We are twenty-eight men and women who, together with other resisters
across the country, are trying with our lives to say no
to the madness we see perpetrated by our government in the name of the
American people the madness of our Vietnam policy, of the arms
race, of our neglected cities and inhuman prisons. We do not believe
that it is criminal to destroy pieces of paper which are used to bind
men to involuntary servitude, which train these men to kill, and which
send them to possibility die in an unjust, immoral, and illegal war.
We stand for life and freedom and the building of communities of true
friendship. We will continue to speak out and act for peace and justice,
knowing that our spirit of resistance cannot be jailed or broken.
JAYMA ABDOO, 20, is a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy
in Bergen County, NJ, where she was the senior class coordinator.
Her involvement with anti-war activities began with the McCarthy
campaign in 1968. Jayma attended Trinity College in Washington,
DC until December 1970, and has worked since then as a childrens
DR. WILLIAM ANDERSON, 36, is a Westmont, NJ osteopath.
His private practice includes a large number of poorresidents
of Camdens Puerto Rican community, as well as aged residents
of the McGuire Housing Project. The father of six children, Bill
is a graduate of Temple University College of Pharmacy and the
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic medicine.
REV. MILO BILLMAN, 39, is a Lutheran minister. Ordained
in 1958, Milo worked for five years with the Appalachians in the
Cincinnati area; helped develop Columbus, Ohio ECCO, an anti-poverty
foundation funded by OEO; and is currently Outreach Director of
Camdens EPOC (Economical Program and Outreach Committee).
Milo is married and has two children.
TERRY BUCKALEW, 21, is a graduate of Wildwood Catholic
High School, NJ, where he was elected by the faculty to serve
for State Senator Kay on Law Day. Valedictorian of his class,
he was presented with the John F. Kennedy award for courage and
moral integrity. He attended Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ
and has worked as a court clerk in the Federal Third Circuit of
Appeals. Terry has refused induction into the armed forces.
PAUL COUMING, 23, graduated from Boston Technical School
and then worked as a VISTA volunteer in Appalachia. He has been
active in anti-war activities for several years and was a member
of the Boston 8. Paul refused to carry his draft cards and was
sentenced to one year (suspended) and three years probation, after
being forcibly removed from a church sanctuary. He was charged
with criminal contempt when he refused to answer questions at
the Harrisburg Grand Jury and is awaiting trial for this.
EUGENE DIXON, 37, is a Camden resident and the father of
four children. He attended Rutgers University and has been employed
for twenty years as a supervisor for a Philadelphia automotive
firm. Gene has been active as an officer and teacher in the Confraternity
of Christian Doctrine as well as an officer in the PTA. A prize-winning
poet, his writing has been published in a number of magazines
REV. MICHAEL DOYLE, 36, is a Camden diocese priest. He
was associate pastor of St. Josephs Pro-Cathedral, where
his youth masses drew people from miles around. He was retired
by the Bishop in February for his anti-war activities, but in
April was stationed at St. Georges Church in Camden. A native
of Ireland, Mick holds a Masters Degree in Education and
has taught at Camden Catholic High, Cherry Hill, and at Holy Spirit
High, Atlantic City.
ANNE DUNHAM, 23, a native of Pelham, NY, is a graduate
of Ursuline Academy and attended Marymount College, Manhattan,
and the College of New Rochelle. She taught Confraternity of Christian
Doctrine in Pelham, and did volunteer work as a tutor in Harlem.
She is a former employee of the Archdiocese of NYs Board
of Education. She also worked for the now defunct Resistance Book
PETER FORDI, 35, is a Jesuit priest at Woodstock Religious College,
NYC. A native of Jersey City, he attended St. Peters Prep
and Seaton Hall before entering the Jesuit order in 1956. Peter
holds a degree in Theology from Woodstock College and has taught
at St. Peters and Brooklyn Prep High Schools. He took public
responsibility with a group known as the East Coast Conspiracy to
Save Lives for raids on draft boards in Philadelphia and a GE office
in Washington, DC in February 1970.
FORSYTH, 22, is a native of Ohio. Since moving to Philadelphia
two years ago, he has worked as a cab driver and has been active
in the anti-war movement. Recently he joined the October 4th Organization,
a revolutionary group based in the Kensington section of Philadelphia,
and works primarily with the legal defense and anti-war projects
of that organization.
GIOCONDO, 42, was a Franciscan brother for twelve years, stationed
in Costa Rica and Washington, DC. For a number of years, he has
worked in Camden, where he founded El Centro, an inner-city service
for Spanish speaking people, and helped originate GAP, a bi-lingual
newspaper. Mike worked in the Landlord-Tenant division of Camden
Regional Legal Services and at the time of his arrest was employed
as a program specialist for NJs Drug Education Program, which
suspended him without pay.
GOOD, 22, a former seminarian, spent five years studying with
the Missionary Society of the Divine Word. He also attended Xavier
University in Cincinnati. Bob was active in the civil rights movement
in Clevelands West Side and has also worked with alcoholics
in that city. He is now a resident of NYC working with the Harrisburg
GRADY, 46, from the Bronx, is married and the father of five
children. A sociologist and former instructor at Marymount College,
John was a Fulbright Scholar in London, England, and founded the
Drew Foundation in New York. He has long been active in civil rights
and anti-war activities. John is a Navy veteran of World War II
and a former candidate from the Bronx for Congress. He was chairman
of the defense committee for the Catonsville 9, Milwaukee 14, Boston
8, and New York 8.
