Women's March Goes on Tweetstorm Defending Celebration of Cop Killer

Assata Shakur / Twitter
July 18, 2017

The Women's March defended its decision to honor a convicted cop killer's birthday on the group's official Twitter account, sending out a 20-tweet chain Monday night.

On Sunday, the Women's March celebrated the 70th birthday of Assata Shakur, calling her a "revolutionary" and writing that its "resistance" today is in honor of her.


Shakur was convicted in 1977 for the murder of a New Jersey police officer, the assault of another, and bank robbery as part of the Black Liberation Army. In 1979, she escaped prison and fled to communist Cuba. She remains on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorist" list to this day.

Despite receiving criticism for its praise of Shakur, the Women's March doubled down, devoting 20 tweets to explaining why it is OK to admire the wanted terrorist and calling its critics "far right."

Needless to say, the March's critics were not impressed with the group's defense.