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Assata Shakur Documentary




Assata Shakur (born July 16, 1947), dubbed the soul of the Black
Liberation Army, was a leader in the Black Liberation movement in
the United States. Her name at birth was JoAnne Deborah Byron
Chesimard, although she changed it to avoid using what she
considered to be a slave name. She grew up in New York City and
attended Manhattan Community College, where she was involved in
many struggles. In her career as a social leaderand revolutionary,
she fought for welfare recipients` rights, freebreakfastprograms in
poorblackneighborhoods, prisoners` rights, and many other causes,
both as a member of the Black Panther Party and in other
organizations. On May 2, 1973, Shakur, no longer a member ofthe
Black Panther Party, was stopped on the New Jersey State Turnpike,
along with two Black Panthers: Zayd Shakur and Sundiata Acoli. In
an ensuing gunfight, Zayd Shakur and one New Jersey state policeman
were killed and Assata Shakur and one New Jersey state policeman
were injured. Assata was shot in the back, taken to the hospital
and tortured while questioned. She had a broken clavicle and a
paralyzed arm. Over the next two-and-a-half years, Assata Shakur
she was incarcerated, beaten, and tortured in a series of federal
and state prisons while being tried in six different criminal
trials arranged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation COINTEL
program against the black liberation movement. The charges ranged
from kidnapping to assault and battery to bank robbery. She was
acquitted in all six cases. Despite the fact that forensic evidence
showed that she had not fired a weapon, Shakur was found guilty of
the murder of both the state trooper and her companion Zayd Shakur,
for her presence at the gun battle. She was sentenced to life + 33
years in prison. In 1979 she escaped prison and lived underground
until 1986, at which time she fled to Cuba where she is living now
under a grant of asylum from the government of Fidel Castro. (After
21 years of imprisonment in the nation`s harshest penitentiaries,
with an exemplary prison record, Sundiata came up for parole in
1994. He was not permitted to appear before the New Jersey Parole
Board in person but was only allowed to participate from USP
Leavenworth via telephone without an attorney present. After a 20
minute telephone hearing Sundiata was denied parole and given a
20-year hit, meaning he must do 20 more years before coming up for
parole again.)<br>
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"The idea of the Black Liberation Army emerged from conditions in
Black communities: conditions of poverty, indecent housing, massive
unemployment, poor medical care, and inferior education. Theidea
came about because Black people are not free or equal in this
country. Because ninety percent of the men and women in this
country`s prisons are Black and Third World. Because ten-year-old
children are shot down in our streets. Because dope has saturated
our communities, preying on the disillusionment and frustrations of
our children. The concept of the BLA arose because of the
political, social, and economic oppression of Black people in this
country. And where there is oppression, there will be resistance.
The BLA is part of that resistance movement. The Black Liberation
Army stands for freedom and justice for all people. "<br>
Assata Shakur<br>
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"I advocate revolutionary end to capitalist
exploitation, the abolition of racist policies, the eradication of
sexism and the elimination of political repression. If that is a
crime, then I am totally guilty"<br>
-- Assata Shakur<br>
A MUST READ...<br>
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The Autobiography of Assata Shakur<br>
Most of our fights started over petty disputes like stepped-on
shoes, flying spitballs, and the contested ownership of pens and
pencis. But behind our fights, self-hatred was clearly visible.<br>
"Nappy head, nappy head, I catch your %#&amp;@$!, you goin` be
"You think you Black and ugly now; I`m gonna beat you till you
"You just another nigga to me. Ima show you what I do with niggas
like you."<br>
"You better shut your big blubber lips."<br>
We would call each other "jungle bunnies"and "bush boogies." We
would talk about each other`s ugly, biglips and flat noses. We
would call each other pickaninnies and nappy-haired
"Act your age, not your color," we would tell each other.<br>
"You gon thank mewhenI`m through with you, Ima beat you so bad, I`m
gon beat the black offa you."<br>
Black made any insult worse. When you called somebody a "bastard,"
that was bad. But when you called somebody a "Black bastard," now
that was terrible. In fact, when I was growing up, being called
"Black," period, was grounds for fighting....<br>
They call us thieves and bandits. They say we steal. But it was not
we who stole millions of Black people from the continent of Africa.
We were robbed of our language, of our Gods, of our culture, of our
human dignity, of our labor, and of our lives. They call us
thieves, yet it is not we who rip off billions of dollars every
year through tax evasions, illegal price fixing, embezzlement,
consumer fraud, bribes, kickbacks, and swindles. They call us
bandits, yet every time most Black people pick up our paychecks we
are being robbed. Every time we walk into a store in our
neighborhood we are being held up. And every time we pay our rent
the landlord sticks a gun into our ribs.<br>
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