Herbert Cohen’s Granddaughter
Harry Jay Rubin’s Daughter
Jane Cohen Rubin
Never brought up my family in the past.
Never used their names or their network to accomplish anything.
Additionally, my family is not rich.
They were middle-class. We lived in York, Pennsylvania, where the cost of living is low compared to any big city.
My grandparents and my parents were actively involved in supporting civil rights in America. My parents did not want their children to attend the suburban schools of York County, PA, where the student population was mostly white and middle to upper-class.
My parents sent us to York's inner city public schools, which were racially integrated, but not religiously diverse.
My sisters and I were the only Jewish children in the entire violent, anti-Semitic York City public school system.
Classes were over-crowded. There were fights on a daily basis.
There was anti-Semitism on a daily basis, and it came from all races, including from the administration and teachers.
Furthermore, from my teens, onward, my workoholic, Puritan-Jewish parents insisted that I have a job.
My first paying job — at 17 — was working in a deli — serving coffee and sweeping the floors. My shift started at 6 AM.
I had blue-collar jobs throughout my college years — worked in a bookstore after classes and was a waitress over the Summer while I was a Columbia University undergrad — then taught myself design software — so I could get jobs in advertising and publishing — to support myself as an Artist after completing the Whitney Museum Program in 1990.
At this time, I am sharing facts about my grandfather and father — and the contributions of other family members — to politics, the arts, the law, civil rights, and to sports-entertainment, for the following reasons.
First and foremost because I love them, and I am so grateful that they were my Grandfather and Father and gave me so much love and nurturing in my childhood, with their open minds and hearts, while also encouraging me to express myself, without telling me what to do, or how to do it. I am so grateful for their heart and soul, their talents and depth, and their core values.
People in politics and culture were already aware of my family background without me mentioning it. That is one of the main reasons why I became a target of crime and defamation that has been continuously anti-Semitic, as well as misogynist, and in recent years, racist, due to my interracial relationship and the people in my art.
Since the anti-Semitic bashing occurs regardless of whether I speak of my humble family or not, I am going to speak about them, and represent them in my art, factually and realistically.
While I took great care to avoid mentioning my family in my career, to make it clear that I was succeeding on the basis of my own abilities and work ethic, not talking about my family did not stop pop culture anti-Semites from attacking. It did not stop politicians and my alma mater, Columbia University, from making wrong assumptions, propagandizing anti-Semitic stereotypes, and participating in crime and defamation that severely harmed both my parents and me.
Some of the perpetrators actually knew more than I knew about my own family's contributions.
My Dad was excessively humble. He did not discuss any family member's "fame," and he rarely mentioned any illustrious professional acquaintances of my family members.
For example, until the early 2000s, I knew nothing about my paternal Grandfather's brother, Gabriel Rubin. My Dad grew up in a middle-class family in Brownsville, PA where he attended public schools. He was valedictorian at Brownsville High. He had professional-level musical talent. He ran track and held a Pittsburgh-area record in the 400.
My father's family resided in the Pittsburgh area, far from York, PA, my hometown. I saw my paternal grandparents when they visited us in York, but my sisters and I did not know the rest of my Dad's family in Pittsburgh.
After serving in the Army Airforce, in the 1960s my Great Uncle, Gabriel Rubin, started the ABA Champion Pittsburgh Pipers.
When Connie Hawkins was banned by the NBA due to a false, racist charge from his college days, my Uncle Gabe believed in Hawkins and hired him. He also hired Jewish star Art Heyman. They frequently dealt with bigotry while playing ABA games and when they dined in hotels together, but they stuck it to the bigots. They won the 1968 ABA Championship. Of course, they did not solve the problems of racism and anti-Semitism in America; however, they were both courageous and should be recognized as such. It is anti-Semitic — and not historically accurate — that The New York Times has repeatedly failed to mention ny Uncle Gabriel in articles about about the NBA's unjustified ban of Hawkins, and his subsequent ABA career.
Additionally, my Uncle Gabriel did not make money from the Pipers. He lost money — but he told me — when we finally met in New York City — he didn't care — he did it for the love. Decades later, in 2006, his great-niece, Jane Rubin, contributed pro bono work to the Brooklyn basketball community, in order to win a grant to rehab Tillary Park.
