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    'Terrorist' lauded at CCNY

    By MIKE JACCARINO and KAREN ANGEL
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Monday, December 11th, 2006


    These days, Joanne Chesimard is known as Assata Shakur, but she's had dozens of other aliases in a life on the run.
    She now lives in Cuba, a guest of dictator Fidel Castro, and carries a $1 million price tag for her capture and return to prison in the U.S.

    She's a convicted cop killer who left behind a lifetime of pain for the family of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.

    But in at least one corner of City College, Chesimard is a hero, honored and remembered.

    Her latest alias enshrines theGuillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community Center at the City University of New York's flagship campus.

    It's a punch to the gut that has furious police groups demanding the publicly funded institution strip away the Black Liberation Army militant's name.

    "We use tax dollars to support an institution that indemnifies a cold-blooded terrorist?" asked Dave Jones, president of the New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association.

    "She's a cowardly, cold-blooded convicted murderer who's part of a murdering sect," he said. "She's no different from those people who flew those planes into those towers and destroyed all those innocent lives."

    Shakur was sentenced to life for her role in the the 1973 murder of Foerster.

    Foerster was shot twice at point-blank range with his own weapon when he pulled over a car carrying Chesimard and other activists on May 2, 1973, on the Jersey Turnpike.

    His partner, James Harper, was wounded.

    She was freed in a daring 1979 prison break and fled to Cuba. Last year, the feds put her on the terrorist watch list with a $1 million reward for her capture.

    The Morales/Shakur Center got its name in 1989, a reward to radical students who took over City College's North Academic Center to protest a proposed tuition hike.

    Guillermo Morales was a member of the FALN, a violent group advocating independence for Puerto Rico. He fled to Mexico after breaking out of Bellevue Hospital even after losing his fingers while making a bomb. He now also lives in Cuba.

    Today, the center named for Morales and Shakur is shared by three groups - Students for Educational Rights, the Student Liberation Action Movement and Dominicans 2000. CCNY says it has no intention of renaming the center.

    A spokeswoman also said the complaints from cops are the first the college has heard.

    "This is not the college or the administration's idea of a good name for this room, but we believe the university is a place to discuss and argue ideas, some of which are not widely supported," said school spokeswoman Mary Lou Edmondson.

    But police groups said Shakur was not about ideas - she was about killing.

    "It's disgusting that an institute of higher learning whose main goal is to educate people would dedicate a room to a person whose main goal in life was to take lives, especially those of people who wear the uniform," said Patrick Lynch, president of the New York Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

    Students who use the center today were a little fuzzy on who it's named for.

    Freshmen Jeimy Gutierrez, 18, and Angela Morel, 17, members of the Student Liberation Action Movement, said they did not know Shakur is a wanted terrorist who killed a New Jersey trooper.

    "I'm surprised," said Angela. "I didn't know. I'm going to do some research."

    "I'm going to look into it," Gutierrez echoed.

    But the center's older advisers know who she is.

    Center Director Rodolfo Leyton argues that Shakur was framed.

    "The legal system makes mistakes all the time," he said, insisting many black activists were jailed on trumped-up charges.

    "She's seen as a hero to most of the people in her community - Harlem, the South Bronx, Brooklyn, wherever people of color are," Leyton said.

    The New Jersey State Police said Chesimard is no hero.

    "I would hope these college students do the appropriate research in terms of what transpired with regards to the murder of Werner Foerster," said Capt. Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police. "I think if they did, they'd think twice about supporting her. Basically, she's a terrorist."

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    Celebrating killers at City College

    The message to students and to members of the public on the third floor of a main building on the City College campus is loud, clear and abominable.
    The message is that, as an institution, CCNY supports, endorses and celebrates the lives and crimes of two fugitive murderers.

    The message is that CCNY stands foursquare behind Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, who was convicted in the execution of New Jersey Trooper Werner Foerster and now enjoys life in Cuba.

