Free event will be held on Tuesday, July 16
In response to the FBI’s recent actions in adding Assata Shakur as the first woman to the “Most Wanted Terrorist List,” with a new $2 million reward for her capture and forced return from Cuba where the former Black Panther Party member received political asylum nearly 30 years ago, a group of Milwaukeeans concerned for justice will present a free educational program on her 66th birthday, July 16, 2013 starting at 6:30pm at Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, 3020 W. Vliet St. in Milwaukee.
This will include a showing of the Cuban film “Eyes of the Rainbow,” placing her story in the context of African women’s struggles for freedom. It will also feature a video talk by Assata Shakur explaining her life of experiencing and challenging racism, including the incident from 40 years ago when she was shot twice and one of her companions and a NJ state trooper were killed after the car she was in was pulled off the highway for a supposed faulty tail-light. Repeatedly charged with highly publicized claims which resulted in dismissals or acquittals, Assata Shakur was convicted in a controversial trial by an all white jury and sentenced to life plus 30 years. She served 6 years (2 years in solitary) before she escaped from prison.
This free event starts at 6:30pm on Tuesday July 16, at the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, 3020 W. Vliet St, Milwaukee. It coincides with a national educational movement about her case. For more info call 414-520-2866 or 414-273-1040 ext. 12.
To see and consider signing an open letter to President Barack Obama and Atty. Eric Holder on this issue, signed by Angela Davis, Danny Glover, Alice Walker, the National Conference of Black Lawyers, and the National Lawyers Guild, through change.org, or if not working use http://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-remove-assata-shakur-from-the-fbi-s-most-wanted-terrorists-list