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

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Angela Davis reconnects Black movements history in the US with other movements that previously started in other countries, such as Cuba, China, and South Africa. Andrews is the first scholar to examine not only the history of the movement but its social and political legacy as well.

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.These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. As I was listening to this, I took a bunch of notes and jotted down quotes and thoughts that I had in reaction to her talks.

Davis speak in university and the weight of her presence, the fact that she's struggled against the government and is here. Communalism, or at least organising along shared interests, is the direct antithesis to the logic that is at the root of capitalism: individualism. Under neoliberal capitalism, this condition is emerging less as an exception than as a modality of rule, everywhere. Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles.

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. The points about the connections from Ferguson to Palestine weren't really completely filled out, because it was just quick mentions in various speeches. The other thing to know is that most of the topics and points made in these speeches are repeated in the others as well. Through a series of speeches and interviews conducted by human rights activist and coordinator of the Russell Tribune On Palestine, Frank Barat, the most thought-provoking sentiments and ideas from Angela Davis have been captured in the most captivating of ways.

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. 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. Is she talking about the military occupation in the West Bank or is she talking about the entirety of Israel, as some Palestinians claim?Davis takes you around the globe to international struggles (and opportunities for solidarity) whilst intertwining her experience in America facing white supremacy head on. 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. It's very accessible, told either in the form of conversations with Frank Barat or through various transcripts of speeches Davis gave around 2013-2015.

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