    The message is that CCNY believes wholeheartedly in Guillermo (William) Morales, chief bombmaker of the FALN, which planted explosives that killed six people in New York City in the 1970s.

    A sign above Room 3/201 in the North Academic Center proclaims it to be the "Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community and Student Center."

    Passersby have every reason to believe City College has bestowed upon Chesimard and Morales the honor of a facility officially dedicated in their names, much as CCNY trumpets the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies. Instead, the sign was slapped on the place by two whacked-out, left-wing organizations, Students for Educational Rights and the Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM). But by letting the sign remain, the administration sanctions a shrine to killers.

    It is the students' American-given right to speak and associate as they wish. And it is the American-given right of their faculty adviser - tenured Spanish Prof. Elizabeth Starcevic - to hold forth repulsively that Chesimard is "someone to be proud of." But it's not their right to commandeer a public facility and desecrate the memories of Foerster and fellow murder victims.

    Chesimard, a member of the Black Liberation Army, and two comrades were pulled over on the Jersey Turnpike in 1973. The gang fired, wounding Trooper James Harper and fatally shooting Foerster twice, point-blank, with his own gun. Chesimard was convicted and spent six years in jail, only to be freed by four armed men in a prison break.

    As for Morales: After blowing his own hands off while making a bomb, he was sentenced to 89 years. But he escaped in a daring break from Bellevue Hospital, fled to Mexico and was jailed there for five years for another crime. He's now in Cuba, where, he told a Florida newspaper, he occasionally bumps into Chesimard.

    And now the two are united in honor over Room 3/201, a fact brought to light by Sergey Kadinsky, a CCNY senior from Forest Hills. Kadinsky wrote to the Voice of the People in response to our editorial criticizing a celebration of Chesimard's jailbreak. Kadinsky wrote that he had been trying to have Chesimard's "name removed from campus" but had been frustrated because "the leftist students who control the room and sympathetic members of the faculty refuse to hold any hearings on this topic."

    A CCNY spokeswoman says the school has no intention of renaming the room because no one has complained. Well, we are. Take down the obscene sign, CCNY.

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    If the center was named for them in 1989, why nearly 17 years later has it become an issue?

    I will agree though, this is beyond rediculous...it's our politically correct society that will keep this sign over the door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by medicmaster
    If the center was named for them in 1989, why nearly 17 years later has it become an issue?

    I will agree though, this is beyond rediculous...it's our politically correct society that will keep this sign over the door.

    People have known...just not the right people...until now that is.



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    Well, I suppose if they are forced into taking it down, this "student liberation whatever the ****" will end up coming up with something else rediculous.

    They'll probably make a shrine to that idiot that got what was coming to him...I mean, tragically killed by the NYPD at his bachelor party a few weeks ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by medicmaster
    Well, I suppose if they are forced into taking it down, this "student liberation whatever the ****" will end up coming up with something else rediculous.

    They'll probably make a shrine to that idiot that got what was coming to him...I mean, tragically killed by the NYPD at his bachelor party a few weeks ago...
    Oh you's gots it all wrong...that man isn't a perp...he is a victim of circumstance. How could we expect a welfare cheating drug pusher who exclaimed "lets f*ck him up" after getting into a fight with a pimp over an underage prostitute follows his friend who exlaims "Let's go get my gun" then once in the car procedes to hit a police officer and ram a undercover police car twice once confonted...all in a neighborhood that isn't a stranger to "recreational gun play" to get innocently shot by the cops....yep...those racist pigs were out to do a bruda in, dat night.

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    She was freed in a daring 1979 prison break and fled to Cuba. Last year, the feds put her on the terrorist watch list with a $1 million reward for her capture.
    Did the US not care about this person from 1979-2005?
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    December 13, 2006
    CUNY Chief Orders Names Stripped From Student Center
    By KAREN W. ARENSON
    The chancellor of the City University of New York yesterday directed the president of City College to remove the names of two fugitives linked to violent crimes from the entrance to a student clubroom.

