They were trying to mirror SNCC and SDS globally and move the Peace Corps in that direction.
In the 1960s the big left-wing student organization on campus was called Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS.
By the time Ayers became prominent in the organization, SDS could claim 100,000 members.
They had reason to be appalled by Vietnam, but also, as Paul Potter of SDS put it directly: “The intellectuals want power.”
Another unit returned was a cartridge magnetic-tape system built by SDS.