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Assata Olugbala Shakur (born JoAnne Deborah Byron; July 16, 1947; also married name, JoAnne Chesimard) is a former member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA), who was convicted in the first-degree murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. Shakur is wanted by the FBI and there is a $2 million reward for her apprehension.

Born in Flushing, Queens, she grew up in New York City and Wilmington, North Carolina. After she ran away from home several times, her aunt, who would later act as one of her lawyers, took her in. She became involved in political activism at Borough of Manhattan Community College and City College of New York. After graduation, she began using the name Assata Shakur, and briefly joined the Black Panther Party. She then joined the BLA, a loosely knit offshoot of the Black Panthers, which engaged in an armed struggle against the US government through tactics such as robbing banks and killing police officers and drug dealers.

Between 1971 and 1973, she was charged with several crimes and was the subject of a multi-state manhunt. In May 1973, Shakur was arrested after being wounded in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike. Also involved in the shootout were New Jersey State Troopers Werner Foerster and James Harper and BLA members Sundiata Acoli and Zayd Malik Shakur. State Trooper Harper was wounded; Zayd Shakur was killed; State Trooper Foerster was killed. Between 1973 and 1977, Shakur was charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping in relation to the shootout and six other incidents. She was acquitted on three of the charges and three were dismissed. In 1977, she was convicted of the murder of State Trooper Foerster and of seven other felonies related to the 1973 shootout. Her defense had argued medical evidence suggested her innocence.

While serving a life sentence for murder, Shakur escaped in 1979 from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township, NJ, now the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. She surfaced in Cuba in 1984, where she was granted political asylum. Shakur has lived in Cuba since, despite US government efforts to have her returned. She has been on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list since 2013 as Joanne Deborah Chesimard and was the first woman to be added to this list.

quote by Assata Shakur: Cuba has its own moral system and priorities. That's what keeps it going, the belief that the country can control its own destiny. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Cuba has its own moral system and priorities. That's what keeps it going, the belief that the countr...

Cuba has its own moral system and priorities. That's what keeps it going, the belief that the country can control its own destiny.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: This planet is a wonderful place, but a vulnerable place. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: This planet is a wonderful place, but a vulnerable place....

This planet is a wonderful place, but a vulnerable place.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: The abnormal, the sick, the vicious have become more and more interwoven into the violent culture of the United States. Into the way news i… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: The abnormal, the sick, the vicious have become more and more interwoven into the violent culture of...

The abnormal, the sick, the vicious have become more and more interwoven into the violent culture of the United States. Into the way news is seen, into the way movies are seen.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I was sentenced to life plus 30 years by an all-White jury. What I saw in prison was wall-to-wall Black flesh in chains. Women caged in cel… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I was sentenced to life plus 30 years by an all-White jury. What I saw in prison was wall-to-wall Bl...

I was sentenced to life plus 30 years by an all-White jury. What I saw in prison was wall-to-wall Black flesh in chains. Women caged in cells. But we're the terrorists. It just doesn't make sense.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: My experience in the United States was living in a society that was very much at war with itself, that was very alienated. People felt not … with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: My experience in the United States was living in a society that was very much at war with itself, th...

My experience in the United States was living in a society that was very much at war with itself, that was very alienated. People felt not part of a community, but like isolated units that were afraid of interaction, of contact, that were lonely.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: People are tried and convicted in the newspapers and on television before they ever see a courtroom. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: People are tried and convicted in the newspapers and on television before they ever see a courtroom....

People are tried and convicted in the newspapers and on television before they ever see a courtroom.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: Part of being a revolutionary is creating a vision that is more humane. That is more fun, too. That is more loving. It's really working to … with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Part of being a revolutionary is creating a vision that is more humane. That is more fun, too. That ...

Part of being a revolutionary is creating a vision that is more humane. That is more fun, too. That is more loving. It's really working to create something beautiful.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: Imperialism is the underlying motor of racism. The underlying reason that racism keeps on being promoted in all of its various forms. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Imperialism is the underlying motor of racism. The underlying reason that racism keeps on being prom...

Imperialism is the underlying motor of racism. The underlying reason that racism keeps on being promoted in all of its various forms.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I have been a political activist most of my life and many groups have attempted to label me as a criminal because of my outspoken beliefs. … with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I have been a political activist most of my life and many groups have attempted to label me as a cri...

