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November 01, 2007

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wanted poster with Cathy's face on it
Cathy Wilkerson on the FBI Most Wanted Poster

Killing For Peace

Produced by
Denise Schreiner

KILLING FOR PEACE

Cathy Wilkerson survived an infamous event of the 1960s - the explosion of a New York City townhouse on March 6, 1970. Cathy was a member of Weatherman, an anti-war group that broke off from the mainstream to undertake more violent acts of resistance to the Vietnam War.

On the day of the explosion, Cathy's friends and fellow activists were tinkering with a pipe bomb meant to explode at an officers' club at Fort Dix. When the bomb went off accidentally in the basement, Cathy was one of two women who barely made it out of the building alive. She spent the next 9 years living on the run.

Cathy has now written a memoir, "Flying Close to the Sun." She talks with Dick Gordon about the journey she took from being a nonviolent activist to a revolutionary persuaded that only conflict could bring about change. She has spent the last 20 years working as a math teacher in New York City.

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