The President of the United States, The State of New Jersey: Pardon Assata Shakur (Joanne Chesimard)
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Assata Shakur represents the voice of political opposition during an era of extreme racism and the FBI/COINTELPRO's move to dismantle political opposition. By all standards of judicial process, she was never given a fair trial. Therefore violating both her 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendment rights. She was shot while her hands were in the air, both in her back and clavicle. Court records show that she neither had a gun, nor was she able to shoot a gun. The death of the State Trooper was neither precipitated nor carried out by Assata. But because whe was a member of an organization that was seeking rights and liberation for oppressed people, she was framed. She was tried by an all white jury, in a town known for racism, and convicted based on her race and political affiliation. She has remained under political asylum in Cuba since.
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