I have been a political activist most of my life and many groups have attempted to label me as a criminal because of my outspoken beliefs. I am not a criminal and I have never been one.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: The first part of planning is to believe that you can put that plan into practise. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: The first part of planning is to believe that you can put that plan into practise....

The first part of planning is to believe that you can put that plan into practise.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: The government recognized immediately that Rap music has enormous revolutionary potential and politicians immediately came together to end … with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: The government recognized immediately that Rap music has enormous revolutionary potential and politi...

The government recognized immediately that Rap music has enormous revolutionary potential and politicians immediately came together to end it.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just thi… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for i...

People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.

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quote by Assata Shakur: Tourism has affected Cuba, because tourists come and they bring racist, sexist ideas. They bring a whole vision that there are rich people … with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Tourism has affected Cuba, because tourists come and they bring racist, sexist ideas. They bring a w...

Tourism has affected Cuba, because tourists come and they bring racist, sexist ideas. They bring a whole vision that there are rich people all over the world and that's the way it should be.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: We're living in a very tricky world, and unless we become analytical and expose the tricknology, people will become sucked into that. It is… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: We're living in a very tricky world, and unless we become analytical and expose the tricknology, peo...

We're living in a very tricky world, and unless we become analytical and expose the tricknology, people will become sucked into that. It is very easy, it is very, very easy.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I stay connected in my head. I'm spiritually and psychologically connected to African-Americans. They are my people, and that will never ch… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I stay connected in my head. I'm spiritually and psychologically connected to African-Americans. The...

I stay connected in my head. I'm spiritually and psychologically connected to African-Americans. They are my people, and that will never change.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: A lot of contemporary American culture makes its way to this county. Cuba is not some gray, isolated backwater. This is a happening place. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: A lot of contemporary American culture makes its way to this county. Cuba is not some gray, isolated...

A lot of contemporary American culture makes its way to this county. Cuba is not some gray, isolated backwater. This is a happening place.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I've always been a student of different ways of looking at the world, different religions. That's been part of my survival mechanism, and a… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I've always been a student of different ways of looking at the world, different religions. That's be...

I've always been a student of different ways of looking at the world, different religions. That's been part of my survival mechanism, and also part of my curiosity as a person.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: Hip Hop can be a very effective way to reach young people and teach them about current political and social issues. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Hip Hop can be a very effective way to reach young people and teach them about current political and...

Hip Hop can be a very effective way to reach young people and teach them about current political and social issues.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: People ask me if I miss the States. I miss African Americans. But not the U.S. government or all the things they put me through. I miss Afr… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: People ask me if I miss the States. I miss African Americans. But not the U.S. government or all the...

People ask me if I miss the States. I miss African Americans. But not the U.S. government or all the things they put me through. I miss African American culture, our speech, dance and cooking.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: I think it's really hard to plan if you don't believe you can implement those plans. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I think it's really hard to plan if you don't believe you can implement those plans....

I think it's really hard to plan if you don't believe you can implement those plans.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: When Black people seriously organize and take up arms to fight for our liberation, there will be a lot of white people who will drop dead f… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: When Black people seriously organize and take up arms to fight for our liberation, there will be a l...

When Black people seriously organize and take up arms to fight for our liberation, there will be a lot of white people who will drop dead from no other reason than their own guilt and fear.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: The U. S. is becoming more hostile to Black people and other people of color. Racism is running rampant and xenophobia is on the rise. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: The U. S. is becoming more hostile to Black people and other people of color. Racism is running ramp...

The U. S. is becoming more hostile to Black people and other people of color. Racism is running rampant and xenophobia is on the rise.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: And if I know anything at all, it's that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: And if I know anything at all, it's that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be br...

And if I know anything at all, it's that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: My energy just couldn't stop dancing. I was caught up in the music of struggle, and i wanted to dance. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: My energy just couldn't stop dancing. I was caught up in the music of struggle, and i wanted to danc...

My energy just couldn't stop dancing. I was caught up in the music of struggle, and i wanted to dance.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: We had to learn that we're beautiful. We had to relearn something forcefully taken from us. We had to learn about Black power. People have … with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: We had to learn that we're beautiful. We had to relearn something forcefully taken from us. We had t...

We had to learn that we're beautiful. We had to relearn something forcefully taken from us. We had to learn about Black power. People have power if we unite. We learned the importance of coming together and being active.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I couldn't see how we could seriously struggle without having a strong sense of collectivity, without being responsible FOR each other and … with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I couldn't see how we could seriously struggle without having a strong sense of collectivity, withou...

