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 know VERY little about them beyond basic info one would see on the news, but after listening to Davis relate them to the movements here, it's easy to see how it's all the same fight. A cookie set by YouTube to measure bandwidth that determines whether the user gets the new or old player interface. Her membership in the Communist Party led to Ronald Reagan's request in 1969 to have her barred from teaching at any university in the State of California. It could do with a newer edition were she can share lectures or essays on the hellish panorama of the past couple of years. and in 1951, a petition was made to the UN for relief from the genocide black people were experiencing in the US.

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle explores the civil rights movement in that state to consider its emergence before the 1965 Voting Rights Act and its impact long after. I wouldn’t consider this book an introductory resource in regards to Palestinian occupation/struggle, or even to Angela Davis’s work, and would likely suggest starting in other places for foundational knowledge on both topics. And finally, I will just say that there was an aspect of redundancy throughout these speeches and interviews that made it feel repetitive. 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. Communalism, or at least organising along shared interests, is the direct antithesis to the logic that is at the root of capitalism: individualism.This book promises so much and yet fails itself in the opening of the first chapter, and it’s very unfortunate. 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. Well known for her socialist activism, she's definitely had a lot of influence, especially with the Black Panthers.

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. The book's format presents these pieces with little annotation and background, and few explanations of the issues presented. An important point here is that racism and colonialism are not only interwoven as constitutive dimensions within the international development of modern capitalist social formations, but have been reworked and updated under globalizing conditions. 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.In this latest text of her magisterial corpus, Angela Davis puts forward her brilliant analyses and resilient witness here and abroad.

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. I haven't read any other books by Angela Davis, but this has inspired me to read and learn more about her world view. 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.But the ways in which she brings to light connections between various freedom movements across the world is powerful.



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