Posted on February 7, 2021

NYC Schools Teaching BLM Agenda Inspired in Part by Cop-Killer Assata Shakur

Selim Algar and Lee Brown, New York Post, February 3, 2021

Big Apple students are this week being taught a Black Lives Matter agenda inspired in part by a cop-killer who is one of the FBI’s most wanted suspects.

City schools are joining others around the US in a Black Lives Matter at School “week of action” encouraging a “lifetime of practice” on 13 guiding principles, including being queer- and trans-affirming.

The BLM at School’s home page centers on one inspirational quote — from Assata Shakur, the former Black Panther who in 1979 fled prison, where she was serving life for the execution-style murder of a New Jersey state trooper.

Shakur — the godmother of late rapper Tupac Shakur and also known as Joanne Chesimard — is still wanted by the FBI with a $1 million reward.


“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win,” Shakur is quoted in large letters on BLM at Schools’ homepage.

“We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains,” the quote continues.


Shakur “was part of a revolutionary extremist organization known as the Black Liberation Army” when New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster was “shot and killed execution-style at point-blank range” at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973, the FBI said.

She was sentenced to life after being found guilty of first-degree murder, assault and battery of a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, illegal possession of a weapon, and armed robbery. She fled prison in 1979, eventually making it to Cuba, where the FBI believes she likely still lives today.