The document called for creating a clandestine revolutionary party. The belief was that these types of urban guerrilla actions would act as a catalyst for the coming revolution.
Emile de Antonio attributes his decision to make this film to his own Marxist beliefs, his fascination with the political climate of the '60s and '70s, and his specific interest in the Weather Underground after reading their manifesto Prairie Fire Rosenthal, That's really the part that I think is the hardest for people to understand.
The interactions between the Weathermen and filmmakers raise many questions about the role of documentary film and the contrived nature of its set-ups. The first contingent of the VB returned from Cuba and the second contingent departed. The Weather Underground hoped to create underground collectives in major cities throughout the country.
The meeting, dubbed the "War Council" by the people who attended, adopted Jacobs' call for violent revolution. The Split of the Weather Underground Organization: And we were going to kick ass. It furthers the line of building a legal, above-ground organization and begins to minimize the armed struggle role.
Released on bond, this member again submerges into the underground. By the late s, activist movements had also mobilized among Asian Americans, Native Americans, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans, as well as a second wave of activism among women, gay and lesbians and the disabled.
WUO claims this is to express support for the New York prison riots. The bomb was made from an electric blasting cap, an alarm clock, a battery and a plastic bag filled with gasoline and explosives.
Some accused the group of terrorism, while others accused it of giving all activists, both militant and more mainstream, a bad name. These experiences led some SDS members to conclude that deep social change would not happen through community organizing and electoral politics, and that more radical and disruptive tactics were needed.
It was intended to make group members believe that they were, deep down, white supremacists by subjecting them to constant criticism to break them down. In the evening, the groups reconvened for a mass "wargasm"—practicing karateengaging in physical exercise, singing songs, and listening to speeches.
The Split of the Weather Underground Organization: The collective nature of the group led the filmmakers to use group interviews, and allow individuals to talk at length about their thoughts on the American social and political climate, as well as their role in this situation and bringing about change.
This surplus of youth set the stage for a widespread revolt against the status quo: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism," Weatherman explained that their intention was to encourage the people and provoke leaps in confidence and consciousness in an attempt to stir the imagination, organize the masses, and join in the people's day-to-day struggles in every way possible.
Thereafter, any leaflet, label, or logo bearing the name "Students for a Democratic Society" SDS was in fact the views and politics of Weatherman, not of the slate elected by Progressive Labor. Historical context[ edit ] This film is informed by the political and social unrest of the s in the United States.
To me, it was a question of what had to be done to stop the much greater violence that was going on. February 16 — A bomb was detonated at the Golden Gate Park branch of the San Francisco Police Department, killing one officer and injuring a number of other policemen.
The younger members of the working class became the focus of the organizing effort because they felt the oppression strongly in regards to the military draft, low-wage jobs, and schooling. By using this title the Weathermen meant, partially, to appeal to the segment of US youth inspired to action for social justice by Dylan's songs.
In direct actions, dubbed JailbreaksWeather members invaded educational institutions as a means by which to recruit high school and college students. Their political awakening had included a growing awareness of sexism, yet they often found that men took the lead in political activities and discussion, with women often engaging in domestic work, as well as finding themselves confined to second-tier leadership roles.Underground is a documentary film about the Weathermen, founded as a militant faction of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), who fought to overthrow the U.S.
government during the s and s. The film consists of interviews with members of the group after they went underground and footage of the anti-war and civil rights. Some of the group’s former members, interviewed in THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, cite the murder of Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in a December Chicago police raid as a.
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. 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 FBI’s Most Wanted.
The Weather Underground Organization (WUO), commonly known as the Weather Underground, was a radical left-wing militant organization active in the late s and s, founded on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan. Nov 13, · Watch video · Directed by Sam Green, Bill Siegel.
With Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange, Evan White.
The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous/10(K).Download