Doing Time for Peace : Resistance, Family, and Community

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  • Copyright: 2013-01-07
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt Univ Pr

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In this compelling collection of oral histories, more than seventy-five peacemakers describe how they say no to war-making in the strongest way possible--by engaging in civil disobedience and paying the consequences in jail or prison. These courageous resisters leave family and community and life on the outside in their efforts to direct U.S. policy away from its militarism. Many are Catholic Workers, devoting their lives to the works of mercy instead of the works of war. They are homemakers and carpenters and social workers and teachers who are often called "faith-based activists." They speak from the left of the political perspective, providing a counterpoint to the faith-based activism of the fundamentalist Right. In their own words, the narrators describe their motivations and their preparations for acts of resistance, the actions themselves, and their trials and subsequent jail time. We hear from those who do their time by caring for their families and managing communities while their partners are imprisoned. Spouses and children talk frankly of the strains on family ties that a life of working for peace in the world can cause. The voices range from a World War II conscientious objector to those protesting the recent war in Iraq. The book includes sections on resister families, the Berrigans and Jonah House, the Plowshares Communities, the Syracuse Peace Council, and Catholic Worker houses and communities. The introduction by Dan McKanan situates these activists in the long tradition of resistance to war and witness to peace.

Author Biography

Rosalie G. Riegle is an oral historian who taught English at Saginaw Valley State University from 1969 to 2003. The author of two books on the Catholic Worker movement, Voices from the Catholic Workers and Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her, she raised four daughters and cofounded two Catholic Worker houses in Saginaw, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Coming to the Projectp. xiii
Collecting and Shaping the Storiesp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Precursors to the Plowshares Movementp. 7
Dick Von Korffp. 8
Bradford Lyttlep. 12
Robert (Bob) Wollheimp. 18
Tom Lewisp. 26
Willa Bickhamp. 32
Michael Cullenp. 33
Annette (Nettie) Cullenp. 36
Tom Lewis, Chuck Quilty, and Marcia Timmelp. 40
Mary Anne Grady Floresp. 43
Mike Giocondop. 44
"Let's Do It Again!"
The Berrigans and Jonah Housep. 49
Father Dan Berrigan, SJp. 49
Phil Berriganp. 52
Elizabeth (Liz) McAlisterp. 57
Frida Berriganp. 59
Jerry Berriganp. 66
Kate Berriganp. 68
Beating Swords into Plowshares: Plowshares Communities and Their Actionsp. 70
Sister Anne Montgomery, RSCJp. 73
Kathleen Rumpfp. 78
John LaForgep. 83
Father Carl Kabat, OMIp. 87
Jean and Joe Gumpp. 91
Darla Bradleyp. 98
An Interlude: Michele Naar-Obed and Joe Gump on the Use of Bloodp. 101
Father John Dear, SJp. 103
Katya Komisarukp. 109
An Interlude: Karl Meyer, Joan Cavanagh, and Jim Forest Critique the Plowshares Movementp. 119
Mark Colvillep. 122
Sisters Carol Gilbert, Jackie Hudson, and Ardeth Platte, OPp. 127
Catholic Worker Communities and Resistancep. 142
Robert Ellsbergp. 143
Steve Woolford and Lenore Yargerp. 152
Claire and Scott Schaeffer-Duffyp. 159
Steve Baggarly and Kim Williamsp. 165
Brian Terrellp. 173
Paul Gallagherp. 178
Judith Williamsp. 181
Father Tom Lumpkinp. 187
Michele Naar-Obedp. 189
Roundtable on Resistancep. 195
Resister Communities: Syracuse, New York, and Hartford, Connecticutp. 203
Ed Kinanep. 204
Ann Tiffanyp. 209
Andy Magerp. 211
Rae Kramerp. 215
Kathleen Rumpfp. 221
Genevieve (Mickey) Allenp. 230
Teri Allenp. 233
Brian Kavanaghp. 235
Jackie Allen-Doucotp. 239
Micah Allen-Doucotp. 245
Chris Allen-Doucotp. 247
Resister Familiesp. 253
Kim and Bill Wahlp. 254
Jim and Shelley Douglassp. 263
Anne S. Hallp. 271
Barb Kassp. 275
Ollie Milesp. 279
Mike Milesp. 280
Frances Crowep. 284
Hattie Nestelp. 288
Joni McCoyp. 293
Tom Karlinp. 298
Harry Murrayp. 302
After the Millenniump. 309
Anna Grady Floresp. 310
Dan Burnsp. 314
Becky Johnsonp. 316
Steve Downsp. 321
Kathy Kelly, with Father Joe Mulligan, SJp. 326
Camilo Mejiap. 332
Epilogue: "Winter Begins"p. 337
Afterwordp. 341
Brief Biographies of the Narratorsp. 345
For Further Readingp. 355
Notesp. 359
Indexp. 371
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