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Osawatomie: The Revolutionary Voice of Bill Ayers’ Weather Underground Organization

14 June 2010 One Comment

It was 60 years ago, in June 1950, when America’s war to defeat communism began in Korea. It was two decades later when self-described “communist” Americans — part of the Weather Underground Organization (WUO), actively worked to defeat capitalism to transform America into a socialist state. Two of those Americans, President Obama’s family friends, were William Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn. Some insights into their plans and ideology can be seen in Osawatomie, “the revolutionary voice of the WUO,” a 35-page newspaper published by WUO in 1975-1976.

“The Weather Underground Organization is a revolutionary organization of communist women and men,” states Osawatomie. WUO took its title from Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” According to the FBI, when the Students for Democratic Society (SDA) collapsed in 1969, “the Weather Underground stepped forward, inspired by communist ideologies and embracing violence and crime as a way to protest the Vietnam War, racism, and other left-wing aims. “Our intention is to disrupt the empire … to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks,” claimed the group’s 1974 manifesto, Prairie Fire. By the next year, the group had claimed credit for 25 bombings and would be involved in many more over the next several years.” As Weatherman David Gilbert wrote: “There is no example of a peaceful road to fundamental social change.”

According to Osawatomie summer edition, No. 2 published in 1975:

Osawatomie is guided by a commitment to struggle, a determination to fight the enemy [in FBI files the enemy is often referred to as Pig Amerika], the certainty that we will see revolution in our lifetime, an a spirit of love for the exploited people of the world. In order to build a successful struggle, the people need strong organization an a revolutionary party.

The program of the Weather Underground Organization is:

– US Imperialism out of the Third World.
– Peace. Oppose Imperialist war and US intervention
-Fight racism. Build-anti racist base within the working class.
-Support self-determination for oppressed peoples.
-Struggle against sexism and the freedom of women.
-Organize the working class. Fight for socialism. Power to the people.
In a single sentence, the program means this: Mobile the exploited and oppressed people to wage the class struggle against US Imperialism, the common enemy.”

From Osawatomie’s Toolbox Class Struggle section:

The revolutionary struggle of the working class will transform our society — destroy this outmoded and cruel capitalism and build the socialist society that can provide for human need and progress. Under capitalism, the rulers own the wealth and control production, the proletarians survive only by selling their labor. Their interests are fundamentally irreconcilable. Class struggle, at times hidden and then more open, assumes a variety of forms. There is an immediate response to conditions of oppression: a gut hatred of “the rich” or worker’s refusal to be pushed into a blistering work pace… On a more organized level classes contend over the share and use of social wealth: workers strike for better wages working class woman demonstrate for child-care….

The “Toolbox” section ends with a quote from The Communist Manifesto:

Let the ruling classes tremble at communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have the world to win.

Incidentally, Bill Ayers, after Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, denied a quote attributed to him in 2001: “I don’t regret setting bombs. I wish we’d set more bombs. I don’t think we did enough.” In a new forward to his re-released book Fugitive Days, Ayers wrote, “I never actually said that I ‘set bombs,’ nor that I wished there were ‘more bombs.’ ”

To read the Weather Underground Organization’s Osawatomie, Summer 1975 No. 2 edition, in its entirety click here.