Cathy Wilkerson

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Cathy (Cathlyn) Wilkerson (born Jan. 14, 1945 in Bronxville, New York) was considered to be one of the leaders of the Weather Underground Organization. She was arrested during the WUO "Days of Rage" riots in Chicago during October, 1969. In March 1970 she was observed fleeing her father's townhouse in company with WUO member Kathie Boudin as the building was being destroyed by a series of explosions. Investigation disclosed the location to have been a WUO "bomb factory". Three WUO members died in the blast.[1]

An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left

An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left.

Now it is time for all those who yearn for a more equal and just social order to face facts.

By Former leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society. April 16, 2020.

On April 13, 2020, Senator Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee, former vice president Joe Biden. Writing as founders and veterans of the leading New Left organization of the 1960s, Students for a Democratic Society, we welcome Bernie’s wise choice—but we are gravely concerned that some of his supporters, including the leadership of Democratic Socialists of America, refuse to support Biden, whom they see as a representative of Wall Street capital. Some of us are DSA members, but do not believe their position is consistent with a long-range vision of democracy, justice, and human survival....

We salute Bernie Sanders and our friends and comrades in DSA and in the diverse movements for social justice and environmental sanity that enabled them to rise. We look forward to joining together to build on and defend our accomplishments. And now we plead with all: Get together, beat Trump, and fight for democracy—precious, fragile, worth keeping.

The signers of this letter were founders, officers, and activists in Students for a Democratic Society between 1960 and 1969.

Signers included Cathy Wilkerson.

Travel to Cambodia

In September, 1970 it was ascertained that in Nov. 1967 the North Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh had requested reservations for four individuals including Wilkerson on the Nov. 24 flight of the International Control Commission's flight to Hanoi.

The Dec. 18, 1967 edition of the Students for a Democratic Society's official publication, New Left Notes contained an article entitled "Delegation to Hanoi Returns" in which it was indicated that Wilkerson was among a group of four individuals who had visited Paris, France and Camboida in Nov. 1967, their ultimate destination being Hanoi. Due to heavy bombing of Hanoi they were unable to get to North Vietnam but stayed ten days in Cambodia having discussions with Vietnamese officials and Cambodians. Wilkerson made numerous speeches and wrote several articles concerning her experiences in the Far East, in all of which she has stressed failing morale of U.S. troops.[1]

The Volume 2, Number 3, Jan. 15, 1968 issue of Spark, a Students for a Democratic Society publication at the University of Maryland reflects an article on pages 1 and 2, written by Cathy Wilkerson, titled "The U.S. is losing in Vietnam, A Report on a Trip to Cambodia", which stated, in part, the following:

"I recently returned from a ten day trip to Cambodia. The Federation of Youth of the Democratic Republic in Vietnam (North Vietnam) had invited a delegation from the American student movement to come to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) and meet with North Vietnamese students and young working people. The delegation consisted of three people from Students for a Democratic Society, and one person from the Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam...
As a result, the group stayed in Cambodia, where we met and talked to both representatives of the DRV and the South Vietnamese National Liberation Front (NLF). Of all the information we collected in our talks, the single most outstanding fact (and the one that will most shock those of us who learn about the war only through the U.S. mass media) is that the NLF feels that it is decisively winning the war, and that the U.S. is in fact in a desperate military situation..."[1]

Weathermen Flint "War Council"

December 27-31, 1969, about 400 of the national membership of the Weatherman faction of Students for a Democratic Society held a “War Council” at a ballroom dancehall in Flint, Michigan. Posters of a giant cardboard machinegun, Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevera, and Fidel Castro hung everywhere.

Among the attendees of the “War Council in Flint" identified by the Flint police department and/or its informant were: Michael Avey, Karen Ashley, Bill Ayers, Edward Benedict, Margaret Bennett, Douglas Bernhardt, Jeff Blum, Harvey Blume, David Chase, Peter Clapp, Judy Clark, Bernardine Dohrn, Diane Donghi, Linda Evans, Brian Flannigan, David Flatley, John Fuerst, Lynn Ray Garvin, Bert Garskof, Michele Garskoff, Mark Glasser, Theodore Gold, Lenny Handlesman, Ann Hathaway, Karen Hardiman, Daniel Hardy, Tom Hayden, Phoebe Hirsch, Arthur Hochberg, Anne Hodges, John Jacobs, Jeff Jones, Sam Karp, David Klafter, Dianne Kohn, Peter Kuttner, Bradford Lang, Stephen Lang, Karen Latimer, Jonathan Lerner, Naomi Lev, Bradford Long, Alan Maki, Eric Mann, Howard Machtinger, Carol McDermott, L.R. Meadows, Lisa Meisel, Jeff Melish, James Mellen, David Millstone, Russell Neufeld, Diana Oughton, John Pilkington, Edward Purtz, Jonah Raskin, Natalie Rosenstein, Dennis Roskamp, Mark Rudd, Karen Selin, Mark Shapiro, Janet Snider, Mike Spiegel, Jane Spiegelman, Marsha Steinberg, David Sole, Susan Stern, Clayton Van Lydegraf, Cathy Wilkerson and Mary Wozniak[2].

"Pine Street" bomb factory




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 FBI Weatherman Underground Summary Dated 8/20/76, Part 2
  2. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws, The Weather Underground, Committee Print, January 1975, 126-7