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.
On December 6, 1969, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) published these writings. They cover a variety of topics including revolution, military conquest, and justice. It is a deep critique of the United States in which it sentences the United States government “to death.” Additionally, it identifies other enemies such as capitalism and imperialism. Overall, they aim to destroy bourgeois consciousness and create new revolutionary ways of living.
During the 1960’s the Amerikan government was on trial for crimes against the people of the world. We now find the government guilty and sentence it to death in the streets.
During the 1960s, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) as a national organization had chapters at over 300 universities. The organization lasted unitl 1969, until it ultimately split due to disagreements within regarding revolutionary actions. Here is a collection of newsletters distributed by the Indiana University chapter of SDS in 1965.
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The Port Huron Statement was published in 1962 at a United Workers Retreat in Port Huron, Michigan. It was the first time Students for a Democratic Society gathered from across the nation, and became the group’s manifesto. SDS were considered a prominent organization within the New Left.
As students for a democratic society, we are committed to stimulating this kind of social movement, this kind of vision and program in campus and community across the country. If we appear to seek the unattainable, as it has been said, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable.
In 1967, student Benno Ohnesorg was killed at a protest against the Shah of Iran visiting Germany. Shocked by his killing by the police, the German Social Democratic Student Association (SHB) released this flyer, condemning the violence of the state
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.