Skip to comments.Days of Rage in Chicago - Dohrn & Ayers 1969 Weathermen (Obama's buddies)
Posted on 08/21/2008 12:33:13 PM PDT by STARWISE
In my last post I referenced the Days of Rage - put on by the Weathermen AKA Weather Underground in Chicago, October, 1969.
I was in Chicago a few days later with my 2 little kids to get visas to travel to Korea for a year with the US Army. This was not fun & games like Woodstock. It was scarey as hell.
This is Barak Obama's buddy Ayer's group. His lovely wife Bernadine Dohrn was also a part of it.
They were rich, white kids playing revolutionaries. Whether Barak was 8 or not back then, does not take away from the awfulness of what was involved and never repented.
Days of Rage
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John Jacobs and Terry Robbins at the Days of Rage, Chicago, October 1969 (Photo credit: David Fenton; publicity photo for film Weather Underground) John Jacobs and Terry Robbins at the Days of Rage, Chicago, October 1969 (Photo credit: David Fenton; publicity photo for film Weather Underground)
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The Days of Rage riots in Chicago took place over a 4-day period beginning October 8, 1969, after members of the Weathermen, a militant offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society, converged on the city to confront police in the streets in response to the trial of the group of anti-Vietnam War activists known as the "Chicago Eight".
The riot began following a three-hour rally in the city's Lincoln Park, a meeting that had begun with the construction of a bonfire.
During the course of the rally, at least a dozen park benches were destroyed to keep the flames alive, with Weathermen members closing by urging the 600 attendees to "tear down the Drake Hotel and get Hoffman," a reference to trial judge Julius Hoffman.
Heading both north and south on Clark Street, the rampaging mob broke windows and damaged cars along the way. This continued for several days, causing a large amount of property damage.
One person was killed and many demonstrators were arrested. Some of the Weathermen members became fugitives and went underground when they failed to appear for trial in connection with their arrests during the riots; some only resurfaced decades later.
"And the following is from the PBS website about a 2003 film about the Days of Rage.
The film, DAYS OF RAGE, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 - how sweet.
This is one of the posters the Weathermen hung around Chicago.
In October 1969, hundreds of young people wielding lead pipes and clad in football helmets marched through an upscale Chicago shopping district, pummeling parked cars and smashing shop windows.
Thus began the Days of Rage, the first demonstration of the Weathermen, later known as the Weather Underground.
Outraged by the Vietnam War and racism in America, this group of former student radicals waged a low-level war against the United States government through much of the 1970s,
bombing the Capitol building,
breaking Timothy Leary out of prison
and finally evading the FBI by going into hiding.
In THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, former Weathermen including Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd and David Gilbert speak frankly about the idealist passions and trajectories that transformed them from college activists into the FBIs Most Wanted.
The Weather Underground emerged when Dohrn and a group of fellow University of Chicago students split with the campus-run Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, because they disagreed with the SDSs peaceful protest tactics against the Vietnam War.
Dubbing itself the Weathermen, this new organization took its name from a line in Bob Dylans Subterranean Homesick Bluesyou dont need a weatherman to know which way the wind blowsand within months had set off bombs at the National Guard headquarters and set in motion plans to bomb targets across the country that it considered emblematic of the worldwide violence sanctioned by the U.S. government.
Using extensive archival material such as photographs, film footage and FBI documents, THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND chronicles the Weathermens public rise and fall and offers a rare insider look into the groups private conflicts.
Fueled by righteous anger, these white, middle-class students were also widely criticized for their controversialsome say misguidedpolitics.
As former SDS president Todd Gitlin says: ''Like Bonnie and Clyde, many of them were attractive personally. They were into youth, exuberance, sex, drugs. They wanted action.
Ultimately, the Weathermen's carefully organized, clandestine network managed to successfully dodge the FBI for years, although the group's members would eventually reemerge to life in a country that was dramatically different than the one they had hoped their efforts would inspire."
(( Separate link, in case it doesn't work right away:
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They also speak on film in 2003 about what they did. Judge for yourself if you would even shake hands with people like this. The description of the film says a lot about PBS, too.
At this link, PBS has a short history and timeline of the Weather Underground along with another video of Bernadine Dohrn showing the filmmakers around her hideout in a houseboat in Sausalito on San Francisco Bay in the 70s when the FBI was after her and Ayers.
