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CATONSVILLE NINE SYMPOSIUM

May 4 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lectures, Discussion Panels and Dramatic Readings

 

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM  Welcoming Video-Taped Address  by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

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Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was named in 2012 by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

 

 

 

 

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Keynote Speech w/ Q&A by Frank Cordaro

 

 

Frank Cordaro co-founded the DMCW in Aug 1976. Frank has spent his life supporting and living at the DMCW, served as a Catholic priest in the DM Diocese, was a member of the God’s for Metal Plowshares in May 1998, An active practitioner of civil disobedience, he protests and gets arrested for peace and justice in the areas of Prisons, Death Penalty, Corporate Ag, Immigration and Human Rights, the homeless, abortions, Nukes and the US Military Global Imperialism. Over the years he has logged close to 6 years of jail time, never more than at 6 months at a time. Dan and Phil Berrigan has been his Rabbi’s, & the CW movement is his clan and the US Catholic Left, is the Faith tradition he walks with. Current issues: Oil Pipelines, Corporate Ag and the DM Drone Command Center.

 

 

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM Living Legacy Voices: History, Importance and Relevance of the Catonsville Nine

 

Moderator: Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner is a longtime Baltimore radio producer, talk show host and civil rights activist.

 

 

 

 

Panelists: Margarita Melville, Willa Bickham, Frida Berrigan, Dave Eberhardt, Keith Forsythe, Bob Graf

 Margarita Bradford Furber (Marjorie Melville) was born in Mexico in 1929 of an American father and a British/Mexican mother.  After graduating high school she entered the Maryknoll Sisters, a missionary order in Ossining, New York. In 1954 she went to Guatemala where met Brother John Hogan and her future husband Father Thomas Melville, both Maryknoll Missioners.  Because of their activities and the beginning of a revolutionary guerilla movement, they were ordered to leave Guatemala and return to the U.S.  Friends in Washington DC put them in contact with George Mische and they went to live at his house.  It was there that they met and joined the group who were to become known as the Catonsville Nine.
Willa Bickham has worked with Brendan in west Baltimore to do the essence of the Catholic Worker movement:  hospitality and resistance. This work has included a soup kitchen, Food Pantry, and an after school program, and a law center among other works. The first guests at Viva Houses were the Catonsville 9 and their families.  Willa worked on the defense committee for the Defendants in the Catonsville Nine Trial. Mary Moylan and John Hogan were the godparents for their daughter, Kate Walsh-Little. Tom Lewis and John Hogan lived at Viva House.
Frida Berrigan is a columnist for Waging Nonviolence and the author of It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood. She lives in New London, Conn. with her husband Patrick and their three children.
David Eberhardt was born March 26, 1941. As a peace protester, he was incarcerated at Lewisburg Federal Prison in 1970 for 21 months for pouring blood on draft files with Father Philip Berrigan and two others to protest the Vietnam War. He is retired after 33 years of work in the criminal injustice system as a Director of Offender Aid and Restoration at the Baltimore City Jail. He has published three books of poetry: The Tree Calendar, Blue Running Lights, and Poems from the Website, Poetry in Baltimore. His memoir is available from Amazon: For All the Saints.
Keith Forsyth was born in Marion Ohio in 1950, and have lived in Philadelphia since 1970.  His involvement in politics began in 1968 by working against the Vietnam War, first in a local group in rural Ohio and later as a member of the New Mobe, NPAC, the Mayday Tribe, and other organizations.  He got involved with the “Catholic Left” in 1970, including participation in the Media FBI action and the Camden 28 draft action in 1971.  Later that year his focus switched to community organizing and later to union organizing, which he continued until leaving political work in 1980.  After a long hiatus, he began working on government surveillance issues a few years ago, and shortly after retiring in 2015 switched his focus to organizing against gerrymandering as part of the organization Fair Districts PA.
Bob Graf is a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was born and raised. After high school, Bob was a scholastic in the Society of Jesus for seven years. After leaving the Jesuits in 1968 he lived in the local Catholic Worker community where he met his wife, Patricia, with whom he has been married for 49 years. He was a member of the Milwaukee 14, which followed the Catonsville 9 action. Over the last 50 years, Bob was a co-founder of an alternative high school, a community organizer, business owner, educator and youth minister. Since retiring he has been active in peace and social justice issues in Milwaukee like eliminating military off a Catholic campus and struggles for social justice in the city. He spends time advocating, visiting and providing transportation for people in need.
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6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dramatic Reading of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine by the Salem Players

 

 The play is a dramatization written by Dan Berrigan of the trial of the nine defendants that followed their raid on the draft board in the Knights of Columbus building on Frederick Rd in May 1968 in which hundreds of draft records were destroyed. This dramatic reading will include multiple actors reading from various powerful portions of the text.  Opening night for the Salem Player’s production will be Thursday, May 17th, the 50th anniversary of the action at the Catonsville draft board.  A vigil will be held near the site of the 1968 action Just prior to the May 17th performance of the play.

