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Police protest college hiring ex-radical
The Post Standard (Syracuse, New York) ^ | December 04, 2004 | By Glenn Coin, Staff Writer

Posted on 12/05/2004 1:03:46 PM PST by aculeus

They picket Hamilton College fund-raiser over employment of Susan Rosenberg.

About 30 Rockland County police officers and friends picketed a Hamilton College fund-raiser in Manhattan Friday night to protest the college's hiring of a former radical once indicted in the murder of two police officers.

Members of the Rockland County Patrolmen's Benevolent Association want the college to rescind the hiring of Susan Rosenberg. She served 16 years in prison for possessing more than 600 pounds of explosives, and was indicted in a Brink's armored car robbery in 1981. Two Nyack police officers - both members of the Rockland County PBA - were killed in an ensuing shootout.

"Those of us in law enforcement feel it's unacceptable to have retained Susan Rosenberg in any capacity at all, especially in teaching impressionable college students on overthrowing society," said Brent Newbury, president of the police association.

The protest, which lasted for about an hour and a half, was well received by passers-by and people attending the event, Newbury said.

Rosenberg is scheduled to teach a half-credit course at Hamilton next semester titled "Resistance Memoirs: Writing, Identity and Change."

Rosenberg hasdenied any involvement in the Brinks robbery. Charges were dropped against her in that case; she received a 58-year sentence for possession of explosives. She was sent to prison in 1984. Her sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in 2001.

Hamilton College kicked off its four-year fund-raising campaign with a black-tie event Friday night at New York Historical Society. The society, on Central Park West, is displaying an exhibit on Alexander Hamilton, for whom the college is named.

While in prison, Rosenberg earned a master's degree in creative writing and helped fellow prisoners who had AIDS. Since her release, she has taught at John Jay School of Criminal Justice in New York City, worked as an AIDS and prison activist, and served as director of publications and communications at the American Jewish World Service.

Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, the literature professor who brought Rosenberg to Hamilton, called Rosenberg an "exemplar of rehabilitation."

College spokeswoman Vige Barrie on Friday declined to comment on the police officers' protest.

A collegestatement said that Rosenberg will teach students about writing, for which she has won several awards.

"The college does not censor speech on campus in advance unless there is reason to believe the speaker's goal is to cause harm," the statement reads.

Staff writer Diana LaMattina contributed to this report

© 2004 The Post-Standard. Used with permission.

Copyright 2004 syracuse.com. All Rights Reserved.


TOPICS: Extended News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 1981; 1984; 200101; billayers; clinton; copkillers; highereducation; leo; nyack; pardongate; robbery; rosenberg; susanrosenberg; weathermen; weatherunderground; wuo

1 posted on 12/05/2004 1:03:46 PM PST by aculeus
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To: aculeus

I read it on the WSJ on Friday. What a disgrace! In fact, I went to University of Illinois at Chicago to get my MBA.... and I was horrified when I found out that Bill Ayers (also a Weatherman) was a teacher at the English department, as well as an academic advisor for the so-called "UIC No War". What the f***?!


2 posted on 12/05/2004 1:07:47 PM PST by Kurt_D
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To: aculeus

"Since her release, she has taught at John Jay School of Criminal Justice in New York City,..."

This is the part of the story I find most confusing. What did she teach there, and why wasn't there a stink about that?

Of course the woman should not be employed by any public institution, but I suppose she must earn a living somehow.


3 posted on 12/05/2004 1:07:54 PM PST by jocon307 (Jihad is world wide. Jihad is serious business. We ignore global jihad at our peril.)
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To: aculeus
The woman had 58 pounds of explosives. She must have been released by Democrats.

There is no evidence whatsoever that mad-bombers ever get rehabilitated. It's just a matter of time and she'll be helping kill somebody else ~ maybe the folks who run that college if everybody is lucky.

4 posted on 12/05/2004 1:12:23 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: aculeus

Why didn't the families of the two slain officers file civil actions against her for wrongful death, etc. If they had won damages they could have forced her out of the regular employment area and on to the Golf Course with OJ.


