Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. In this US election year, Democracy Now! is more important than ever. For 20 years, we’ve put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power. We lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. A generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar if you donate right now. That means when you give $10, your donation will be worth $20. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you every day.

Your Donation: $

Philip Berrigan

March 17, 2000
Story
WATCH FULL SHOW

On December 19, Philip Berrigan and a group of activists calling themselves Plowshares Vs. Depleted Uranium (Susan Crane of Baltimore’s Jonah House, the Rev. Stephen Kelley from New York City, and Elizabeth Walz, a Catholic worker from Philadelphia) disarmed two A-10 Warthog (Fairchild Thunderbolt II) aircraft. The aircraft were located at the Maryland National Guard base in Middle River, Maryland. The activists hammered and poured blood on A-10s because the Warthog, used against Iraq and Yugoslavia, has a gun which fires depleted uranium ammunition.

The four activists appeared in court on Monday, and now face three charges, including malicious destruction of property, conspiracy to maliciously destroy property, and trespassing. Supporters of the Plowshares Vs. Depleted Uranium will be arriving in Baltimore to participate in a demonstration and attend the legal proceedings.

Guest:

  • Philip Berrigan, longtime anti-war activist and one of the founders of the Plowshares Movement and of Jonah House. He was a member of the "Catonsville Nine" who burned draft records during the Vietnam War, and has spent over 10 years in prison for his anti-war activities. From prison in Maryland. Call Jonah House: 410.233.6238.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.