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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bernardine Dohrn

Bernardine Dohrn could have taken her over the top intelligence and law degree in 1967 and moved right into polite society as the upper middle class woman she was raised and expected to be. But Dohrn is an in-your-face woman and that would have bored her to tears. So instead, she helped to co-found the Revolutionary Youth Movement, a radical wing of the Students for a Democratic Society (already itself an organization that worked for social change).

Eventually, Dohrn and the other members of RYM took over the SDS, issued a sixteen-thousand word manifesto, changed their faction name to the Weathermen (after Bob Dylan's famous "Subterranean Homesick Blues" line: "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows") and then went underground to begin blowing things up in protest against the Vietnam War, among other things.

Taking a public stand against the oppression of African-Americans, Dorhn once told reporters, ""The best thing that we can be doing for ourselves, as well as for the [Black] Panthers and the revolutionary Black liberation struggle, is to build a fucking white revolutionary movement."

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