Doing Time for Peace
Resistance, Family, and Community
In their own words, the narrators describe their motivations and their preparations for acts of resistance, the actions themselves, and their trials and subsequent jail time. We hear from those who do their time by caring for their families and managing communities while their partners are imprisoned. Spouses and children talk frankly of the strains on family ties that a life of working for peace in the world can cause.
The voices range from a World War II conscientious objector to those protesting the recent war in Iraq. The book includes sections on resister families, the Berrigans and Jonah House, the Plowshares Communities, the Syracuse Peace Council, and Catholic Worker houses and communities.
The introduction by Dan McKanan situates these activists in the long tradition of resistance to war and witness to peace.
"I highly recommend Doing Time for Peace for the stories, the inspiration, the hope and the lessons learned."
--National Catholic Reporter
"A compelling and unsettling book. Essential."
"A wonderful collection"
--War is a Crime.org
"Doing Time, in addition to its contribution to a more complete contemporary history, is a tribute to people who honor their conscience, no matter what the price."
--Oral History Review
A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2013
"For those seeking truth, discerning their conscience and trouble by the systemic injustice, this book is a fresh adventure and even an inspiring liturgical journey."
--Journal for Peace and Justice Studies
Winner of the Vox Populi Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Using Oral History to Create a More Just and Humane World" from the Oral History Association
"A major contribution to the literature of conscience"
-- Colman McCarthy, National Catholic Reporter