Doing Time for Peace
Thursday Jan 31, 7PM @ Red Emma's
It's our distinct pleasure to welcome author and editor Rosalie J. Riegle to Red Emma's to discuss her new edited collection, Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community. This exceptional book of oral histories shares the stories of more than seventy-five peace activists whose brave acts of civil disobedience landed them in prison, forcing them to choose between being with their families and communities and standing up for what they believe in. Many are Catholic Workers, devoting their lives to the works of mercy instead of the works of war. They are homemakers and carpenters and social workers and teachers who are often called "faith-based activists." They speak from the left of the political perspective, providing a counterpoint to the faith-based activism of the fundamentalist Right. From WWII resistors to anti-Iraq war activists, Doing Time for Peace situates peace work in a long tradition of resistance to war and imperialism. Don't miss this important event!
About the Author:
Rosalie G. Riegle is an oral historian who taught English at Saginaw Valley State University from 1969 to 2003. The author of two books on the Catholic Worker movement, Voices from the Catholic Worker and Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her, she raised four daughters and cofounded two Catholic Worker houses in Saginaw, Michigan.
More about the book:
In this compelling collection of oral histories, more than seventy-five peacemakers describe how they say no to war-making in the strongest way possible--by engaging in civil disobedience and paying the consequences in jail or prison. These courageous resisters leave family and community and life on the outside in their efforts to direct U.S. policy away from its militarism. Many are Catholic Workers, devoting their lives to the works of mercy instead of the works of war. They are homemakers and carpenters and social workers and teachers who are often called "faith-based activists." They speak from the left of the political perspective, providing a counterpoint to the faith-based activism of the fundamentalist Right.
In their own words, the narrators describe their motivations and their preparations for acts of resistance, the actions themselves, and their trials and subsequent jail time. We hear from those who do their time by caring for their families and managing communities while their partners are imprisoned. Spouses and children talk frankly of the strains on family ties that a life of working for peace in the world can cause.
The voices range from a World War II conscientious objector to those protesting the recent war in Iraq. The book includes sections on resister families, the Berrigans and Jonah House, the Plowshares Communities, the Syracuse Peace Council, and Catholic Worker houses and communities.
The introduction by Dan McKanan situates these activists in the long tradition of resistance to war and witness to peace.