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Make a million dollars - Get JoAnne Chesimard / Assata Shakur out of Cuba

Posted May 21, 2009 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

New Jersey state lawmakers are planning to introduce a resolution calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to pressure Cuba to return FBI fugitive Assata Shakur who murdered a New Jersey state trooper in 1973.

JoAnne Chesimard was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life for murder but escaped from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in 1979. She was convicted of murdering State Trooper Werner Foerster and other related crimes. The U.S. Justice Department has offered a $1 million reward since 2005 for her capture.

This is an undated picture provided by the New Jersey State Police showing Assata Shakur - the former Joanne Chesimard - who was put on a U.S. government terrorist watch list on May 2, 2005. On the same day, New Jersey officials announced a $1 million reward for her capture. A member of the Black Liberation Army, Shakur, 57, was convicted in 1973 of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba. AP FILE PHOTO


AP Photo/FBI, FileJoanne Chesimard is seen in, from left: a 1973, 1979, and 1982 file photo

Senators Sean Kean and Fred Madden intend to introduce a resolution calling on the United States to withhold normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba until Chesimard is extradited from Cuba to the United States. The Senators said President Obama’s move to ease sanctions against Cuba is an opportunity to bring back Chesimard.

The senators are expected to be joined by State Troopers Fraternal Association President David Jones, New Jersey State PBA President Anthony Wieners, New Jersey State Troopers Non-Commissioned Officers Association President Dennis Hallion and New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police President Ed Brannigan when they introduce the resolution.

Member Comments

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On May 21, 2009, pipefitter wrote:

Maybee they could make an even trade, Luis Posada Carilles for Joanne!

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On June 10, 2009, Ann Franco wrote:

I heard or read that she is now in Venezuela?

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On June 10, 2009, pipefitter wrote:

O.K. even better, same trade.

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On October 05, 2009, joseph X wrote:

you don’t understand what black people went through back then she did not murder a state trooper she didnt muder any one. right on sister keep your head up.

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On October 06, 2009, publisher wrote:

Joseph X,

Don’t be stupid.

She was convicted and fled to Cuba.

I don’t understand why the US has not gone into Cuba to get her but her day will come… someday.

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On October 09, 2009, Alberto N Jones wrote:

It could be much easier for the US government to go to Philly and get the head of police, mayor, fire chief, all of whom allowed 11 MOVE members, (4 children) to be burnt to death in their home, after being firebombed by a police chopper, just for being different or, any of those police who murdered Diallo in his hallway with 19 shots, or Illoner Bumpers, an 84 year old grandma, shot 4 times in her livingroom in the Bronx, or the perverts who sodomized a Haitian migrant in a Brooklyn police station, or the ones who shot a 90 year old quadriplegic in his wheelchair in Miami, the monsters who choked to death a 14 year old autistic kid in Jacksonville and probably me, before the day is over, only for walking while being black.  Wrogs can never be justified, but law is represented by a scale and that should be applied to this and thousands other known acquittals, when the victimizer is not black.

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On October 13, 2009, publisher wrote:

This article about US fugitives living in Cuba mentions that Assata Shakur is the mother of Tupac Shakur.

I had never heard that before.

Cuba can show a lot of good will towards President Obama if it wants to round up these fugitives and hand them over to the US. Very easy for Cuba to do and would not change the Cuban government at all.

Raul? What do you think about that idea?

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On October 29, 2009, NewYork wrote:

Some of these comments, completely ridiculous. I hate that it still surprises me that folks could be so simple, in such a complex world. Today, maybe more than ever, the issue of “capturing” Assata and bringing her back to some poor semblance of a justice system that fails us all, has never been less necessary than today. Today, when we have so, so much more that needs to be addressed on such a grand scale. The glaring inequalities that laid the foundation for this situation in the first place.

yes, racism is still relevant in the justice system as well as OVERWHELMINGLY relevant in daily social dynamics. do any of you read books?
Did any of you bother to read the book she wrote on her experience? If nothing else, to at least have some sort of insight into a perspective you claim to be your enemy, your terrorist?

yes, the book is good too.

yes, actually, the action of “rounding people up” who have been at the time deemed supposed “terrorist” has ALWAYS resulted in a changing government, and a changing people. And it always will.

Is anyone else tired and broken from living in a country that CONSTANTLY finds itself on the trigger side of the gun? On the wrong side of the history books?

what just because somebody get’s CONVICTED of something it has to mean that they actually did the crime? You can’t really be that naive, that brain washed; by such an unintelligent media at that.

And finally, NO,NO NO, NO….Assata is not and was never Tupac Shakurs mother. Shock of all shocks there’s a lot of UNTRUE information out here on the internet. And shock of all shocks having the same last name doesn’t grant an automatic familial relation.

I wonder if there would be such confusion on that specific topic if two white folks with the same normative, generic last name?

I’d venture probably not.

