One thing about the homeless who congregate near the Civic Center complex in Santa Ana: they can count on meals provided by Christians, including members of Orange County Rescue Mission, the Mariners churches of Irvine and Mission Viejo and, I'd argue most dependably, the Catholic Worker of Santa An ... More >>
Outside of Unitarian Universalist, the Catholic Worker, and Metropolitan Community Church congregations, O.C. churches are notoriously conservative--like, hate-the-queers/bomb Iran conservative. So color us shocked when a Facebook pal of ours posted the following picture of the marquee outside Brea ... More >>
Each of the South Orange County Community College District's two main campuses is dealing with the recent tragic death of a beloved student.Irvine Valley College adult learner Mikel Anthony Williams, 55, became the 10th murder victim in Anaheim on Aug. 30. Newly enrolled Saddleback College student C ... More >>
Jam will be flowing at the Catholic Worker's Isaiah House in Santa Ana Saturday.So will jams.The neighborhood homeless shelter is combining an event where jam is made for the homeless and jams are made by jazz musicians whose music will be playing.
And you thought you had it rough: Esther Adler was physically abused by a family member from age 3 and forced into becoming a caregiver to her handicapped mother at age 8. She ran away from her ultra-conservative Jewish family but was later "married off" at 18 to a controlling, abusive husban ... More >>
Summer here is bliss, better than anyplace else in the States
After the Catholic Worker, my favorite batch of religious folks are the various Unitarian-Universalist (UU) congregations in Orange County. I've spoken at the Fellowship at Laguna Beach, will speak at Tapestry in Mission Viejo next weekend, and have long-haunted the Anaheim congregation. They are ... More >>
Nice meal if you can get it...I spent the Sunday after Christmas at Isaiah House, the base for the Orange County Catholic Worker, one of the biggest batch of mensches in Orange County. The chica and I arrived shortly after they had just prepared a free meal for anyone who needed it, and given the ... More >>
Happy Quinceañera to us! A look back at 15 years of telling the other side (that is, the real side) of OC's story
UPDATE: After hearing the Catholic Workers concerns, Santa Ana city officials contacted the contractor who agreed to move the fence between the benches and the grass. Ta da!Have a seat.Santa Ana's Civic Center is picking on the homeless again, according to Orange County's best Catholic, Dwight Sm ... More >>
All for one and one for OC Healthcare for All.OC Healthcare for All and other groups peeved about the current health-care debate march to the Ronald Reagan Federal Building in downtown Santa Ana tonight and rally in support of the following message:Both sides--the ones personified by President Ba ... More >>
So Purpose Driven® Rick Warren is blaming his no-show on the ABC news program This Week because he sniffed too many fumes at the pulpit? Is this the beginning to a bad Catholic joke? And Warren is still insisting that every culture in human history has defined marriage as between a man and a woman, ... More >>
www.centerfortruth.org*Updated, with new info on the bottom...Gracias to those of you who listened last week to my debut on KPFK-FM 90.7 and left supportive comments (rest of you can listen to the archived version here; scroll down to "Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, 4:03 p.m. and click "Play"--never mind ... More >>
There were just a few couples waiting to get married this morning at the old historic courthouse in downtown Santa Ana, but by 9 a.m.—an hour after the county clerk/recorder's office opened—what had been a trickle had turned into a flood. The occasion, of course, was the first hour that same-sex ... More >>
Movie of the Week: New Year Baby
Everyone Has AIDS! (AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS, AIDS!)
A Simple Story: If you lived here, youd be homeless by now
FOURTH AMENDMENT: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to b ... More >>
Now love it or leave it
As homeless gather for census dinner, county officials are out to lunch
Rude Guerrillas annoy when they should be entertaining
A radicals journey from thin mints to the classroom
Homeless kids spend Good Friday in shadow of Santa Anas Glamour Slammer
And its one, two, threewhat are we dining for?
Rocking, rolling and water guns
And now Im loving Charlies Angels!
Taking a whack at this newfangled objective thing
And hey! Why not free Ireland while youre at it?
Animal rights, A Civil Action and other teenage drivel
Just another day for you and me in paradise
And other tales from the political season
And let me perform reparative therapy on the drag queens!
Death, taxes and the self-inflicted stupidity of Three Strikes
Scowling, butt-grinding guy is on the loose