Newsmax: A group backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her fellow “squad” members is touting “Black August” and calling for support of convicted cop killers.
The Movement for Black Lives, which included liberal activist groups such as Black Lives Matter, reportedly sent a text message to followers that read, according to Fox News:
“Black August is when we commemorate the lives of our fallen freedom fighters and political prisoners, prisoners of war, and exiles. We honor their sacrifice.”
The message added a call for signing petitions for clemency for Mutulu Shakur and Sundiata Acoli, according to the report.
Shakur was the mastermind of armed robberies in Connecticut and New York, including the 1981 Brinks robbery that left an armed guard and two police officers dead. Acoli was convicted of a 1973 traffic stop murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.
The Movement for Black Lives has also called for support for Assata Shakur, also known as JoAnne Chesimard, a woman also involved in Foerster’s murder who escaped from prison and was granted asylum in Cuba by Fidel Castro.
Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has each posted support for the Movement for Black Lives on social media.