Christian anarchism meets occupy Wall Street
Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement, would have rejoiced to see the Occupy Wall Street protesters, according to this interesting article In The East Village, Christian Anarchy Meets Occupy Wall Street – The Local East Village Blog – NYTimes.com:
Soon after legendary folk singer Loudon Wainwright III finished performing for cheering protesters in Zuccotti Park yesterday afternoon, telling them that the Occupy Wall Street encampment reminded him of the 1968 “Summer of Love,” a Catholic Worker band called the Filthy Rotten System showed up.
Bud Courtney, who plays banjo in the group, said its decidedly unholy name came from the late Dorothy Day, who started the Christian-anarchist Catholic Worker Movement 78 years ago with Peter Maurin during the Great Depression. She is now being considered for sainthood by the Catholic Church.
The full article is certainly worth reading, and it ends up with In The East Village, Christian Anarchy Meets Occupy Wall Street – The Local East Village Blog – NYTimes.com:
Last Friday night, Ms. Sammon greeted a much larger gathering of people who had come to Maryhouse to hear a talk by peace activist Jim Forest, who in 1968 was imprisoned for more than a year after burning draft files along with thirteen others (mostly Catholic clergy members). He once served as managing editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper and has published a new biography of Dorothy Day, whom he knew personally. When Mr. Forest, 70, concluded his reminiscences, a woman in the auditorium asked how he felt Ms. Day might respond to the goings-on in Zuccotti Park if she were alive today.
Mr. Forest didn’t hesitate in his reply: “Dorothy would be thrilled,” he said. “But she wouldn’t here,” he added, referring to Maryhouse. “She’d be down there [in Zuccotti Park].”
Last year I wrote a review of Love Is the Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day by Jim Forest. I’m looking forward to reading his revised and updated version, as soon as it becomes available locally in South Africa. Jim Forest, who recently retired as the editor of In Communion, the journal of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship writes about his journalistic experience: A Letter from the (Retiring) Editor | In Communion: “The first publication of real consequence that I worked with was The Catholic Worker. Its monthly print run was about 90,000 copies and its circulation was international. Encouraged by Dorothy Day, I acquired enough experience eventually to be appointed managing editor. Later on I was assistant editor of a monthly magazine called Liberation, whose focus at the time was on civil rights and whose authors included James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin and Martin Luther King.”