    Matthew Goldstein, the chancellor, called the designation of the room as the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community and Student Center “unauthorized and inappropriate.”

    Ms. Shakur — once known as Joanne Chesimard — was a member of the Black Liberation Army convicted in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper. She is currently a federal fugitive living in Cuba. Mr. Morales, also in Cuba, was a leader of the Puerto Rican independence group known as the F.A.L.N., which claimed responsibility for a tavern bombing in Lower Manhattan that killed four people and injured others. Both were students at City College.

    Students at the center yesterday said the names had been posted there for 17 years, since a student group won the right to use the lounge in the aftermath of a campus shutdown over proposed tuition increases in 1989.

    A number of City College students interviewed yesterday — as well as Gregory H. Williams, the college president — said the names on the door had meant nothing to them. But one student who recognized them, Sergey Kadinsky, said he wanted to “raise awareness and raise a debate.”

    The Daily News printed a letter from him on Monday complaining about the names, and followed up with an article and an editorial yesterday headlined “Celebrating killers at City College.” The News said the college had no intention of renaming the room.

    But yesterday the college was hit with complaints. City Council members James S. Oddo, Dennis P. Gallagher and Andrew J. Lanza, the council’s three Republicans, said in a letter to CUNY released publicly, “Unfortunately, this demonstrates that City College is woefully out of touch with the taxpayers who subsidize the university.”

    They added, “The fact that CUNY employees would attempt to defend this outrage begs the question: ‘What is going on over at CUNY?’ ”

    They also said, “A terrorist is a terrorist ... period.”

    David Jones, president of the New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association, said, “These are criminals, and there is no way they should be endorsed in a public institution with their names on the door.”

    After receiving Chancellor Goldstein’s directive that the names be removed, Dr. Williams said yesterday in an interview that he would do just that and was trying to talk to the students. “Hopefully they will see the error of their ways, and will take it down,” he said. “If not, we will take steps to take it down.”

    But the students were not ready to acquiesce.

    Rodolfo Leyton, a City College senior and the center’s director, said students planned to speak to a lawyer, Ronald B. McGuire, and possibly “seek legal remedies.” The center sued college and university officials in 1998 when it discovered a surveillance camera in a smoke detector across from it. That suit is still pending.

    Mr. Leyton also said that while others view Ms. Shakur as guilty, “we see her as a leader in her community who was framed and unlawfully convicted.” He said minutes of college proceedings in September 1989 dedicated the room to one of the groups still using the center, Students for Educational Rights. Others also use the space.

    College officials said that they had not been able to track down the agreement giving the room to the students. Even those involved at the time were hazy about the 1989 tuition protests and what followed.

    Bernard W. Harleston, City College’s president in 1989, said yesterday that while he had appointed a committee of student, faculty and staff after the protests, he did not recall any specifics about the room.

    And Mario M. Cuomo, New York’s governor at the time, whom the student protesters had demanded to meet to discuss tuition increases, said yesterday that he did not recall much about the situation, except that he had vetoed the increase. He dismissed the debate over the names. “Considering the problems we have in society,” he said, “I’m not sure this is one of the major upsets to our tranquillity and equilibrium.”

    Rebecca Cathcart contributed reporting.

    Its pretty f*$ked up when these dopey kids consider a convicted cop killer a leader and hero to be looked up to. With anti-social beliefs such as these...how long before this entire country becomes a 3rd world dump? God help us.

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    I'm going to ask the "obvious" $64.00 question: If it took more than 17 years for the dedication to come through, why was it sanctioned in the first place? You'd figure that someone would have remembered and said "NO". Right? Or were they just waiting till things got forgotten?

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    These two fine specimens are obviously just misunderstood.


    But they are in "The Worker's Paradise" now and must be happy with good ol' Fidel loving it.

    Fine individuals for our young folks to look up to. Fine individuals indeed.
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