Thursday, November 8, 2007

On November 8, ...

... 1897 (110 years ago today), Dorothy Day (left) was born in Brooklyn, New York. She and her family lived through the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, then moved to Chicago. At age 19, after having studied 2 years at the University of Illinois, Day moved to New York, where she began writing for socialist newspapers. Active in antiwar and other "hot-button issues of the day," "women's rights, free love, and birth control," in her early years Day terminated a pregnancy by abortion, married and divorced, and gave birth to a child outside of marriage. She had the child baptized Catholic, an indicator of her movement toward working for social change within that religion. In 1933 Day cofounded a social movement and newspaper, both known as Catholic Worker. To this day Workers, sworn to poverty, work with and among America's poorest inner-city neighborhoods.
... 2002 (5 years ago today), U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441 won unanimous approval. Invoking coercive powers granted it by Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, the Council declared Iraq, and thereby its President, Saddam Hussein, in "material breach" of prior weapons inspections mandates, and gave Iraq a "final opportunity" to submit to intensified weapons inspections.

1 comment:

Patrick S. O'Donnell said...

Thanks for mentioning Dorothy Day. This really brought back memories, as the last paper I wrote in graduate school was on the philosophy of the Catholic Worker movement. Should anyone be interested, I would recommend the following books:

Coles, Robert. A Spectacle Unto the World: The Catholic Worker Movement. New York: Viking, 1973.

Coles, Robert. Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1987.

Cornell, Thomas C. and James H. Forest, eds. A Penny a Copy: Readings from the Catholic Worker. New York: Macmillan, 1968.

Coy, Patrick, ed. A Revolution of the Heart: Essays on the Catholic Worker. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1988.

Ellsberg, Robert, ed. By Little and By Little: The Selected Writings of Dorothy Day. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983.

O’Connor, June E. The Moral Vision of Dorothy Day: A Feminist Perspective. New York: Crossroad, 1991.

Piehl, Mel. Breaking Bread: The Catholic Worker Movement and the Origins of Catholic Radicalism in America. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1982.

Roberts, Nancy L. Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1984.