Kathy Boudin

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Kathy Boudin, a weather woman, pleads guilty (Marilyn Church)

Kathy Boudin (d. 2022) is a former SDS radical who spent 22 years in prison for her role in the 1981 Brinks robbery.[1] She is now Director of the Criminal Justice Initiative: Supporting Children, Families and Communities, based at Columbia School of Social Work, where she is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University.[2] Boudin also works with the Center for Comprehensive Care, St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital, where she is the founding director of the Coming Home Program. She edited and co-authored the book Breaking the Walls of Silence: AIDS and Women in a New York State Maximum Security Prison. Boudin was honored in 2007 with the W.E.B Dubois Research Award by Citizens Against Recidivism. Boudin received her doctoral degree from Columbia University Teachers College in 2007.[2] She is the mother of San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin.

Personal life

Kathy comes from a family lineage of communist sympathizers.[3] Her great-uncle was Louis Boudin, a socialist labor lawyer and Marxist scholar.[3] Her father was Leonard Boudin, a renowned leftist attorney whose clients included Fidel Castro.[3]

Her son Chesa Boudin, who now serves as the District Attorney for San Francisco, was raised by fellow Weather Underground members Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.[3][4]


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