Today, former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army activist Assata Shakur became the first woman ever placed on the FBI’s most wanted list after a forty year exile in Cuba.
Between 1973 and 1977, Shakur was indicted for seven different crimes ranging from bank robbery to kidnapping to the murder of Foerster. These indictments were either dismissed or resulted in acquittals or hung juries, until she was finally convicted of Foerster’s murder.
She was a leader, activist and a soldier in the movement,” Ford said of Chesimard’s involvement in the Black Liberation Army, adding that authorities believe she has made connections over the years with other terrorist networks.
Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, who spoke alongside Ford, said Chesimard continues to live safely in Cuba, where she “flaunts her freedom in the face of this horrific crime.”
“To this day, from her safe haven in Cuba, she been given the pulpit to preach and profess,” Fuentes said. “She has been used by the Castro regime to greet foreign delegations visiting Cuba.”
Apparently preaching and professing is all it takes to get hunted by the FBI. Today, the bureau reiterated that the word “terrorist” simply means anyone who expresses dissent against the state, anyone who speaks truth to power.
Fellow Tumblrs, who’s next?