Via Charlie Spiering of The Washington Examiner:
The Association of Teacher Educators has recruited Chicago professor – and former domestic terrorist – William Ayers to speak at their the 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia which will be held next month.
William Ayers, a co-founder of the radical Weather Underground domestic terror group, was a key figure during the 2008 presidential campaign due to his Chicago ties to then-Senator Obama.
The organization’s executive director, David Ritchey, confirmed that Ayers would be a keynote speaker at the conference although he admitted that he wasn’t involved in the selection process.
According to Ritchey, Ayers was invited due to his “work in the education field, apart from all the other stuff.”
Since the website biography makes no specific mention of Ayers’ controversial background, I thought I’d correct the oversight, here. For the children…
The keynote speaker at the Association of Teacher Educators conference, Bill Ayers’ bio via Discover the Networks:
- Leader of the Weather Underground, a domestic terrorist group of the 1960s and ’70s
- “Kill all the rich people. … Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.”
- Participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972
- Worked as a professor of education at the University of Illinois from 1987-2010
In the late Sixties, Ayers became a leader of the Weather Underground (WU), a splinter faction of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Characterizing WU as “an American Red Army,” Ayers summed up the organization’s ideology as follows: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, Kill your parents.” One of Ayers’ fellow WU leaders was Bernardine Dohrn, the woman who would later become his wife.
In a July 29, 1969 speech which he delivered at the University of Oregon, Ayers boasted of SDS’s role in the Venceremos Brigades, a project initiated by the Cuban intelligence agency to recruit and train American leftists as “brigadistas” capable of waging guerrilla warfare.