The biggest challenge of the day is how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution that has to start with each one of us. — Dorothy Day (1897-1980)
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. — Frederick Douglass (1818 – 1895)
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In Black and White
The latest issue of The Catholic Worker came today. Leading page 1 is a reprinted article by Christina Ellsberg that begins:
“In the hours and days following the massacre of an unknowable number of hundreds of thousands of residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers christened it ‘the greatest scientific achievement in history.’ President Harry Truman went on the air in grainy black and white to describe it as a victorious ‘scientific gamble’: ‘We won,’ he said simply.”
Over it, the headline “People of God, Rise and Disarm.”
Elsewhere on page 1:
* A reprinted 1959 essay by Dorothy Day titled “On Pilgrimage.” Its third paragraph reads: “We also know that religion, as the Marxists have always insisted, has, too often, like an opiate, tended to put people to sleep to the reality and the need for the present struggle for peace and justice….”
* What looks like a woodcut by Fritz Eichenberg. In it a perching eagle surveys a scene in which a young Angela Davis lookalike astride a lion holds aloft a dove, as a bear, a lamb and a panther stand nearby and a dragon naps, while in the background another dragon straddles an airborne rocket trailing smoke.
The publication is in black-and-white on newsprint. Among other things the eight-page October-November issue also includes a look back at the police shootings of unarmed black Jackson State (Mississippi) students 40 years ago last May 4; Dorothy Day’s funeral homily 30 years ago this Dec. 2 in New York City, and book reviews.
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