Again this summer Helen Russell, Mary Anne McCoy and Eileen Fantino are trying to take some of the Puerto Rican children in their neighborhood of East Harlem to the beach for the summer. What we would like to do is to rent a beach bungalow or obtain the use of some other camping facilities, so that the children could spend all their time on the beach in the sun and sea air. We are begging our readers who have children of their own and who realize what slum life is and who want to do something about it, to send contributions for this project to these girls who are living as close as they can to these most needy of our city’s poor folk. Those of you who read my story of Felicia, those of you who have read Eileen Fantino’s stories of the Puerto Ricans (the most recent is an article in the Commonweal for June 11th) know how urgent is the need. Any beach bungalow will cost about $500 for the summer. Please help. As for the food, we’ll think about that later. “A baby is always born with a loaf of bread under its arm,” the Spanish saying is. If they ask Our Father for bread, he won’t give them a stone. D.D.
Dorothy Day (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement along with Peter Maurin. A writer and journalist by trade, she and Maurin founded the Catholic Worker newspaper. Much of her writing on the Catholic Worker Movement website is taken from the newspaper. The Roman Catholic Church is currently considering her cause for canonization.
Summary: In the midst of house renovation the bread line continues. Says those who oppose helping the destitute have an “atheistic attitude.” Appeals for money and describes their “Little Italy” neighborhood. (The Catholic Worker, August 1937, 1, 2. DDLW #324).
Summary: Complains of the lack of help from the Church to promote unions. Forcefully explains the difference between communism and the C.W. and contends that the greatest threat to the Church is the working man’s ignorance of the Church’s social teaching not communism, which is “simply a consequence to the ignorance.” (The Catholic Worker, July-August 1949, 1-2. DDLW #164).
Summary: Hard winter conditions in New York has them working to stay warm. Takes a trip through the Middle West visiting houses of hospitality and describes their work. Applauds the Grail for a philosophy of labor. (The Catholic Worker, December 1940, 1, 4, 7. DDLW #368).
Summary: Reminisces about her involvement with the non-violent revolution of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers–boycotts, pickets, jailings, life with the workers, and worship. (The Catholic Worker, January 1977, 1, 6. DDLW #576).
The New Orleans Item Sunday; January 6, 1924 (P. 11; Special Section)
Summary: Eulogizes Gandhi as a pacifist martyr and a clear example of “divinized humanity.” Sees his death as added to the sacrifice of Christ, sharing in the folly of the cross. Calls his way of non-violence “the full way, because he adhered to an Absolute.” (The Catholic Worker, February 1948, 1. DDLW #463).