Thomas C. Cornell, known as Tom Cornell, is an associate editor of the Catholic Worker. Cornell has been a part of the Catholic Worker movement for more than sixty years. He started in 1953 when he was nineteen years old. By then, the movement, founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, had been around for twenty years. Day was still leading the movement, and Cornell often worked with her, especially as a writer and editor for the Catholic Worker newspaper, to which he still contributes. He has also been a leading peace activist, one of the first to publicly protest the Vietnam War. In ten days their protest grew to 250 and the first nationally televised Vietnam War protest. He also called it the first corporate act of resistance to the Vietnam draft, when he and five others burned their draft cards.
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