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The Harrisburg Seven -- 40 years later; closing the Delaware Loophole

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 17, 2012 9:07 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, April 18:

Politically and socially, the United States is a much different place than it was in 1970.  Then, the nation was divided on many issues , but most notably the war in Vietnam.

Protests and demonstrations against the war were an everyday occurrence in all corners of the country.  The war's opponents not only saw it as unneeded, unjust and maybe illegal, but they also strongly opposed the military draft of young men over the age of 18.

Many of anti-war activities in the early '70s weren't peaceful.  When some activists saw that protests or other acts of civil disobedience weren't having an impact, they turned to other measures -- sometimes illegal or violent ones.

In 1972, a group known as the Harrisburg Seven went on trial for allegedly plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger, the man they saw as the architect of the war in the Nixon Administration.  The group, led by Catholic priest Father Phillip Berrigan was also charged with conspiring to blow up underground tunnels in Washington D.C. to disrupt government operations.

On Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk, Williams O'Rourke, the author of the book, The Harrisburg Seven and the New Catholic Left will join us to discuss the case.  O'Rourke will also address the Harrisburg Seven Trial at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street in Harrisburg, Saturday at 3 p.m.

Also, the Delaware Loophole has legally been utilized by multi-state corporations to avoid paying Pennsylvania taxes for years.  A number of groups and lawmakers want to put an end to that.  We'll talk to one of those groups.

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