Joanne Chesimard also known as Assata Shakur is one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Terrorists currently living in Cuba. Chesimard was convicted of the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper in 1977 and escaped prison in 1979.
Chesimard aka Assata Shakur, is the former "queen" of the Marxist Black Liberation Army (BLA) terrorist group, who was convicted of the first-degree murder of a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973. She was convicted of the murder in 1977 and seven other felonies. While serving a life sentence, she escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in 1979. She was granted political asylum in Cuba in 1984 where she has lived ever since, despite US government efforts to have her extradited. She is on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list, under her maiden name Joanne Deborah Chesimard.
"When I use Assata [Shakur]'s powerful demand in my organizing work, I always begin by sharing where it comes from, sharing about Assata’s significance to the Black Liberation Movement, what its political purpose and message is, and why it’s important in our context."Garza, a "trained Marxists." is a black separatist and more recently was affiliated with the Marxist Freedom Road Socialist Organization that wants to carry on the tradition of the Black Liberation Movement to carve out an independent nation-state in the Bay Area.