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Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement | Angela Davis
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Activist, teacher, author and icon of the Black Power movement Angela Davis talks Ferguson, Palestine, and prison abolition.
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Naominats
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Whenever you conceptualize social justice struggles, you will always defeat your own purposes if you cannot imagine the people around whom you are struggling as equal partners.

Our histories never unfold in isolation. We cannot truly tell what we consider to be our own histories without knowing the other stories. And often we discover that those other stories are actually our own stories.

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#BookSpinePoetry for #boutofbooks #bob26igphoto

Sisters of the revolution,
come with me, escape!
Freedom is a constant struggle.
I'll take you there, pledging allegiance,
children of the new world.

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Weaponxgirl
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This is a collection of essays, interviews and speeches by the author. A lot of the emphasise here is on intersectionality on a global scale and seeing how our struggles across the world have a lot of similarities and how we can work together and help each other.
Whilst because of the scope of the book she doesn‘t go into great detail about a lot of things there is a lot here to learn about and from.

Weaponxgirl She made this point hit home with me when talking about g4s being the worlds third biggest employer after Walmart. I recognised the name from news stories in the uk about how “illegal “ immigrants have been treated badly in their facilities here in the uk. Prison industrial complex indeed, it makes me feel sick that someone is making so much money off others misery and will actively want people to be locked up 9mo
Weaponxgirl The only criticism of this book I might have is that because there are a lot of her speeches that some points get made again and again. But that is the nature of speeches and she still dropped something new into each one. To get the best from this I think you may need to know some basic events and theories or you may be googling quite a lot. I had to about the Cuban 5 but this is a good read with lots of things to think about and learn from. 9mo
Weaponxgirl I‘ll be searching more out from her particularly this one 9mo
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rohit-sawant Terrific review! 9mo
Weaponxgirl @rohit-sawant thankyou 😊 9mo
batsy Thank you for this excellent review. I must read it; felt like a light bulb being turned on when I read this one 9mo
Weaponxgirl @batsy Thankyou 😊 ive been wanting to read that one for absolutely ever. Just saw that it‘s on preorder for kindle for October at last so will give myself a memo to get to it then. 9mo
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Weaponxgirl
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Yes! We can‘t just think in individual what will this do for me terms. We need to think as a group to include all of society including the future.
I‘d love to see her speak in person.

Aimeesue "One person can make a difference, and everyone should try” -John F. Kennedy 9mo
Weaponxgirl @Aimeesue I think my wording was a bit off above. I meant as in we have to think of everyone not just ourselves when it comes to activism. Hope that came across. I do love that quote and completely agree. 9mo
Aimeesue @Weaponxgirl I get it. A lot of people get hung up on the Big Change thing or the Personal Benefit thing, when in reality, if you look at how real social change occurs, it's always Small Changes Over Time. But it's a lot of people making a lot of small changes, and a LOT of small voices changing public discourse in a LOT of venues. So it's kind of a combo of both: think beyond yourself + your time, and change discourse wherever you can. 9mo
Weaponxgirl @Aimeesue I think it was because I read this book recently and I couldn‘t help thinking about people who limit activism to just say getting women in boardrooms which isn‘t bad but doesn‘t look at the bigger picture. I agree it‘s a combo completely, it‘s good to have a bigger picture in mind whilst making the smaller steps and working together to get to a place that works for everyone. Working on single issues can be super effective but it‘s 9mo
Weaponxgirl @Aimeesue good to see how they often interconnect with others and this only makes us all more effective when we work together. 9mo
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BookNerd9906 😔💔 12mo
sprainedbrain 😥 12mo
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Really wonderful book. So powerful and exactly what I was hoping for, she‘s such an engaging inspiring writer I want to read everything she‘s ever written now. I particularly loved what she said about Nelson Mandela being remembered as an individual by Neoliberals when he would rather have been remembered as one of many activists.

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After Z I really needed to read something feminist and powerful, I couldn‘t take any male geniuses. Who better than one of the most intelligent, powerful, inspiring women of the last hundred years telling me about how and why to change the world.

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Kathrin
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The book is the collection of interviews, essays and speeches given by Angela Y. Davis in and around 2014.

