Albany Common Council Member in Attendance at Weather Underground/Occupy Event

April 19, 2012 at 7:14 am (Albany, Barbara Smith, Common Council, David Gilbert, Feminism, Naomi Jaffe, New York, Occupy Albany, Rush Limbaugh, SDS, Weather Underground)

Earlier this month, I wrote an extensive report about the attendees at a meeting titled, The Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street.  Apparently the report was not as extensive as I had hoped.  While it focused on the Weather Underground members in attendance – the list reading like a veritable who’s-who of former domestic terrorists (bomb makers, convicted cop-killers) – I had overlooked another individual who actively participated in the forum – Barbara Smith.

Smith was elected to the Albany Common Counil in 2005, serving the 4th Ward.  She was re-elected in 2009 and continues to serve on the council.  Aside from serving on the council, Smith is an author of several works on feminism, and has been described as a community organizer.

Interestingly enough, Naomi Jaffe introduced the panel at the onset of the meeting, but never once referred to Smith’s current standing on the Albany Common Council.
Recently, the Times Union featured Smith after she had been selected as a profile subject in a newly formed national Women of Distinction organization.  The selection placed her in distinguished company indeed, mentioned alongside such names as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Oprah Winfrey.  The honor includes an effort sponsored by AOL, a multi-platform PBS project that will tell the compelling story of women’s advancement in America over the past 50 years.
Will that ‘compelling story’ include an exploration of why the Councilwoman was sitting alongside some of the most notorious domestic terrorists in our country’s history?  Will questions be asked about what she was thinking when she attended a meeting with those terrorists to “discuss common struggles between the Weather Underground and Occupy Wall Street”?  Unlikely.
Is the company Ms. Smith is keeping really that bad?
Observe… 

·         In attendance or serving on the panel were five major players in the domestic terrorism group – Naomi Jaffe, Jeff Jones, Eleanor Stein, Suzanne Ross, and Kathy Boudin.
 ·         All of the above named have been involved in the more radical elements of the group, including assaults on police officers, bomb plots, and murders.
 ·         All had been involved with the notorious Bill Ayers, some of which lived in a San Francisco ‘bomb factory’ that several entities have claimed was used in the San Francisco police station bombing that killed Officer Brian McDonnell. 

Smith herself was reading excerpts from a book written by David Gilbert, a radical American leftist organizer and activist serving time in the Auburn Correctional Facility. Gilbert remains imprisoned for his role in the Brinks Robbery of 1981, a botched effort that led to the murder of three people, including a security guard and two police officers.
In the midst of her chosen excerpt, Smith played the crowd, making a joke about Rush Limbaugh and a statement about ‘liberating’ a female speaker ‘with my cock’.
When referencing a report being presented at an SDS workshop, Smith read:
“… when Marilyn Buck took the stage to do so, all hell broke loose.  Men hooted and whistled from the floor, threw paper planes at Marilyn, and shouted such gems as quote, “I’ll liberate you with my cock,” end quote.”
At which point Smith added, “Rush Limbaugh was not there, so…”, a statement which received hearty laughter from the crowd.
Smith serves on the Albany Common Council and is considered a distinguished woman.  But in this instance, she is shown attending a meeting with the Weather Underground and Occupy Albany, while making sexual assault jokes involving Rush Limbaugh.
Is this the mark of a distinguished woman?
Is this behavior appropriate for a member of the Common Council?



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Why Did Domestic Terrorists Meet With Occupy Albany?

April 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm (Bill Ayers, Brinks Robbery, Naomi Jaffe, New York, Occupy Albany, Occupy Wall Street, San Francisco, Sanctuary For Independent Media, Troy, Weather Underground)

The statement above could certainly be opened up to debate, but a recent gathering titled, The Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street, along with a detailed report of the meeting, should certainly raise eyebrows.  The meeting, held right in the heart of Troy, New York, was being billed as a book event to celebrate U.S. “political prisoner” David Gilbert’s new memoir, Love and Struggle.

