Monday, July 13, 2009
This is a groovy video of Assata Shakur, an activist, escaped convict, Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member (and yes Tupac's step-aunt). You can read about Assata on her very active website, or wikipedia, or in her autobiography. I highly recommend all three. Assata didn't shy away from controversy, consistently active with the Black Panthers, BLA, and Republic of New Africa, she eventually became the center of a multi-state manhunt. In 1977 a shootout on the New Jersey turnpike left a trooper and a BLA member dead and Assata and another trooper with near fatal gun wounds . Between 1973 and 1977 she had been charged with but found not guilty of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping but all cases were acquitted or dismissed. While awaiting trial for the NJ Turnpike shootout three BLA members busted her out of jail with a few .45s and a commandeered prison van. Assata hid out in the U.S. till 1984 when she fled to Cuba where she still has asylum.