Mike Spiegel

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Michael "Mike" Spiegel (born August 16, 1946 in Portland, Oregon) was a former National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society in 1967 - 1968. He joined the Weather Underground Organization faction in 1969 and was arrested during the WUO "Days of Rage" riots in Chicago during October, 1969. He submerged into the underground in early 1970 and remained therein.[1]

Racial Struggle in Chicago

In the April 12, 1968 edition of Bohemia, a weekly news magazine published in Havana, Cuba, under the direction and control of the Cuban government, an article concerning Spiegel on page 47, as translated from the Spanish language revealed in part, the following information:

Mike Spiegel, leader of the organization Students for a Democratic Society, telephonically advised Radio Havana, Cuba on the status of the racial struggle in Chicago, Illinois, during the month of April, 1968. Spiegel, speaking from Chicago, advised that on Saturday, April 6th, during the evening, they brought tanks into the streets and there were big fire fights here. Only two or three blocks from this office, large fires broke out. Our group organized a demonstration in which 300 persons took part. We marched toward the Headquarters of the National Guard but the troops attacked us with tear gas. Fifty of our comrades were arrested. Spiegel further concluded that we are taking the initiative so that the problems of racism and in racial genocide in the United States will be brought before the United Nations.[1]

Committee for University Reform

A meeting for the Committee for University Reform of American University was held at 4202 River Road, N.W., Washington, D.C. on September 11, 1968, attended by approximately 40 people, including American University students, faculty members and members of the Washington, D.C. Regional Office of Students for a Democratic Society. Spiegel, a former national secretary of SDS, was among those present.[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].


  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