I couldn't see how we could seriously struggle without having a strong sense of collectivity, without being responsible FOR each other and TO each other.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I can't do nothin except try to find cloud nine. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I can't do nothin except try to find cloud nine....

I can't do nothin except try to find cloud nine.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I think that one of the great things that the Cuban revolution has done is preserve history. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I think that one of the great things that the Cuban revolution has done is preserve history....

I think that one of the great things that the Cuban revolution has done is preserve history.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: If the U.S. succeeds in destroying the revolution, my status will be like that of most Cubans: I'll be up a creek without a paddle. It will… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: If the U.S. succeeds in destroying the revolution, my status will be like that of most Cubans: I'll ...

If the U.S. succeeds in destroying the revolution, my status will be like that of most Cubans: I'll be up a creek without a paddle. It will be devastating for people worldwide who believe in justice.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them....

Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: The people who are running this planet are insane -- they are literally destroying it. I don't know where they think they're gonna drink wa… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: The people who are running this planet are insane -- they are literally destroying it. I don't know ...

The people who are running this planet are insane -- they are literally destroying it. I don't know where they think they're gonna drink water, breathe air.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I Believe In The Fire Of Love And The Sweat Of Truth. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I Believe In The Fire Of Love And The Sweat Of Truth....

I Believe In The Fire Of Love And The Sweat Of Truth.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: There's something nice about being able to go to sleep at night saying You know, tomorrow I'm gonna get up and I'm gonna do this and I'm go… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: There's something nice about being able to go to sleep at night saying You know, tomorrow I'm gonna ...

There's something nice about being able to go to sleep at night saying You know, tomorrow I'm gonna get up and I'm gonna do this and I'm gonna do that.... I think that being an activist on this planet is a privilege and a pleasure.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: There is a down side to everything if you don't understand what the consequences of what you are saying in your music you could possibly en… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: There is a down side to everything if you don't understand what the consequences of what you are say...

There is a down side to everything if you don't understand what the consequences of what you are saying in your music you could possibly end up getting yourself killed or hurting other people because of your carelessness.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: At this time I'd like to say a few words especially to my sisters: SISTERS. BLACK PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE FREE UNLESS BLACK WOMEN PARTICIPATE … with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: At this time I'd like to say a few words especially to my sisters: SISTERS. BLACK PEOPLE WILL NEVER ...

At this time I'd like to say a few words especially to my sisters: SISTERS. BLACK PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE FREE UNLESS BLACK WOMEN PARTICIPATE IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR STRUGGLE, ON EVERY LEVEL OF OUR STRUGGLE.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: 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 … with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: It is our duty to fight for our freedom.

It is our duty to win.

We must love each other and suppor...

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.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: The methods of peaceful protests are not capable of being effective, because in reality most people pay little attention to things that are… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: The methods of peaceful protests are not capable of being effective, because in reality most people ...

The methods of peaceful protests are not capable of being effective, because in reality most people pay little attention to things that are not abrasive.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: There's something about approaching 50 that's very liberating. Political struggle has always been a 24-hour-a-day job for me. I felt I coul… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: There's something about approaching 50 that's very liberating. Political struggle has always been a ...

There's something about approaching 50 that's very liberating. Political struggle has always been a 24-hour-a-day job for me. I felt I could never take time out for myself. Now I feel I owe it to myself to develop in ways I've been putting off all my life.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: A revolutionary woman can't have no reactionary man. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: A revolutionary woman can't have no reactionary man....

A revolutionary woman can't have no reactionary man.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: A revolutionary woman can't have no reactionary man. If he's not about liberation, if he's not about struggle, if he ain't about building a… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: A revolutionary woman can't have no reactionary man. If he's not about liberation, if he's not about...

A revolutionary woman can't have no reactionary man. If he's not about liberation, if he's not about struggle, if he ain't about building a strong Black family, if he ain't about building a strong Black nation, then he ain't about nothing.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I have advocated and I still advocate revolutionary change. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I have advocated and I still advocate revolutionary change....

I have advocated and I still advocate revolutionary change.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I advocate revolutionary changes...an end to capitalist exploitation, the abolition of racist policies, the eradication of sexism and the e… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I advocate revolutionary changes...an end to capitalist exploitation, the abolition of racist polici...

I advocate revolutionary changes...an end to capitalist exploitation, the abolition of racist policies, the eradication of sexism and the elimination of political repression. If that is a crime, then I am totally guilty.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heartle… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smili...

