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Dog Day Afternoon

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/9780520264281.003.0018
Dog Day Afternoon

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After the New Year celebration, cash became a pressing issue for the George Jackson Brigade. With each of the three bombings costing approximately $250 in preparatory materials, the New Year's Eve attacks had drained the collective's limited resources. Neither Edward Allen Mead nor John Sherman had held on to their jobs at Boeing Field, and Bruce Seidel was similarly unemployed. Mark Cook, the donor of the funds used to buy the guns in Denver, had a day job as supervisor of Pivot, but his contributions were not enough to support the organization's full-time members. Another consideration was that Seidel, Mead, and Sherman, three white men, were too proud to rely on Cook, an African American, for donations. They decided to stage a bank robbery and chose the Pacific National Bank of Washington on January 23, 1976. The results were disastrous: Seidel died from gunshot wounds after getting hit by responding policemen, while Mead and Sherman were arrested.

Keywords: George Jackson Brigade; bank robbery; Edward Allen Mead; John Sherman; Bruce Seidel; Mark Cook; Bank of Washington

Chapter.  2645 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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