But, as revealed in a newly released video, the forum featured characters that were anything but mundane, the list reading like a veritable who’s-who of former Weather Underground activists.  Not simply low-level members, but some of the more notorious radicals in the movement, men and women with ties to the infamous Bill Ayers, individuals with ties to bombing schemes on military servicemen, and of course, convicted cop-killers.
In the video, one of the hosts of the event, Naomi Jaffe, is seen praising Kathy Boudin, a close Ayers associate, who was involved in a bomb plot gone wrong in which three Weather Underground members were killed when an explosive device they had designed to kill military personnel, prematurely detonated.  She was also convicted of felony robbery and murder for her role in the Brinks Robbery of 1981, a plot which resulted in the murder of a security guard and two police officers.
Jaffe continues to speak of the Weather Underground’s past, sharing knowledge of the group’s “resistance to an unjust system,” likening it to the “same injustices that we are seeing the Occupy movement reacting to resisting today.”  She jokes about the murderous Brinks event as being one of several necessary “expropriations”, necessary because “revolutionary work is not funded by government”.  Her radical past infused with today’s radical movement could prove quite dangerous.  Jaffe is very active in the Occupy Albany protests, and routinely downplays violence in the name of stopping oppression, and repeatedly downplays her own violent past.
The report can be read here: 
Highlights include:
·        The meeting was designed to discuss common struggles between the Weather Underground and Occupy Wall Street, and in particular, the shared vision between David Gilbert, another member serving jail time for his role in the Brinks murders, and the Occupy Wall Street movement. 
·         In attendance or serving on the panel were five major players in the domestic terrorism group – Naomi Jaffe, Jeff Jones, Eleanor Stein, Suzanne Ross, and Kathy Boudin.
·         All of the above named have been involved in the more radical elements of the group, including assaults on police officers, bomb plots, and murders.
·         All had been involved with the notorious Bill Ayers, some of which lived in a San Francisco ‘bomb factory’ that several entities have claimed was used in the San Francisco police station bombing that killed Officer Brian McDonnell.
·         A former Weather Underground member turned FBI informant, makes several interesting observations about the meeting, including his assertion that the group hasn’t “changed the color of any of their stripes even after all of these years.”  He also adds, “It makes me sick to watch and listen to this kind of BS, especially when I realize that 100 years ago, or less, these people would all be in prison or shot as traitors.”
Is this really a group that the Occupy movement wants to be associated with?  Are they following through with their threat to become more radical?

Only they know for sure…

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Occupy: "We Won’t Make a Difference If We Don’t Kill a Cop or 2"

March 19, 2012 at 7:49 am (Assault, Commies, Death Threat, NYPD, Occupy Wall Street, OWS, Police, Syria, Weather Underground, Zuccoti Park)

When that movement of ‘mostly peaceful’ protesters at Occupy aren’t busy demanding Syria-like violent protests, or celebrating books written by the Weather Underground, or supporting cop-killers in general, it seems they’re using their spare time to make death threats via the Twitter.

Via the New York Daily News:

Police are investigating an apparent Occupy Wall St. protester’s online threat to kill cops.
Someone with the Twitter handle “smackema1” tweeted this message at 11:39 p.m. Saturday, following a clash at Zuccotti Park.: “we wont make a difference if we dont kill a cop or 2.”
The tweet was directed to a page on Ustream showing live footage of the protests.
The writer was had tweeted several comments about the protests Saturday night.
The NYPD is seeking a subpoena to find out who’s behind the Twitter account, according to Paul Browne, the department’s top spokesman.

Occupiers had tried to stay in Zuccoti Park on St. Patrick’s Day in an attempt to reclaim the area after their eviction back in November.

In addition to the Twitter threat, two police officers and their families received phone threats, and during the melee itself a protester elbowed a cop repeatedly in the face, while another separate activist was charged with assault.  Not to mention another individual who was charged with attempted robbery and sexual abuse when he apparently tried to capitalize on the chaos in a way that only an Occupier can.  In all, 73 people were arrested.