 

 

7:15 PM – 8:30 PM Keynote Speech w/ Q&A by Kathy Kelly

 

 

Kathy Kelly has traveled to war zones and lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua.  She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe the U.S. should end all U.S. military and economic warfare and pay reparations for suffering caused by U.S. wars. Kelly has traveled to Iraq 27 times; she and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing. She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) at Whiteman Air Force Base and spent three months in prison, in 2004, for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. As a war tax refuser, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.

 

 

8:45 PM – 10:00 PM Strategies and Tactics for Social Justice Activists

 

Moderator: Joby Taylor

Joby Taylor is Director of the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program.  Based at UMBC’s Shriver Center, the program is a graduate service learning fellowship for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.  He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa helping build an elementary school and, as all RPCVs soon learn, he received much more than he gave. Joby has been involved in projects in the U.S. and internationally that link service, learning, and peace building via higher education.  He teaches courses in Peace Studies and public humanities which get students out of the classroom and into the surrounding Baltimore community. He received his BA in Philosophy, an MA in Religious Studies, and completed his Ph.D. in the Interdisciplinary “Language Literacy and Culture” program. His book, Metaphors We Serve By reviews the history and future of national service. Joby lives in Baltimore City.

 

Panelists: Kathy Kelly, Ellen Barfield, Frank Cordaro, Col. Ann Wright

 Kathy Kelly has traveled to war zones and lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua.  She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe the U.S. should end all U.S. military and economic warfare and pay reparations for suffering caused by U.S. wars. Kelly has traveled to Iraq 27 times; she and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing. She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) at Whiteman Air Force Base and spent three months in prison, in 2004, for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. As a war tax refuser, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.
 Ellen Barfield is the co-founder and director of the Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter of Veterans For Peace, which is so proud to honor Phil as their namesake.  She spent 4 years in the US Army, 1977-1981, and has been a full-time peace and justice activist since 1988. She also works with War Resisters 0League, Casa Baltimore / Limay, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and many other groups.
Frank Cordaro co-founded the DMCW in Aug 1976. Frank has spent his life supporting and living at the DMCW, served as a Catholic priest in the DM Diocese, was a member of the God’s for Metal Plowshares in May 1998, An active practitioner of civil disobedience, he protests and gets arrested for peace and justice in the areas of Prisons, Death Penalty, Corporate Ag, Immigration and Human Rights, the homeless, abortions, Nukes and the US Military Global Imperialism. Over the years he has logged close to 6 years of jail time, never more than at 6 months at a time. Dan and Phil Berrigan has been his Rabbi’s, & the CW movement is his clan and the US Catholic Left, is the Faith tradition he walks with. Current issues: Oil Pipelines, Corporate Ag and the DM Drone Command Center.
 Ann Wright was in the U.S. Army/Army Reserves for 29 years and retired as a Colonel.  She was also a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and served in U.S. Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.  She resigned from the U.S. government in March 2003 in opposition to Bush’s war on Iraq and since then has been very active in anti-war and social justice issues.  She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience.”
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8:45 PM – 10:00 PM The Catonsville Nine and the Role of Religion and Spirituality

Moderator: Chuck Michaels

Chuck Michaels is the volunteer coordinator of Pax Christi Baltimore since its founding, more than 30 years ago. Pax Christi Baltimore conducts annual events, demonstrations, vigils, presentations, and liturgies throughout the year, and coordinates with other liked minded local groups. Pax Christi Baltimore was one of the sponsoring groups for the 25th anniversary of the Catonsville Nine, at Goucher College, featuring all but one of the surviving members of that action. Chuck is also on the Pax Christi USA (national organization) National Council. He has authored a book: No Greater Threat: America After September 11 and the Rise of a National Security State. He is a lawyer, and has a solo practice concentrating on appellate matters. He is a member of the local chapters of both the ACLU and National Lawyers Guild.