As the title already states, Davis is discussing how people have been struggling for their freedom and she consistently connects the dots between movements in order to explain how similar mechanism are at play no matter were you are in the world and that we can all learn from each other.

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Today is the day! The first day of the #DiverseSpines #photochallenge! 12 days of posting books written by women of color! 📚📸🖤👸🏽
#spinesvines #books #wine #poc #diversity #diversityinreading #womenauthorsofcolor #whorunstheworld #juneteenth

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One of our Pride co-chairs had the final meeting with the city this morning, and choosing not to have a beer garden in the festival cut the required police presence in HALF. We‘ve taken a lot of crap over it, but now I‘m even MORE proud of the decision. Accessibility first! Also a reminder that this book is only $5.99 direct from Haymarket. #Blacklivesmatter #Translivesmatter https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/780-freedom-is-a-constant-struggle

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It's time for #WriterCrushWednesday! Our pick this week is Angela Y. Davis for Freedom is a Constant Struggle. In this bestselling collection of essays and speeches, activist, author, and scholar Davis discusses systematic oppression of people of color while showing the intersection of black and Palestinian freedom struggles. Pick it up on our bestsellers table on the main floor! •• #freedomisaconstantstruggle #wcw | https://buff.ly/2L9bEWe

Sgm I am not sure why anyone would want to read Angela Davis, she has endorse and encouraged Jim Jones of the Jonestown massacre, Erich Honecker, who trapped an entire nation behind a wall and shot anyone would tried to leave. She was so wrong then, how could she be right now? 2y
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Yesterday my alma mater hosted a lecture by Angela Davies about feminism during the Trump era. I was only able to listen online, however I heard enough to run out and get one of her books.

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peacegypsy These books look excellent! I‘m not savvy enough to know how to repost, etc., but this is awesome! 2y
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Another amazingly generous giveaway by @mrozzz!👏 A gorgeous stack I'd love to win! Head over to her profile to see how you can enter 🤗 #ClearTheShelvesGiveaway

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Seemed apt for #UNITY. This quote is from an interview Davis gave and doesn't appear in the tagged book, but this was a good read.

#fiercefeb
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Cinfhen Well done 💚🙌🏻 2y
merelybookish 👏👏 2y
Cathythoughts Beautiful ❤️ 2y
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vivastory Very inspiring! 2y
batsy Wonderful! She's amazing. This is one of the books that taught me so much 2y
readordierachel @batsy I so need to read that one! 2y
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Shocking when you think about it now.

minkyb Indeed 2y
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Mehso-so

Good, informative, but sadly a bit repetitive. It‘s a nice collection of interviews with her and speeches she‘s given, but they needed to order them a bit differently or stagger the two more, because with a bunch of the speeches one after another in the second half, the info got a bit repetition, different speeches, but similar info in each. So definitely things I want to read more info about, but the format could have been a bit better. (Cont)

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Very sad and very true....it‘s long been a place holder in lieu of drug and alcohol rehab (and now opiate abuse), mental health services, basic services for those in extreme poverty, etc... and now those displaced from their homeland by environmental, economic, and political upheavals (which sadly I fear are only going to increase as time goes on). Besides which it‘s a huge money making industry, Kids for Cash anyone? (I‘ll tag it below)

mrozzz Ugh. 😕 this is a hard, informative read. 2y
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Scary thoughts here, but she‘s not wrong.

Texreader It is so stinkin‘ scary. 2y
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Another great book I wish more people would read and re-read and that I wish I would have read much sooner.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Starting this one tonight, very interesting so far.

ReadingEnvy After I read this I found out the author reads the audio and wished I'd done that format instead!! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ReadingEnvy Ugh! Now I‘m wishing I had purchased that version too! We‘ll be envious together! 2y
ReadingEnvy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa haha total reading envy I guess! ;) 2y
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I swear some day I am going to have the sickest set of girl muscles.

