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Assata: Exile since 1979
On May 2 1973, Black Panther activist Assata Olugbala Shakur (fsn) Joanne Deborah Chesimard, was pulled over by the New Jersey State Police, shot twice and then charged with murder of a police officer. Assata spent six and a half years in prison under brutal circumstances before escaping out of the maximum security wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey in 1979 and moving to Cuba. 

Assata: In her own words
My name is Assata ("she who struggles") Olugbala ( "for the people" ) Shakur ("the thankful one"), and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of  government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government's policy towards people of color. I am an ex political prisoner, and I have been living in exile in Cuba since 1984. I have been a political activist most of my life, and although the U.S. government has done everything in its power to criminalize me, I am not a criminal, nor have I ever been one. In the 1960s, I participated in various struggles: the black liberation movement, the student rights movement, and the movement to end the war in Vietnam. I  joined the Black Panther Party. By 1969 the Black Panther Party had become the number one organization targeted by the FBI's COINTELPRO program. because the Black Panther Party demanded the total liberation of black people, J. Edgar  Hoover called it "greatest threat to the internal security of the country" and  vowed to destroy it and its leaders and activists. 

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(Rare) An Open Audio To The Pope And The World by Assata Shakur 1/15/98
Asante Sana from Assata Shakur July 2007
Statement from Assata's Appeal Attorney June 2005
What is the "Hands Off Assata" (HOA) Campaign?
M1 of dead prez on the case of Assata Shakur
The Fugitive: Why has the FBI placed a million-dollar bounty on Assata Shakur? by Kathleen Cleaver
An Open Letter To The Mayor Of Trenton, NJ by Mae Jackson
Assata Shakur: The government’s terrorist is our community’s heroine byMos Def
Resolution for U.S. Justice Dept. to withdraw the 1 Million Dollar Bounty for the Capture of Assata Shakur
Castro Defends Assata
Axioms and Quotes from Assata Shakur
National Conference of Black lawyers
Demands: Hands off Assata
Get Hands Off Assata Fliers
Eyes of the Rainbow - Assata Shakur Documentary
Mama Evelyn A Williams: Black Liberation Attorney
Read DOJ $1 Million Reward Statement
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M-1 What Does The Bounty Mean? | 1,881KB | 2:40 Min

Mumia Abu Jamal Assata: Terrorism or Survivor
Of Terrorism?
| 2.1MB | 4:35 Sec
Mumia Abu Jamal Betraying Assata | 754KB | ? Min
Assata Shakur Speaks about Mumia | 767KB | 1:38 Min
Assata Shakur Speaks about being shot | 7.26 MB | 1:03 Min

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