In May 1968, during the Vietnam War ine people walked into a Selective Service Office, in Catonsville Maryland U.S.A., took hundreds of draft files from a cabinet, took them outside, doused them with homemade napalm and burned them in the name of peace. It raised serious questions about nonviolent resistance to the U.S. war in Vietnam. The action had a major effect on the trajectory of many of our lives and initiated a praxis that today engages U.S. wars in Iraq & Afghanistan
Footage of action….
Footage – Phil Berrigan’s Final Warning (R.I.P. Dec. 02) (6 mins)
Phil, a WW2 combat veteran, spent 13 of the last 30 year’s of his life in prison for
nonviolent resistance to U.S. war and war preparations.
Interviews with Tim Robins, Martin Sheen & other Hollywood stars following their performance of Dan Berrigan’s play “The Trial of the Catonsville 9” (2 mins 40 secs)
Website Background on the Catonsville 9 action and pariticipants
Photos – Liz McAlister, Frieda Berrigan, Catholic Workers and Iraq Veterans celebrate 40th. anniversary of Catonsville 9 with peace presence at Andrews AFB Air Show last Saturday May 17, 2008
National Public Radio – All Things Considered, May 17, 2008 Echoes of 1968:
Fire Sparked Push to End Vietnam War – 12 minute
On May 17, 1968, a quiet suburb of Baltimore became the flashpoint of
the movement to end the Vietnam War.
Nine members of the Roman Catholic Church broke into a Selective
Service office in Catonsville, Md., and stole hundreds of files
containing the draft records of young American men about to be sent to
Vietnam. Using homemade napalm, the group — which became known as the
“Catonsville Nine” — set the papers on fire.