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Why is the FBI so threatened by Assata Shakur?

Black liberation activist Assata Shakur was placed on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list. As the only woman and only black person on the list, what makes Shakur such a threat? Colorlines outlines the history of this list and Assata Shakur’s background in this article.

“Assata Shakur has been given many names over the past four decades. Her political allies in the 1970s struggle for black liberation knew her as a comrade and freedom fighter. Ever since her escape from a New Jersey prison and exile in Cuba, she’s become an icon to many on the radical left. Some, mostly critics, still call her by her birth name, Joanne Chesimard. Now the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a new name for her: terrorist.”




Assata Shakur, originally from Queens, NY, was an activist, Black nationalist, and uncompromising orator and community mobilizer. Though born as “Joanne Deborah Bryon,” Shakur later changed her name to “Assata” (“she who struggles”) and “Shakur” (“the thankful”). Though remembered as a radical, her philosophical views were not necessarily always in alignment with this typecast. Instead, it wasn’t until the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  in 1968 that “precipitated Assata Shakur’s embrace of the militant Black Power movement and her rejection of nonviolence.

Her political involvement traversed the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, ultimately leading to her surveillance through the FBI’s COINTELPRO program. As a result, she fled and went into hiding – and is likely still alive today. Her 1987 autobiography provides some insight into her political affiliations and movement, but still much is left unsaid. Learn more about her heroic actions, uncompromising political attitude, and unwavering love for Blackness in the article below.




Why is the FBI so threatened by Assata Shakur?
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Why is the FBI so threatened by Assata Shakur?

Black liberation activist Assata Shakur was placed on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list. As the only woman and only black person on the list, what makes Shakur such a threat? Colorlines outlines the history of this list and Assata Shakur’s background in this article.

“Assata Shakur has been given many names over the past four decades. Her political allies in the 1970s struggle for black liberation knew her as a comrade and freedom fighter. Ever since her escape from a New Jersey prison and exile in Cuba, she’s become an icon to many on the radical left. Some, mostly critics, still call her by her birth name, Joanne Chesimard. Now the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a new name for her: terrorist.”




Assata Shakur, originally from Queens, NY, was an activist, Black nationalist, and uncompromising orator and community mobilizer. Though born as “Joanne Deborah Bryon,” Shakur later changed her name to “Assata” (“she who struggles”) and “Shakur” (“the thankful”). Though remembered as a radical, her philosophical views were not necessarily always in alignment with this typecast. Instead, it wasn’t until the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  in 1968 that “precipitated Assata Shakur’s embrace of the militant Black Power movement and her rejection of nonviolence.

Her political involvement traversed the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, ultimately leading to her surveillance through the FBI’s COINTELPRO program. As a result, she fled and went into hiding – and is likely still alive today. Her 1987 autobiography provides some insight into her political affiliations and movement, but still much is left unsaid. Learn more about her heroic actions, uncompromising political attitude, and unwavering love for Blackness in the article below.




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[08.12.16] PushBlack Now

1. Somali-American Woman Clinches Historic Primary Win in Minnesota. [via Blavity]

Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American woman, made history by winning the primary election in Minneapolis House District 60B. She won the victory over Representative Kahn who has been in office for 44 years.

“If Omar wins the general election in November, she’ll be the first Somali-American State Representative and the first Somali-American woman in the Minnesota legislature.”

Omar’s campaign platform is focused on economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2aPBuyd

2. LAPD Murders Innocent Black Man During SWAT Raid. [via BET]

Last month, the Los Angeles Police Department mistook Donnell Thompson, a man with mental illness, as a suspect for a car robbery and ended up killing him.

“Thompson had the mental capacity of someone at least 10 years younger than him. He attended classes for individuals with mental disabilities at El Camino College.”

After killing him, the LAPD continued to claim that Thompson was involved with the crime, however, it was just announced that he had no involvement at all.

“The result is that we have an unarmed individual, who had committed no crime, who once again has been the victim of a law enforcement homicide,”
-Attorney Dunn, representative of the Thompson family

Read here: http://bet.us/2aPBxKF

3. Department of Justice Report Shows Baltimore Officers Committed Civil Rights Violations. [via PushBlack]

Read here: http://bit.ly/2blXrXd

[08.08.16] PushBlack Now

1. Oldest Black Bookstore in America is Returning to San Francisco.[via SF Bay View]

We’re happy to hear that Marcus Books, the oldest Black-owned bookstore in the nation, is returning to the Fillmore District of San Francisco. This comes after Marcus Books was forced to close its doors after a San Francisco taxi company bought the property the owner was renting.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2aEDrO6

2. Martial Arts Instructor’s Mentorship to Young Black Boy Goes Viral. [via Atlanta Black Star]

Jason Wilson, a Black martial arts instructor, guides a young student through pain and emotional walls in a heartwarming video that has gone viral.

