“A Declaration of A State of War” by Bernardine Dohrn in RAT (NYC: R.A.T. Publications, June 5, 1970).
Newspaper format. 28pp. Illustrated.
The Weather Underground’s formal declaration of ‘war’ on the US government, a pivotal moment that completed the group’s transformation from political advocacy to violent action. Dohrn recorded the declaration (and also sent a transcript of it to The New York Times), and RAT’s editorial response, a “Weather Retort”, appears on the following page: “We cannot present this Declaration in a revolutionary women’s paper without some indication of our most vehement reactions” (RAT had recently been turned into a women-only paper when activists took it over from its original editors, Jeff Shero, Alice Embree and Gary Thiher).
Also: 2pp. interview with George Demmerle, “the informer-provocateur who was responsible for the arrests of Jane Alpert (a member of the RAT staff), Dave Hughey, and Sam Melville” (see also item #1), conducted at a right-wing rally he was attending, plus latest news on the trial of Sam Melville, Jane Alpert and David Demmerle (who, as a “pig-agent”, was set free); “Organizational Principles and Structure” by the Women’s Movement group, THE FEMINISTS; “The Jailor” by Sylvia Plath; “Are Our Doctors Pigs?”; “Statement to the Conference for Women May 28, 1970 NYC”; Black Panther court battles (New Haven Nine, Panther 21); 1pp. critique of Jean-Luc Godard’s “1 Plus 1 (Sympathy For The Devil)”: “It’s one of those films that super-subtly abhor racism, sexism, imperialism, etc., all the while showing what lustful apes black men are, what passive bitches women are, and how terrifying revolutionary violence would be”; a directory of women’s groups and centres; full-page ad. “Why You Should Come to the Trial of the Panther 21”; more.
Slight age-toning to newsprint paper, short split at tail of spine, o/w Near Fine (unfolded).