Assata Shakur, FBI wanted poster, 1983.
I agree with Angela Davis that Assata Shakur is being called a terrorist to reign fear in especially Black political activists, people of color and persons who look up to her as an icon. it is a political move that is also putting her life at risk while still on exile in Cuba. now I ask u to please sign tha petition on behalf of Queen Mother Assata Shakur. Do this so that u can tell urself and tha grandbabie’s that u committed at least 1 revolutionary act during ur lifetime.
During a turbulent time during 70′z in amerikkka white student’s were raging about Vietnam, and tha black power movement was in full effect, So today I ask u to do 4 her what she has and was doing 4 us all back in tha day… But u can best believe that Queen Mother Assata Iz Welcome Here!!! Panther Love
1st Petition to sign http://www.change.org/petitions/exonerate-assata-shakur
2nd Petition to sign http://www.change.org/petitions/assata
Interview (audio) with Assata Shakur
This is an interview with Assata Shakur audio (Mp3) as she discusses the tragic details of her arrest, her trial, being victimized and tortured, the unlikelihood that she would have survived – and her subsequent daring escape.
Exclusive Interview of Assata Shakur by Elombe Brath and Rosemari Mealy
Black World Today, 1997
“I believe that the only way that people like myself and others who are in prison or exiled will ever be “safe” is for people to build a strong movement around the issue of political repression.”
The Injustice of The Trial by Atty. Lennex Hinds
“The jury at Assata’s trial for the same offences was permitted to speculate that her “mere presence” at a scene of violence, with weapons in the vehicle, was sufficient to sustain a conviction – even though three neurologists testified at the trial that her median nerve had been severed by gunshot wounds, rendering her unable to pull a trigger, and that her clavicle had been shattered by a shot that could only have been made while she was seated in the car with her hands raised.”
This is the official statement after in 2005, a million dollar bounty was offered for the return of Assata Shakur – then also listing her as a “domestic terrorist.”
Assata Shakur: Case of Oppression in the U.S.
“The tragic story of Assata Shakur is alarming to say the least. The state pressed a case when it had none and used its authority to rig a guilty verdict.”
“On April 2, Cuba forcefully turned down any request for Assata’s extradition.
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Alejandro Gonzalez, said Assata was “a civil rights activist.”
He stated that she would not be extradited, as the government of Cuba has sufficient reasons to disagree with the charges against her and fears that she might be the target of unfair treatment.”
Hands Off Flier in Spanish
Assata: An Autobiography
Assata Shakur at itsabouttimebpp.com
(An assortment of offerings on Assata).
“I Believe In Living”
by Assata Shakur
At a Thinker’s Greenspace at terryhowcott.com
“And i believe that seeds grow into sprouts.
And sprouts grow into trees.
i believe in the magic of the hands.
And in the wisdom of the eyes.
i believe in rain and tears.
And in the blood of infinity.”
A review of the 93 minute ‘docudrama,’ entitled, “Assata.”
“Fred Baker blends documentary-type material, including interviews with former Panther leader Kathleen Cleaver, now a law professor at Emory University in Atlanta, with a love story revolving around two young African American characters who are both committed to finding out the truth about Assata Skakur.”
The Story of the African-American Trial Lawyer Who Defended the Black Liberation Army
Assata Shakur is Welcome Here
“The resolution will also demand that Shakur be granted amnesty to allow her to return to the U.S. from Cuba, where she has been in political exile since 1984.”
From Exile With Love
“My life wasn’t beautiful and creative before I became politically active. My life was totally changed when I began to struggle.”
Assata: One Woman
“Writer, actress Akua Taylor is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, TN who developed the one woman show about Shakur as a senior project. “This piece is Assata’s side of the story, from her point of view.”
Women Outlaws: Politics of Gender and Resistance in the US Criminal Justice System
“In this paper l focus on the revolutionary spirit and commitment of Angela Davis and Assata Shakurâ€”two iconic Black women and imprisoned intellectuals, who were hounded by the state (US) in the 1970s and beyond.
I wish to highlight their views on slavery, on freedom, and abolitionism.
How is it that both these women, passionate in their pursuit for social justice for oppressed peoples became political outlaws?”
`Hands off Assata!’
By Deepa Fernandes
Open Statement to the Pope
VIVA FIDEL, GRACIOUS HOST TO ASSATA SHAKUR
Fidel Speaks to Harlem, 1995
Honoring Marilyn Buck who was convicted of assisting Sister Assata in her escape which she strongly contends she was forced to do after she was brutalized and threatened with still more great bodily harm.
Marilyn Buck was released at the age of 62 on July 15, 2010.
Poet and political prisoner Marilyn Buck freed After 25 Years in Prison
Mariann Wizard, who organized around Marilyn Buck’s release based upon humanitarian grounds, said this about her conviction:
“Marilyn was accused of sensational acts of insurrection.
Many otherwise liberal-minded Americans are unable to get past the
violence of the confrontations between the police and the small
groups of Black and white revolutionaries with whom Buck was linked .
Neither give due weight to the e extraordinary repressive measures
undertaken by the U.S. government to crush lawful dissent against unjust policies at home and abroad.
Behind the shadow of COINTELPRO (the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program), law enforcement agencies operated outside the rule of law against Movement activists . . . ”
Honoring Marilyn Buck
by The Late Kwame Ture
(Audio, thanks to the great send from Sis. Marpessa Kupendua.)
“Assata Shakur is a great human being. She should be left in peace and happiness. Any attempt to make her suffer is utterly demonic.” – Alice Walker
Quotes From Assata Shakur
“I realized that I was connected to Africa. I wasn’t just a Colored girl. I was part of a whole world that wanted a better life. I’m part of a majority and not a minority. My life has been a life of growth. IF YOU’RE NOT GROWIN…G, you’re not going to understand real love.
If you’re not reaching out to help others then you’re shrinking. My life has been active. I’m not a spectator”
“Part of being a revolutionary is creating a vision that is more humane. That is more fun, too. That is more loving. It’s really working to create something beautiful.”
“I realized that I was connected to Africa”
“I think that in order to struggle you have to be creative. In my life, creativity has been something that has sustained me; it awoke my spiritual struggle.”
“I couldn’t see how we could seriously struggle without having a strong sense of collectivity, without being responsible FOR each other and TO each other.”
“We can’t afford to be spectators while our lives deteriorate. We have to truly love our people and work to make that love stronger.”
“We had to LEARN that we’re beautiful. We had to RELEARN something that was forcefully taken from us.
We had to LEARN about Black power. People have power if we unite. We LEARNED the importance of coming together and being active” (Capitals mine.)
“Love is contraband in hell, – cause love is a acid -“that eats away bars.
But you, me, and tomorrow – hold hands and make vows – that struggle will multiply.
The hacksaw has two blades. The shotgun has two barrels. We are pregnant with freedom.
We are a conspiracy.
It is our duty to fight for our freedom – It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.
– Assata Shakur, An Autobiography
” . . . love can not be arrested.” – Marilyn Buck