Boring chicken/rice/green beans plus book post workout.

kspenmoll 😂🙌🏻 (edited) 2y
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Taking a few things to bed with me early on this chilly October evening. Thinking I might dabble a little.

mrozzz Readers never go to bed alone 😁 2y
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Caterina
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Hi Littens! I've been in Palestine for 1 month now, and it's been amazing! While moving here and settling into my work with the Lutheran church, I didn't read much, but now I'm getting back to it! I decided to join in on #TBRbingo with a 4x4 to make it easier, and I've finished my first book! It was a very interesting read, and it left me wanting to learn more about many of the issues Davis discussed. Now for something lighter! #audiostitching

Wbabdullah Palestine is wonderful, isn't it? I miss it so much and was only there for a month! Make sure you learn Palestinian cross-stitch techniques (tatreez) and check out Susan Abulhawa's books 2y
Wbabdullah Your cross stitch pieces are lovely by the way @Caterina 2y
Wbabdullah Also, did you use a kit for your feather pieces or is it all free hand? I want!!!😍 2y
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Caterina @Wbabdullah Yes, it is! :) Yesterday was the first rain of the season here, and the students at the school I work at were thrilled! I'm falling in love with Palestine for sure. :) I definitely want to learn more about Palestinian embroidery this year, and thank you for the book recommendation! Thank you, I used patterns from a magazine and bought the materials separately. :) 2y
Wbabdullah ❤️ you are inspiring me to get my cross-stitch on!! It‘s been years!! More like over two decades... 2y
Caterina @Wbabdullah Yay!! Cross-stitching is always a good decision. 😊 2y
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I really enjoyed reading Davis's input on these issues. Her opinions and her experiences are so worth sharing and worth understanding. My only complaint was that this got repetitive. It was the use of her different speeches which higlighted a lot of the same issues throughout. Overall thought I definitely recommend. Slowly making my was through my must reads.

Sace I just screen shot this list. I need to read these. 2y
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I started this book this morning. It is part of my "must read" list. This is already starting off with a bang. Davis is just able to express herself so concisely and with so much power.

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mrozzz
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MLK: "Justice is indivisible. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

How wonderful to get such intellectual insight from an epic woman and pillar of, well, the constant fight for freedom. It's tough to acknowledge the statistics she pushes, but oh so important. This is a necessary read as it covers a lot of ground while addressing Palestine and Ferguson as flash points that prove applicable to most contemporary movements.

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Why had there not been a serious effort to understand the impact of racism in institutions/individual attitudes? Until we're able to address that racism, stereotypes will persist.

We can't rely on governments, regardless of who is in power, to do the work that only mass movements can do.
I think what is most important about sustained demonstrations happening now is that they are having the effect of refusing to allow these issues to die.

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ReadingEnvy We are working hard at it at my University but it feels so late. Inclusive pedagogy workshops, diversity training for search committees (I'm training my first Dept in two weeks!), more student support and more diverse recruitment... I would say making these changes is very hard and has to be intentional and passive resistance for status quo is very strong 2y
mrozzz @ReadingEnvy well keep at it! 👌🏻 Believe you're doing good work and believe that the younger generations are by nature more and more accepting and more aware of societal/inherent racism. We'll never be able to change everyone's mind but it's those types of things (at your university) that I think make some difference! 2y
ReadingEnvy @mrozzz I hope so! For all the years we checked the box by having a diversity committee, we really seem to have more momentum and critical mass now. 🤞 2y
mrozzz @ReadingEnvy that's seriously so good to hear! Crossing my fingers too 🤞🏻 2y
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We have to extricate ourselves from narrow identitarian thinking if we want to encourage progressive people to embrace these struggles as their own.... I often like to talk about feminism not as something that adheres to bodies, not as something grounded in gendered bodies, but as an approach - as a way of conceptualizing, as a methodology, as a guide to strategies for struggle.

ReadingEnvy This book is so good. I found out after reading it that she herself reads the audio and wish i'd read it that way. 2y
mrozzz Ugh yes I wish I'd read on audio. @ReadingEnvy most of the book is interviews instead of essays (which I'd assumed) so it reads better spoken 2y
readordierachel @ReadingEnvy @mrozzz The audio was really good, although it was kind of hard to delineate between the questions and answers in some of the interviews. I think this one could benefit from doing print and audio together. 2y
mrozzz @ReadOrDieRachel such good advice. Will do a re-read with an audible credit in the future! 2y
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mrozzz

"I would say that as our struggles mature, they produce new ideas, new issues, and new terrains on which we engage in the quest for freedom."

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mrozzz
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More puppy love. 💗

And I couldn't be starting this book at a better time.