The Other McCain laments the difficult task being assigned to the NYPD:

St. Patrick’s Day, like New Year’s Eve, is one of those occasions when I carefully avoid alcohol because I refuse to drink with amateurs. But for many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day is a festive occasion celebrated with drunken revelry. Now imagine you’re a New York cop, looking forward to a Saturday night of green beer with your buddies, and you find out instead you’ve been assigned weekend overtime duty because a bunch of Commie freaks have decided to have a protest:

He adds, rather humorously:

That’s the way to do it, NYPD! Give ‘em a sweet taste of the nightstick!
But doesn’t NYPD have tasers? Jack ‘em up with some high voltage!
Billy clubs, tasers, pepper spray, whatever it takes to keep Marxist scum off the streets of New York, do it. These whiny deadbeats are a menace to public safety — scabiestuberculosisrape! — and if they refuse to disperse peacefully, they have thereby declared war on the law-abiding citizens of New York, whom the NYPD are sworn to protect and serve.

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Occupy Albany Announces Second Event Supporting Convicted Cop Killer

February 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm (Cop Killer, Jalil Muntaqim, Murder, Occupy Albany, Occupy Wall Street, Prisoner, Radical, Weather Underground)

For the second time in two weeks, the Occupy Albany movement has announced an event in which they will voice support and heap praise upon a man serving time for murder.  The group somehow manages to completely gloss over their crimes by referring to the men as ‘political prisoners’.  They clearly see some sort of parallel between themselves, their perceived struggle against government, and the political platforms of such men.
Frightening indeed.
If a priest murders somebody, they are a murderer, not a religious prisoner.  If a doctor murders somebody, they are a murderer, not a medicinal prisoner.  And now, Jalil Muntaqim was not convicted for his political beliefs, he was convicted of murder.
Only zealots in the Occupy movement can turn such a heinous individual into some sort of freedom-fighting icon.
Today the announcement was made:

The Radical Caucus of Occupy Albany and the New York State Prisoner Justice Network will be demonstrating in solidarity with political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim, currently sentenced to six months in the SHU (Segregated Housing Unit) at Attica Prison. We will use the People’s Mic for a call and response of our demands to an end of mass incarceration, over-sentencing to the SHU, and specifically to bring attention to Jalil’s case.

Jalil’s case involves an arrest on May 21, 1971, when he and two others were arrested for the killings of two New York City police officers.  In 1974, Muntaqim (also known as Anthony Bottom) was convicted on two counts of first degree murder and received a prison sentence of 25 years to life.  More recently, he also pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter in connection with the 1971 slaying of a San Francisco police officer.
In a letter to the State Division of Parole in 2002, Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged parole for Muntaqim to be denied.  The New York Times wrote:

Mr. Bloomberg, responding to a request by Diane Piagentini, Officer Piagentini’s widow, wrote, ”Anthony Bottom’s crime is unforgivable, and its consequences will remain forever” with the families of the police officers, ”as well as the men and women of the New York City Police Department.”

”Because he so callously stole these officers’ lives,” the mayor added, ”Bottom should serve the maximum sentence without parole.”

In a book on ‘imprisoned intellectuals’, Muntaqim is described as follows:

While a member of the Black Panther Party, Muntaqim held beliefs which paralleled those of the underground faction, as opposed to the mainstream party, which focused on organizing, communicating with nationwide affiliates and other revolutionary groups to form positive political and social relations. In contrast, the underground party was focused on radical means of obtaining equality. Its members served as experts in military strategy and were “the essential armed wing of the above-ground political apparatus.”

So the ‘radical’ faction of the Occupy Albany movement is holding a demonstration in solidarity with a man focused on ‘radical means of obtaining equality’?  Comforting.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Occupy has expressed solidarity and support for a cop-killing extremist.  They recently announced an event in March called, The Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street.  The event will be held March 3rd, and is co-sponsored by The Sanctuary For Independent Media and the Albany Social Justice Center.  It is described as, “A book event and multi-generational dialog to celebrate U.S. political prisoner David Gilbert’s new memoir, “Love and Struggle.”

