November 09, 2008
Weather Underground Bernardine Dorn: "We Were Never Terrorists"
It appears the "gag order" is over for the NYSlimes.
Headline reads: "1960 Radicals Predict Rebirth of Social Activism".
Nothing is more non-nonconformist than a nearly two-hour panel discussion. But times have indeed changed, and the three former political radicals who gathered for one on Saturday in Manhattan did not seem to mind.
At a table in the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea, Tom Hayden sat next to Bernardine Dohrn. Next to her was Jamal Joseph.
Forty years ago, Mr. Hayden was a co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society, a driving force behind the movement against the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the Chicago Seven, who were tried on charges of conspiring to incite a riot at the Democratic National Convention in 1968. Ms. Dohrn was also a leader of S.D.S., and would later help form a violent splinter group called the Weather Underground that bombed government buildings in the early 1970s. Mr. Joseph was a young Black Panther in Harlem who went to prison in the ’80s for harboring a fugitive.
Today, Mr. Hayden, Ms. Dohrn and Mr. Joseph are lecturers, writers and activists. On the Saturday after Election Day, they spoke softly into their microphones and incited no riots among the small audience, but their spirits were high. Though President-elect Barack Obama was not a product of the antiwar movement 40 years ago, the panelists described him as a benefactor of its transformations and predicted he would be the inspiration for social movements.[...]
Update below the fold
Early on in the panel discussion, the moderator, Joshua Micah Marshall, editor and publisher of the political blog Talking Points Memo, asked Ms. Dohrn what it was like for her and her husband to play cameo roles in the campaign.I beg to differ Ms. Dohrn, you were a domestic terrorist.
She said they felt “tremendously lucky to have been together for almost 40 years now.” She added that they were still “proud radicals,” and were “definitively not now, or then, terrorists.”[...]
The discussion on Saturday was organized to promote an exhibition of photographs by David Fenton, who chronicled street protests and the lives of counterculture figures in the late 1960s and early ’70s.When speaking of the demonstrations Mr. Fenton said - “I don’t know if that will ever happen again. I hope it doesn’t have to.”
The exhibition, which runs until Nov. 26 at the Steven Kasher Gallery, features more than 75 photographs of Columbia University protests, Central Park be-ins and Black Panther demonstrations. Mr. Fenton went on to become chief executive of Fenton Communications, which represents the liberal antiwar group MoveOn.org.
MoveOn.org's founder is the man behind the curtain who helped elect Barack Obama, Mr George Soros.
I expect to see more "puff" pieces like this coming from the NYSlimes. Weather Underground weren't just anti-war, they were admitted communists as Billy Ayers has proudly said. WU were working to overthrow our government, now they "work" on students minds.
Update: Bill Warner (link in comments) has excellent background information on these three non/terrorists domestic terrorists here