|Address||1235 Ipswich Drive |
Wilmington, Delaware 19808, United States
|| March 03, 1945
Jul 06, 2006 11:10am
|Info||From candidates' website... |
"Michael Berg was born in Philadelphia on March 3, 1945, into a struggling family with a small business. His father, Harry, flew airplanes in World War II. His mother, Rose, was a person of peace from the inside out. In 1967, Berg earned a BA in English literature and a teaching certificate at Bucknell University. He often visited his sister, Mari Anne, in nearby State College, when she and her husband, an Iraqi, entertained members of a club of foreign nationals attending Penn State. At these gatherings, he learned an important lesson: People are the same more than they are different. All want to go to work or school so they can earn or prepare to earn what it takes to support their families. Although Mari Anne tragically succumbed to cancer in 1982, her husband remains a part of the Berg family.
In 1965, as the Vietnam War was escalating under President Lyndon Johnson, Berg realized Americans had no reason to fight the people of Vietnam. Protesting the war became part of his life. He also became a teacher, earning a master’s degree from Temple University in 1969. He found teaching a rich and fulfilling career.
In 1991, when the United States invaded Iraq in the Gulf War, Berg intensified his protest activities despite reprimands from his school's administrator. He protested the current administration's invasion of Iraq as well, organizing local marches, protests, and vigils and traveling to Washington, D.C. These increasing efforts attracted a modicum of press coverage.
In March 2004, in Iraq, the American military and the FBI illegally detained Berg's son Nick, a civilian on a mission of peace, for thirteen days. This detention thrust Nick into an invigorated war, as the Iraqis were energized by the revelation that Americans had committed atrocities in Abu Ghraib. On May 7, 2004, Nick was murdered. A video of his assassination was posted to the murderers' website. The Berg family, in the midst of tragedy, found itself in the international spotlight.
Michael Berg remains in that spotlight. He received messages of condolence and political support from six continents, equally wide press exposure of his antiwar views, and invitations to speak in London, Paris, Seoul, Busan (South Korea), New York, Washington, Fort Bragg (North Carolina), Oklahoma City, Kansas, Missouri, and, locally, in Delaware and Pennsylvania. In August 2004, he was presented with the Courageous Resister Award at New York University. A year later he received the Adele Dwyer St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award.
A year after his son's death, Berg moved from Chester County, Pennsylvania, to Wilmington, Delaware, where he registered as a member of the Green Party."