In addition to Osama Bin Laden, Yuri Kochiyama also added Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and Malcolm X to her personal favorites. In her 2003 interview with Los Angeles Indymedia, she referred to these men as “freedom fighters” to look up to.
“ They had much in common. Besides being strong leaders who brought consciousness to their people, they all had severe dislike for the US government and those who held power in the US. I think all of them felt the US government and its spokesmen were all arrogant, racist, hypocritical, self-righteous, and power hungry.”