Dorothy Day was a rebel rouser in the early parts of the 20th century, working for the woman's right movement. She even got arrested for her protesting. After having a child and meeting Peter Maurin, she worked for the rights of poor individuals across America. It was her connection with Peter and the baptism of her child that inspired her to get connected with the Catholic Church and become interested in the Franciscan Ideals. Her work created housing for those who had none, even in St. Paul.
Dorothy has some central beliefs about how a Christian should love the poor and show that love to them. Her main point throughout the essay that was published in The Catholic Worker is that love conquers all, and that all should love. Her article is specific to loving the poor among us. She mentions at least twice that we should "See...Christ in them" (p. 416). Dorothy admits that this is not an easy task and that others won't understand the love we have. They will say, "It serves them right, drinking up their clothes" to which her response is "God help us if we got just what we deserved!" (p. 417). She cites the story of Hosea in the Bible as an example that we should follow. He loved his wandering mistress throughout many hardships and we should love others just as strongly.
Dorothy Day's activism for human rights is closely related to Shane Claiborne's. If I recall correctly Shane cites Dorothy's work in his book and draws on her work as examples of how to live your life. Similar to Shane's calls for moral revival in the hearts and actions of Americans, Dorothy says that we should not eat "food produced under" unfair conditions (p. 418). We should live among the poor (Shane also supports this idea) and work manual labor jobs for the love of Christ. I'm not sure if Shane is as adamant about working manual labor, but he did mention that this was a great way to assure that working conditions were fair and good. On Page 420 Dorothy Day mentions that someone suggested that they all "go and live on a farm." I feel like a removed community that is self reliant and takes care of those in it would be Shane Clairborn's idea of a perfect community.