For the low, low price of $2,500, one lucky bidder and five friends are set to have dinner cooked for them by Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. The auction was hosted by the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC), a non-profit founded — and still funded — by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Bidders at 32Auctions.com were invited to, “Enjoy an unforgettable and scintillating dinner for a party of six cooked by veteran activists and educators Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Fascinating conversation over a meal,” the website promises, “is the agenda for this special evening.”
The National Endowment for the Humanities, Powerline reports, “provides almost all the funding for the IHC.”
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, both Ayers and Dohrn were leaders of the communist, terrorist organization Weather Underground — a splinter group from the radical Students for a Democratic Society, known as SDS. The Weather Underground conducted a terrorist bombing campaign with the goal of ending the United States’ war against Communist Vietnam. Attack targets included the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and at least one police station. The two married while on the run from the FBI in the early ’70s.
Ayers came into the national spotlight again recently when it was alleged that he had a close relationship with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. He and Obama sat together on the Woods Fund Board.
“Dinner will be arranged,” the website continued, “on a mutually agreed upon date before September 30, 2012. All sales are final.”