Thomas C. Cornell
|Other names||Thomas C. Cornell|
|Education||Fairfield Univ AB 1956; Univ of Bridgeport, MS Sec Ed 1962; Fairfield DLH hc 1990|
|Occupation||peace activist, poverty worker|
|Known for||organizing the first demonstration against the war in Vietnam, July 16, 1963 and the first corporate act of resistance to the Vietnam draft, November 6, 1965, both in New York City.|
|Movement||Catholic Worker Movement|
|Criminal penalty||6 months' incarceration at Danbury FCI, Conn.|
|Children||T. Christopher Cornell, Deirdre Cornell Gould|
Opposition to the war in Vietnam
He is a co-founder of the Catholic Peace Fellowship and Pax Christi USA, a former member of the executive staff of Fellowship of Reconciliation and executive committee of Pax Christi USA and the War Resisters League and the Workers' Defense League. He led the first protest against the Vietnam War, which started with only two people from the Catholic Worker, himself and Chris Kearns, July 16, 1963. In ten days their protest grew to 250 and the first nationally televised Vietnam War protest. He also called the first corporate act of resistance to the Vietnam draft, when he and five others, including David McReynolds, burned their draft cards, Nov. 6, 1965, in Union Square, New York City.
In 1967, Cornell signed a public statement declaring his intention to refuse to pay income taxes in protest against the U.S. war against Vietnam. Later, he became a sponsor of the War Tax Resistance project, which practiced and advocated tax refusal as a form of protest against the war.
Opposition to the war in Iraq
He continues in his opposition to the Iraq War, having visited that country before the Invasion in Dec.–Jan. 2003 and again after in 2004. His reports were published in The Catholic Worker. He has urged that military chaplains be trained in the law regarding conscientious objection and give positive support to claimants.
- Cornell, Tom; Ellsberg, Robert; Forest, Jim, eds. (1995). A Penny a Copy: Writings from The Catholic Worker. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.
- Cornell, Tom. "A Brief Introduction to the Catholic Worker Movement".
- Cornell, Tom (22 December 2017). "Christian Nonviolence: Theory and Practice". Los Angeles Catholic Worker. Revised from an earlier version in the December 2017 issue of The Catholic Worker
- Chantikian, Joseph (2 February 1669). "Prisoners of Conscience". The New York Times.
- "No Income Tax For War!" archived at Horowitz Transaction Publishers Archive
- "A Call to War Tax Resistance" The Cycle 14 May 1970, p. 7
- Cornell, Tom (17 November 2008). "The Chaplain's Dilemma". America. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- Cornell, Thomas C.; Forest, James H. (1968). A Penny a Copy: Readings from the Catholic Worker. Macmillan. Revised by the same with Robert Ellsberg, Orbis, 1995
- Finn, James, ed. (1967). Protest: Pacifism and Politics: Some Passionate Views on War and Nonviolence. New York: Random House.
- Ferber, Michael; Lynd, Staughton (1971). The resistance. Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0-8070-0543-9.
- Meconis, Charles A. (1979). With clumsy grace: The American Catholic left, 1961–1975. A Continuum book. Seabury Press.
- Miller, William D. (1973). A Harsh and Dreadful Love: Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement. Doubleday Image book D331. Liveright. ISBN 978-0-87140-558-6.
- Miller, William D. (1982). Dorothy Day: a biography. Harper & Row. ISBN 978-0-06-065752-9.
- Piehl, Mel (1982). Breaking Bread: The Catholic Worker and the Origin of Catholic Radicalism in America. Temple University Press. ISBN 978-0-87722-257-6.
- O'Gorman, Angie (1990). The Universe bends toward justice: a reader on Christian nonviolence in the U.S. New Society Publishers. ISBN 978-0-86571-178-5.
- Ellsberg, R.; Cornell, T. (1998). Dorothi Day: con Dio e con i lavoratori. Un'antologia dei suoi scritti e testimonianze (in Italian). Fossano: Esperienze. ISBN 978-88-8102-063-8.
- Bokenkotter, Thomas S. (1998). Church and Revolution: Catholics in the Struggle of Democracy and Social Justice. Image Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-48754-2.
- Zaroulis, N.L.; Sullivan, G. (1985). Who spoke up?: American protest against the war in Vietnam, 1963–1975. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-17547-0.
- Coy, Patrick G. (1988). A Revolution of the Heart: Essays on the Catholic Worker. Temple University Press. ISBN 978-0-87722-531-7.
- Troester, Rosalie Riegle (1993). Voices from the Catholic Worker. Temple University Press. ISBN 978-1-56639-059-0.
- Riegle, Rosalie G. (2003). Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those who Knew Her. Orbis Books. ISBN 978-1-57075-467-8.
- Hand, Stephen (2005). Catholic Voices in a World on Fire. TCR News. ISBN 978-1-4116-5777-9.
- Douglass, James W. (2008). JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and why it Matters. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and why it Matters. Orbis Books. ISBN 978-1-57075-755-6.
- Zwick, Mark; Zwick, Louise (2005). The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-4315-3.
- Day, Dorothy (2008). Ellsberg, Robert (ed.). The duty of delight: the diaries of Dorothy Day. Marquette University Press. ISBN 978-0-87462-023-8.
- Day, Dorothy (2010). Ellsberg, Robert (ed.). All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. Marquette University Press. ISBN 978-0-87462-061-0.
- Forest, Jim H. (1986). Love is the Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day. Orbis Books. ISBN 978-0-88344-942-4.
- Sheridan, Wayne (1 August 2014). "Farmer, Anarchist, Catholic". Commonweal Magazine.
- Wisniewski, Mike (4 January 2018). "Response To Tom Cornell's Article on Christian Nonviolence". Los Angeles Catholic Worker.