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

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The interview questions tend to jump from one subject to the next without drawing clearer or better connections between each subject matter. And it would be fine, if you were in person, hearing it and experiencing it for the first time, perhaps, or maybe even several times, if you had been a longtime follower of her work and familiar with her. It has been so thoroughly commoditized that many people don't even know how to understand the very process of acquiring knowledge because it is subordinated to the future capacity to make money. This book is slim, partially composed of a written interview exchange between Davis and the editor, and finished up with transcriptions of recent speeches Davis has given. We maintain, therefore, that the oppressed Negro citizens of the United States, segregated, discriminated against and long the target of violence, suffer from genocide as the result of the consistent, conscious, unified policies of every branch of government.

It tied so many struggles together for me and gave me a huge reading list to further my understanding. As someone who has known about Angela Davis but never read anything by her before, this was a great introduction to her. But the ways in which she brings to light connections between various freedom movements across the world is powerful.S. police, that the United States subsidizes Israeli military power to the tune of billions of dollars per annum, and that the same transnational security interests, including enormous, Western-based, multinational corporations like G4S are now invested in building walls and cages for our respective peoples, from the West Bank to the Rio Grande. 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. Racism is extant not necessarily because of individual actors but because it is so deeply ingrained in the system.

Of particular relevance to the readership of this journal, Davis points to connections drawn by activists around the exercise of militarized police power in Palestine, and in places like Ferguson, where protests against the police murder of Michael Brown in 2014 achieved sustained intensity, right down to the fact that the same brand of tear gas canister is being used against protesters in each place. For example, Angela is clearly passionate about prison abolition, so instead of repeating her similar points, it would have been better to go more in depth about it.

Which is a shame, because I really do think that she is brilliant and is able to see and connect movements and concepts that I probably would never have seen without someone to point them out. It's great to speak of problems but it seems like it's all very theoretical and emotional, rather than actual ideas on how to change systematic issues. To open up the discursive terrain, Angela Davis develops a vocabulary that permits her audience to have insightful conversations about social issues. I am dying to read anything she published post-November 2016, after the election of a POTUS that made Bush look like Jane Fonda.

Inform yourself about Palestine, the Prison-industrial complex, abolition movements, Black freedom struggles, and many other interconnected struggles. A fast-paced series of speeches, interviews, and essays, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle examines how ostensibly disparate social movements around the world in fact share deep and meaningful connections that might link them together in a global struggle for human liberation. 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. So even if you're not someone who is inclined to pick up non-fiction or perhaps just not a reader of this type of non-fiction, I'd encourage you to check it out. Communalism, or at least organising along shared interests, is the direct antithesis to the logic that is at the root of capitalism: individualism.She is incredible, compassionate, intelligent, insightful, and passionate about creating an equal world for all. Davis leaves us with much to think over after reading Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, particularly the question: what does equality look like?

At the time of its emergence, Black women were frequently asked to choose whether the Black movement or the women's was most important[. Well known for her socialist activism, she's definitely had a lot of influence, especially with the Black Panthers. These essays take us back in history to the founders of revolutionary and anti-racist struggle, but they also take us toward the possibility of ongoing intersectional solidarity and struggle.Every single humans and especially advocate/activist for social justice change must take in this book and the message behind it, if we are ever going to strive for real change. She herself exposes facts and makes connections, but also leads in the most important way–by example. I don't necessarily agree with everything she says, but I also think she has helped me think harder and change my mind about many important topics related to justice and freedom. In these newly collected essays, interviews and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y.

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