On the 40th anniversary of “Reluctant Resister,” a collection of L.A. Catholic Worker Jeff Dietrich’s letters from prison, the book has been republished with a new Introduction, reprinted here with the permission of the author. This article first appeared in the April 2023 edition of the Catholic Agitator, newspaper of the L.A., Catholic Worker.
Summary: Serving a month-long sentence for protesting civil defense drills her letters describe conditions in jail. Says their protest was a refusal to participate in psychological warfare and a way of showing responsibility for the common good. (DDLW #725: The Catholic Worker, July-August 1957, page 3)