DC Weather bombings: 1971-75
The Weather Underground Organization (originally Weathermen) was a Vietnam War era organization that waged a series of bombings against corporate and government targets in the early 1970s.

In Washington, D.C. the targets included the May 1, 1971 (International Workers Day) attack on the Capitol building where a bomb was placed in a restroom in protest of the U.S. invasion of Laos.

On May 19, 1972 a bomb went off in the Pentagon in celebration of deceased Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh.

On January 29, 1975, the Weather Underground claimed responsibility for a bomb at the U.S. State Department in protest of the country continued support for regimes in South Vietnam and Cambodia.

The group had its origins in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the group was founded following the breakup of SDS in 1969. The former Washington, D.C. regional SDS secretary Cathy Wilkerson was a prominent member of the group.

It could be characterized as an anarchist movement that took militant action to oppose attempts to suppress the black liberation movement in the U.S. and Third World liberation movements. The bombings were not intended to kill and warnings were given before the bombs went off. Three members of the group were killed in a New York townhouse while assembling bombs in 1970.

The group had small, but significant support, that enabled many of its members to be undetected by the FBI and police departments.

As support for the group dwindled in the mid 1970s, the group disbanded, although some of its members went on to help form other groups that continued bombings and bank robberies. Other members of the group turned themselves into police in return for reduced jail time on outstanding charges.
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