Sketchy Thoughts: Christa Eckes – Honor Her Memory!

The first time Christa Eckes made the news was back in 1970, when as a teenager growing up in the West German city of Hamburg she was expelled from high school for starting a political action group. The “Basisgruppe LS-Schülerinnen” (LS Students Grassroots Group) was said to have distributed leaflets, organized resistance to the school ...

Sketchy Thoughts: A Statement and a Poem for Christa Eckes

Former RAF member Christa Eckes died of cancer on Wednesday, May 23, in Karlsruhe, Germany. (To read more about Christa, click here.) The following is a statement by Ronald Augustin and a poem by Gisela Dutzi, regarding their comrade and friend:ron: christa and i, we failed to meet each other on several occasions.  when i ...

Sketchy Thoughts: [May 14 in Toronto] From Protest to Resistance: West Germany’s Red Army Faction in the 1970s and 1980s

The Red Army Faction was one of the best known, and most vilified, urban guerilla organizations of the Cold War period. Emerging from West Germany’s radical student movement in the 1960s, the RAF bombed U.S. military bases and police stations, carried out kidnappings and bank robberies, and assassinated financial, military, and government targets. Their last ...