by Josh MacPhee for Occupy Wall Street

by Josh MacPhee for Occupy Wall Street

Writings by Assata Shakur

Women in Prison:How It Is With Us by Assata Shakur/Joanne Chesimard, published in The Black Scholar, April 1978

An Open Letter from Assata (1998)

Assata: An Autobiography (PDF) by Assata Shakur. [The link provides access to a free download of Assata’s autobiography].

Excerpt of Assata: An Autobiography (PDF): This excerpt from Assata’s autobiography is included in a publication titled “Black/Inside: Voices of Black Prisoners.” The excerpt addresses the torture that Shakur endured when she was first arrested and jailed. This publication was created as part of an exhibition titled “Black/Inside: A History of Captivity and Confinement in the U.S..”

Assata Shakur: Profiled and on the Run (PDF) by Assata Shakur (b. Joanne Chesimard) as told to editor in chief Ida E. Lewis. Crisis Magazine, Nov/Dec 2000.

A Thank You Note from Assata (PDF), written to members of the Hands Off Assata Campaign who were organizing actions in honor of her 60th birthday (letter received in July 2007)

Writing by Others about Assata Shakur

Assata IS Free by Safiya Olugbala, The Feminist Wire (7/16/13)

Assata, Radicalism and Love by Jessica Horn, The Feminist Wire (7/12/13)

Assata: Terrorist or Survivor of Terrorism by Mumia Abu Jamal, May 13, 2005.

Assata: The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Rizvana Bradley, The Feminist Wire (7/12/13)

Assata Shakur: She Who Struggles by By Luam Kidane, The Feminist Wire (7/13/13)

Assata Shakur Is Not A Terrorist by Mychal Denzel Smith, The Nation, May 7, 2013

Celebrating Assata Shakur and the Black Radical Tradition by Hakima Abbas, The Feminist Wire (7/11/13)

Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shrimp and Crabs: For Assata Shakur by Ashon Crawley, Crunk Feminist Collective, May 9, 2013

Dear Assata by Tamara Curl-Green, The Feminist Wire (7/16/13)

Dear Assata: You Are More of a Woman than America Told You by Christine Ohenewah, The Feminist Wire (7/13/13)

Feminists We Love: Assata Shakur (Love Note) by Heidi R. Lewis, The Feminist Wire, May 17, 2013

Framing the Panther: Assata Shakur and Black Female Agency by Joy James in Want to Start a Revolution? Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle, eds. Jeanne Theoharis, Komozi Woodard, and Dayo F. Gore. (New York: NYU Press, 2009).

The Fugitive (PDF) by Kathleen Cleaver

Guided Home to Port: Assata Shakur, State Terror, and Black Resistance by Connie Wun, The Feminist Wire (7/11/13)

Hands Off Assata! by Angela Y. Davis, The Feminist Wire, May 16, 2013

On Assata by Darol Kay, The Feminist Wire (7/14/13)

Our Sister, Assata Shakur: Life, Struggle, Justice, and Love by Lisa Brock and Beth E. Richie, The Feminist Wire, May 17, 2013

Sacrifice, Love, and Resistance: The Hip Hop Legacy of Assata Shakur (PDF) by Lisa M. Corrigan. Women and Language, Vol. 32, No. 2.

Searching for the Truth Around Assata by Latoya Peterson, Clutch Magazine, May 7, 2013

She’s No Terrorist: The Bizarre Move by the FBI Against Assata Shakur by Bill Fletcher, Black Commentator, May 9, 2013

Sister Assata: This Is What American History Look Like by Alice Walker

What Assata Means to Me by Amira Davis, The Feminist Wire (7/15/13)

Commentary About the Political & Social Context of The Renewed Focus on Assata

Are We All Muslim Now? Assata Shakur and the Terrordome by Sohail Daulatzai, Aljazeera, May 9, 2013

Assata Shakur and Cuba-US Relations by Kevin Edmonds, North American Congress on Latin America Blog, May 16, 2013