5 posted on 12/05/2004 1:13:12 PM PST by drt1
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To: aculeus

Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, the literature professor who brought Rosenberg to Hamilton, called Rosenberg an "exemplar of rehabilitation."

Two dead police officers have not been "rehabilitated." I hope the paycheck is going to their families.


6 posted on 12/05/2004 1:13:38 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: aculeus

It would seem to be the easiest way to get to be a college professor is to commit an act of treason or to get involved with liberals in Criminal acts/ Is there a college that doesnt have at least one ex-felon on the staff?. Well with 90% of the college professors being liberal I guess thats what we get.


7 posted on 12/05/2004 1:22:32 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (If God doesnt destroy Hollywood he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.)
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To: Brilliant
" She was sent to prison in 1984. Her sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in 2001."

This is another big club to use to knock Shrillary senseless with when she runs for President. Its ALL fair game because she was a co-President by her own admission.

8 posted on 12/05/2004 1:24:11 PM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: aculeus

I'm with the cops.
But they should have been as vocal as possible (given whatever strictures
they may have being public servants) to get their state to "go red" o
the first Tuesday in Novemember of this year.
(said with apologies to those cops who did try to do this)


9 posted on 12/05/2004 1:24:22 PM PST by VOA
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To: libs_kma

She should be termed out.


10 posted on 12/05/2004 1:32:42 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: aculeus
""The college does not censor speech on campus in advance unless there is reason to believe the speaker's goal is to cause harm," the statement reads. "

"or, unless it is in any way conservative, pro-American, pro-Republican, pro-gun, or realistically portrays neocommunists, Muslims, fairies or academic incompetents." Just try holding an affirmative action cookie sale at this school and see how fast they decide your "free speech" causes harm!

11 posted on 12/05/2004 2:45:37 PM PST by Tacis (Kerry - You Can't Make A Silk Purse Out Of A Lazy, Lying, Elitist Scumbag!)
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To: jocon307

She fits right in with the scumbag lawyers/judges/politicians who all wish no less than to destroy our republic.


12 posted on 12/05/2004 3:15:56 PM PST by steplock (http://www.outoftimeradio.org)
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To: jocon307

"......but I suppose she must earn a living somehow."

Taco Bell is hiring......


13 posted on 12/05/2004 3:16:51 PM PST by rockrr
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To: aculeus

Take her out.

SSS.


14 posted on 12/05/2004 4:44:08 PM PST by MonroeDNA (I feel more comfortable with Soviet intellectuals than I do with American businessmen. --Soros)
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To: aculeus

http://www.cnn.com/2004/EDUCATION/12/09/radical.professor.ap/index.html

CNNfyi.com

One-time radical drops teaching plans

Students withdrew applications, donors withdrew pledges


CLINTON, New York (AP) -- A former leftist radical who spent 16 years in prison for possessing explosives has withdrawn from teaching a college seminar after her hiring sparked protests.

Susan Rosenberg made her decision because it was in the best interest of all parties, Hamilton College officials said Wednesday.

In response to her hiring, prospective students withdrew applications and donors rescinded hundreds of thousands of dollars in pledges, school officials said.

Rosenberg, who earned a master's degree in creative writing while in prison, was to teach a one-month course in January called "Resistance Memoirs: Writing, Identity and Change." She was hired through an on-campus organization that focuses on social justice issues.

Rosenberg, who began her activism in the 1970s, was indicted in a 1981 armored car robbery carried out by a gang of radicals. A guard and two Nyack police officers were killed in a shootout. Rosenberg denied involvement in the robbery, and the charges eventually were dropped.

She was convicted in 1984 of weapons possession. Prosecutors said she had more than 600 pounds of explosives that she and another defendant had planned to use in "non-lethal" bombings.

Since Rosenberg's 58-year prison sentence was commuted in 2001 by President Clinton, she has worked as a writer and an activist for human rights, prisoner rights and AIDS. She teaches literature at John Jay School of Criminal Justice in New York.



15 posted on 12/10/2004 6:34:33 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Good news.


16 posted on 12/10/2004 7:44:31 AM PST by aculeus
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