“You know in life there’s going to be things harder to do than other things?” Wilson says. “It is to going to take tears. It’s going to take the blood of Jesus … But we have to fight through as men.”

We salute Jason Wilson for teaching young Black boys that it is okay to cry and be emotionally vulnerable.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2b4DC7G

3. Florida Therapist Charles Kinsey Sues Officer Who Shot Him. [via Blavity]

Therapist Charles Kinsey was helping one of his patients with autism when he was shot by North Miami SWAT officer Jonathan Aledda.

Kinsey has now filed a federal lawsuit against Jonathan Aledda. In addition, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that the Justice Department is looking into the situation.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2b8UxCj

4. Killer Mike Challenges Michael Jordan to Invest in Black Banks. [via Black Sports Online]

Read here: http://bit.ly/2aJpa36

[08.05.16] PushBlack Now

1. Black Student Union at UC Berkeley Secures Resource Center For Black Students. [Afrikan Black Coalition]

In March 2015, the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley made 10 demands to their Chancellor to systematically improve the conditions of black students on campus. One of them included a black student resource center.

“WE DEMAND the creation of an African-American Student Development Resource Center, to be named the Fannie Lou Hamer Resource Center, with a designated office space as well as space for hosting events, at a central campus location. This center is to be under the purview of the African-American Student Development Office.”

A press release by the Black Student Union announced that their efforts were successful and in Fall 2016, the Fannie Lou Hamer Resource Center will be opening at UC Berkeley.

PushBlack salutes the black student movement that is making the conditions for black students on campus more hospitable

Read here: http://bit.ly/2aXPTaV

2. Black Entrepreneurs Can Power the Economy. [via Fortune]

In the past 30 years, business creation in the United States has been at an all time low. However, when one looks at business creation by race, it reveals that black business owners are creating businesses at higher rates than the rest of America.
“More recently, Babson College’s Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, released in July, found black business owners are creating businesses at a higher rate than their white counterparts and other minorities.”

Read here: http://for.tn/2aE63oh

3. Korryn Gaines’s Son Kodi Gaines Recalls Mother’s Death. [via Blavity]

A series of Instagram videos reveal Kodi Gaines giving a different account of the shooting than what was provided by the police.

“The police kicked the door down, and then my mom — I was hiding, I was hiding in the closet and then my mother — I was hiding in the closet and then Korryn was hiding in the door.”

The Gaines family is in our thoughts during this difficult time. If you wish to help the family in a monetary way click here.

        Read here: http://bit.ly/2axsvAC

 

[07.29.16] PushBlack Now

1. Freddie Gray’s Death Ruled a Homicide Yet No One Was Charged With Murder. [via The Source]

In yet another case of injustice, it was ruled that none of the officers involved with the death of Freddie Gray will be charged with murder. In Freddie’s case, there was a black judge, black prosecutor, and black district attorney yet there was still no justice. Here at PushBlack, we are reminded that we must have elected representatives that will provide justice for our communities.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2almyoL

2. Greg Greenlee, Founder of Blacks in Technology is Black Enterprise’s Tech Innovator of the Week. [via Black Enterprise]

Greg Greenlee founded BiT (Blacks in Technology) in order to showcase the talent of people of color in the technology industry. BiT has over 2,000 registered members from across the globe and serves as a virtual gathering place for people of color in tech. The company also provides technology advice and solutions to hardware, coding, and other tech issues.

“I had attended quite a few tech conferences and meetups up to that point, and I started noticing the underrepresentation of black people at these conferences, either as attendees or as speakers.”

-Greg Greenlee

We salute BiT for making a space for people of color in the tech industry.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2afOUWO

3. Experts Suggest Demilitarizing Police is a Better Solution to Reducing Police Brutality. [via Atlanta Black Star]

In a recent roundup, PushBlack reported that the White House is re-authorizing the militarization of the police. This goes against what experts are suggesting, as many human rights experts advocate that demilitarizing, not training, is a better solution to minimizing police brutality.

“Militarizing the police endangers our communities and heightens risk of injury and death to groups that are already disproportionately impacted by state violence.” – Muhammed Malik
Here at PushBlack, we are strongly against the militarization of the police.

