Transforming weapons of war into tools for peace.
A series exploring active engagement, resourcefulness, civil disobedience and nonviolence.
Episode 1 Out of the law and underground: a question of habit.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
On May 17, 1968, six weeks after the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the outbreak of new riots in dozens of cities, nine Catholic activists, led by the brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, entered a Knights of Columbus building in Catonsville, Maryland and went up to the second floor, where the local draft board had offices. In front of astonished clerks, they seized hundreds of draft records, carried them down to the parking lot and set them on fire with homemade napalm. This action of transforming a weapon of war into a tool for peace was punished with prison sentences of up to three years behind bars. Father Philip and friends went to prison. Father Dan went on the lam.
Swords into Plowshares a program created by Shelly De Vito, with voice contributions from Paul Spera and Pascal Brunet
00:00:33 a reading from The Dark Night of Resistance, Daniel Berrigan
00:05:09 Daniel Berrigan, archives
00:08:21 an interview with John Dear
00:13:23 Antonio Gramsci, i giorni del carcere by Lino Del Fra, extract
00:14:19 Daniel Berrigan, archives
00:15:27 a reading from Cahiers de Prison, Antonio Gramsci
00:20:06 Daniel Berrigan, archives
00:23:54 Daniel Berrigan, archives
00:28:04 a reading from The Dark Night of Resistance, Daniel Berrigan
00:29:37 Daniel Berrigan, archives
00:30:27 John Brown’s last speech, 1859, read by Orson Welles
00:34:31 a reading from The Dark Night of Resistance, Daniel Berrigan
00:38:22 Bayard Rustin, 1979
00:39:41 continuing with John Dear
00:46:37 a reading from The Dark Night of Resistance, Daniel Berrigan
00:49:09 continuing with John Dear
00:58:43 Daniel Berrigan, archives
1:00:00 continuing with John Dear
1:12:00 Daniel Berrigan, archives
1:13:29 The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Daniel Berrigan, extract
1:19:36 continuing with John Dear
1:34:00 Mohandas Gandhi
1:34:55 continuing with John Dear
1:38:36 Daniel Berrigan, archives
1:39:27 Letter to the Weathermen by Daniel Berrigan, extract
1:43:39 Daniel Berrigan, archives
Piano Sonata No. 2, Concord, Charles Ives
When the Revolution Comes, The Last Poets
Canon de la Paix, Romain Rolland & François Terral
Oltre il ponte, lyrics by Italo Calvino, music by Sergio Liberovici
What Did You Learn In School Today, Pete Seeger
We’ll Meet Again, by Ross Parker & Hughie Charles, song by Vera Lynn
All archives and content of Daniel Berrigan are courtesy of John Dear.