[I love this bit]: And grab attention they didin March 1970, just days after Bernardine Dohrn publicly announced a declaration of war.
When an accidentally detonated bomb killed three Weathermen in the basement of a Manhattan townhouse, the group suddenly became the target of an FBI manhunt, and members were forced to go into hiding. The bomb had been intended to be set off at a dance at a local Army base.
Here's part of an interview of Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers in connection with the film. Do you think Obama was unaware of the famous film starring his neighbors?"
Rest at link.
A man is judged by the company he keeps ..... INDEED!
When the average “I don’t pay much attention until shortly before the election” bunch gets a load of this stuff, Barky Obama is going down in flames.
Not a disaffected "middle-class" kid, this rich jerkwad had plenty of privileged experiences while growing up.
"Bill Ayers: Ive thought about this a lot. Being almost 60, its impossible to not have lots and lots of regrets about lots and lots of things, but the question of did we do something that was horrendous, awful? I dont think so. I think what we did was to respond to a situation that was unconscionable.
Two thousand people a day were being murdered in Vietnam in a terrorist war, an official terrorist war This was what was going on in our names. So we tried to resist it, tried to fight it. Built a huge mass movement, built a huge organization, and still the war went on and escalated. And every day we didnt stop the war, two thousand people would be killed.
I dont think what we did was extreme . We didnt cross lines that were completely unacceptable. I dont think so. We destroyed property in a fairly restrained level, given what we were up against.
Dohrn: I can iterate four or five things that I have profoundly complex feelings about. I wish that we hadnt been hierarchical, and had a concept of leadership.
I wish that I had bridged the feminist movement and the anti-war movement better than I did.
I wish that we hadnt used the language of war. You heard me saying a declaration of war. I wish we had used the language of resistance.
Obviously, we didnt stop the war. We were part of an authentic, aroused opposition to the U.S. empire and to racism at home. Those were two issues we had a grip on . Of course, I wish we had done better, and I wish we had stopped the war earlier, and I wish we had been more effective, and I wish we had been more unifying. Or at least fought for unity even when we couldnt achieve it.
At the end of the day, I feel like we were lucky to be in that history. We were lucky to be in that history. We were lucky to be in that moment where there was hope and a sense of libratory possibility."
They weren’t rich kids playing revolutionaries. They were/are the real deal.
I was in Lincoln Park that first night. It was to be a war protest march, maybe 100 or so of the usual suspects(myself at that time included, AKA useful idiots), street freaks, college kids. Then arrived about 50 of the RYM-1 Weather contingent, all with helmets, face-wrapped scarves and either a pipe, bat or chain. They got the crowd moving down the street and started destroying everything in sight. I remember one of the crazies standing on the roof of a ‘Vette just wailing away with a chain. What I haven’t seen mentioned were the high rise resident throwing bottles down on the crowd (no, that wasn’t a bad thing). The Weatherwomen were the more agressive ones, I remember one jumping on the back of an officer in full riot gear. The crowd was broken up by a sedan that suddenly appeared disgorging really big guys in helmets and fatigues swinging really big sticks. I ran.
Several days later I attended a 6 hour tactical session in Evanston, north of Chicago. All the well-known members were there: Ayers, Dohrn, Rudd. These were the people I had been reading about in the underground papers, Ramparts, etc. I was in awe when it started.
It was the first meeting I’d ever attended with armed guards at the door preventing egress. I didn’t know at the time that a bunch of them had just returned from Cuba for revolution training, but it makes sense. The discussion was on tactics for overthrowing the government. Quotes galore from the Communist pantheon. I felt lucky to get out of there intact.
Those from that meeting who are still around have joined the dreaded system with the same strategic goals in minds. Although they’re far above the role of “direct action” in the current world revolution, they’re even more dangerous now.
WOW ... despicable subversives never go away .. they
go into academia and poison the brains of our children
Doc .. you mean there are antagonists today
who’re copycatting Ayers/Dohrn, or is it the
same crew of aging terrorists? Were there arrests ?
Did the FBI question you? My husband knew the guy who blew up that building in Wisconsin. They rowed crew together before college, and the FBI tracked down my husband to question him about Leo Frederick Burt. They never did find him. They tracked down the rest of the people involved in the Wisconsin incident in Cuba, but they never found Burt.
My time with them was limited to what I described. I’m sure the Chicago Red Squad had pix of me that year, but no, no questioning. Cuba was only one of their sanctuaries.
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