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Friday, 17 May 2013
Black History Studies presents the screening of
Assata Shakur :
Tuesday 14th May 2013
On 2 May 2013, the FBI placed Assata Shakur, now living in Cuba, on its
Most Wanted Terrorists list, the first ever women to be added to this list. This was the day after the State Department was due to release its list of terrorist countries from which Cuba was widely expected to be removed. Watch this video by Democracy Now!
Forty years earlier, on 2 May 1973, Black Panther activist Assata Olugbala Shakur (fsn) Joanne Deborah Chesimard, was pulled over by the New Jersey State Police, shot twice and then charged with murder of a police officer.
Assata spent six and a half years in prison under brutal circumstances before escaping out of the maximum security wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey in 1979 and moving to Cuba.
This is an intensely personal and political interview with Assata that belies the fearsome image of Joanne Chesimard. With wit and candor, Assata Shakurrecounts the experiences that led her life ofactivism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hands of government officials through J. Edgar Hoover andCOINTELPRO.
There will be a discussion after the screening.
This event will take place on TUESDAY 14TH MAY 2013 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
The event will be held at the PCS Headquarters (CLAPHAM JUNCTION),160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1).
Doors open at 6.30pm. The documentary will start at 7pm sharp! Hot food will be on sale.
There will be an admission charge of £5 per person. Children under 16 are free (ID required).
PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY.
Places for the film screenings are limited so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to acknowledge your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay. Please confirm via email firstname.lastname@example.org how many of you will be attending this event. Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation.
"I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smiling faces and all the mindless, heartless robots who protect them and their property. I am a Black revolutionary, and, as such, I am a victim of all the wrath, hatred and slander that Amerika is capable of." - Assata Shakur, political exile, former member of the Black Liberation Army and the Black Panther Party
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