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  • Will John Kerry Bring Joanne Chesimard (Assata Shakur) Back From Cuba in shackles?

    The FBI has made Joanne Deborah Chesimard (aka Assata Shakur) a fixture of it federal list, America’s most wanted and has long since put a $1,000,000 price on her head.

    “Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murder,” the FBI’s website says. “On May 2, 1973, Chesimard, who was part of a revolutionary extremist organization known as the Black Liberation Army, and two accomplices were stopped for a motor vehicle violation on the New Jersey Turnpike by two troopers with the New Jersey State Police. At the time, Chesimard was wanted for her involvement in several felonies, including bank robbery. Chesimard and her accomplices opened fire on the troopers. One trooper was wounded and the other was shot and killed execution-style at point-blank range. Chesimard fled the scene, but was subsequently apprehended. One of her accomplices was killed in the shoot-out and the other was also apprehended and remains in jail.”

    Chesimard fled to Cuba and has been hiding there from U.S. official for more than 40 years.

    “Cuba has long been a haven for African-Americans who’ve committed what might be interpreted as political crimes,” writes Achy Obejas in the Chicago Tribune. “Black Panthers such as Eldridge Cleaver, Huey Newton and Raymond Johnson all spent time in Cuba in the 1960s (not always happily). At one time it was speculated that as many as 90 African-Americans were living in Cuba under asylum. Indeed, Shakur is not even the only one who’s been on an FBI wanted list; Victor Manuel Gerena has been on the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list since 1984.”

    Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry is attending the first flag-raising ceremony at the newly-minted U.S. Embassy in Havana on Friday. The question is, will Kerry cower and not demand that Chesimard be handed over to U.S. officials or will he shock the world and drag back this cop-killer?

    Place your bets.


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