As he stands in the crowd at a recent rally at city hall, protesting killing and injustice, a dignified gentleman leaning lightly on his cane, Al Marder hardly looks like someone who wants to overthrow the government.
It also might be hard to guess that, on Saturday, the lifelong fighter for peace and social equality turned 98.
The Amistad Memorial in front of city hall is Marder’s most tangible legacy. It pays tribute to the African captives who, led by Joseph Cinque, revolted on the schooner Amistad in 1839 and were imprisoned in New Haven. But he has worked for peace and racial reconciliation in his native city and worldwide for decades.
Marder doesn’t really want to topple our democracy, although, if he had his wish, he would do away with the profit-making arms industry and what he terms the governmental “killing” machine.