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

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Haymarket Books, Jan 25, 2016 - Social Science - 180 pages
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In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.

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. She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.

Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that “freedom is a constant struggle.”
 

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Contents

1 Progressive Struggles against Insidious Capitalist Individualism
1
2 Ferguson Reminds Us of the Importance of a Global Context
13
3 We Have to Talk about Systemic Change
31
4 On Palestine G4S and the PrisonIndustrial Complex
51
5 Closures and Continuities
61
6 From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur the Racist State of America Persists
77
Violence in America
81
Theories and Practices for the TwentyFirst Century
91
9 Political Activism and Protest from the 1960s to the Age of Obama
111
10 Transnational Solidarities
129
Index
147
About Haymarket Books
161
About the Authors
162
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Angela Y. Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and speaker. She is an outspoken advocate for the oppressed and exploited, writing on Black liberation, prison abolition, the intersections of race, gender, and class, and international solidarity with Palestine. She is the author of several books, including Women, Race, and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? 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.

One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, Dr. Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his "ferocious moral vision." His many books include Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his new autobiography, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.

Frank Barat is a human rights activist and author. He was the coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine and is now the president of the Palestine Legal Action Network. His books include Gaza in Crisis and Corporate Complicity in Israel's Occupation.

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