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Liberating the New World from the Old

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0015
Liberating the New World from the Old

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Edward Allen Mead and Bruce Seidel both found their May 31, 1975, bombing of the Division of Corrections headquarters in Olympia empowering. In the absence of immediate repercussions, Mead and Seidel continued on their course. The next “mass struggle” that they perceived to be in need of armed support was the American Indian Movement on the Sioux reservations of Pine Ridge and Rosebud in South Dakota. There, a violent and uneven battle was being waged between traditionalists and compradors on land drenched in the blood of over a century of conflict. Mead and Seidel broke into the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Tacoma and the Bureau of Indian Affairs offices in Everett on August 5 and 6, respectively. They took turns planting pipe bombs; both devices detonated as planned. This chapter discusses how a furtive effort to launch a guerrilla cell out of an anarchist bookshop ended in disaster and how the George Jackson Brigade became Public Enemy Number One after its two bombings of the Safeway Store in Washington.

Keywords: Edward Allen Mead; Bruce Seidel; bombings; American Indian Movement; Sioux reservations; South Dakota; Washington; Indian Affairs; George Jackson Brigade; Safeway Store

Chapter.  5534 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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