Catonsville Nine: The 40th anniversary

posted by Mike on January 16th, 2008

On May 17, 1968, a group of Catholics now known as the “Catonsville Nine” went to the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, took 378 draft files, brought them to the parking lot in wire baskets, dumped them out, poured homemade napalm over them, and set them on fire.

To remember the anniversary of this event, which continues to bear fruit today, we talked with Catonsville Nine member (and our housemate) Tom Lewis. Also part of the conversation is long-time peace activist Emeritus Professor Michael D. True, Ph.D. and Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa).

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  1. On January 16, 2008 at 14:10 Marc Magisana said:

    Thanks for posting this! I enjoyed the interview and found it inspirational. Good to see Tom Lewis on the internet. When is someone going to digitize a retrospective of his artwork so it can be posted on a site? Is it being archived?

    our catholic worker site in Omaha is http://www.no-nukes.org/cwomaha/

  2. On January 16, 2008 at 17:54 Mike said:

    @Marc: Here are some pix from a retrospective of Tom’s art:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mike_benedetti/sets/72157594155090080/

    Here are some pix from the TV show:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mike_benedetti/sets/72157603719198736/

    If you poke around my Flickr account there are also some pix of a mosaic he’s coordinating for the neighborhood.

  3. On January 20, 2008 at 12:29 Marc said:

    I have seen the “Sunflower” woodcut before in “Disciples and Dissidents”. It was larger than I imagined…

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