“If you were to sit down with an elder that was involved in Power Movements or direction action of the 1960s & '70s, they will tell you that one of the most damaging aspects of COINTELPRO was the construction of a social environment where no one trusted each other. As I read the daily posts regarding NSA data mining operations, I fear so many of us are allowing the headlines to develop an emotional echo of this effect within us. The admittance that hostile ears could be listening to our vision boarding in street language sessions causes a growing number to speak their brilliance softer, holding back the strength of their voice. When we are afraid to talk with one another, we impede our ability to collectively imagine what another world can look like, we become gravity to wings that desire to dream profoundly, & we silence the methods it may require for us to get there. In the absence of trust, how can a community be grown? In the absence of conversation, how can visions be shared? When we are elders who are about to enter the cemetery, I pray our children look back upon us & say: "when faced with wiretaps & data mining, our elders refused to let it censor the way they spoke resiliency & freedom." Love your people, regardless who is watching. Speak your love, regardless who is listening. ”—*MGis | Mark Gonzales
“For maximum effectiveness of the Counterintelligence Program, and to prevent wasted effort, long-range goals are being set. 1. Prevent the COALITION of militant black nationalist groups. In unity there is strength; a truism that is no less valid for all its triteness. An effective coalition of black nationalist groups might be the first step toward a real “Mau Mau” [Black revolutionary army] in America, the beginning of a true black revolution. 2. Prevent the RISE OF A “MESSIAH” who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a “messiah;” he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Elijah Muhammed all aspire to this position. Elijah Muhammed is less of a threat because of his age. King could be a very real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed “obedience” to “white, liberal doctrines” (nonviolence) and embrace black nationalism. Carmichael has the necessary charisma to be a real threat in this way.”—
Transcripts of official FBI COINTELPRO documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
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Official Website of the FBI highlights the early history of African American FBI agents. These agents—Arthur Brent, Earl Titus, and Thomas Jefferson—with assistance from Black elites like W.E.B. Du Bois, aided the US government in undermining and incarcerating the Honorable Marcus Garvey. kzs
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“My name is Assata (“she who struggles”) Olugbala ( “for the people”) Shakur (“the thankful one”), 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 1960's, 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 demanded the total liberation of black people, J. Edgar Hoover called it 'greatest threat to the internal security of the country' and vowed to destroy it and its leaders and activists.”—
Taken from her book “Assata: In Her Own Words” (page 19)
Today Assata Shakur was added to the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list. Making her the first woman to be placed on said list. And I hope she is somewhere in Cuba laughing.
I found it odd in 2005 when the FBI added the first $1,000,000 bounty on her head arbitrarily 32 years after the incident that resulted in the death of the NJ state trooper. And it still seems odd 40 years later that they now want to add her to list of the most wanted people on the planet and add another million to sweeten the pot. Why then and why now? I’m not quite sure.
I also never quite understood why, not too long after the bounty was first placed, her name was suddenly removed (though it had been there with no issue for 17 years) from the community center of our shared alma mater.
What I do understand is how bad this lady is. How many people have you heard of that have escaped from prison and lived to tell to tale? How many people do you know that escaped and were never caught again and forced to return? How pissed off must these cops be that she has gotten over on them so badly? That she is still able to walk free in Cuba and live her life outside of a prison cell?
And a negress, no less! How did a Black woman get over on them so hardcore and for so long?! So much so that all they can do is whine and moan and put her on more “wanted” lists and offer more money for their futile efforts to put her back behind bars for a crime she didn’t commit. Despite all evidence that COINTELPRO was a racist, corrupt, manipulative program that was determined to “neutralize” the Black Panther Party (and by extension, the Black community at large), regardless of legality, we are still chasing after a woman who had the audacity to escape prison when the “legal system” was not designed to work for her.
I hope that her heart is well tonight. I hope she is calm and that this is merely a reminder of how amazing she is. These so-called law enforcers are beside themselves. They got Bin Laden, but can’t get Assata. I hope everyone reading this post, reads her autobiography (a life changing book, btw) in celebration of this day. And I hope she is smiling with the knowledge that she beat them and they can’t touch her.