Gilbert is currently serving time, like Jalil Muntaqim, in the Auburn Correctional Facility and is described as “an American radical leftist organizer and activist.”  He was imprisoned for his role in the Brinks Robbery of 1981, a botched effort that led to the murder of four people, including a security guard and two police officers.

Justifying the killing of seven lives total by referring to the murders as ‘political prisoners’?

How Occupy of them.


Occupy, this is who your leaders are siding with.  This is who they wish to be associated with.  This is who they are supporting, who they fight for, who they emulate.

Whatever our differences Occupy, it’s time you took your movement back from these radicals.  Before it’s too late.

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Occupy Wall Street Now Promoting the Weather Underground

February 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm (Albany Social Justice Center, Bill Ayers, Bombings, David Gilbert, Occupy Albany, Occupy Wall Street, Radical, Sanctuary For Independent Media, Terrorist, Weather Underground)

Occupy Albany has announced an event in March called, The Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street.  The event will be held March 3rd, and is co-sponsored by The Sanctuary For Independent Media and the Albany Social Justice Center.  It is described as, “A book event and multi-generational dialog to celebrate U.S. political prisoner David Gilbert’s new memoir, “Love and Struggle.”

Gilbert is currently serving time in the Auburn Correctional Facility and is described as “an American radical leftist organizer and activist.”  He was imprisoned for his role in the Brinks Robbery of 1981, a botched effort that led to the murder of four people, including a security guard and two police officers.

Interestingly, Gilbert sounds strikingly similar to the Occupy protesters of today when he describes his actions during the robbery.  In an interview in 1985, he described the scene as such:

It was an attempted expropriation. That means taking money from those who amassed wealth by exploiting the people and using that money to finance the resistance.”

Justifying the killing of innocent people, and sugarcoating armed robbery by calling it ‘expropriation’.  How Occupy of him.

And now according to their Facebook posting, and in support of Gilbert’s efforts, Occupy Albany will be participating in the so-called ‘book event’.  Participants are also shilling for his new book.

The full description of events reads (emphasis mine):
David Gilbert’s new book, “Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond,” sparks a multi-generational dialogue about what social justice movements can learn from each other. Currently serving a life sentence for his participation in an armed action with a group of Black revolutionaries, Gilbert writes about the lessons learned in fifty years of a radical political life. A panel of today’s young activists will talk with ’60s revolutionaries about their common struggles, grounded by critical exchange and self-reflection.

So the Occupy movement is getting together to discuss common struggles with ’60s revolutionaries from the Weather Underground.  Problem being, the Weather Underground, you may have heard, were not revolutionaries – they were terrorists.  This is what the Occupy Wall Street movement is coming together for, to celebrate terrorist acts that they see parallels in?

One individual who has also heaped praise on Gilbert’s new book is Bill Ayers, former member of the Weather Underground, man who helped launch the first campaign of our current President, and unrepentant terrorist.  Ayers took part in a series of bombings in the 1970s that killed three activists.  The intent was much worse however, as the bombings were designed to kill army officers in New Jersey – It accidentally exploded in a New York townhouse. 


Lest we forget that in regards to the day he successfully bombed the Pentagon, Ayers said, “Everything was absolutely ideal. … The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.” 


And of course, there is William’s mantra to “Kill all the rich people. … Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.”

More famously, in an article that appeared in the New York Times on September 11th, 2001, Ayers was quoted as saying that he did not regret setting bombs and, “I feel we didn’t do enough.”

Of course, none of this comes as much of a surprise.  A few weeks ago, Occupy Albany participants were actively wondering why they hadn’t begun emulating clashes in Syria, in which over 35 people had been killed amidst reports of ‘blood being shed.’

Is this really where the Occupy Wall Street movement is headed?  Is this an element they long to be associated with?  

Sympathizing with known murderers and terrorists because they share ‘common struggles’ is a scary, scary sign.

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