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Democracy Now! Archived Philip Berrigan Coverage
by Democracy Now! (mail [at] democracynow.org)
Sunday Dec 8th, 2002 10:30 AM
Philip Berrigan, the former Roman Catholic priest who led the draft board raids to oppose the Vietnam War and helped start the anti-nuclear Plowshares movement, died on Friday in Baltimore.
Philip Berrigan, the former Roman Catholic priest who led the draft board raids to oppose the Vietnam War and helped start the anti-nuclear Plowshares movement, died on Friday in Baltimore.

He was the first U.S. Catholic priest to be jailed for political reasons and he was among the nation's first priests to participate in the Freedom Rides in the early 1960s. He helped found the Plowshares movement which took literally a line in the Book of Isaiah that calls for swords to be beaten into plowshares. He has spent over 10 years of his life in prison stemming from convictions for more than 100 acts of civil resistance to war.

On Wednesday Democracy Now! reported that Berrigan, 79, was quietly dying of cancer at Jonah House in Baltimore, the non-violent resistance community he helped found in the early 1970s. Over the past few days, his family and community have been gathering by his bedside. On Dec. 4 we spoke with Phil Berrigan's son and daughter, Gerry and Frida, and re-ran a 1998 interview conducted inside a federal prison between Democracy Now! and Phil Berrigan.

Listen to the Dec. 4 show

Democracy Now! has been following the activism of Phil Berrigan as well as the militant religious peace movement for years. Below are some related highlights:

April 22, 2002: PHILIP BERRIGAN SPEAKS AT MAJOR ANTI-WAR RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. [Read] || [Listen] || [watch]

Jan. 3, 2002: PHILIP BERRIGAN RELEASED FROM PRISON, CONFRONTS BUSH AT CHURCH [Read] || [Listen]

March 28, 2000: PHILIP BERRIGAN & PLOWSHARES ACTIVISTS IMPRISONED [Read] || [Listen]

March 17, 2000: PHILIP BERRIGAN & OTHER ACTIVISTS FROM PLOWSHARES VS. DEPLETED URANIUM GO TO COURT [Read]
|| [Listen]

December 20, 1999: ACTIVISTS HAMMER ON FIGHTER PLANES FIRING DEPLETED URANIUM [Read] || [Listen]

March 17, 1998: DEMOCRACY NOW! GOES TO THE PETERSBURG FEDERAL PENITENTIARY TO TALK WITH BERRIGAN IN JAIL [Read] || [Listen]

External Links:
Plowshares Actions:
http://www.plowsharesactions.org

Articles on the Prince of Plowshares:

The Trial of Depleted Uranium by Philip Berrigan:

Time for a National Strike by Philip Berrigan:

Compressing the Gap Between Nuclear and Conventional Weapons by Philip Berrigan

Prince of Peace Plowshares: The Saga by Philip Berrigan

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