Baltimore Defense Committee, Press release, Oct. 1, 1968
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||Baltimore Defense Committee
The press release by Baltimore Defense Committee is protesting the obstacles created by Baltimore city officials against their October 7, 1968 demonstration during the trial of the Catonsville Nine.
Baltimore Defense Committee
Peace Action Center
2525 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21218
5:30 P.M., Tues., Oct. 1, 1968
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Baltimore Defense Committee applied for a permit
to march, on Mon., Oct. 7, down Charles St. from Wyman Park to the War Memorial
Plaza. On Mon., Sept. 30, we were informed -- via the Evening Sun -- that we had
been granted a permit for Howard St. As yet, we have had no official notification
from City Hall concerning the permit.
We are distressed about the casual way the city administration has handled this
matter so far.
We have therefore asked to meet with Mayor D'Alesandro to confer further,
for these reasons:
1) Howard St. is considerably out of the way when walking from Wyman Park to the
War Memorial Plaza. In addition, in a cordial meeting yesterday with top officials,
the police did not appear in the least dismayed by the fact that we were asking to use
Charles St. for our march.
2) The trial of the Catonsville Nine is of international significance. The burning of
draft records was an attack on an institution that is a pivotal evil which we believe is
perpetuating the Vietnam war, the war economy, racism and poverty.
3) Many well-known individuals and organizations will be marching with us on
Monday. These include Arthur Waskow, director of the Institute of Policy Studies in
Washington, D.C., David Dellinger, editor of Liberation magazine and chairman of the
National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, Dorothy Day, of the
Catholic Worker movement, Noam Chomsky, professor at M.I.T. and a prominent
anti-war, anti-draft figure, and Rennie Davis, former chairman of the Students for a
Democratic Society. In addition, organizations supporting and participating in the
march include the Catholic Peace Fellowship, New York City Resistance, Brooklyn (NY)
Resistance, War Resisters League, Workshop In Nonviolence, Resist/Support In Action,
Greenwich Village (NY) Peace Center, Fifth Avenue Peace Parade Committee, High
School Student Union (NYC), Women Strike For Peace and the Episcopal Peace Fellow