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Philip Berrigan & Non-Violent Anti-War Activism: Roundtable With Plowshares Activists Jailed for Committing Civil Disobedience

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Upon the death of longtime anti-war and anti-nuclear activist Philip Berrigan, we host a roundtable discussion with his fellow activists who have been jailed for committing acts of civil disobedience. We speak with Tom Lewis-Borbely, who participated in historic civil disobedience actions with Philip Berrigan including in Baltimore in 1967 and Catonsville, Maryland in 1968 to protest the Vietnam War; Kathy Boylan, mother, sanctuary worker and member of the Long Island Catholic Peace Fellowship; Elmer Maas, musician and former college teacher from New York City who was one of the Plowshares 8 in 1980 who entered the General Electric Nuclear Missile Re-entry Division in King of Prussia, PA where nose cones for the Mark 12A warheads were made; John Schuchardt*, ex-Marine, lawyer, father and member of Jonah House, who was also a member of the Plowshares 8 in 1980; Dean Hammer, father and member of the Plowshares 8, who on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1983 as part of the Griffis Plowshares entered Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY and hammered and poured blood on a B-52 bomber converted to carry cruise missiles as well as on B-52 engines; Ackie Allen, nursery school teacher from Hartford, Connecticut who participated in the Griffis Plowshares in 1983, which became the first Plowshares case to be tried in Federal Court and ended when they were acquitted by a jury of sabotage, but they were convicted of conspiracy and destruction of government property; Kathleen Rumpf, prison advocate from Syracuse, New York who is a member of the Catholic Worker movement and has been arrested more than 100 times during a lifetime of activism for peace and justice; Rev. John Dear, S.J., Jesuit priest, pastor, peace activist, organizer, lecturer, retreat leader, and the author and editor of 20 books on peace and justice. He been arrested over 75 times in acts of civil disobedience; and spent nearly a year in prison for a Plowshares disarmament action.

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