The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback announced that comedian Hannibal Buress and actress Yara Shahidi would both donate $10,000 to Assata’s Daughters, which says it “carries on the tradition of radical liberatory activism encompassed by Assata Shakur.”
The charity is a “collective of radical Black women’ affiliated with Black Lives Matter.”
“I decided to donate to Assata’s Daughters, which is an amazing organization based out of Chicago,” said Ms. Shahidi in a video posted on Mr. Kaepernick’s Twitter feed. “And I just have to say thank you to Colin for such an amazing idea, but also in engaging all of us and helping to contribute to our world.”
Assata’s Daughters is a “direct action” advocacy group that drew its name from Assata Shakur, formerly Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted in the 1977 shooting death of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster. After escaping from prison in 1979, she fled to Cuba and was granted asylum. The FBI has placed her on its “most wanted terrorists” list, per Washington Times.
The Officer Down Memorial Page described the Black Liberation Army as “a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.”
“The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country,” said the ODMP website. “They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.”
Assata’s Daughters, which identifies itself as an arm of Black Lives Matter, has called for shutting down police departments and prisons.
“In our direct action organizing, we bring Chicagoans together to address the many injustices in our city and the world,” said the group on its website. “We organize for abolition: of the police, prisons, and all other forms of anti-blackness. Collectively, we work to build up alternative institutions and the means for self-determination.”
Kaepernick recently wrapped up his Million Dollar Pledge after announcing he would donate a final $100,000 in $10,000 increments to 10 different organizations, all of which were matched by celebrities, including Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Nick Cannon, Meek Mill and Usher.
“I started my #MillionDollarPledge to help organizations on the ground doing work in our communities,” said Mr. Kaepernick in a Jan. 31 post. “It was never for or about me – it has & always will be for the people.”
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