Monthly Archives: October 2009

HOUSE NEWS: Rudy is home, thanks to the CIW and a relatively light week

Dear friends,

For a complete schedule for this week, click here.

Friends from the CIW

Friends from the CIW

COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS: It is always such a great honor for us to host our friends from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers whenever they come to town–whether just coming through on one of their educational tours or stopping by to lead us in a rally or protest on behalf of a fair and just food system. To see photos of their visit with us this past weekend, click here.  Special thanks to everyone who showed up either Saturday at UF or Publix or on Sunday at the house for breakfast. Your solidarity and help was very much appreciated! To keep up with the CIW and their efforts to get Publix to sit down and talk to them, visit http://www.ciw-online.org.

THE RETURN OF RUDY: Some of you might have seen yesterday our message about Rudy. Rudy went missing for about 3.5 hours yesterday, but luckily, as I was putting up fliers on the block around our house, two young people drove by with a small, familiar dog in their car. When they got out to look at the sign down the block, I knew that much to Rudy’s benefit, he had been picked up and found by some folks susceptible to his charms. Thanks Tanya and Mike for bringing him back to us!

FLORIDA-GEORGIA COURTESY OF JUSTFAITH: The good folks from JustFaith are providing snack food and beverages this Saturday at 3:30pm for our friends who will be stopping by to take in the game at the house. For other folks interested in weekend projects like this one, contact us anytime and we’ll work out a good weekend that works for you and our guests and friends.

ROUNDTABLE WITH THE WOMEN FROM ARBOR HOUSE: Miriam, the Program Coordinator at Arbor House (AH), will be bringing 3 moms from AH to share about their program at this week’s Roundtable on Thursday at 6pm. AH is a Christian Maternity Home & Motherhood Community for adult homeless women. They offer long term transitional housing while the women further their education. The goal is to enhance their academic or career qualifications so that they can earn closer to a living wage & be able to better support their family. The women attend daily classes at AH that include life skills, Bible Study, parenting, health & wellness & more. Three afternoons per week they are paid to work on site in the Cottage Industry making cloth bags & purses, greeting cards, quilts & more. The women will share some of the items they have made on Thursday night & tell you about themselves & their goals. Bring a dish to share if you can!

A RELATIVELY LIGHT WEEK: Looking over the schedule for this week, I noticed that it seems a little lighter than normal. For all the help over the past several extra busy weeks, we thank you, as always. You are all wonderful and we are grateful for your continuing presence and support.

In peace,

John

HOUSE NEWS: Farmworkers’ rights, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, healthcare reform and more

Dear friends,

For a complete list of events at the house this week, click here.

SOLIDARITY WITH FARMWORKERS: We’re honored to have members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers stay with us this weekend as they come to Gainesville as part of a month-long series of protests aimed at encouraging Publix supermarkets to join them at the negotiating table. You’ll have several opportunities to meet with the farmworkers while in town: 1) At 2pm on Saturday on the UF campus at a protest directed at Aramark, the food service provider; 2) at 4pm that same day at the Publix supermarket on University Ave and 34th Street; 3) at the Civic Media Center for a film and educational event also on Saturday at 6pm; and 4) at the GCW on Sunday morning (around 8am) for breakfast. We encourage folks to come out in support of the workers. If you join us Sunday morning for breakfast, let us know if you can bring some juice or fruit to share. For more on the CIW, visit http://www.ciw-online.org.

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL: Twice a month on Wednesdays, we feature a movie at the GCW for anyone who would like to attend. This week, Kim has chosen to share the film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a powerful story about how Liberian women brought the civil war in that African country to an end. Movie will start at 7pm. Join us if you can!

ROUNDTABLE ON HEALTHCARE: We’re excited to have this week’s roundtable on healthcare, a topic for which there has been a lot of misinformation and demagoguery in the national media. Dave Chynoweth, longtime member of the GCW and retired UF professor, will lead us in a discussion on healthcare in the U.S., reform and more. Bring a dish to share on Thursday at 6pm if you can!

HOW ABOUT LIVING AT THE GCW FOR A SEMESTER? Each semester, we invite folks who are interested in what it is like to live and work at the Gainesville Catholic Worker to consider spending a semester with us. This semester-long immersion experience is called the Metanoia semester, and if you think you might be interested, let us know so we can talk. We’d like to have our “house community” set for the January-May 2010 semester by mid- to late-November. So if you’re interested in living and working as part of an intentional, faith-based community, get in touch with John or Kelli.

In peace,

John

HOUSE NEWS: The Blue House is turning green (literally)

Dear friends,

For a complete calendar of events for the house this week, click here.

First, let me welcome all the new folks who signed up to join our email list at my workshop in Jacksonville last weekend, our anniversary party last Sunday, and after Masses at St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center where I spoke yesterday. If you’re new to the email list, we typically send out a quick email on Monday mornings letting folks know what is happening at the house this week and inviting you to join us for any project that interests you. And if you’re on Facebook, feel free to join our group there too!

BLUE HOUSE GOES GREEN (LITERALLY): Over the past few weeks, we’ve been really blessed to have Danny, a long-term guest with us, fixing up a number of things around the house. From building and putting in new window screens to pulling out rotten wood on the frame and replacing it, the house is undergoing a steady transformation. But this weekend at Danny’s urging, we got bold and decided to paint the house, a project long on our list of things to do. So if you come by this week, you’ll see that the “Blue House” is slowly becoming the “Green House.” We like it and we hope you will too.

COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS TO GAINESVILLE, OCTOBER 24-25: Our good friends from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will be in Gainesville with us the weekend of October 24-25 and they are looking to speak to groups, especially churches, on Sunday morning, October 25. Here’s the scoop:

“Farmworkers of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will be visiting Gainesville on the weekend of Oct. 24th and 25th and are available to share in congregations about the conditions faced by farmworkers and how people of faith can join in improving them. They are available for Minute for Missions or a presentation after services or to share with youth or adults at religious education classes. The CIW is a community-based farmworker organization that has uncovered and assisted the US Department of Justice in prosecuting six cases of modern-day slavery in the Florida fields, freeing over 1,000 workers. Members of the CIW have been recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, 2007 Anti-Slavery International Award, and the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award. For more information or if you are interested in having a farmworker share with your congregation, please contact Brigitte at info@interfaithact.org or 239-986-0688.”

If you think your church/synagogue/mosque might be interested, contact Brigitte. More information on other events with the CIW for that weekend will be posted next week.

YES WE CAN…CHANGE THE WORLD: Our roundtable-potluck this Thursday is entitled “Yes, We Can Change the World,” and will be led by the GCW’s own Kimberly Hunter. Each of us changes the world somehow each day with our words and actions. Why not use our power, intelligence, and energy to work for positive, achievable change right here at home in Gainesville? Come out and join other Gainesville residents as we decide which issue(s) to tackle first and how to organize and begin. You can read more about Kim’s plans on Facebook. Bring a dish to share if you can!

RECAP OF LAST WEEK: A quick thanks to all of the folks who have been donating socks at St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center the past few weeks through the Christian Service Ministry there. We have received hundreds of sock and we’re now running a “sock exchange” out of the house, exchanging people’s dirty socks for clean ones, then washing the dirty ones and passing those on as needed. We almost had one of our friends die last year from a bad

Go Gators, Beat LSU!

Go Gators, Beat LSU!

infection that began with his feet, after wearing the same pair of socks for weeks. So thanks to all who have contributed.  Also, we had our largest cafe to date this year last Wednesday, with over 130 turning out for Santa Fe Chowder, apparently a new favorite soup of many. And we had about 20-25 folks join us for the Gator-LSU game Saturday night. All-in-all, a busy week, and we’re grateful to all of you who helped out, contributed, and so on. Many, many thanks!

Have a great week!

In peace,

John

ACTION: Coalition of Immokalee Workers to Gainesville, October 24-25

Dear friends,

Our good friends from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will be in Gainesville the weekend of October 24-25. They’ll be staying here with us at the Blue House. They are looking to speak to groups, especially churches, on Sunday morning, October 25. Read the blurb below:

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

“Farmworkers of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will be visiting Gainesville on the weekend of Oct. 24th and 25th and are available to share in congregations about the conditions faced by farmworkers and how people of faith can join in improving them. They are available for Minute for Missions or a presentation after services or to share with youth or adults at religious education classes. The CIW is a community-based farmworker organization that has uncovered and assisted the US Department of Justice in prosecuting six cases of modern-day slavery in the Florida fields, freeing over 1,000 workers. Members of the CIW have been recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, 2007 Anti-Slavery International Award, and the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award. For more information or if you are interested in having a farmworker share with your congregation, please contact Brigitte at info@interfaithact.org or 239-986-0688.”

If anyone is interested, contact Brigitte.

Peace,

John

HOUSE NEWS: Photos from the party, new newsletter, and Capitalism!

Bones and Kimberly at the GCW 2009 Anniversary Party

Bones and Kimberly at the GCW 2009 Anniversary Party

Dear friends,

For the schedule for this week, click here.

GCW ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Thanks to everyone who joined us yesterday for the anniversary party. It was a fantastic day, with a ton of people dropping by, hanging our and celebrating with us between 1-4pm. We’re grateful to everyone who brought food and drink, especially the JustFaith group from San Juan del Rio Catholic Church over near Jacksonville. You can see photos from the day on our Flickr account here. We’re also grateful to everyone who posted notes on our Facebook page for the event. Some folks also asked about how they could help with a contribution toward the work we do at the house. If you want to make a gift, you can make a check out to the GCW and send it to us at the house address, 218 NW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, 32601. Thanks again to everyone for a very special day!

LATEST GCW NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE: We also published our first newsletter in a year, just in time for the party yesterday. You can see the newsletter by clicking here or send us your address if you’d like to be added to our mailing list and receive a hard copy in the mail.

SPECIAL VIEWING OF “CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY”: We’ll be taking a group of people to see the new Michael Moore movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” for the 7pm showing on Tuesday of this week. If you want to join us, meet at the GCW between 6-6:30pm for a ride to the theater. We’ve been given a gift to cover the cost of a number of tickets for the show but if anyone else wants to chip in so we can take as many people as possible, please let us know. Thanks! For more on the movie, click here to read Kelli’s thoughts.

ROUNDTABLE ON RITUAL, PERFORMANCE AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS: Join us this week as GCW regular Leah Sarat, a PhD student in the religion department at UF joins us to lead a roundtable on “Working Playfully and Playing Workfully: Understanding Ritual, Performance and Creativity.” Leah will be leading us in an exploration of ritual, performance, and the creative process, with the hope of gaining some insights that can be applied to our social justice work. We’ll talk a bit about the relationship between ideas and action, body and mind, and the role of memory in ritual. Bring a dish to share if you can!

Hope you’ll join us this week for any of these activities and more!

In peace,

John

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