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sing4peace Obit: Philip Berrigan-Anti-war activist (Dec 2002) (51* d) RE: Obit: Philip Berrigan - Anti-war activist 17 Sep 09


I am so glad I came across this thread. I hope many of you who wrote here are still mudcatters as I hope to get to know you. We need each other - as the old songs say: the harvest is plenty and the workers are few.

I was a friend of Phil's. We shared a birthday. I was honored to be asked to sing at his memorial service in NYC in October, 2003. I still am a friend of Daniel and Liz and Jonah House and so many others who continue on speaking truth to power. I am in a good position to tell you that music nourishes the soul of the resister and that the J-house folks are big on singing. Liz will be the first to tell you that she is tone deaf but we all encourage her to sing anyway. Singing is a basic human right and it rarely sounds better than coming from the back of a police wagon.

Yes, there is still a peace movement that is unfaltering in it's vision regardless of who occupies the oval office. Don't expect to find them on TV. You might do better checking out the Nuclear Resister newsletter. I know they are online if you do a google search. Or keeping up with the School of the Americas (SOA)watch as suggested above. They are gearing up for their annual November march on Ft. Benning - still a school for assassins, no matter what they call it.

It is heartwarming and very encouraging to read your comments above. Makes me feel more at home. You have all spoken so eloquently. I guess the most important thing I would want to add here is that there are others like Phil out there. Our brother may have gone over but he left behind a community of people who still answer the call. Phil and Liz' daughter, Freida Berrigan, writes frequently on: www.commondreams.org.

I saw Daniel in Providence, RI last year. When asked if he could summarize what his life had taught him, he sat quietly reflecting with his finger to his lips. With a wry little smile he told us that he agreed with the Buddha: the reason we do the right thing - even in the face of what appears to be overwhelming evidence of the futility of change occuring - is simply because - it is the right thing to do. And then he smiled that Daniel smile that has inspired many of us to face the lions of our time.

As we approach the 8th anniversary of the "war on terror", let us stop for a moment with our fingers to our lips - listening for direction - and then find a way to act on the answers our own souls provide- even if our knees tremble and our voices shake.

That would be a fitting memorial to Phil and to all who have risked the life of peacemakers.

Your sister in Hope and Song,
Joyce Katzberg


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