Fiery Civil Disobedience in Catonsville | WYPR

Fiery Civil Disobedience in Catonsville

May 3, 2018

Credit Joe Tropea/Hit and Stay

Fifty years ago nine Catholic activists catapulted the small suburb of Catonsville, Maryland into the national spotlight. They burst into a Selective Service office, seized draft records and torched them with napalm, to protest the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. We meet Willa Bickham and Brendan Walsh, founders of Viva House and also were ‘support activists’ who assisted the Nine to discuss the tie between their faith and their activism. Then curator and filmmaker Joe Tropea tells us about the Maryland Historical Society’s exhibit ‘Activism and Art: The Catonsville Nine, Fifty Years Later.'

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