The book tells the story of a group of American
men who happen to be priests
who happen to have served decades in American prisons.
Darrell Rupiper, Larry Rosebaugh and Carl
Kabat are Oblate missionary priests.
Frank Cordaro is a diocesan priest from Des Moines. Roy Bourgeois is a Maryknoll priest.
Charlie Liteky is an ex-Trinitarian priest.
Rupiper was in the national spotlight during
the Iran hostage crisis.
He traveled to Iran as part of team of clerics hoping to gain the release of the hostages.
Rosebaugh now lives with the poor in El
Salvador. He was a member of the Milwaukee 14,
a group that burned draft records in accord with the example set by the Berrigan brothers
at Catonsville, Maryland in 1968.
Kabat has served over 16 years in United
States federal and state prisons
since 1980 as a result of his anti-military actions.
Cordaro has served half a dozen federal
prison terms for his anti-nuclear activities.
He has also given sanctuary to a manure spreader in support of Iowa farmers. During the
Carter presidency Cordaro found himself on the front page of the Washington Post after he
stood in front of Carter during a press conference to tell the world the truth about the SALT treaty.
Bourgeois, from the deep south and a former
military officer who served in Vietnam, recently
made his own front-page news [NY Times, Washington Post, others] as leader of the massive
protests at Fort Benning, Georgia calling for the closing of the School of the Americas.
Bourgeois and Rosebaugh also served prison terms in the 1980s when they sneaked into
Fort Benning, climbed a tree and played a tape outside the Salvadoran soldiers' barracks
of the last sermon given by slain archbishop Oscar Romero.
Liteky is a former chaplain who served in
Vietnam. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor,
and later surrendered it during his protests at Fort Benning.
With the exception of Cordaro, all of these
men began their clerical careers as missionaries,
in Brazil, the Philippines, Bolivia and Vietnam, and discovered America in the process.
They discovered that the trail of the poor
leads through such countries directly back to America.
It leads directly to Rupiper's home in Carroll, Iowa; to Rosebaugh and Kabat's roots in rural Illinois;
to Cordaro's Des Moines Italian household, and to the nation's capital, where Liteky was born.
They also discovered that the America they grew up in never existed.
They read history and learned about America's
militarism, its attempts at global hegemony,
and they felt they must resist. They wanted with all their hearts for their childhood America to be
made real, a just and loving America, even if that meant they must spend years behind prison walls.
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Published by Algora of New York City.
Also by Mike Palecek:
KGB by Mike Palecek
Fiction, published by Publish America of Baltimore.
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"Joe Coffee's Revolution"
To be released in the spring by Badger Books of Madison, Wisconsin.
A work of fiction based on Palecek's own
run for Congress as the Iowa
Democratic Party nominee in the Fifth District, 2000 election.
To pre-order, contact publisher Marv Balousek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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