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Democracy Now! May 2, 2016
The legendary anti-war priest Father Daniel Berrigan died [Saturday] at 94. He was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called “American military imperialism.” Along with his late brother, Phil, Dan Berrigan played an instrumental role in inspiring the anti-war and anti-draft movement during the late 1960s as well as the anti-nuclear movement.
In 1968, Father Daniel Berrigan made headlines when he traveled to North Vietnam with Howard Zinn to bring home three U.S. prisoners of war. Later that year he and eight others took 378 draft files from the draft board in Catonsville, MD. Then in the parking lot of the draft board office, the activists set the draft records on fire using homemade napalm to protest the Vietnam War.
In 1970 Father Berrigan spent four months living underground as a fugitive from the FBI.
Always loved this picture of Dan when the FBI finally caught him. It looks like the agents are being arrested.
Georgetown University theology professor Chester Gillis once said of Father Berrigan: “If you were to identify Catholic prophets in the 20th century, he’d be right there with Dorothy Day or Thomas Merton.”
Father Berrigan appeared on Democracy Now! numerous times, most recently in 2006:
At his 85th birthday celebration, Father Berrigan read one of his famous poems, “Some.”
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Democracy Now! Videos Honoring Daniel Berrigan (Presente!)
http://democracynow.org – We spend the hour remembering the life and legacy of the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel …
http://democracynow.org – We speak with close friends of the legendary antiwar priest, activist and poet Father Daniel Berrigan, …
http://democracynow.org – As we remember the life and legacy of Father Daniel Berrigan, who died on Saturday at the age of 94, …
http://democracynow.org – In addition to being a legendary antiwar priest, organizer and activist, the late Father Dan Berrigan was …
http://democracynow.org – Actor and activist Martin Sheen became close friends withDan Berrigan. He played the trial judge in the …
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