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FLASHBACK: Weather Underground Communiqué #1 from May 21, 1970

Below is the full text of the Weather Underground's first public Communiqué, which was delivered by recorded tape on May 21, 1970. Twenty days later, they bombed the New York City police headquarters in retaliation for the ongoing police assasination of black activists. Food for thought...
Weather Underground Organization
Communiqué #1: "A Declaration of a State of War"
Delivered May 21, 1970

Hello. This is Bernardine Dohrn.


This is the first communication from the Weatherman underground.

All over the world, people fighting Amerikan imperialism look to Amerika's youth to use our strategic position behind enemy lines to join forces in the destruction of the empire.

Black people have been fighting almost alone for years. We've known that our job is to lead white kids to armed revolution. We never intended to spend the next five or twenty-five years in jail. Ever since DSD became revolutionary, we've been trying to show how it is possible to overcome the frustration and impotence that comes from trying to reform this system. Kids know that the lines are drawn; revolution is touching all of our lives. Tens of thousands have learned that protest and marches don't do it. Revolutionary violence is the only way.

Now we are adapting the classic guerrilla strategy of the Tuparmaros to our own situation here in the most technically advanced country in the world.

Che taught us that "revolutionaries move like fish in the sea." The alienation and contempt that young people have for this country has created the ocean for this revolution.

The hundreds and thousands of young people who demonstrated in the sixties against the war and for civil rights grew to hundreds of thousands in the past few weeks, actively fighting Nixon's invasion of Cambodia and the attempted genocide against black people. The insanity of Amerikan "justice" has added to its list of atrocities six blacks killed in Augusta, two in Jackson and four white Kent State students making thousands more into revolutionaries.

The parents of the "privileged" kids have been saying for years that the revolution was a game for us. But the war and racism of this society show that it is too fucked up. We will never live peaceably under this system.

This was totally true of those who died in the New York townhouse explosion. The third person who was killed there was Terry Robbins, who led the first rebellion at Kent State less than two years ago.

The twelve Weathermen who were indicted for leading last October's riots in Chicago have never left the country, Terry is dead, Linda was captured by a pig informer, but the rest of us move freely in and out of every city and youth scene in this country. We're not in hiding, but we're invisible.

There are several hundred members of the Weatherman underground and some of us face more years in jail than the 50,000 deserters and draft dodgers now in Canada. Already many of them are coming back to join us in the underground or to return to the Man's army and tear it up form inside along with those who never left.

We fight in many ways. Dope is one of our weapons. The laws against marijuana mean that millions of us are outlaws long before we actually split. Guns and grass are united in the youth underground.

Freaks are revolutionaries and revolutionaries are freaks. If you want to find us, this is where we are. In every tribe, commune, dormitory, farmhouse, barracks and townhouse where kids are making love, smoking dope and loading guns - fugitives from Amerikan justice are free to go.

For Diana Oughton, Ted Gold and Terry Robbins, and for all the revolutionaries who are still on the move here, there has been no question for a long time now - we will never go back.

Within the next fourteen days we will attack a symbol or institution of Amerikan injustice. This is the way we celebrate the example of Eldridge Cleaver and H. Rap Brown and all black revolutionaries who first inspired us by their fight behind enemy lines for the liberation of their people.

Never again will they fight alone.

strategically 15.Oct.2003 17:54


a core deciding factor in the development in the weather underground was the assasination of black organizers and activists. the weather underground said "hey, if we form an all white group and create heat for the system, we can draw the fire of the FBI, CIA, etc *away* from the revoluntionaries of color who are getting murdered." This was their attempt to support the leadership of revoluntionaries of color in the face of murder.

whether or not you agree with them, its a beautiful strategy.

most white revoluntionary cells that come together in the US have NO connections to revoluntionaries of color in the US. we remain a divided left with white kids who are trying hard to come up with the answers by themselves. oops.

national youth liberation 29.Mar.2005 23:06

mc 2nd gensis

the weather underground, abbie hoffman , jerri rubin (before he sold his soul ) , tim leary and all of the of revolutionaries from the 60's are truly our revolutionary forfathers. the weathermen especialy are true inspirations for those of us fighting for national youth liberation today. death to the pigs, overcome the dope epidemic, end the 3rd world war , first world hypocracey and third world poverty. power to the people!