[News] Pac’s godmother

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This escalated offensive against Black Liberation leader Assata Shakur 
comes at the same time as Bush is harboring a convicted killer and CIA 

Venezuelans Push for Posada Carriles´ Extradition

Caracas, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Human rights activists and people tortured 
by terrorist of Cuban origin Luis Posada Carriles are organizing to request 
the extradition of the criminal currently in US territory.

Jesus Moreno, who was tortured by the Venezuelan Political Police (DISIP) 
under Posada Carriles´ orders, told Prensa Latina on Monday that a 
committee has been created for this campaign to collect half a million 
signatures of people demanding the criminal´s deportation.

Moreno added that the initiative had widespread support on Sunday during 
May Day marches in Caracas and Puerto Ordaz.

He recalled that Posada was one of the perpetrators of the October 1976 
mid-flight exploding of a Cubana Airline plane with 73 people aboard, and 
mastermind of a chain of attacks on Cuban hotels, one of which killed 
Italian tourist Fabio de Celmo on September 4, 1997.

He is wanted by Venezuela´s justice after escaping from a prison in the 
South American country in 1985.

$1 million for Pac’s godmother

Tuesday - May 3, 2005

Verbal Walker

JoAnne Chesimard, widely known as Assata Shakur, has a $1 million bounty on 
her head for her capture issued by the government. This comes 30 years 
after she escaped a maximum-security jail and found political sanctuary in 
Cuba. For those not familiar with Tupac’s godmother’s past, Shakur was a 
member of the Black Panther Party and was involved in a highly 
controversial shootout in New Jersey that left two dead and two incarcerated.

The announcement ironically comes on the 32nd anniversary of the incident. 
Artists such as Paris, Chuck D and Common have made songs supporting Shakur 
and her noble cause. The fateful incident involved a supposed routine 
pullover of Assata, Zayd Shakur and Sundiata Acoli’s vehicle for a broken 
taillight. Temperatures escalated and various versions of the story have 
been told but in the end Zayd Shakur and Trooper Werner Foerster were left 
dead while Officer Harper and Assata were injured. Authorities state that 
Shakur murdered Foerster executioner style even though she herself was 
severely wounded being shot twice. She ended up convicted and spent 6 ½ 
years in the maximum-security wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility for 
Women in New Jersey. She escaped in 1979 and found asylum in Cuba.

Many believe that she was set up for her involvement in the Black Panther 
Party and became one of many political prisoners. The 57 year old still 
maintains her innocence.

"She is now 120 pounds of money," State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes 
said to the NJ Star-Ledger. "[This new initiative] is going to exert 
pressures that weren't in place nationally and internationally before. And 
we're going to follow up to make sure everybody is aware of this both 
inside and outside of Cuba."

For more information on Shakur, check out her autobiography titled “Assata”.

and the FBI/NJ Police poster

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