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By Angelo Lopez on December 24, 2010

Last week was both a happy time and a sad time for me as I read the news of Congress. Last Saturday, Congress voted 65 to 31 to pass a stand alone bill repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, after the House passed the bill 250 to 174. It was an important promise that President Obama kept for the 13,000 military soldiers who have been dismissed since the Don't Ask Don't Tell was implemented in the Clinton administration. Sadly, though, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, better known as the DREAM Act, was voted down 55 to 41, falling shy of the 60 votes required to limit debate and move forward, essentially killing the legislation for this congressional session. The measure would have offered young illegal immigrants a path to citizenship if they pursue a college degree or enlist in the armed forces. For myself, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the fight for the Dream Act were both important civil rights issues and while I was happy about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, I was sad about the failure of the Dream Act to pass the Congress.

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By Angelo Lopez on December 8, 2010

In the early 1930s, Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day conceived of a newspaper called the The Catholic Worker. Dorothy Day was a radical anarchist who was heavily involved in the leftist political movements of the 1910s and 1920s before she converted to Catholicism, and she wedded her radical convictions to her new Catholic spirituality. Peter Maurin was a devout itinerant Catholic who disdained both capitalism and marxism, believing instead in an economic and political philosophy based on the Catholic Social Philosophy. As well as finding the Catholic Worker newspaper, Peter Maurin wanted to found Houses of Hospitality to care for the homeless and unemployed. Maurin's vision of Houses of Hospitality combined with Day's experiences with unions and social movements and soon Catholic Worker communities were formed all over the nation. Today, the Catholic Worker communities live on, advocating for the poor, for immigrants and against war.

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