The Common Good
March-April 1999

Plowshares Activists Sentenced

by Andrew Schleicher, Molly Marsh | March-April 1999

Several peace demonstrators received prison sentences in early January for hammering on a B-52 bomber...

Several peace demonstrators received prison sentences in early January for hammering on a B-52 bomber—symbolically enacting the biblical prophecy of Isaiah to beat swords into plowshares—during an "open house" last May at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Father Larry Morlan from Bloomington, Illinois, received a four-month sentence. Sisters Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte from Baltimore's Jonah House and Father Frank Cordaro from Des Moines, Iowa, were sentenced to six months. Kathy Shields Boylan, a grandmother and mother of five from Washington, D.C.'s Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, was given a 10-month sentence.

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