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    Assata Shakur s/n Joanne Deborah Byron

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    A name you hear quite often in the history of the Black panthers, but her story is too often misrepresented, is Assata Shakur. Born July 16, 1947 as Joanne Deborah Byron, then married becoming Chesimard, she was a vital instrument in the Black Panther movement and also the Black Liberation Army. She is so often not spoken of when it comes to her contributions to the struggle, but more spoken of when the media and papers talk about alleged crimes she was apprehended and hunted for. She is the step aunt of the infamous rapper Tupac Shakur, sister of his stepfather revolutionary Mutulu Shakur. Born in Jamaica queens, New York where she lived for three years, but she spent most of her childhood in Wilmington, NC. She spent her teen years attending the City College of New York and she became heavily involved in political activity. Her first arrest was in the year of 1967 in a protest at Manhattan Community College for lack of black studies and faculty. She married Louis Chesimard that same year as was married for three years. She then became at the age of 23 a member of the Black Panther Party Harlem Branch and heavily helped coordinate the School Breakfast Program. Assata then left the Black Panther party, changed her name from Joanne to Assata Shakur and joined the Black Liberation Army. In 1971 she joined ranks with the Republic of New Afrika. That same year Assata was shot in the stomach in an incident at the Staler Hilton hotel on April 6, 1971. It was then she said, “I am no longer afraid to be shot again.” The FBI called her the Revolutionary mother hen. Any and every incident that involved a woman in some type of crime they would try no link her to it. There are countless incidents. Hoover and the FBI classified her as a domestic terrorist and offered a million dollar reward for her capture. They also issued in 1973 a search and destroy mission for her and others in the BLA. In 1973 Shakur was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike where a state trooper was killed and a BLA member Zayd Malik Shakur. She was charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping. She was convicted of first-degree murder and seven other felonies related to the shoot out. She escaped from prison victoriously in 1979 and has been living in exile in Cuba ever since. There have been countless attempts to extradite her. Her consistent bravery and undying love for the people I a story that should always be told and one we should learn from especially when it comes to examples of strength and courage.—by
    Nov 2, 2015 "Assata Shakur Liberation Day" marks 36 yrs of freedom for our Comrade Assata Shakur, Our Warrior was liberated from a NJ prison by Comrades In The Black Liberation Army click here to read more or here

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    Happy belated b-day When I think of how ,we have struggled ,but our children donot know our warriors..God is compassionate and allow us to communicate and come to understanding..i will continue to participate and support our poltical prisoners,at home and abroad,God bless you and your family.

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