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Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin dies, 78

Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin dies, 78
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The Columbia University Center for Justice, which Boudin helped found, announced the former '70s radical died of cancer on May 1, 2022. She was 78. Boudin's partner, David Gilbert, and her son, Chesa Boudin, were by her side, the center said.

Chesa Boudin is the district attorney of San Francisco. Gilbert, also imprisoned for the 1981 holdup of a Brinks truck in New York that landed Boudin behind bars, was released in 2021 after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo commuted his sentence. Kathy Boudin was paroled in 2003.

The Center does a great job of encapsulating Boudin's life, both in an out of prison, more than you'll get by any of the news reports of her death. It's worth a read.

Kathy Boudin: A Great Life and A Great Loss | Center for Justice

Bill Ayers, former Weather Underground comrade of Boudins, who also raised Chesa while she served her 20-year stint in prison, had this to say about her death:

I once interviewed Ayers for a podcast I started but never managed to get off the ground. He's an interesting fellow. If you're interested, its here:

We Are Here 001 - Bill Ayres
The first We Are Here podcast, with a conversation with Bill Ayers, a former founding member of The Weather Underground and author of the book “Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto.”

There's a fairly good documentary of the Weather Underground here.

Student Rioters: Who Were The Weather Underground? | War/Peace | Timeline
War/Peace tells the story of the radical student activists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn who founded the anti-Vietnam war group “The Weathermen” at the Uni...

And a good survey of the Brinks holdup in an interview with David Gilbert here:

David Gilbert Describes Journey From Activist to Brink’s Robbery Role at Parole Hearing
Former Weather Underground radical David Gilbert described his path from nonviolent 1960s activist to would-be revolutionary in front of the panel that approved his parole in October, 40 years after he served as a getaway driver in the botched Brink’s robbery that left three men dead.