In the 1960s, when Uncle Gabe was starting the Pipers, there was some sports business communication with George Steinbrenner, who was in Ohio at the time — although my Uncle Gabe and Steinbrenner were very different men.
George Steinbrenner was a felon. He was indicted for multiple federal crimes during the 1960s related to his support for Richard Nixon. Google "Steinbrenner FBI file" to learn the details.
On the other hand...
No one on either side of my family has ever broken a law — nor did any family member of mine support Nixon.
Also, even after finally meeting my Uncle Gabe, in my 40s, and hearing about the ABA Pipers, he never mentioned Steinbrenner. So, when I was making art at Yankee Games from 2006-2012, I was completely unaware that George Steinbrenner, who was alive until 2010, had known my Great Uncle Gabe.
I was just a middle-class Artist — painting and drawing at Yankee Games — naively, on my own — surrounded by dangerous, unstable people.
There are settings — such as the Pro Sports and Entertainment World — in which being overly humble — leaving yourself unprotected — will allow narcissistic egomaniacs to destroy you.
Imagine this scenario: You are surrounded by wealthy egomaniacs with delusions of grandeur about themselves — who con the masses by with their pr — by telling them how humble they are.
Although, these delusional egomaniacs are all around you, you do not want to make a big deal about yourself. You do not protect yourself. You go it alone.
You are being too humble.
By leaving yourself unprotected, you put yourself in danger.
And that is exactly what I did — while I was making art in the Pro Sports World — and throughout my career.
My family's puritanical humility had formed my professional demeanor:
I was overly humble and overly trusting while making art at Pro Basketball Games and at Yankee Stadium, leaving myself unrepresented and unprotected.
My "sweetness" — as some people sarcastically called it — allowed anti-Semites in pop culture (and a few in government jobs) to harm me and my family.
The overall point is that be it my politician-judge grandfather, Herbert Cohen, or my Great Uncle, Gabe Rubin, or my family's political and cultural network, I was actually unaware of most of the specifics. My middle-class, Puritan-Jewish Family did not discuss those specifics; my Grandfather also died suddenly in 1970, when I was too young to discuss his career with him; and my parents also raised me to have a strict work ethic and to be self-reliant in my work.
Meanwhile, from a distance, strangers wrongly stereotyped me as a "jewish princess" — and they openly used other slanderous jew-baiting tactics as an excuse for criminal bullying and defamation.
My mother's family — the Cohens — emigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia to the York, PA area in the 1800s — to find greater freedom and less bigotry in America.
However — while American Democracy has given us far greater opportunity than Russian oppression — there are also American anti-Semitic bigots who have used corrupt McCarthy-style tactics — against my patriotic American Jewish family — and against me.
Jew-baiting has always been a part of mainsteam American Politics and Pop Culture.
Not only in York, PA, but in New York City and Los Angeles, mainstream bigots (who are not extremists) have openly used anti-Semitic stereotypes as an excuse to bully and slander me into the basement, and to minimize, distort, and erase my family's history.
Slandering me as a JAP, or as egotistical, any time I mention a family member is obviously intended to prevent me from sharing the facts, and it is simultaneously a smear campaign. Spreading JAP-slander about a Jewish Woman exploits populist anti-Semitism and further incites it. People in mainstram pop culture and politics — who have billions of dollars and mass media power — have been using that defamation since the 1980s against a middle-class, independent, Jewish-American female artist, who has never had the protection of a pr team, in what should be viewed as unfair competition and a hate crime.
The openly anti-Semitic perpetrators — who operate in full view in politics and sports-entertainment — have used my Jewish Family's background and accomplishments as an excuse to criminally bully me, smear me, impoverish me — and deprive me of my own children — so that I cannot pass on the abilities I inherited to my own baby — who would have given back to society with my family's talents, heart and soul, as we all have done.
The bigoted perpetrators will be held accountable for their evil and hate in the justice system — and by G-d.
In short, my Puritan-Jewish Family was overly humble. As I discussed with my Dad in 2016, it is important to share the history of our American Jewish Family and what we overcame — while residing in bigoted York, Pennsylvania.