        Read here: http://bit.ly/2akuBp0

4. Mothers of the Movement Give Powerful Speech at Democratic National Convention. [via TIME]

Seven mothers who lost their children to state-sanctioned violence took the stage at the DNC and gave powerful testimonies on police violence.

Lucy McBath (mother of Jordan Davis), Geneva Reed-Veal (mother of Sandra Bland), and Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), all gave emotional speeches while the other mothers looked on. The mothers collectively called for an end to police brutality while also calling for the police to have better relationships with the communities they serve.

“You don’t stop being a mom when your child dies.”

-Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis

The Mothers of the Movement also showed support for Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say Black Lives Matter. She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish. She doesn’t build walls around her heart.”

Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis

Read here: http://ti.me/2aBRXW4

[07.27.16] PushBlack Now

1. Braiding Hair Without A License is No Longer Illegal in Iowa. [via Blavity]

A new Iowa law has made it legal for hair stylists to braid without a cosmetology license. Before this law, it was a misdemeanor punishable by one year in prison if a person was caught braiding without a cosmetology license. This is an important step to making the braiding industry more equitable in Iowa, as it costs $22,000 and takes 2,100 hours of training to pass a cosmetology exam.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2a7SfTO

2. Black Man Playing ‘Pokémon Go’ Had Guns Drawn on Him by Police. [via Mic]

We can now add Pokémon Go to this list of activities black people cannot do without threat of police violence. Joseph Ekakitie, a senior defensive end for the University of Iowa football team was playing Pokémon Go when he was surrounded by four officers with their guns drawn.

“Today was the first time that I’ve ever truly feared for my life.” -Joseph Ekakitie

We are beyond happy to hear that Joseph survived the situation, however, we are reminded that even playing a mobile game can be a death sentence for black people. As Pokémon Go becomes more and more popular, we want to remind folks to stay safe.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2afsDpM

3. WNBA Reverses Fines for Players Wearing Black Lives Matter Shirts. [via Blavity]

Last week, the WNBA fined players from the New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury, and Indiana Fever for wearing black warm-up shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Since then, the WNBA has reversed its decision and reversed the fines.

“We commend Lisa Borders for recognizing how the players of the WNBA felt and the sensitive time that we’re living in and being willing to re-evaluate their decision,” New York Liberty President Isiah Thomas said.

Here at PushBlack, we unapologetically support black athletes standing up against police brutality and institutional racism.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2aozwnI

[07.25.16] PushBlack Now

1. White House Reauthorizes Military Equipment for Police. [via TeleSUR]

Since Ronald Reagan’s war on drugs, the American police have become increasingly militarized. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, militarized police have been deployed to police protests. This has angered many Black Lives Matter activists, and they’ve  demanded that the police be demilitarized. In May 2015, the White House banned police departments from receiving military gear but now, it’s re-authorizing military equipment for police after two recent killings of police officers in Louisiana and Texas.

Here at PushBlack, we strongly oppose the militarization of the police. We need an investment in our communities, not military equipment.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2aeIMLa

2. ID’s Are no Longer Needed to Vote in Texas. [via Dallas Observer]

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas residents can still vote regardless if they have an ID or not. This is an important decision, as photo ID laws disproportionately affect people of color and those who are poor.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2ag3U5b

3. Berkeley City Council Votes to Divest From Prisons. [via Afrikan Black Coalition]

Following Portland, the City of Berkeley becomes the second city in America to divest from private prisons. This comes after Black student organization, the Afrikan Black Coalition, forced the University of California to divest around 30 million dollars from private prisons.

“With this resolution, the City of Berkeley is standing up for our community members. Black and brown peoples, immigrants, Palestinians, and other oppressed peoples deserve city governments that stand up for their rights and fight against corporations that profit from their suffering.”

-Cathy Orozco, commissioner on Berkeley’s Peace and Justice Commission,

In addition, the City of Berkeley will be writing a letter demanding that Wells Fargo and other Million Shares Club members that the city does business with to divest from the private prison industry.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2aCRTo1

4. We’ll be in Philly at the Democratic National Convention! [via Rock the Vote]

PushBlack is a community sponsor for #TruthToPower. Presented by Rock The Vote in partnership with #Cut50 and other national and community partners, The Truth to Power exhibition and event space is designed to elevate the most pressing issues facing young people in the United States today — from ending mass incarceration and stopping police violence to providing access to jobs and a living wage, building a fair immigration system to protecting reproductive freedom, making higher education affordable and defending our right to vote. Follow the programming with the #TruthToPower hashtag on Twitter.