INNES, 27, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, holds a BA from
Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, and is presently completing
work on a MA at Boston College in special education for emotionally
disturbed children. She was in the novitiate of the Sisters of Notre
Dame de Namur and worked in the Regis College Lay Apostolate in
St. Croix, Virgin Islands. For three years, Marge has taught in
public schools in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
EDWARD McGOWAN, 36, has been a Jesuit for thirteen years. A
resident of Woodstock College, he is considered an expert on American
Indian affairs. A native of the Bronx, Ed worked with Fr. Philip
Berrigan in a Baltimore ghetto parish and participated in draft
board raids with a group known as the New York 8. He also taught
high school for three years in Rochester, NY, and has been active
with the Harrisburg Defense Committee.
MEL MADDEN, 33, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, was ordained
a Franciscan priest in 1965. He became interested in the drug problem
at Daytop Village, a rehabilitation center for addicts. Subsequently
he founded Liberty Village, a similar treatment center in Jersey
City, in 1967. Married in 1969, he is the father of a baby girl
and boy. The former director of training for NJs Drug Education
Program, he was suspended without pay from that job at the time
of his arrest.
MOCCIA, 21, a native of Revere, Massachusetts, is now a senior
part-time student at Fordham University, the Bronx. She graduated
from Mt. St. Josephs Academy, Brighton, Massachusetts, where
she was a member of the National Honor Society and worked summers
with the Christian Appalachian Project in Kentucky. She has worked
at the Defense Committee and the Resistance Book Store in the Bronx,
and was a member of a conspiracy of conscience.
MUSI, 23, a native of Massachusetts, has worked as a draft and
military counselor and with the resistance support community. He
left his alternate service duty (which he was doing as part of his
Conscientious Objector status) in January of 1971, and moved to
Dorchester where he now is involved in community and movement activities.
EDWARD MURPHY, 34, is a Jesuit priest and a native of NYC. Ned,
who has taught Classics and Theology, entered the Society of Jesus
in 1955, and after studying and teaching, was ordained in 1968.
Among other resistance activities, he was a member of the New York
8 and operated a coffeehouse in Ayre, Massachusetts, for GIs
from nearby Fort Devin. He is also a draft counselor and was a national
coordinator of the Harrisburg Defense Committee.
POMMERSHEIM, 28, a native of New York, is a graduate of Colgate
University, where he played varsity basketball. He also attended
Columbia Law School and then was a VISTA lawyer in Alaska. He is
presently a lawyer with the East Harlem neighborhood office of the
NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, headed by Bess Myerson.
REILLY, 20, of Brightwaters, Long Island, has attended three
Catholic girls schools. She is currently enrolled as a junior
at Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY where she is majoring in psychology
and philosophy. Joani worked as a Christian Appalachian Project
volunteer and was elected as a student senator in college. One of
four children, she works summers with retarded children.
REILLY, 22, from Brightwaters, Long Island, graduated from the
Academy of Saint Joseph, Brentwood, NY and attended Newton College
of the Sacred Heart, Maryville College, and Marymount-Manhattan
College. Ro Ro managed the Resistance Book Distributors
office in New York and also worked with the New York Defense Committee.
RICCI, 22, is a native of Philadelphia. She graduated fifth
in her class at St. Maria Goretti High School and won a scholarship
to the University of Pennsylvania. Anita also attended Temple University
on scholarship, where she majored in Sociology. She worked in the
Resistance Book Store in Philadelphia.
RIDOLFI, 23, a native of South Philadelphia, attended Temple
University on scholarship as well as the Philadelphia Textile College,
where she majored in design. Following her graduation from St. Maria
Goretti High School, Cookie worked in a Washington,
DC anti-poverty program. She has also worked for the US Postal Department.
Cookie was manager of the Resistance Book Store on the Temple University
campus and was among those named in the Harrisburg case indictment.
SHEMELEY, 34, a Camden social worker, formerly taught school
in the Camden diocese. Now a mother of a ten year old boy, Martha
graduated from Seaton Hall College, majoring in psychology. She
served as president of the Affiliates of the American Psychological
Association and has lectured extensively on The Underground
Church and The Role of Women in the Church. Being
a gifted writer, her feature articles and theater reviews have been
published by the Catholic Press.
SWINGLISH, 28, from Cleveland, Ohio, now lives in Washington,
DC. A Navy veteran, he worked for the Defense Department doing research
on nuclear guided missile destroyers. Formerly chairman of the Catholic
Peace Fellowship in DC, John has long been active in attempting
to influence the Catholic Church to re-establish its priorities.
John was indicted for criminal contempt after refusing to testify
before the Grand Jury in Harrisburg and was named a co-conspirator
in that case.
TOSI, 20, of Hohokus, NJ is currently involved in community
work in Dorchester, Massachusetts. A 1968 National Science Foundation
scholarship winner, in 1969, she graduated from Immaculate Heart
Academy, Bergen County, NJ, where she was president of the National
Honors Society. Sarah was a NJ district coordinator for the 1968
McCarthy campaign. She attended Wellesley College and was active
in Bostons Paulist Center, a group of peace activists. Sarah
is also a talented musician.
ROBERT WILLIAMSON, 22, is currently employed as a caseworker
for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Bob says that
The FBI keeps what it would like to think is a complete record
of my activities and beliefs in its Philadelphia office. Anyone
who wishes to know this information is hereby granted permission
to remove this file (and any other) for the purposes of publication.
were originally written before the 1973 trial. This page is a recreation
of a pamphlet that the defendants published about themselves.
ECC Media, LLC
2014. All rights reserved.