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The Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later


The Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

On May 17, 1968, along the main road that runs through the Baltimore suburb of Catonsville, Maryland, a group of Catholic activists stood around a small fire, praying and singing. They had gone into the local draft board office and taken 378 draft records, for the young men in the 1-A category who were most likely to get drafted to go to war in Vietnam. They set fire to the draft records using homemade napalm, made from gasoline and laundry soap, to symbolize the U.S. military’s use of napalm on Vietnamese civilians. Six weeks earlier, on April 4, Martin Luther King Jr.


An excellent story. That their protests achieved so little is testimony to the control held by the military industrial complex.