Forty years later: A history of the ‘Camden 28’

    Forty years ago, the big story in Camden wasn’t about a regionalized police force, city-wide layoffs or a business curfew.

    On Aug. 22, 1971, the big story was about the Camden 28. Protesting the Vietnam War, they broke into the city’s draft office and destroyed records. Four Catholic priests, a Lutheran minister and 23 others were arrested — and acquitted.

    Today through tomorrow, you can watch the entire WHYY/PBS Point of View documentary on the event, which includes interviews with the participants.

    It’s a different way to mark today, in case you don’t want Aug. 22, 2011 to be “the day Arlene Ackerman left the School District of Philadelphia.”

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