Other American Jewish Families — in American towns where there are not many Jewish people — should also share their histories.
Assert yourselves — boldy.
In that spirit, this is being said to the lunatic perpetrators of the crime and defamation against me — and it is being said to any corporate, institutional, and/or government cohort of theirs who has colluded on that assassination:
Hey — you un-American, anti-Semitic, dirty jerks........
My name is NOT marilyn, ho-se, castro, chase, or blondie.
My name is JANE COHEN RUBIN.
And it is you who are spoiled, grandiose narcissists.
On the other hand:
I am lucky to have lived past age 10, given the bigotry and other traumas in my childhood.
You have been trying to assassinate me with stupid, endangering, impoverishing nicknames — just as Richard Nixon did in order to eliminate his opponents.
For over a decade, you have been trying to traumatize me into a dysfunctional state, major depression, or suicide, as well as coerce me into sexual slavery and labor, using illegal surveillance, aggravated harassment, aggravated identity theft, art theft, threats, financial coercion, obstruction of justice, intimidation, and a smear campaign.
That has been your homicidal process, your human trafficking process.
You are welcome to tell a federal judge and jury that you are allowed to do all of that because you fantasize that I am bisexual (based on artwork I made in the 1980s,) so you get to "figure me out" by terrorizing me and my family.
In fact, I insist that you tell a federal judge that you are allowed to use torture tactics on a U.S Citizen to change her sexual identity and force her into slavery.
Say that under oath.
Likewise, I insist that you tell a federal judge that you are allowed to perpetrate over a decade of terror and torture against a law-abiding United States Citizen, because you think that she is a "JAP with a rich daddy and granddaddy and a big ego," so she deserves to have been "humbled" for the past decade and for the rest of her days with terrorizing cyber-stalking, Nazi defamation, and financial strangulation, all of which contributed to her Jewish father's illness and to his suspicious death on March 18th, 2018, and injured her fertile Jewish ovaries.
Like insecure Hitler — who was a failed artist — a hack — you are castrating anti-Semites.
I insist that you state, under oath, that you were allowed to use your wealth, media power, and corruption to bully me into anorexia, a woman who was only a Size 4 to begin with, which caused permanent injury to my reproductive system.
SAY IT UNDER OATH.
In any case:
You failed to make me dysfunctional. You failed to change my natural gender-identity, which is female, feminine, and straight. You failed to coerce me into servitude.
While I am an Artist, I was also homeschooled in the law by Law and Justice All-Stars: my Grandfather, Dad, Uncle, and their partners. Although I have no expertise as a litigator, and I do not arrogantly presume that I can navigate a federal court process on my own, I am certain that, in an ethical American courtroom, no one would get away with any crazy, invalid excuse for criminally and slanderously terrorizing my family and me.
My Grandfather and Dad were not rich — but they were
talented, brilliant, and brave American Jewish Men.
They were American Jewish Men — who had the courage to keep their Jewish last names — while raising their families in the bigoted
setting of York County, PA — where all races are anti-Semitic.
Herbert Cohen and Bud Rubin were respected for their honesty and courage.
They raised me with their core values.
My Grandfather — the son of immigrants — went to York's public schools — and went to college
on a Navy Scholarship — and became a PA State Congressman and the Majority Floor Leader for three terms — and the Pennsylvania Attorney General
and a PA Supreme Court Justice.
Throughout his career he was respected for his honesty and courage.
I am damn proud of my family.
From my great-grandparents time in the late 1800s — to my generation — we did it all without being rich — and — we are Jewish — and we did not hide our Jewish Identity — in an anti-Semitic Pennsylvania town.
Herbert Cohen — the acknowledged leader of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party — also respected by Republicans — would have already prosecuted
the un-American kreeps — who have been trying to beat up Jane Cohen Rubin
with crime and defamation for over a decade.
PA Attorney General Herbert Cohen would have already put them in prison.
My Dad — before he became ill around 2012 — before he was
being traumatized by the same — un-American kreeps — who
have been injuring me — would have also stopped them.
My Grandfather and Dad were fearless and unbiased in standing up for justice in America.