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More About the Weather Underground “Days of Rage” (Repost)

Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and the Weather Underground.

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“Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring
the revolution home. Kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.”
–Bill Ayers, Weather Underground, 1970

“This is Bernadine Dohrn.   I am going to read a declaration of a state of war.  Within the next 14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of American injustice.” — Recorded message, 1970

“America is not a just and fair and decent place,”  “It makes me want to puke.”  — Bill Ayers said in 2001.

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At the same time Ayers was in a Chicago alley desecrating the flag, he and Barack Obama were serving on the board of the Woods Fund together

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Even if Barack Obama didn’t make his appearance in the lives of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, this would be a fascinating story for a person such as myself who is a follower of true crime.

Bill Ayers says in his memoir that most of the bombs the Weathermen were blamed for had been placed to only do property damage.

Maybe most but certainly not all.  In 1970 in San Francisco a pipe bomb attributed to the group killed one police officer and severely hurt another.

An accidental explosion in a Greenwich Village town house basement killed three of the radicals.  Survivors later said they had been making nail bombs to detonate at a military dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Then there’s the Brinks robbery in Nanuet, N. Y. already mentioned.  See:

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/william-ayers-and-bernadine-dohrn-digging-a-little-deeper-and-who-is-chesa-boudin/

Note:  I wonder if Mr. Ayers is familiar with the felony murder law.  I think he would be since fellow weathermen, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, were convicted and sentenced to life in the Brinks robbery based on felony murder.

Three days after the townhouse explosion, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn skipped a court date from the Days of Rage case and went underground. Initially, fiery tape recordings were sent to reporters.

tapesBernadine Dohrn: (recording) – “This is Bernadine Dohrn. Within the next 14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of American injustice.”

Over the next decade, the Weathermen claimed credit for 25 bombings but eventually the movement broke apart, and Dohrn and Ayers began a life together in New York, still underground. Ten years later, Dohrn and Ayers finally turned themselves in, in Chicago. Federal bombing conspiracy charges had been dropped because of improper FBI surveillance.

Local assault and battery charges remained against Dohrn. She was fined $1500 and placed on probation. She remained defiant.

“Resistance by every means necessary is happening and will continue to happen within the United States as well as around the world, and I remain committed to the struggle ahead,” said Bernadine Dohrn.

In an August 22, 1996 PBS interview, it was stated that teaching is the central fact of Ayers’ life. A full professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he’s written four books.

With his love of teaching and his distrust of bureaucracy, it’s not surprising that Ayers has been deeply involved in school reform in Chicago, and the effort to decentralize this troubled urban school system.

Dohrn is also heavily involved in reforming a major social system. Chicago has often criticized juvenile court. On the staff of the law school, at Northwestern University, Dohrn heads the Children and Family Justice Center.

Her work gets high praise from an unlikely supporter, the judge who oversees the juvenile court in Cook County, Chief Judge Donald O’Connell.

But the past does intrude on her work. Dohrn has a law degree but cannot practice. She was denied a license in part because of a seven-month jail term she served after refusing to testify before a grand jury. The jury was investigating a botched robbery of a Brinks truck in which a guard and two state troopers were killed.

Weatherman Kathy Boudin was sentenced to life for the crime (or 20 years to life). *  It happened a year after Dohrn came above ground, and she has denied any involvement. There are still those who haven’t forgotten or forgiven. Northwestern Law School Professor Dan Polsby is one of them.

“There were many acts of domestic terrorism. It seems to me that in the world as we know it right now. He can’t simply walk away from acts of domestic terrorism and say, well, okay, that was a long time ago. It wasn’t that long ago, for one thing, and for another thing, it has never been apologized for, and it seems to me that repentance has to proceed forgiveness and not come sometime later,” says Professor Polsby.

He is not alone. Thomas Foran was the U.S. Attorney during the Days of Rage, who said, “I’d say they still are against the community; they’re still anti-authoritarian; they still think that they know their own little secret of how the world should run that’s different than the overwhelming majority of the people. There’s no way that anybody would say either of those people had any impact in Chicago.”

Dohrn and Ayers do not react to those who say they are still outside the system any more than they do to those who say they sold out, but the years have made a difference. Their family is as important as their activism now. It was their children that brought them out of the underground.

They have raised three teenagers–middle child Malik Cochise is named after Malcolm X and a 19th century Apache chief. Their oldest, Zade Atheola, is named after a Black Panther killed in a shootout with police in 1973.

Sixteen years old at the time of the interview, Chesa, Kathy Boudin’s and David Gilbert’s son, has been raised by Dohrn and Ayers since his mother and his father were jailed when he was 14 months old.  Weathermen Boudin and Gilbert were convicted on felony murder and robbery.

