Freedom Is a Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

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Freedom Is a Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

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It is not a question of whether or not one should prioritize a movement, be it a feminist movement or a black freedom movement—there should be BOTH. Angela is the living proof that this arduous challenge can also be an exhilarating and beautiful one. This is our challenge: finding a way to guarantee self determination and equal rights without partitioning the land. His many books include Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his autobiography, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. stars and I'll round down because I'm tired of Americans assuming their own racial troubles reflect internationally.

The speeches and the interviews in this book left their mark, but they would have been even more powerful had they included more context. It's refreshing to read something that moves so far beyond the individual, in fact rejecting the ideology of neoliberal capitalism completely, and focusing instead on how we can only move forward as a species when we recognize the intersectionality of our causes.This was resolved by the last 3 chapters, which--if I can qualify-- triggered the deepest thought and reaction. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing interests; she is the founder of Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex.

Watch the full video of our event with Ruth Wilson Gilmore on Covid-19, Decarceration, and Abolition, hosted by Naomi Murakawa. I appreciated how straight forward she is throughout: the audience/listeners/readers are assumed to have sufficient knowledge and be sufficiently engaged in the struggle to need no coddling. It's hard to think outside of the reality and systems that we exist in, but that is the only way we can begin to change them. I might have imagined that it would be a book BASED on those speeches that was edited to avoid repetition and to allow Angela to go a little deeper into the topics she discusses.ACT Contact / FAQ About Events / Videos Merch / Subs Sign in/up Freedom Is A Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement Davis, Angela More by this author. Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. Through such a framework, we can connect seemingly disconnected phenomena, thus enabling us to reject capitalist individualism, as Davis posits: “progressive struggles – whether they are focused on racism, repression, poverty, or other issues – are doomed to fail if they do not also attempt to develop a consciousness of the insidious promotion of capitalist individualism. She was tried and acquitted of suspected involvement in the Soledad brothers' August 1970 abduction and murder of Judge Harold Haley in Marin County, California.

Davis frames such issues through a feminist lens, which enables us to reject the individualist and hegemonic logic of capitalism. It's fascinating- racism and oppression exist on some scale or another in most countries (and heck, in every Middle Eastern country) but there's this focus on Israel.

Davis]: Black feminism emerged as a theoretical and practical effort demonstrating that race, gender, and class are inseparable in the social worlds we inhabit.

I don't know if this is simply her READING tone, or how she normally speaks, because as I have mentioned, I was not very familiar with her.In fact, the book shows that everything we experience as individuals always has political implications. Davis is particularly attuned to the ramified effects of this violence across public and intimate spheres of social life, to the connections across continents needed to confront it, and to the legacies of past movements and struggles that continue to inform the work of human liberation. In a clear and concise manner, she embodies and enacts “intersectionality” – a structural intellectual and political response to the dynamics of violence, White Supremacy, patriarchy, state power, capitalist markets, and imperial policies. I borrowed this from the library when I realized that I had yet to read or see any of Angela Davis' work, and didn't really know anything about her at all. Angela Davis, has a kind of, varied staccato, style of speaking, which, while it serves its purpose, of allowing her time, to think, and read, and form thoughts as she goes, ends up being, a little monotone.

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