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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I admire her lifelong commitment to these causes, I can't imagine where she finds the emotional energy to persist. Du Bois to the Black Panther Party, than it is today, when we are led to imagine that racial discrimination is primarily a matter of individual attitudes, that colonialism is past, and that existing capitalism is the only horizon of reasonable struggles for justice.

In fact, the book shows that everything we experience as individuals always has political implications.She also points out the dangers of tying down entire revolt movements to single, deified individuals.

While what she was saying needed to be repeated I felt those pages could have been better served diving deeper into the history of certain Palestinian or Turkish political prisoners instead of glossing over names. This includes recognizing the legacy of intergenerational harm extending back to chattel slavery, whose primary institutional locus in the United States today is a prison-industrial complex that houses well over two million people—25 percent of all the world’s prisoners, the majority black and brown. from Davis that discusses the intersections of struggle, the international effects of threats to freedom, and inversely, the effect of international collaboration for freedom. Angela is the living proof that this arduous challenge can also be an exhilarating and beautiful one. An honour to listen to Angela Davis use her expertise on today's (or the minute before today's) struggles.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. So there is this connection between the US military and the Israeli military … the militarisation of the police in the US, or police forces all over the country has been accomplished in part with the aid of Israeli government.

I fear that if we don’t take seriously the ways in which racism is embedded in structures of institutions, if we assume that there must be an identifiable racist—the bad apple type who is the perpetrator—then we won’t ever succeed in eradicating racism. I read this over a period of two days but I think it would be better to read an interview or essay a week as it becomes repetitive after a while if you read them all at once. While covering complex and urgent topics, the book also made me feel hopeful and optimistic for the future. The weapons used in Palestine are also exported to America to manage and brutalise largely working-class and minoritised communities.and as I continue to read and learn about history that shaped THIS country, and how it brought us to where we are, I should expand that to encompass other countries that have, and are still, fighting for equality and freedom - not just racial, but feminist and gender based, and LGBTQ+ and all manner of intersectionality.

Activist, teacher, author and icon of the Black Power movement Angela Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. This is vintage Angela: insightful, curious, observant, and brilliant, asking and answering questions about events in this new century that look surprisingly similar to the last century. Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles. Gilmore’s new Haymarket book Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition, will be released in February, 2021. She provides the example of thinking that changes in the law spontaneously correspond to real world changes, when countless examples have shown that this is far from the truth.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. Across ten pieces of writing Angela Davis explores a wide range of topics, from the militarization of the police in Israel and America to the rapid spread of the prison-industrial complex throughout the world. In this era of Trump, I have realized (and this book affirmed) I need to look beyond the members of my family (whom I love, but cannot always converse with) to the system at large.



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