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

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She is the subject of the acclaimed documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners and is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

It arms the reader with the language to articulate these antagonisms and with it, re-orientate political views and manifest a more internationalist perspective of social systems designed to oppress humanity. I wrote down other books to add to my list, and other topics to read more on, particularly conflicts and movements outside of the US. 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 think that a lot of that has to do with the fact that the speeches (and one interview) were literally transcribed verbatim into text here.

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. A cookie set by YouTube to measure bandwidth that determines whether the user gets the new or old player interface. 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. 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. Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation.The most important take away I have is change has always been propelled by collective action,which includes many more people than will ever be mentioned in our history books. 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.

I appreciated the interviews more because of the questions asked along them, which allowed me to ask myself questions and get a broader understanding of the point trying to be made. The weapons used in Palestine are also exported to America to manage and brutalise largely working-class and minoritised communities. Watch the full video of our event with Ruth Wilson Gilmore on Covid-19, Decarceration, and Abolition, hosted by Naomi Murakawa. She suggests that atomising and divorcing them from one another only serves the interests of the white-supremacist-patriarchal-capitalist classes. Over the last two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the fault lines of inequality that run deep throughout the world.

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. It equipped me with a language that I previously did not possess and enabled me to see the world in a much more connective way, fundamentally changing me as a person. 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 antiapartheid movement. 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. While this immensely informative and layered collection of interviews and statements has a tendency to be distractingly repetitive, I also recognize that that may be the point.

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