Catonsville, Catonsville, USA

Catonsville Nine 50th Anniversary series of commemorative events

Catonsville Nine Commemorative Event Series May 4 – 27, 2018 (Catonsville, MD) The Committee for the Catonsville Nine 50 th Anniversary is pleased to announce a series of commemorative events coming this May. The series includes speakers, discussions, films, exhibitions, and theatre that will reflect upon the significance of the Catonsville Nine and support remembrance, discussion, and ongoing civic engagement as well as its ongoing relevance today for those engaging in citizen-led social justice and nonviolent social change movements. Events center on themes inspired by the Catonsville Nine, such as war and peace, citizen-led social change, social justice, and more. Most events are free and open to the public. Sponsored By: Catonsville Nine 50th Committee, UMBC and Maryland Humanities , through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support comes from Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore, Salem Evangelical Luutheran Church in Catonsville, Salem Players, Veterans for Peace – Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore County Public Library Catonsville, and Catonsvville Presbyterian Church. (note: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the course of our events do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities.) Who were the Catonsville Nine? In May 1968, a group of nine Roman Catholic men and women entered Selective Service Local Board #33 in Catonsville, MD. As a protest to the violence and death in Vietnam, they burned almost 400 draft files in a parking lot. During their trial in downtown Baltimore in October, thousands marched daily through the city. The Nine were convicted and sentenced to significant terms in federal prison. In the wake of these events, more than 50 subsequent draft board actions were staged around the nation, effectively ending the draft by the early 1970s and leading to today’s all-volunteer military. The Nine were: Fr. Phillip Berrigan, Tom Lewis, (both also of the Baltimore Four), Fr. Daniel Berrigan, Br. David Darst, John Hogan, Marjorie Melville, Thomas Melville, George Mische, and Mary Moylan (note: Marjorie Melville will be joining us for the May 4-6 events) May 4 at 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Symposium at University Maryland, Baltimore County Public Policy Building, Poplar Ave, Baltimore, MD 21250. UMBC will host an afternoon and evening symposium in its Public Policy Building . Speakers include Kathy Kelly, of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Peace Activist, Frank Cordaro; Catonsville Nine participant, Marjorie Melville, among many others. Breakout discussions on: Peace Education, Strategies for Social Justice, and Spirituality and Activism. The address is Public Policy Building, Poplar Ave, Baltimore, MD 21250. May 5 at 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Commemoration Day in Catonsville Commemoration Day events include a keynote at 10:30 by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, unveiling of a Catonsville Nine historical marker at 2:30, and reflections from living legacy participants (Marjorie Melville, Dave Eberhardt, among others) and local Catonsville residents. These events will take place at Catonsville Presbyterian Church ( 1400 Frederick Road) and at Catonsville Public Library ( 1100 Frederick Road). May 6 at 6:30 PM: Evening Prayer Service Contact for media, sponsorship, and events: Joby Taylor, Committee for Catonsville Nine 50 th Anniversary Director of the Shriver Peaceworkers Fellows Program UMBC Shriver Center 410.917.3270 / events website: -