OrangeMooseReads Excellent book 2y
mrozzz 🙌🏻👍🏻 @OrangeMooseReads 2y
britt_brooke Awww! What's your Boston's name? 2y
mrozzz @britt_brooke his name is Otto after the Syracuse U. mascot ☺️ 2y
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readordierachel
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Saw this on Instagram from Green Apple Books here in San Francisco.

There were more books that didn't fit in the square. Cut off at the bottom were Policing the Black Man, From Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation, The New Jim Crow, A Colony in a Nation, Devil's Bargain, and The Color of Law.

rachellayown 👏👏👏 2y
mrozzz @strandbookstore did one too 💗 2y
readordierachel @mrozzz Awesome! 💙 2y
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Crystallinegirl Welp. Just added almost all of these to my TBR. A few of them were already on it. Now to go see how many my library has... Thanks for the amazing reading list! 2y
Caryl Thank you for posting this. ❤️ 2y
librarypoweruser Oh!!! You are in SF too?!?! Yay!! 2y
readordierachel @conceptualkaren Yes!! Hi, fellow San Franciscan! 🖑 2y
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I'm got home from third shift an hour ago and not sleepy. I'm taking that as a sign to have a beer and read even though it's 8:30am? Still loving this book even though it has had some repetitive elements!

"Our histories never unfold in isolation. We cannot truly tell what we consider to be our own histories without knowing the other stories. And often we discover that those other stories are actually our own stories." ⬇️?

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Optimism is an absolute necessity, even if it's only optimism if the will, as Gramsci said, and pessimism of the intellect....... It it in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism. 💗

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"The death penalty is about structural racism and it incorporates historical memories of slavery. We cannot understand why the death penalty continues to exist in the US in the way that it does, without an analysis of slavery"

Started this last night, it's my first Angela Davis. There are already a lot of highlights after just 2 essays. I have a feeling her other works will be quickly added to my tbr ?

ReadingEnvy I read this in print and later found out she reads the audio, so I wish I'd gone that way! She is powerful. 3y
8little_paws I really got a lot out of the audio!! 3y
prowlix @ReadingEnvy @8little_paws that's really helpful! I'm really interested in Women, Race & Class and her Blues Legacies and hadn't even thought to look for them on audio. Thanks! 3y
batsy Women, Race & Class is excellent 👍 It was an education all by itself. I'm really interested in her Blues book too. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I listened to this one, and feel like I need the print version to capture everything. But I loved hearing her own voice. She is so deeply passionate. 3y
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"But there's a message there for everyone and it is that people can unite, that democracy from below can challenge oligarchy, that imprisoned migrants can be freed, that fascism can be overcome, and that equality is emancipatory."

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Jolynne
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It is appropriate that I finished this book on this day. In America, for so many, freedom is a constant struggle.

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"There is a deep relationality that links struggles against institutions and struggles to reinvent our personal lives, and recraft ourselves. We know, for example, that we replicate the structures of retributive justice oftentimes in our own emotional responses. Someone attacks us, verbally or otherwise, our response is what? A counterattack."

Image source: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/sackler_center_first_awards_june_2...

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While in Chicago for the ALA Conference, my classmates and I decided to visit the Art Institute. They featured an entire collection of drawings by Cauleen Smith that focused on the books she read. The title of the collection is "Human 3.0 Reading List." I loved taking in her artwork, along with all the other gorgeous pieces at the museum.

ReadingEnvy Wow cool 3y
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Some ARC and bookstore loot from my trip to Minnesota. @OutlandishLit spoiled the bejeezus out of me.

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A roundup of some great #resistance testing lists for the Trump era http://www.resistancetimes.com/reading-lists/
#JuneTunz

Cinfhen 👊🏼nicely done ✅ 3y
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Next up in #feminism and #socialjustice reading: this gem. It's a collection of interviews with and speeches by Davis, and it shows what an intelligent, collective-thinking person she is. She makes connections from Palestine to prison and terrorism to capitalism with such clarity. I think this book should be accessible to anyone with a basic understanding of intersectionality.

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Davis makes some great points and her perspective is fantastic. I can't say that I agree with everything she has to say, but what she says is important to hear. My only real problem is that because it is speeches and other communications there is a lot of repetitiveness in what is said. Over all worth the time.