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May 11, 2008
In 1968, Brendan Walsh and his wife, Willa Bickham, founded Viva House, Baltimore Catholic Worker. Over the 40 years it has served primarily as a soup kitchen, food pantry and hospitality house. Also in 1968, he worked to support the Catonsville Nine, a group of nonviolent activists who took 1-A draft records from the Selective Service Office in Catonsville and burned them with homemade napalm to protest the Vietnam War. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of that action, he will join a group traveling to Andrews Air Force Base Saturday to protest the Iraq war. Later that night, Viva House will hold a memorial service for Tom Lewis, one of the Catonsville Nine, who died last month.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
In a quiet block in Southwest Baltimore, a warm wind blows plastic bags along a sidewalk. Boarded-up rowhomes line the streets. A pile of mattresses rests on a trash heap in someone's former backyard. A lonely placard reads, "Stop shooting - start living. " The images reflect the lost optimism of a neighborhood that lost more than 40,000 residents between 1980 and 2010. But a few yards down a side alley, there's a place with a different feel. Scores of locals sit chatting in a tree-shaded garden, their conversation mingling with the tinkle of wind chimes.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
In a quiet block in Southwest Baltimore, a warm wind blows plastic bags along a sidewalk. Boarded-up rowhomes line the streets. A pile of mattresses rests on a trash heap in someone's former backyard. A lonely placard reads, "Stop shooting - start living. " The images reflect the lost optimism of a neighborhood that lost more than 40,000 residents between 1980 and 2010. But a few yards down a side alley, there's a place with a different feel. Scores of locals sit chatting in a tree-shaded garden, their conversation mingling with the tinkle of wind chimes.
NEWS
May 11, 2008
In 1968, Brendan Walsh and his wife, Willa Bickham, founded Viva House, Baltimore Catholic Worker. Over the 40 years it has served primarily as a soup kitchen, food pantry and hospitality house. Also in 1968, he worked to support the Catonsville Nine, a group of nonviolent activists who took 1-A draft records from the Selective Service Office in Catonsville and burned them with homemade napalm to protest the Vietnam War. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of that action, he will join a group traveling to Andrews Air Force Base Saturday to protest the Iraq war. Later that night, Viva House will hold a memorial service for Tom Lewis, one of the Catonsville Nine, who died last month.
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By Sloane Brown | April 18, 1999
Some 150 guests were in a whirl at a tea dance to benefit Viva House. They gathered in the Charles Room at the Belvedere to dance to the tunes of the Helmut Licht band, and to raise about $3,000 for the Southwest Baltimore soup kitchen.Viva House founders Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham, and their daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Dave Walsh-Little, were honored by supporters including Fred Davis, retired U.S. Weather Service meteorologist; Bonnie Rosenblatt, assistant principal of Park Lower School; John Kenny, partner at White, Miller, Kenny & Vettori; and Carole Weinberg and Buddy Hash, Le Triolet ballroom dance teachers.
NEWS
March 30, 2011
It is appropriate that we worry about the 13 people who were caught "Partying on the city's dime" (March 29). But where is the outrage for the "too big to fail gang" of Wall Street bankers who fleeced the common folks, gambled away the lives of so many hard-working citizens and caused world-wide economic robbery? When will they be apprehended and brought to justice? When will we seize their champagne and thwart their unbridled arrogance? An old English verse helps us to understand what is going on: "The law locks up both man and woman who steal the goose from off the common.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Religion Editor of The Sun | March 2, 1991
A dozen Roman Catholics quietly demonstrating for world justice and peace yesterday at Baltimore's Inner Harbor insisted their methods as well as their goals were lawful, but city police did not see it that way.Brendan Walsh, leader of the group, was arrested at noon as he prayed on his knees in front of the World Trade Center on East Pratt Street. He was charged with violating a park rule that prohibits "advertising without a permit or license" in the downtown waterfront area.One of the purposes of the demonstration, Mr. Walsh said, was to urge Lenten fasting "as a prayer and a moral force."
SPORTS
May 18, 2000
Baseball Major League Baseball: Named Lucy Calautti director of federal relations. Brewers: Placed P Curtis Leskanic on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 12, with cellulitis of groin. Recalled P Ray King from Triple-Indianapolis. Giants: Placed P Joe Nathan on 15-day DL, retroactive to May 13, with right shoulder tendinitis. Recalled P Ben Webber from Triple-A Fresno. Indians: Signed P Jason Davis. Royals: Optioned PChad Durbin to Triple-A Omaha. Purchased contract of PPaul Spoljaric from Omaha.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1995
A group of panhandlers protested yesterday at City Hall and at the Baltimore Sun building, charging that statements by the mayor and a newspaper editorial unfairly portrayed the homeless community.Led by the founders of Viva House, a soup kitchen in Southwest Baltimore, the protesters tried to serve stones to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Sun editors.The group's slogan, "We ask for bread you give us stones," was written in black ink on the bottom of the foam plates.They are upset with Mr. Schmoke's comments two weeks ago in which he urged people to give money to charities instead of to panhandlers.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
Most likely we all agree that the Boston bombing was cowardly, senseless, dastardly. It cries out for justice. And just about every cop in the universe was on this case, big time. But what about all the drone bombings in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iraq? Aren't these cowardly and unconstitutional and senseless acts of injustice? Who gives those orders? Who carries them out? Innocent men, women and children are just wiped out in an instant! When will the murderers be brought to a court of law?
NEWS
September 19, 2013
Unlike Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, we do have regrets regarding the wisdom of sponsoring the Baltimore Grand Prix and similar events ( "Rawlings-Blake: No regrets on the Grand Prix," Sept. 16). First, let's be clear. The Baltimore portrayed in "The Wire" is the clearest picture of what has been happening in this city for decades. It is a bitter pill to swallow. We've lived in Baltimore for 45 years, almost half a century. During this period we have served over a million meals, distributed at least 650 tons of non-perishable food to our neighbors and seen the suffering continue unabated.
NEWS
April 14, 2009
Bon Secours is key to the area's health At Viva House, we have been proud neighbors of Bon Secours Hospital for 40 years ("Bon Secours seeks a lifeline," April 9). This hospital has always been the rock of the neighborhood. Indeed, at our soup kitchen it is common to hear people say, "You can always go to Bon Secours; they won't turn you away." Over the last four decades, many have fled the neighborhood. The library at Calhoun Street and the one at Payson Street have left. The firehouse on Casey Street is gone.
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