Friends of APL annual meeting; Chuck Miller talk to follow

ChuckMillerYou are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of the Albany Public Library on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Pine Hills branch at 517 Western Ave, between West Lawrence and North Allen Street.

Whether or not you are a member, you are welcome to attend. Of course, we invite you to become contributor, at only $15 per year. The Friends provide programming for the library nearly every week, a book review, an author talk, or special event. The organization also contributes money to the library for events such as the Summer Youth Program. At the meeting, there will be some some brief reports, the election of new officers, and an award.

At about 7:15, there will be a presentation by photographer Chuck Miller, a vociferous blogger for the Albany Times Union, who has written about ghost buildings, Albany Patroons, music, trivia, and much more. The topic: how to write a blog for 7 years and keep it fresh.

The Berrigans: Those Troublesome Priests

The Berrigans continued to be troublemakers, including in the anti-nukes movement.

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When I first went to college in 1971, I was pulling away from my “traditional” Christian roots. At the same time, I was fascinated by two Catholic priests, the Berrigans, who were fighting against the Vietnam War in provocative ways.

Separately and together, Philip and Daniel Berrigan, with a coterie other, mostly Catholic, protesters, were involved in several antiwar activities. The Berrigans and seven others:

…used homemade napalm to destroy 378 draft files in the parking lot of the Catonsville, Maryland, draft board on May 17, 1968. This group, which came to be known as the Catonsville Nine, issued a statement after the incident:

“We confront the Roman Catholic Church, other Christian bodies, and the synagogues of America with their silence and cowardice in the face of our country’s crimes. We are convinced that the religious bureaucracy in this country is racist, is an accomplice in this war, and is hostile to the poor.”

In retrospect, the trial of the Catonsville Nine was significant because it “altered resistance to the Vietnam War, moving activists from street protests to repeated acts of civil disobedience, including the burning of draft cards.”

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