Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism

1960s: Days of Rage

“The Prairie Fire Organizing Committee is an activist group whose members advocate the overthrow of the current capitalist system as the only solution to racism, sexism, homophobia, classism and imperialism. … The Prairie Fire Organization began in 1975. It sprang up from the radical group known as Weatherman. Members of the group, Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Jeff Jones, and Celia Sojourn (a pseudonym for several individuals who were unnamed), created a six-part book titled Prairie Fire:The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism (1974), composed of sections titled, ‘Arm the Spirit,’ ‘Vietnam,’ ‘On the Road: Impressions of US History,’ ‘Imperialism in Crisis: The Third World,’ ‘Imperialism in Crisis: The Home Front,’ and ‘Against the Common Enemy’. The book’s preparation was a 12-month process, written collaboratively and adopted as the collective statement of the Weather Underground. Mark Rudd stated that the book ‘was an attempt to influence the movement that…

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