I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heartless, robots who protect them and their property.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: Every person that steps up and commits to social change helps solidify the black movement cause. It is not easy for those who fill in the l… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Every person that steps up and commits to social change helps solidify the black movement cause. It ...

Every person that steps up and commits to social change helps solidify the black movement cause. It is not easy for those who fill in the leader role.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I think that, like many sisters, I was raised to be a Superwoman. I am a serious woman, and I want to be taken seriously. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I think that, like many sisters, I was raised to be a Superwoman. I am a serious woman, and I want t...

I think that, like many sisters, I was raised to be a Superwoman. I am a serious woman, and I want to be taken seriously.

--Assata Shakur


quote by Assata Shakur: I don't have to live up to that Superwoman myth. I can cry and be human and lean on people who take care of me. That can be very liberating. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I don't have to live up to that Superwoman myth. I can cry and be human and lean on people who take ...

I don't have to live up to that Superwoman myth. I can cry and be human and lean on people who take care of me. That can be very liberating.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I must confess that waltzes do not move me, I guess I hummed the blues too early, and spent too many midnights out wailing to the rain. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I must confess that waltzes do not move me, I guess I hummed the blues too early, and spent too many...

I must confess that waltzes do not move me, I guess I hummed the blues too early, and spent too many midnights out wailing to the rain.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: Are you ready to sacrifice to end world hunger? To sacrifice to end colonialism? To end neo-colonialism? To end racism? To end sexism? with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Are you ready to sacrifice to end world hunger? To sacrifice to end colonialism? To end neo-colonial...

Are you ready to sacrifice to end world hunger? To sacrifice to end colonialism? To end neo-colonialism? To end racism? To end sexism?

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I really prefer to be kind of anonymous. Because when people know your whole history, they have a tendency to relate to you differently and… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I really prefer to be kind of anonymous. Because when people know your whole history, they have a te...

I really prefer to be kind of anonymous. Because when people know your whole history, they have a tendency to relate to you differently and maybe put you up on a pedestal. I want people to just be normal with me. I just want to live my life.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: It never occurred to me that anyone would name a nuclear missile Peacekeeper. It never occurred to me that thousands of people would be kil… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: It never occurred to me that anyone would name a nuclear missile Peacekeeper. It never occurred to m...

It never occurred to me that anyone would name a nuclear missile Peacekeeper. It never occurred to me that thousands of people would be killed in the name of peace-keeping.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: When you go through all your life processing and abusing your hair so it will look like the hair of another race of people then you are mak… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: When you go through all your life processing and abusing your hair so it will look like the hair of ...

When you go through all your life processing and abusing your hair so it will look like the hair of another race of people then you are making a statement and the statement is clear.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: I believe in self-defense and self-determination for Africans and other oppressed people in America. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I believe in self-defense and self-determination for Africans and other oppressed people in America....

I believe in self-defense and self-determination for Africans and other oppressed people in America.

--Assata Shakur


quote by Assata Shakur: We usually reach success by putting the simple truths that we know into practice. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: We usually reach success by putting the simple truths that we know into practice....

We usually reach success by putting the simple truths that we know into practice.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: People think that in order for something to work, it has to be complicated, but a lot of times the opposite is true. We usually reach succe… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: People think that in order for something to work, it has to be complicated, but a lot of times the o...

People think that in order for something to work, it has to be complicated, but a lot of times the opposite is true. We usually reach success by putting the simple truths that we know into practice.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: Cubans understand that theirs is a country that provides sanctuary for people fleeing oppression. As a nation, they are very proud of this … with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Cubans understand that theirs is a country that provides sanctuary for people fleeing oppression. As...

Cubans understand that theirs is a country that provides sanctuary for people fleeing oppression. As a nation, they are very proud of this stance. They don't care how much the U.S. government badgers or attacks them.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I've tried as much as possible to avoid the standard nine-to-five thing. I've tried to organize my life so that I can move around, change t… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I've tried as much as possible to avoid the standard nine-to-five thing. I've tried to organize my l...

I've tried as much as possible to avoid the standard nine-to-five thing. I've tried to organize my life so that I can move around, change the rhythm and the tempo.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I think anybody who is honestly struggling against racism must struggle against imperialism and vice versa. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I think anybody who is honestly struggling against racism must struggle against imperialism and vice...

