Video: Angela Davis on Assata Shakur

One day after the exiled former Black Pan­ther Assata Shak­ur became the first woman named to the FBI’s Most Wanted Ter­ror­ist List, ‘Demo­cracy Now’ are joined by another legendary Afric­an-Amer­ic­an act­iv­ist, Angela Dav­is, as well as Shakur’s long­time attor­ney, Len­nox Hinds. Dav­is, a pro­fess­or at the Uni­ver­sity of Cali­for­nia, Santa Cruz, is the sub­ject of the recent film, “Free Angela & All Polit­ic­al Pris­on­ers.” She argues that the FBI’s latest move, much like its ini­tial tar­get­ing of Shak­ur and oth­er Black Pan­thers four dec­ades ago, is polit­ic­ally motiv­ated. “It seems to me that this act incor­por­ates or reflects the very logic of ter­ror­ism,” Dav­is says. “I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the begin­ning of the 21st cen­tury, we’re still fight­ing around the very same issues — police viol­ence, health care, edu­ca­tion, people in pris­on.” A pro­fess­or of Crim­in­al Justice at Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity, Hinds has rep­res­en­ted Shak­ur since 1973. “This is a polit­ic­al act pushed by the state of New Jer­sey, by some mem­bers of Con­gress from Miami, and with the intent of put­ting pres­sure on the Cuban gov­ern­ment and to inflame pub­lic opin­ion,” Hinds says. “There is no way to appeal someone being put on the ter­ror­ist list.”

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With this recent news sur­round­ing Assata Shak­ur we had to reload this Com­mon track ‘A Song for Assata’.

Hands Off Assata Shak­ur!

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rish­ma Dhali­wal has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rish­ma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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