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Free All Black Liberation Fighters
Maker: Jackrabbit Press
Date Made: circa 1970s
Place Made: North America: United States; Oregon, Eugene
Measurements: 40.5 cm x 27 cm; 15 15/16 in x 10 5/8 in
Main Subject: Black Panther Party; Political Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
They call us bandits, yet everytime most Black people pick up our paychecks we are being robbed. Everytime we walk into a store in our neighborhood we are being held up. And everytime we pay our rent the landlord stick a gun into our ribs. -Assata Shakur jackrabbit press 454 Willamette, Eugene, Oregon 97401 343-3613 Free All Black Liberation Fighters
Acquisition Number: 1993-175
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ASSATA SHAKUR Active in the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, Assata Shakur was a target of the FBI's campaign to defame and arrest Black activists. Accused of robbery, kidnapping, and murder, she was the target of a national manhunt in 1972. On May 2, 1973, Assata, Zayd Malik Shakur and Sundiata Acoli were traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike when they were stopped by New Jersey state police. A shoot-out ensued during which a state trooper, Werner Foerster, and Zayd Shakur were killed. Assata was shot in the back and seriously wounded; despite this, she was chained to a hospital bed and interrogated by local and federal agents. Assata was tried for several crimes in New York state, but was acquitted. She was then tried in New Jersey for the murder of Werner Foerster; an all-white jury found her guilty and Assata was sentenced to life in prison. With the assistance of Marilyn Buck, Silvia Baraldini, and others, Assata escaped from the maximum security wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey in 1979. She was granted political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived since 1985.