I think anybody who is honestly struggling against racism must struggle against imperialism and vice versa.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: I miss friends and family. If it weren't for visits from old friends and other African Americans I meet who come to Cuba, I'd probably be i… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I miss friends and family. If it weren't for visits from old friends and other African Americans I m...

I miss friends and family. If it weren't for visits from old friends and other African Americans I meet who come to Cuba, I'd probably be in some kind of time warp.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I trust Cuba as a principled country. Cuba's strength is that it has been steadfast in its commitment to the principles of liberation, free… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I trust Cuba as a principled country. Cuba's strength is that it has been steadfast in its commitmen...

I trust Cuba as a principled country. Cuba's strength is that it has been steadfast in its commitment to the principles of liberation, freedom, of resistance to the kind of institutionalized terrorism that the United States government does every day.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I had to adjust to living in a Third World country, which means that things people in the U.S. take for granted-like hot running water when… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I had to adjust to living in a Third World country, which means that things people in the U.S. take ...

I had to adjust to living in a Third World country, which means that things people in the U.S. take for granted-like hot running water whenever you turn on the tap-are not always available.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: This planet is a wonderful place, but a vulnerable place. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: This planet is a wonderful place, but a vulnerable place....

This planet is a wonderful place, but a vulnerable place.

--Assata Shakur



quote by Assata Shakur: Peace is a rare gift. Peace of mind, peaceful sleeps, and peaceful spirits are all luxuries that few rebels can ever afford. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Peace is a rare gift. Peace of mind, peaceful sleeps, and peaceful spirits are all luxuries that few...

Peace is a rare gift. Peace of mind, peaceful sleeps, and peaceful spirits are all luxuries that few rebels can ever afford.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle wil… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hol...

Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply. The hacksaw has two blades. The shotgun has two barrels. We are pregnant with freedom. We are a conspiracy.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: When I was a child, if someone had talked to me about buying water, I would have thought it was a joke. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: When I was a child, if someone had talked to me about buying water, I would have thought it was a jo...

When I was a child, if someone had talked to me about buying water, I would have thought it was a joke.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: If we are not committed to saving this earth we will be buying designer air filters and gas masks with little Nike swishes on them. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: If we are not committed to saving this earth we will be buying designer air filters and gas masks wi...

If we are not committed to saving this earth we will be buying designer air filters and gas masks with little Nike swishes on them.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: I'm not quite sure what freedom is, but i know damn well what it ain't. How have we gotten so silly, i wonder. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I'm not quite sure what freedom is, but i know damn well what it ain't. How have we gotten so silly,...

I'm not quite sure what freedom is, but i know damn well what it ain't. How have we gotten so silly, i wonder.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: The U.S. doesn't recognize the laws of Cuba. They can kidnap anybody and bring them back to the States to face the so-called justice system… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: The U.S. doesn't recognize the laws of Cuba. They can kidnap anybody and bring them back to the Stat...

The U.S. doesn't recognize the laws of Cuba. They can kidnap anybody and bring them back to the States to face the so-called justice system. There's no telling what the U.S. government will do to me. I'm in constant danger; I guess I've gotten used to it.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: What most impressed me about Cuba was the optimism. with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: What most impressed me about Cuba was the optimism....

What most impressed me about Cuba was the optimism.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: Being in Cuba has allowed me to live in a society that is not at war with itself. There is a sense of community. It's a given in Cuba that,… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: Being in Cuba has allowed me to live in a society that is not at war with itself. There is a sense o...

Being in Cuba has allowed me to live in a society that is not at war with itself. There is a sense of community. It's a given in Cuba that, if you fall down, the person next to you is going to help you get up.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: The US has attacked countries like Grenada, Panama, Libya... the list of victims of US terrorism is almost infinite. And the US government'… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: The US has attacked countries like Grenada, Panama, Libya... the list of victims of US terrorism is ...

The US has attacked countries like Grenada, Panama, Libya... the list of victims of US terrorism is almost infinite. And the US government's participation in torture, whether in El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile... is well-documented and widely known.

--Assata Shakur

quote by Assata Shakur: I think that in order to struggle you have to be creative. In my life, creativity has been something that has sustained me; it awoke my spi… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: I think that in order to struggle you have to be creative. In my life, creativity has been something...

I think that in order to struggle you have to be creative. In my life, creativity has been something that has sustained me; it awoke my spiritual struggle.

--Assata Shakur
quote by Assata Shakur: No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true h… with background image: photo of author Assata Shakur with quote: No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you y...

No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.

--Assata Shakur

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