Do You Know This Woman? Black Lives Matters’ Leaders Sure Do

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A Convicted Cop Killer

Last week Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters gathered outside the White House and were led in this chant by an unidentified organizer on a bullhorn.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

Assata Shakur

The chant was a quote from Assata Shakur. She has been referred to often by BLM leaders as a source of inspiration. Maybe then, to gain a little insight into the true intentions of a group that likes to present itself as seeking only truth and justice we ought to look a little further into who Assata Shakur is...

Shakur was born JoAnne Deborah Byron on July 17, 1947. She is sometimes referred to by her married name Chesimard. She is a former member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA). The Black Liberation Army was a militant armed offshoot of the “Black Panther Partydedicated to armed struggle against the United States and the killing of police officers.

In May 1971 the Black Liberation Army staged attacks on the police in New York City and killed two officers. It then staged attacks in both Atlanta and San Francisco. In 1972, in perhaps its most notorious attack, the group assassinated two police officers in New York City – Greg Foster and Rocco Laurie.

Foster was black. Laurie was white. They had served together in Vietnam in the Marines and had received special permission to be partners.

Foster was shot eight times and fell to the sidewalk. Laurie was hit five times and fell as well. Their BLA attackers then stood over top of them and continued shooting. Foster was shot three times in the face. Laurie was shot in the groin. Afterward, the attackers stood in the street shooting in the air and celebrating.

Shakur was not a bit player in BLA. She was not on the fringes of the group. She was one of its most dangerous operatives.

In April 1971 Shakur was shot in the stomach during a struggle with a guest at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Manhattan. She was booked on charges of attempted robbery and released on bail.

A few months later Shakur was a suspect in a bank robbery in Queens. While never convicted, years later Shakur admitted that the BLA had financed its operations in part through bank robberies.

In December 1971 Shakur was named by the New York City Police Department as one of four suspects in a hand grenade attack on New York City Police officers. A patrol car was destroyed in the attack and two officers were wounded.

Shakur was subsequently sought for questioning in a series of other attacks including the wounding of a police officer in Brooklyn, a bank robbery in the Bronx, and an armed robbery at a Brooklyn church. In 1972 she became the subject of a nationwide FBI manhunt because of her alleged connection to a BLA cell that had murdered a number of New York City police officers. According to the FBI, this included the murders of New York City Police Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones on May 21, 1971, and NYPD officers Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie on January 28, 1972.

On May 2, 1973, at about 12:45 a.m., Shakur, along with Zayd Malik Shakur and Sundiata Acoli, were stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike by State Trooper James Harper. Shortly thereafter State Trooper Werner Foerster showed up as a backup. A shootout then ensued. Trooper Foerster was killed. Harper was wounded. Shakur, who was also shot, fled the scene. She was subsequently apprehended and imprisoned. At the time of her apprehension, Shakur was on her way to Washington, D.C. and she was in possession of a list of targets to be struck by the BLA.

Shakur escaped from prison in 1979 when three BLA members carrying pistols and dynamite seized correctional officers as hostages and then stole a van. Shakur subsequently fled the United States to the Caribbean. In 1984 Shakur showed up in Cuba where she was granted political asylum. Since her arrival in Cuba Shakur has been a strong supporter of the Cuban regime and has worked with Radio Havana Cuba.

Shakur was allegedly assisted in escaping from prison by Susan Rosenberg. Rosenberg is today a member of the board of directors for the Thousand Currents group, which handles the intake of donations to Black Lives Matter. Rosenberg is also a convicted terrorist.

Rosenberg was previously a member of the May 19th Communist Organization, a radical leftist group affiliated with the Weather Underground terror group. She was arrested on weapons and explosives charges in 1984 and ultimately sentenced to 58 years in prison. At the time of her arrest, Rosenberg was in possession of 740 pounds of dynamite. Her sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in 2001.

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

Vladimir Lenin

Perhaps the greatest weapon of all Marxist groups is the lie. Revolutionaries do not disclose their true objectives. They do not seek to mobilize the masses by explaining in detail that what they want is to overthrow the existing system and replace it with a totalitarian monstrosity in which only the self-appointed members of the party will wield any real power.

Instead, the revolutionaries hide their true motives and intentions and rally support based on general demands of reform, justice, and some vague notion of liberation. Ask the Venezuelans what they thought they were getting when they bought into Chavez’s campaign for reform. It was not poverty, despotism, and an alliance with the Islamic Republic of Iran. It was some kinder, gentler version of the present.

The Black Lives Matter movement is not directed by individuals seeking police reform and justice. It is directed by individuals and groups that idealize individuals like Assata Shakur, who think the killing of police officers is a righteous act and who want to burn down every element of the existing political, economic and social system.

You may not know who Shakur is. The leaders of Black Lives Matter sure do.

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