Mitchell “Mitch” Snyder


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(1943–1990) Mitch Snyder left the comforts of a well-paying job as a management consultant at the age of 26 because he believed that there was something more meaningful in life to accomplish. He took to the streets and eventually was arrested for car theft. He was sentenced to Danbury Prison where he spent three years with Daniel and Philip Berrigan, radical Catholic antiwar protestors. While in prison Snyder organized a work strike that shut down the prison for eight days because inexpensive inmate labor was being used to make parts for the Polaris submarine. It was in prison that Snyder found the value of working together in a community for social change.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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