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Underground in Oregon

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/9780520264281.003.0023
Underground in Oregon

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The collective decided that it was time to get out of the city. John Sherman and Therese Coupez drove south until they arrived in Coos Bay, Oregon. Rita Brown stayed on a little longer in Seattle to clean up the George Jackson Brigade's tracks. She spent a few days at the 10th Street Collective burning papers from Women Out Now and other potentially incriminating documents in the house's massive fireplace. Brown stayed in phone contact with Coupez and Sherman via a prearranged series of dates in public phone booths. Chronically short of cash, the three decided to rob a bank in Coos Bay and use the proceeds to relocate. Brown volunteered to be the trigger person, and John taught her how to do it. On June 8, 1976, Brown entered the Empire branch of the Western Bank with Sherman as her backup. Impersonating a man and sporting a false mustache, she was able to get $2,095 from the teller. Brown used the drag ruse to stage other bank robberies.

Keywords: George Jackson Brigade; bank robberies; John Sherman; Therese Coupez; Oregon; Rita Brown; Western Bank

Chapter.  3776 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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