An Albany Councilwoman who attended and spoke at an event last year that featured a veritable who’s-who of former domestic terrorists (bomb makers, convicted cop-killers), is now requesting funding for a “community based anti-violence program” according to the Times Union.
Barbara 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.
As an esteemed member of the Common Council, Smith is requesting state funding for the anti-violence program known as SNUG.
According to the Times Union report:
A local delegation — including state Sen. Neil Breslin, Harris Oberlander, head of the Trinity Alliance, the nonprofit that runs the SNUG program; Common Councilwoman Barbara Smith; and Assistant Police Chief Brendan Cox — met this week with state Sen. Andrew Stewart-Cousins, leader of the Democratic conference, to be briefed on the likelihood that more state money will be coming to save the program.
“We had a really productive discussion with Sen. Stewart-Cousins, and she is someone who his familiar with SNUG and supports it,” Smith said, noting that Stewart-Cousins’ Westchester district includes a successful SNUG program in Yonkers.
Just last year however, Smith wasn’t quite as devoted to the anti-violence cause when she attended an event called, The Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street.
Smith was introduced as a speaker by Naomi Jaffe, and read excerpts from a book written by David Gilbert. Both of these individuals played key roles in the domestic terrorism group, the Weather Underground. Jaffe was one of thirteen people indicted on charges to commit bombings and murder in 1970. Gilbert is currently imprisoned for his role in the Brinks Robbery of 1981, a botched armed effort that led to the murder of three people, including a security guard and two police officers.
But is the company Smith was keeping last year really all that bad?
Observe these facts about the forum…
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.
And now she’s speaking once again, asking for money for an anti-violence program.
That’s quite the contradiction.