REPORT: Colin Kaepernick Donated $25K To Group Honoring Convicted Cop-Killer/Tupac Shakur’s Godmother
So far, Colin Kaepernick has given $900,000 in grants to 31 organizations as a promise he made last season when his National Anthem protests kicked off.
Apparently, there was an amount he donated that he may not have wanted to get out to the public, but it did. The former San Francisco 49ers QB reportedly donated $25K to a charitable group honoring convicted cop killer Assata Shakur.
The former Black Liberation Army member and godmother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1973 shooting death of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster. She was sentenced to life in prison, but staged a jailbreak and has been living as a fugitive of justice in Cuba ever since.
“Kaepernick’s foundation made the donation to Chicago-based Assata’s Daughter’s, named after former Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur, in April as part of a $1million charitable pledge.
Kaepernick, who is well known for his protests against police during the national anthem as a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, made the donation as part of his pledge to donate $100,000 a month for 10 months to ‘organizations working in oppressed communities’.
Assata’s Daughters was founded in 2015 to ‘develop and train young people, ages 4-19, in the Black queer feminist tradition and in the spirit of Assata,’ according to the group’s website.”
The grant includes $2,500 for CopWatch, a program that trains volunteers to follow and video record police, and $15K for teen training, part of the group’s commitment to “develop and train young people, ages 4-19.
Here’s the backstory on Shakur and how she was convicted of murder:
“Shakur, whose legal name is JoAnne Deborah Chesimard, has become a revered figure in some activist circles, despite currently lodging on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.
A former Black Panther who joined a more militant offshoot of the group, Shakur was already wanted on several charges when Trooper Foerster pulled over a car she was in for a broken taillight.
In a shootout, Foerster was killed and Shakur was wounded. Accounts differ as to whether she or another occupant of the car pulled the trigger, but she was successfully convicted of murder under aiding and abetting laws.
Shakur was sentenced to life in prison, but escaped in 1979 when members of the Black Liberation Army visited her behind bars with concealed handguns, took prison officials hostage and commandeered a van.
Through the two are not related, Shakur was godmother to rapper Tupac Shakur, whose stepfather was convicted of aiding her escape from prison.”