This essay by Shin’ya Ono was printed in Leviathan in December 1969. She writes, “What I
would like to go into here is how the Chicago action, and the Weatherman logic behind it,
made, and still makes, compelling sense…”
The Weather Underground was a radical left militant faction of the Student Group Students for a Democratic Society. This position paper was distributed at an SDS convention in Chicago on June 18, 1969.
The contradiction between the revolutionary peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America and the imperialists headed by the United States is the principal contradiction in the contemporary world. The development of this contradiction is promoting the struggle of the people of the whole world against US imperialism and its lackeys.
This pamphlet from SDS is a call to action for people to protest in Chicago, a renewal of the protest at the Democratic Convention a year earlier. It calls for an end to imperalism, white supremacy, male supremacy, and facism through disruptive means. The pamphlet specifies that the action taken during the protest should not only be against imperialism abroad but also domestic imperialism.
But, after years of peace marches, petitions, and the gradual realization that this war was no “mistake” at all, one critical fact remains: the war is not just happening in Vietnam. It is happening in the jungles of Guatemala, Bolivia, Thailand, and all oppressed nations throughout the world. And it is happening here.