An Open Letter From Assata

TeMeka C. E. Williams
Just now ·
So I haven’t read it in full yet but it never hurts to share even if there may be (and I’m not saying there are) points that I may disagree with…every voice deserves to be heard or so I was taught and still believe! Something needs to join in America and I know she at least has had a significant impact on that conversation. Enjoy!

Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle

My name is Assata Shakur, 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…

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