National Review Objects to U.S. Grant to Group With Dohrn on Board


An editor of the conservative National Review is questioning why the U.S. Justice Department gave $400,000 in grants to an organization that lists a Northwestern University professor and former Weather Underground activist as a board member, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Robert VerBruggen of the magazine asked why the government gave funds to the W. Haywood Burns Institute, whose board member Bernardine Dohrn who was once one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives.

The funds were to help the San Francisco-based institute's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which aims to reduce racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. VerBruggen agrees with the goal but asserted that, “there are plenty of charities that do good work without including Weather Underground co-founders on their boards of directors and openly praising prison rioters on their websites.”

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