A meal made by Camille and Joe Shaw will be served after Mass. Donations will go to the Casa Maria Catholic Worker Houses. On Nov. 13 we celebrate the 48th anniversary of the St. Ben’s Meal Program. The first meal for the hungry was served in 1966 at Casa Maria on the very same meal table that is there today.
Tues., Nov. 12 ----Vigil at Volk Field in Mauston WI followed by a c.d. action to protest the teaching of drone pilots to kill starting at 11:15 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 15 to Nov. 17---School of America’s 30th year of protesting at Ft. Benning GA
Thurs., Nov. 21 --- No More Guns Vigil at the gun shop on 43rd & Lincoln starting at Noon.
In Milwaukee, on Fridays at Noon to 12:45, 350.org activists gather on the corner of Wisconsin Ave. and Water St. to demand that Chase & Wells Fargo Bank, the largest funders of fossil fuel companies in the world, stop investing in the fossil fuel industry. Please join us!
Thurs. Oct. 17th -- Casa Maria Potluck at 6:30pm. Please join us! Feel free to bring a dish to pass or just yourself. At 7pm we will have a discussion with Voces De La Frontera about immigrant rights. 1149 N. 21st Street
NOTES FROM 21ST STREET: The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security is located at 310 E Knapp St. in Milwaukee. This is where people come or are taken to for permission to stay in the U.S. There are monthly vigils for the people who are being sent back to a country from which they are fleeing. There are many demonstrations held in this location opposing the immigration policies of the U.S. government. It was at one of the demonstrations that I noticed a plaque put on the corner of the building. This is exactly what was written on this plaque. “The American dream became a reality on this site in 1914 as a group of intrepid hard-working Greek immigrants built Wisconsin’s First Annunciation Greek Orthodox church. Proud of their heritage, they were strangers in a strange land but, like so many before them, they found this country a melting pot, a place to adapt and assimilate.” I can-not comprehend the irony of this plaque attached to a building where the occupants do the exact opposite of what was done years ago. I truly pray we again welcome people who want to create a new life for themselves in the U.S. May it happen soon. They will enrich our whole society. Peace, Roberta
There are so many families in need of basic items like furniture, beds, appliances, etc. We need people who will help with furniture and food pickups. For years, Jim and Chris have been working hard to keep up with the number of pick ups, and both are not getting any younger. If you can help, please call Don at 414-807-0190 or Jim at 414-552-8128. Also, if you see a city dumpster in our area, please let us know. The city dump is now charging money for us to bring our garbage to the city dump.
What time is it when little white flakes fall past the classroom window. Snow and Tell. A lady opened her re-frigerator and saw a rabbit inside. She said, “What are you doing in here? The rabbit replied, “This is a West-inghouse, isn’t it? Well, I’m westing.” I used to be addicted to soap, but I’m clean now. Which reindeer usually cleans the sink? Comet My friend married someone for his money. She was not subtle about it. She kept calling her fiancé her financier. Turning vegan would be a big missed steak. Jesus is coming. Hopefully before the next election. Church sign: We are still open between Christmas and Easter. What day of the week do eggs fear? Friday. Unbeknown to most theologians, there was a fourth Maji. He was rejected be-cause he brought fruitcake. How do you avoid falling hair? Jump out of the way. Boy: “Mom, Dad just backed the car over my bike.” Mother: “Serves you right son, for leaving it on the front lawn.” I told the dentist to put a tooth in that matches my other tooth. So he put in a tooth with 4 cavities. I told my psychiatrist that I think everyone says I am ugly. The psychiatrist had me lie on the couch facedown. I was on the beach, and I couldn’t find my parents. I told the security guard that I lost my parents. He said, “Yes, I know. There are so many places they could hide.” 1st Turkey: “As the days get shorter, I’m feeling more and more nerv-ous.” 2nd Turkey: “Not me! Every time the farmer walks by I just say “Mooo.”
