Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."

The Weathermen took control of Students for a Democratic Society and became a well known militant anarchist group of the United States. With main slogans such as, "bring the war home," this group of activists brought about "The Days of Rage" and violence in reaction to the Vietnam War. They wanted to bring about a violent overthrow of the government and were doing what "had to be done to prevent greater actions of violence."
We talked today in class how explosives are very unstable and dangerous and about an incident where someone blew up their own townhouse in creating a bomb. Well, this took place in Greenwich Village in New York and they were members of the Weathermen. Terry Goldman and Diana Oughton were two of the three killed by this incident, and the bomb was intended to detonate at a government ball where hundreds of people would be. This event created a reformation of the group's intentions and goals, which ultimately caused them to realize violence on the people is wrong and to go underground.
The Weather Underground was created, and they carried out several bombings in public places in defense of what was happening in the early 70s. These bombings were very successful in the sense that not one of them produced fatalities or injuries, but not in the sense to the radical revolution they were trying to create. Nobody was really paying attention to them, except the FBI. However, they bombed places between 1970 to 1975 such as the Capitol, Pentagon, National Guard, New York Police Department, Queens courthouse, Harvard Center for International Affairs, the State Department, and many other places of political significance. They even helped Timothy Leary escape successfully from prison to Algeria. Leaders of the Weather Underground included Bernadine Dohrn, Mark Rudd, David Gilbert, and Bill Ayers.
All of this information can be found in a documentary called "The Weather Underground" and can be found on Hulu at http://www.hulu.com/watch/118170/the-weather-underground. If you have an extra hour and a half, I would recommend watching it. The film portrays a time period of unrest and struggle to figure out what is right and wrong, and how far people think they need to go to overcome it.

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