Assata Shakur and A Brief History of the FBIs Most Wanted Lists by Jamilah King, Colorlines, May 8, 2013

Assata Shakur: Understanding the Politics Behind the FBI’s New Attack by Eugene Puryear, Liberation, May 4, 2013

Assata Shakur Was Convicted of Murder: Is She A Terrorist? by Krissah Thompson, Washington Post, May 8, 2013

Assata The Unflinching by Gregory L. Caldwell and Omar Ricks, The Feminist Wire, May 17, 2013

Criminalizing Human Rights Work: Assata and the Incarceration of Black Women by Meron Wondwosen, The Feminist Wire (7/13/13)

Desperately Seeking Assata by Kay Whitlock, Critical Mass Progress, May 8, 2013

FBI Billboards not about Assata Shakur, it is about politically repressing the Black community by Scotty Reid, May 3, 2013

FBI Goes Rogue Again by DeWayne Wickham, the Statesman Journal, May 23, 2013

Feds Falsely Use Specter of Terrorism to Hunt Down Black Liberation Activist by Tom Hintze, Alternet, May 13, 2013

An Introduction to TFW’s Forum on Assata Shakur: America’s Grammar Book on Black Women and Terrorism by Tamura A. Lomax, The Feminist Wire, May 16, 2013

I See No Changes: Hip-Hop And Assata by Alexander Billet, Red Wedge, 5/13/13

Not Your Daddy’s Cointelpro: Obama Brands Assata Shakur “Most Wanted Terrorist” by Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report, May 8, 2013

“r/evolutionary love sounds: a mixtape for Assata” by Amina Doherty, The Feminist Wire (July 2013)

Thinking Of Assata by Laura Wise, Liberator Magazine

Why the Hunt for Assata Shakur Matters? by Joseph Lowndes, Huffington Post, 5/3/2013.

Why Is the FBI Going After Assata Shakur Now? by Peniel E. Joseph, The Root, May 3, 2013

Why is Assata Shakur on the Most Wanted Terrorist List? by Dawud Walid, The Detroit News, May 7, 2013.

Statements of Support

A Statement from the Black Radical Congress, May 2005.

The Government’s Terrorist is Our Community’s Heroine by Mos Def, May 21, 2005.

National Lawyers Guild Urges FBI to Respect Political Asylum Status of Assata Shakur, May 7, 2013

Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee denounces renewed attacks on peoples’ heroine, Assata Shakur, May 10, 2013

Other Articles

Adding Shakur to Most Wanted List Baffles Activists by Freddie Allen, Los Angeles Sentinel, May 23, 2013

Audio about Assata Shakur

FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List: Who Is Assata Shakur? NPR News, May 7, 2013

Casmir, Free Assata

Truth Universal: Hands Off Assata (Bugatti Freestyle)

Films about Assata Shakur

The Eyes of the Rainbow: This is a documentary about Assata Shakur by filmmaker Gloria Rolando.


Affirmation by Assata Shakur

A is For Asylum by Ebony Noelle Golden, The Feminist Wire, May 17, 2013

Here by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, The Feminist Wire, May 16, 2013

We Are Assata by Quincy Scott Jones, The Feminist Wire (7/16/13)

What Assata Means to Me…. by Layla Kristy Feghali


A Map of (Some) Connections: Black Political Prisoners – This is a map of connections between some 20th century black political prisoners created by Billy Dee for the Black/Inside exhibition. Assata appears on the map along with Angela Davis, Huey Newton, Robert Williams, and others.

1998: “H.Con.Res. 254 (105th): Calling on the Govt of Cuba to extradite to the US convicted felon Joanne Chesimard” – passed unanimously.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ Letter to Fidel Castro about Assata Shakur (1998)

2011 Letter by Congressman Scott Garrett of New Jersey and Others Asking Pres. Obama to Prioritize the Extradition of Assata Shakur to the U.S.

Interactive Timeline: FBI Most Wanted List turns 60, Washington Post.