Trump wants to open 1.5 million acres of Alaskan Refuge for oil drilling by end of the year. Plastic byproducts were found in 97 percent of blood and urine samples from 2,500 children tested between 2014 and 2017, according to a study by the German Environment Ministry and the Robert Koch Institute.---EcoWatch
In Virginia, English colonization sparked dramatic population declines among Native American communities. While Virginia Indians numbered about 50,000 in 1607, by the early twentieth century, only a little over 2,000 remained. Most Americans don’t like to think about genocide as a foundational part of US history, while the English certainly don’t view their forebears as capable of perpetrating the mass killing of indigenous people. However, historian Jeffrey Ostler writes in his book, Surviving Genocide, how genocide is woven into the fabric of North American history. Colonial officials initiated a plan to “drive” the remaining “savages” from the land. The violence directed against the Kikotan people in July 1610 became known as the Kikotan massacre. ---History News Network
A whopping $49 billion has been recently been spent in the US on propping up 15 aging reactors through subsidies and building two new -- and still incomplete -- ones. Despite what others say, nuclear power is not a cost-saver in any cli-mate plan. An obscene $1 trillion is what the world's nuclear armed countries plan to spend on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years.---Beyond Nuclear
Responding to Migrants and Refugees: Catholic leaders from Pope Francis to the US Bishops to our own Wisconsin Confer-ence of Bishops has called on Catholics to reject hateful or inaccurate portrayals of immigrants and work for compassion-ate, humane immigration policies. A group has just formed in the Archdiocese to be in solidarity with those who’ve fled their homelands and advocate for immigration policies that reflect Christian values. For more information about the Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees, contact Mark Peters at 414-427-4273.
There are still 41 people detained at Guantanamo Bay who have not been charged with any crime. Only one has been found guilty of anything, and had no lawyer for legal representation. They may never be released. ---- TruthOut
President Trump has been expanding CIA drone use and reportedly has established a new drone base in Niger, Africa at a cost of $100 million. —Understanding Drones
Ten of the top executives of the Illinois-based non-profit, Dairy Management Inc. are paid with Wisconsin dairy farmers’ milk checks to promote daily products. These executives are paid an average of $800,000 a year. ---Milwaukee Journal
Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have performed an historic public service by giving millions of people facts on why and how their governments deceive them, secretly and often illegally: why they invade countries, and why they send a warning to every journalist and every publisher, the kind of warning that has no place in a democracy. On the Sydney Criminal Lawyers website, journalist Paul Gregoire discussed Assange's declining health with his father, John Shipton, who said: 'His health is not good. He's lost about 15 kilos in weight now – five since I last saw him. And he's in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day, in the hospital ward of the jail. -----Media Lens
Rank of Canada among countries resettling the most refugees in 2019: 1 Minimum number of years which the U.S. previously held that distinction: 59.
Number of the 15 hottest U.S. states that lack universal air-conditioning in their prisons: 13 Percentage of state prisoners who are incarcerated for violating parole or probation: 45. ---Harpers Index
In St. Louis, innocent people awaiting trial have to wear electronic monitoring bracelets which cost them $300 up front, $10 per day, plus a $50 installation fee. People often have to start second jobs, sell TVs and laptops, or take kids out of childcare to pay these fees. Over 200 people in St. Louis were forced to wear these bracelets last year.-----Color of Change
This past spring when Iran was submerged under water. What did the U.S. do? It waged economic sanctions on the country so it could not get outside help and threatened it with military attacks. ---Women Against Military Madness This is no way to create friendships!
Thurs., Oct. 3 ---Jericho Walk at 9 am, in front of ICE at Knapp & Broadway to protest the separation of families and detention of undocumented people. The same day, at n Noon we will have a prayer vigil for the same reason. Please bring signs if you have them. Thanks.
Sat. Oct. 11 ----March on the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Please check their website for details.
Thurs. Oct. 17 ----No ROTC on a Christian Campus Vigil at Noon in front of the Marquette U. Library, 14th & Wisconsin
Thurs. Oct. 24 ---Vigil to Protest Use of Firearms at Noon in front of Brew City Shooters Supply on 43rd & Lincoln.