Also central is the desire to make a fundamental radical change in society.  Would they do it all again? They say, absolutely.

Posted:  10.11.08  Updated:  10.15.08

Katherine Boudin was paroled in 2003, according to this writing of August, 2003: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=3362356F-98D0-4CC9-A24C-27D5F97544EF

Repost:  11.14.08

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William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn – Digging a Little Deeper, Who is Chesa Boudin?

In the recent New York Times article entitled  “Crossed Paths of Obama, 60’s Bomber” it was reported that:

In his memoir, Mr. Ayers was evasive as to which bombings he had a hand in, writing that “some details cannot be told.” By the time of the Brinks robbery, he and Ms. Dohrn had emerged from underground to raise their two children and then Chesa Boudin, whose parents were imprisoned for their role in the heist.

The mention, almost in passing, of Chesa Boudin made me wonder, just who is Chesa Boudin?

A little background on Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, Chesa’s parents:

Katherine (Kathy) Boudin and David Gilbert were sentenced to life terms for the 1981 Brinks armed robbery in which two police officers and a Brinks guard were killed, leaving behind a 14-month-old boy, Chesa Boudin, at which time William Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn took guardianship or custody of the child.

On Oct. 20, 1981, Sgt. Edward O’Grady, Patrolman Waverly Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige were gunned down in Rockland County, N.Y. by heavily armed terrorists. The half dozen gunmen — all Americans — were members of the Weather Underground, a faction of the Students for a Democratic Society and the Black Liberation Army, formed from members of the Black Panther Party and the Republic of New Afrika.

These improbable violent coalitions were committing armed robberies (this was number 19) to finance their “revolution.” At stake that day was an armored truck with $1.6 million in cash. Thanks to the bravery of the dead officers, the terrorists failed; but left behind were three widows and nine children, like most victims all largely forgotten.

In December of 2002, at age 22, Chesa brought it all back into the news when he was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University, England, with the following points being made:

Guardian Dad, the distinguished Professor William Ayers, not only hides his some 17 tattoos under his smart suits, but these days he is writing books about his exploits as a revolutionary and his bombing activities. However, in describing a bomb he placed in the Pentagon, Ayers brags a bit too much. “It turns out that we blew up a bathroom and, quite by accident, water plunged below and knocked out their computers for a time, disrupting the air war and sending me into deepening shades of delight.”

Guardian Mom, Bernadine Dohrn, (Mrs. William Ayers) described by former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover as “La Pasionara of the lunatic left,” now pretends that her widely publicized support for the Manson Family killings in the ’70s was a joke.

In a speech during the December 1969 “War Council” meeting organized by the Weathermen and attended by about 400 people in Flint, Michigan, Dohrn said:   “Dig it! First they killed those pigs and then they put a fork in their bellies. Wild!”

“We were mocking violence in America,” she has said. Yet she does not deny her leadership of the terrorist cult, and none of her comrades thought the lovely Bernadine was joking.

Chesa’s grandfather, Katherine’s father, was a secret Communist Party strategist. Leonard Boudin masqueraded as a civil rights lawyer during the years the Weathermen killed, robbed and bombed, but really was a contact man for such hostile foreign powers as the Soviet Union and Cuba. Daughter Katherine was one of New York’s elite, attending good schools such as Bryn Mawr, enjoying a year in Moscow and developing a social conscience that allowed her to plan the killing and maiming of her fellow Americans.

These people were not playing. Katherine (Kathy) Boudin

Katherine Boudin was paroled in 2003, according to this writing of August, 2003: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=3362356F-98D0-4CC9-A24C-27D5F97544EF

David Gilbert

More recently, Chesa Boudin is a co-author of The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions–100 Answers. In 2005 he worked as an intern on President Chávez’s foreign policy team, doing research for a master’s degree in Latin American public policy at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Picture of Chesa at Caracas Chronicles: http://www.caracaschronicles.com/search?q=Chesa+Boudin

Things are disappearing all over the web, but below is another site with his picture.

http://www.eviltwinbooking.com/events.cfm?view=Speakers&artist_id=159

(Recap:  David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin are parents of Chesa Boudin, who was raised and possibly adopted by Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.  David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin were sentenced to up to life for the deaths in the Brinks robbery.)

And very interesting detailed account of the Brinks heist at:  http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/terrorists_spies/terrorists/brinks/4.html

Sources:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_108950.html

http://www.slate.com/?id=2075224

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/bill-ayers-bernadine-dohrn-and-the-weather-underground/

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/bill-ayers-describes-himself-as-family-friend-of-obama/

Posted:  10.09.08

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