Dorothy Day was Woke. You should be woke too.

Dorothy Day was Woke. You should be woke too. April 22, 2022

Dorothy Day. Source, Wikimedia Commons by Felton Davis at


Dorothy Day was woke.

In a time when right wing bishops preach GQP fascism instead of the “option for the poor” they claim to believe, you should follow Jesus Who said, “If you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to Me.”

Dorothy Day was woke. You should be woke too.

From The New Yorker:

Day’s Catholic Worker Movement would serve the poor in more than two hundred communities. Under her guidance, it would also develop a curiously dichotomous political agenda, taking prophetic stands against racial segregation, nuclear warfare, the draft, and armed conflict around the world, while opposing abortion, birth control, and the welfare state. That dichotomy seems especially stark today, when most people’s beliefs come more neatly packaged by partisan affiliation. But by the time she died, in 1980, Day had become one of the most prominent thinkers of the left and doers of the right. In her lifetime, it was the secularists—including Dwight Macdonald, in a two-part Profile published in this magazine, in 1952—who called Day a saint. Now, though, the cause of her sainthood is officially advancing within the Catholic Church, a development that has occasioned a new biography and a documentary, both of which explore the contentious question of who owns her legacy.

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