What led these nine seemingly ordinary Americans - an artist, a nurse, three clergymen among them - to burn draft records in a suburban parking lot?
Baltimore Interfaith Peace Mission
In 1965, Philip Berrigan, a Josephite priest, arrived in Baltimore to assume his duties at the Church of St. Peter Claver. Berrigan soon organized the Baltimore Interfaith Peace Mission and became a catalyst for antiwar activity.
During the next months, the group initiated several increasingly bold demonstrations at Fort Myer, Virginia, and Fort Holabird, Maryland, and at local draft boards. Failing in their goal to get arrested, the group began to discuss more radical action.