Hit and Stay

Hit & Stay

Thursday, May 17 at 9pm • Repeats: Friday, May 18 at 1am & 3:30am

Before the Weather Underground.
Before Ellsberg.
Before Media, PA.
Before Snowden.
There was the Catholic Left Action Community.

On May 17, 1968, nine Catholic activists entered a Selective Service office in suburban Catonsville, Maryland, dragged stacks of Draft Board records out into the parking lot, and set them on fire with homemade napalm. They then prayed, and waited to be arrested. In doing so, they kindled a wave of civil disobedience actions against the Vietnam War across the country.

They were called the Catonville Nine and those who joined them and escalated their protests through interviews with the participants (Milwaukee 14, DC Nine, New York Eight, Boston Eight, East Coast Conspiracy to Save Lives, Hoover Vacuum Conspiracy, and more) as well as observers ranging from political critic Noam Chomsky to historian Howard Zinn. As this group went either to prison to serve their time or underground to tangle with the FBI, they ultimately helped change America's mind about the war.

"Heartfelt and informative" — Chicago Reader
"A Compelling Documentary" — The Baltimore Sun
"Hit and Stay is a reminder of the power of the people, something that must never be forgotten" — Film Threat

Starring: Bill Ayers, Daniel Berrigan, Noam Chomsky, Ramsey Clark, Amy Goodman, Laura Whitehorn, Howard Zinn, and many of the men and women who participated in draft board raids between 1968-1974.

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