Tom Cornell

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Tom Cornell
Born Thomas C. Cornell
Bridgeport, Conn.
Residence Marlboro, NY
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.
Spouse(s) Monica
Children T. Christopher Cornell, Deirdre Cornell Gould
Website homilies sermons harangues

Tom Cornell is an associate editor of the Catholic Worker. He is a deacon in the Catholic Church. He is retired and living at the Peter Maurin Farm in Marlboro, New York.

Opposition to the War in Vietnam[edit]

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.[1]

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[2]

Opposition to the war in Iraq[edit]

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.[3]

See also[edit]



A Penny a Copy: Readings from The Catholic Worker Edited by Thomas C. Cornell ad James H. Forest Macmillan, 1968 Revised by the same with Robert Ellsberg Orbis, 1995

Protest: Pacifism and Politics James Finn Random House, 1967

The Resistance Michael Ferber and Staughton Lynd Beacon, 1971

With Clumsy Grace: the American Catholic Left, 1961-1975 Charles A. Meconis Seabury, 1979

A Harsh and Dreadful Love William D. Miller Liveright, 1973

Dorothy Day: a Biography William D. Miller Harper & Row, 1982

Breaking Bread: The Catholic Worker and the Origin of Catholic Radicalism in America Mel Piehl Temple, 1982

The Universe Bends Toward Justice: a Reader on Christian Nonviolence Edited by Angie O’Gorman New Society, 1990

Dorothy Day: con Dio e con i Lavoratori: antologia e testimonianze di R. Ellsberg e T. Cornell Don Gianni Fornero Editrice Esperienze, 1997

The Church and Revolution Thomas Bokenkotter Image Doubleday, 1998

Who Spoke Up? American Protest against the War in Viet Nam, 1963-1975 Zaroulis and Sullivan Holt Rinehart Winston 1985

A Revolution of the Heart: Essay on the Catholic Worker Edited by Patrick G. Coy Temple, 1998

Voices from the Catholic Worker Rosalie Riegle Temple, 1993

Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her Rosalie Riegle Orbis 2003

Catholic Voices in a World on Fire Edited by Stephen Hand TCR News, 2005

JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters James W. Douglass Orbis, 2008

The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins Mark and Louis Zwick Paulist Press, 2005

The Duty of Delight: Diaries of Dorothy Day Edited by Robert Ellsberg Marquette Univ. Press, 2008

Selected Letters of Dorothy Day Edited by Robert Ellsberg Marquette Univ. Press, 2010

Love is the Measure: a Biography of Dorothy Day Jim Forest Orbis, 2010

  1. ^ Chantikian, Joseph (2 February 1669). "Prisoners of Conscience". New York Times. = 
  2. ^ “No Income Tax For War!” archived at Horowitz Transaction Publishers Archive
  3. ^ Cornell, Tom (17 November 2008). "The Chaplain's Dilemma". America. Retrieved 2 May 2010.