 

Panelists: Ralph Eugene Moore, Jr., Dennis DeBoy, Janice Sevre-Duszynska, Rev. Ed Whetstone, Gary Gillespie

Ralph Eugene Moore, Jr. was born in Baltimore City in 1952. He attended St. Pius V Catholic Elementary School and Loyola High School on a Carroll Scholarship, graduating in 1970. Ralph, Jr. received his degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1974. Mr. Moore taught at Loyola High School before becoming chair of the Transportation Committee for CPHA and chairing the City’s anti-poverty agency. He served on the Human Services Commission, the boards of St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, The Job Opportunities Task Force and Sojourner Douglass College. He directed the Community Center at St. Frances Academy and was Coordinator of Mentoring for the Adult Resource Center of the Living Classrooms Foundation.
Dennis DeBoy was drafted during the Vietnam War and he used his G.I. Bill educational benefits to acquire a B.S. in Political Science from UMBC and a M.Div. at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. For over twenty years, he pastored United Methodist Churches throughout Maryland, and was an employee of the Smithsonian Institution for the last twenty years of his work life.  In retirement he has been active in Veterans for Peace and teaches a course entitled The History of the Peace Movement in America at various senior citizen centers in Anne Arundel County.
Janice Sevre-Duszynska is an activist priest in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP), a non-hierarchical community celebrating liturgies where all are welcome. An advocate for the equality of women in church and society, Janice was a board member of Women’s Ordination Conference. She celebrates Eucharist at School of the Americas Watch gatherings, the Des Moines Catholic Worker, and other Catholic Worker Houses and in Rome three hours before Francis was elected Pope. She is the Grandmother of the Emmaus Community in Lexington, KY and the Resurrection Community in Cincinnati. A retired ESL teacher and journalist, Janice does resistance with national and local peace and justice organizations.
G. Edward Whetstone served as pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catonsville from 1977 until his retirement in 2010.  After early years in Harrisburg, PA and Hagerstown, MD, he attended Gettysburg College, and then received his Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Following ordination in 1971, he accepted a call to the Sharpsburg Parish in western Maryland. Parish ministry became the context for the enduring imprint of the 1960s’ central themes: economic justice, civil rights, the peace movement, and global responsibility. Still residing in Catonsville, his current focus and major commitment within this community is refugee resettlement.
Gary Gillespie retired last year from the position of Executive Director of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC) and the Ecumenical Leaders Group (ELG) with consists of the Bishops and Denominational Executives of Maryland. During his time with CMEC, he worked for repeal of the death penalty, passing of the Dream Act, Gun Safety Act of 2013 and the Clean Energy Act (increasing the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 25%) in Maryland. Before CMEC, Gary worked for 20 years as a program director for the American Friends Service Committee, Baltimore.  His work focused on reducing violence both locally and internationally.   As part of this work, Gary presented on community listening at seminars in South Africa, Cambodia and Brazil on gun violence and conflict transformation.

 

 

 

8:45 PM – 10:00 PM Teaching Peace Studies to Students and Others

 

Moderator: Hillel Arnold

Hillel Arnold is an archivist, activist and musician. Drawn by his lifelong love of radical folk music, he interned at the Woody Guthrie Archives, where he fell in love with the creative and liberative potential of archives. Since then, he has worked at NYU’s Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, the Foundation for Landscape Studies, and is currently the Head of Digital Programs at the Rockefeller Archive Center. Over the years, his work has increasingly sought to bring human-centered design practices to archival technology. His research centers on the role of archival records in legitimizing and undermining state power, an interest which grows out of his experiences in Catholic Worker communities in Washington, DC and Bridgeport CT. He holds an MA in History from New York University and an MLIS from the Long Island University’s Palmer School.

Panelists: Bruce Goldfarb, Lynne Sachs, Max Obuszewski

Bruce Goldfarb is a Baltimore writer and publisher of WelcomeToBaltimoreHon.com.

Lynne Sachs makes films, installations, performances and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together poetry, collage, painting, politics and layered sound design. Sachs has made over 25 films, including “Investigation of a Flame” an intimate, documentary portrait of the Catonsville Nine, featuring interviews with Daniel and Philip Berrigan, Marjorie and Thom Melville, John Hogan, Tom Lewis and historian Howard Zinn. Her films have screened nationally and internationally at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto’s Images Festival among others.
Max Obuszewski received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Gannon College in Erie, PA, before joining the Peace Corps and serving in Botswana, Africa. In 1983 he worked with Nuclear Free America, and later worked with the American Friends Service Committee from 1990 to 2007. Max taught human rights courses via the Peace Studies program at Goucher College in Baltimore and he joined Phil Berrigan’s Plowshares movement. As a peace and justice activist, Max has been involved with the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee and the National Campaign for Nonviolence Resistance.

 

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Date:
May 4
Time:
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Shriver Center University of Maryland – Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Cir.
Catonsville, MD 21250 United States
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