Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Dohrn Connection

Well ain't the story below just so innocuous you could just lose your lunch?  
But you may say, who is this Bernardine Dohrn woman exactly?  The short article below from National Review may leave the impression that she has been on some sort of good behavior since the 1970's when she was blowing up buildings with Bill Ayers.  Oh, but Au Contraire my friends. She has been a busy little bee RECENTLY, and so the DOJ has rewarded her thusly.  Let's take a look at what she has been up to, courtesy of discover the networks:

"Also in 2006, Dohrn was an original board member of the newly formed Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS).

In November
2007, Dohrn spoke at a 40th anniversary celebration of the original Students for a Democratic Society. In her remarks, she praised leftist activists for their long-term efforts aimed at "overthrowing everything hateful about this government and corporate structure that we live in, capitalism itself." She approvingly cited the late Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assertion that "the greatest purveyor of violence on this earth is my own country." "I think that's still true today," Dohrn added. Further, she lamented "the whole structural implications of white supremacy and the ways in which race and class and gender are just so intertwined in the United States."

In
2008, Dohrn signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, praising Mumia for being a “former Black Panther” who had been “framed” as a murderer and sentenced to death by a racist U.S. justice system, and denouncing capital punishment as “a legacy of chattel slavery and a barbaric outrage ... the lynch rope made legal.” To view a list of other prominent signatories, click here.

As of
2009, Dohrn was an editorial board member of the socialist journal In These Times.

In December
2009, Dohrn and Ayers were among the 1,300 American and European activists who traveled to the Egypt-Gaza border to participate in a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel demonstration led by Code Pink.

In a November 4,
2010 interview, Dohrn said of the American political Right: "It’s racist; it’s armed; it’s hostile; it’s unspeakable." "The real terrorist is the American government,” she added, “state terrorism unleashed against the world.”

In February
2012 Dohrn stated that the anti-war movement, which had become largely silent since the election of President Barack Obama, had now become the Occupy (i.e., Occupy Wall Street) movement. Dohrn herself had supported the Occupy movement since its inception in September 2011.

Dohrn today is a
member of the Chicago based organization Ella's Daughters—a network of artists, scholars and writers working in the tradition of civil-rights activist Ella Baker (founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights).

Dohrn is currently an associate professor of law at Northwestern University, where she is also director of the Legal Clinic’s Children and Family Justice Center. She sits on important committees and boards of the American Bar Association, and she formerly served as an advisory board
member for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Dohrn has expressed no real regret over her radical past.
Though she has distanced herself from the Manson remark (insinuating, falsely, that it was a “joke”), her political views are as extreme as ever. Regarding her Weatherman past, she contends: “We rejected terrorism. We were careful not to hurt anybody.” Both assertions are false, however. Weatherman's twofold agenda was terrorism (which is why Charles Manson was Dohrn's hero) and war (the organization’s very existence was launched with a formal “declaration of war”).

NationalReview

Over on the homepage, I report on $400,000 in grants the Department of Justice awarded recently:
Bernardine Dohrn has a history with the Justice Department. More specifically, in the early 1970s, she was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives because of her actions with the Weather Underground, a violent radical organization.
Times have changed. In 2010 and 2011, the Justice Department saw fit to give $400,000 in grants to an organization that lists Dohrn as a member of its board of directors: a $150,000 grant in September of 2010 and a $250,000 grant a year later.