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On October 29, 2009, publisher wrote:

She can tell her story to the judge in a US court.

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On November 24, 2009, joseph x wrote:

if she ever went to court she would have best of the best muslims to back her including i. some of u are so ignorant yet so smart i dont understand

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On November 24, 2009, paul wrote:

For the right price, Cuba will turn all these criminals over to US courts…it’s just a matter of time.

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On November 27, 2009, Alberto N Jones wrote:

Some from well known right wing positions are interested in bringing Assata back to burn her as they have done to many in our jails across the country, especially near ex-President George W. Bush playground, and have refused to pick-up my suggestion to stop by Philly and get their hands on real criminals caught on camera, burning Move members alive in their homes and bring them to their type of justice, have gone without and will remain without an answer.

Another option could be, for US law enforcement people to take a ride down to Florida, pick-up Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch who wrote shamefully about how the placed bombs in a Cuban airliner with 73 passengers on board, blew it up in mid air, got a slap on their wrists and are now allowed to live in comfort, as celebrities in Miami.

How about picking-up at the same time while in Florida, General Vides Cassanova from el Salvador with over 30,000 murders on his watch, also enjoying the sun, beach and a glamorous lifestyle.  Do we need a GPS to find them?

Can we also pick-up hundreds of Ton Ton Macutes living in Queens, NY, who terrorized hundreds of thousands of Haitians since Papa Doc, Baby Doc until Aristide was elected and then given a free ride by the US State Department into exile?

Is anyone searching for the descendents of the Shah of Iran and all the crooks that came with them, enjoying the best of life near our capitol building?

Will we ever stop the hypocresy?  Will we continue indicting human rights violators from Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, those accused of murdering some Iraqi next to a canal and thousands of other crimes that will go unreported, ignored, while we fail to accuse, indict, find guilty and severely punish George W. Bush, the head of the CIA, Pentagon, Attorney General, Tony Blair, Gen Colin Powell and his test tube supposedly containing Antrax, Fox TV, Hannedy, Limbaugh and other inciters, the right wing plotters who pushed us into this fiasco, members of the International Atomic Energy…..  and on and on.  Then and only then, will the world we willing to take us seriously.

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On November 27, 2009, paul wrote:

“hey guys, leftists can’t do any wrong. Let’s deflect this convo about Assata with a generic wah wah feelgood ‘speech’”. Move to the worker’s paradise so that you can berate the west with your fellow comrades.

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On December 31, 2010, icarus wrote:

i am currently reading assata’s autobiography and it is one of the best books i have ever read. she is so brilliant and brave and beautiful i am so happy to know she made it to cuba.

alberto n. jones et al thank you for your comments.

to everyone still stupid enough to believe in the court system, you disgust me. for shame. there is no way you can be so ignorant without actually TRYING to blind yourselves so your own lives will be even more comfortable, at whose expense you couldn’t care less. sickening

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On December 31, 2010, tom wrote:

right on sister? why doesn’t the woman who made that comment travel to Cuba, and don’t come back. Miss Chesimard also commited bank robbery, which she was convicted. Do a little more research about Chesimard’s outward approach to the American Gov’t.

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On January 15, 2011, Cass wrote:

Im reading her book and it is wonderful!!

A CONVICTION does not mean you are guilty. Hell every other month TEXAS is releasing a black brother from spend most of his life in prison, because he was wrongly convicted. The criminal system was set up as a legal way of slavery and a way to get cheap labor. Look at the Scott sister, not one peace of evidence pointed to them, but still they spent 18yr lock up.

You people kill me with passing judgment on something you have no knowledge of!!

ASSATa SHAKUR is a inspiration, and I’m happy that Cuba embraced her. Keep on fighting a good fight and remain FREE. “THEY” will never allow us to be free in the good all united states of america (lower case on purpose)

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On January 16, 2011, publisher wrote:

Like her, you would be much happier in Cuba.

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On August 31, 2011, Power is knowledge wrote:

Many people have been brainwashed by the U.S. government. Do you remember when they would lynch people based solely on the color of their skin and hide behind lies, claiming that the men they were lynching was because the men had raped white women??? Wake up people!!! Most Americans are ‘sheepish’ in their thinking and believe whatever the media is telling them. The people who actually believe that this woman killed the trooper probably believed in segregation, that women and African Americans should be denied the right to vote Also, it is a historical fact that the state troopers were founded in part by the Klu Klux Klan. The U.S. was founded on racism. God bless you Assata!

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On September 20, 2011, cyasiagause88 wrote:

how many blacks have been killed at the hands of justice???? and 1st of assata shakur was not tupac shakurs mother asshole!!!!! its ashame that we are still living among such racsist ppl!!!!! get a life and talk what you know!!!!

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On November 01, 2011, Fiona wrote:

To be fair, she WAS the step-aunt of Tupac Shakur. She was/is also a hero of humanity, a truly soulful brave fighter! I’m so grateful that people like Assata Shakur exist!