Sunday, 1 May 2016

Thank you Daniel Berrigan for your courage and activism

"The Berrigan brothers (Daniel and Philip) entered a draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, on May 17, 1968, with seven other activists and removed records of young men about to be shipped off to Vietnam. The group took the files outside and burned them in garbage cans.

The Catonsville Nine, as they came to be known, were convicted on federal charges accusing them of destroying U.S. property and interfering with the Selective Service Act of 1967. All were sentenced on Nov. 9, 1968 to prison terms ranging from two to 3.5 years.

When asked in 2009 by "America," a national Catholic magazine, whether he had any regrets, Berrigan replied: "I could have done sooner the things I did."

Mr. Berrigan was one of my heroes back in the '60 and remains so today. We need more people like him. People who are willing to fight against war and violence.

Read the story on CTV News

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