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

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The first three chapters are interviews with Angela Davis in regards to her views on how we can continue to advance social movements in a effective way. The other thing to know is that most of the topics and points made in these speeches are repeated in the others as well. Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality and prison abolitionism for today’s struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles.

Davis]: Black feminism emerged as a theoretical and practical effort demonstrating that race, gender, and class are inseparable in the social worlds we inhabit.It could do with a newer edition were she can share lectures or essays on the hellish panorama of the past couple of years. Davis frames such issues through a feminist lens, which enables us to reject the individualist and hegemonic logic of capitalism.

Gilmore’s new Haymarket book Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition, will be released in February, 2021. And it's wild to me that Americans feel comfortable to take an 100 year issue and dumb it down to a side note in their own quests for liberation.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 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. Davis expertly demonstrates that any meaningful articulations of equality must shed light on the hegemonic influence of capital.

Many of us had more time to think about and interrogate our current world which, consequently, forced us to imagine a world beyond the violence and drudgery of capitalism. 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. We cannot assume that the worst is over just because white people are no longer burning crosses or screaming the n-word. i read some and listened to davis’ narration of the audiobook, which i found to be even more impactful. Angela Davis once again offers us an incisive, urgent, and comprehensive understanding of systematic racism, the grounds for intersectional analysis and solidarity, and the importance of working together as equals to unmask and depose systems of injustice.She also points out the dangers of tying down entire revolt movements to single, deified individuals. A broad range of subjects are discussed in the pocket-sized powerhouse: Black Lives Matter, Palestine, the abolition of carceral systems, gender and liberation, and all are discussed with delicate – yet sophisticated – nuance, while encapsulating the meaning of freedom, equality and liberation. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the former director of the university's Feminist Studies department.

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