- 1 Activism
- 2 Prison activism
- 3 Early fame
- 4 Political education program
- 5 Comrades
- 6 Elections
- 7 National Anti-Imperialist Conference in Solidarity With African Liberation
- 8 Palestine Human Rights Campaign
- 9 We Will Make Peace Prevail!
- 10 National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
- 11 Greeting Chris Hani
- 12 Communist Party reformer
- 13 CoC National Conference endorser
- 14 Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s
- 15 CoC National Coordinating Committee
- 16 "Making Trouble"
- 17 Black Radical Congress
- 18 Communist "Manifestivity"
- 19 Critical Resistance
- 20 Committees of Correspondence Conference 2002
- 21 Sacramento Marxist School
- 22 Women of Color Resource Center
- 23 2006 CCDS Convention
- 24 Symposium on James and Esther Jackson
- 25 MDS Board member
- 26 WIDF affiliated United States "Regional Workshops"
- 27 The Black Scholar
- 28 Relationship to Joe Walker
- 29 Chicano movement
- 30 Left Forum 2009
- 31 National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression event
- 32 Witness Against Torture
- 33 Critical Resistance event
- 34 Carlos, Thomas and Davis support the Occupy movement
- 35 Henry Winston's centenary celebration
- 36 "END MASS INCARCERATION"
- 37 Detroit gathering
- 38 Confronting Racial Capitalism conference
- 39 Dream Defenders Advisory Board
- 40 Mid-South Peace & Justice Center’s 35th anniversary
- 41 Women's March
- 42 "Futures of Black Radicalism"
- 43 "Black Women in Defense of Ilhan Omar"
- 44 External links
- 45 References
Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator-both at the university level and in the larger public sphere-has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.
Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Most recently she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness-an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program-and of Feminist Studies.
Angela Davis is the author of nine books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She also has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender, and imprisonment. Her recent books include Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? and a new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. In 2012 she published a new collection of essays entitled The Meaning of Freedom. 
Angela Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison. Like many educators, Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.
Davis came to national attention in 1969 when she was removed from her teaching position at UCLA as a result of her social activism and her membership in the Communist Party USA. In 1970, she was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List on charges of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy. During her 16-month incarceration, a massive international Free Angela Davis campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972.
Political education program
Nikita Mitchell - When the mobilizations really began heating up, The Rising Majority did a political education program. We had a virtual session with Angela Davis, Jamila Woods, N'Tanya Lee from LeftRoots, Kayla Reed from Action St. Louis, Karissa Lewis from Movement for Black Lives, Timmy Rose from Dissenters and Greisa Martinez Rosas from United We Dream. That teach-in had about 360,000 views, so I think folks are hungry to be out on the streets, to make meaning in this moment. Education is some of what this movement will be up to in the next few weeks.
Lisa Brock September 29, 2014 ·
National Anti-Imperialist Conference in Solidarity With African Liberation
Angela Davis, Co-Chairperson of National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression was named as a sponsor of the Communist Party USA dominated National Anti-Imperialist Conference in Solidarity With African Liberation held at Dunbar Vocational High School, Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, October 19 to 21 1973.
Palestine Human Rights Campaign
A brochure came out in early 1978 announcing "A National Organizing Conference" sponsored by the Palestine Human Rights Campaign to be held on May 20-21, 1978, at American University, with the theme of "Palestinian Human Rights and Peace".
The list of "Sponsors" was a mix of a several groupings including the Communist Party USA and its sympathizers, the World Peace Council, the Hanoi Lobby, black extremists, mainly marxists, radical Christians, and Arab/Arab-American organizations, plus a few phone-booth sized pro-Palestinian Christian groups.
Individual sponsors of the event included Angela Davis.
We Will Make Peace Prevail!
On March 28, 1982 the New World Review organized a gala luncheon "We Will Make Peace Prevail! Disarmament Over Confrontation, Life Over Death", at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Roosevelt, New York City. Virtually all participants were identified as Communist Party USA.
Angela Davis was listed on the Committee of Sponsors.
National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
The 10th Anniversary Conference of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression was held in Chicago, May 13-15 1983 at the McCormick Inn - Featured speakers included Angela Davis
Greeting Chris Hani
Eight hundred people filled the ballroom of the Hyatt regency Embarcadero Hotel, Sunday April 28, 1991 to greet South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani. the crowd contributed more than $12,000 towards the People's Weekly World fund drive and the work of the South African Communist Party.
Hani was greeted with resolutions of support from Assembly speaker Willie Brown, San Francisco mayor Art Agnos, Oakland mayor Elihu Harris, Richmond mayor George Livingston, Berkeley mayor Loni Hancock, and Doris Ward, chair of the San Francisco board of Supervisors.
Co-chairs of the banquet were were Angela Davis and Ignacio de la Fuente of the Moulders Union.
Davis, introducing Hani said he "symbolizes a courageous, unrelenting struggle for freedom".
Communist Party reformer
In 1991, Angela Davis was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party" - most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.
CoC National Conference endorser
In 1992 Angela Davis, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.
Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s
The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.
Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:
Women The women's movement: a critical factor in the economic, political and social life of the U.S. today. What should be the theoretical and practical response of the left?
- Angela Davis, Professor of History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz
- Roma Guy, Director, San Francisco Women's Building
- Sandy Patrinos, Women for Racial and Economic Equality, Chicago
- Cathy Tashiro, health care worker and designer of programs on workplace diversity
CoC National Coordinating Committee
The following are listed in order of votes they received as members of the Committees of Correspondence National Coordinating Committee, elected at the Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19, 1992:
- Angela Davis, SF
- Gus Newport, Berkeley
- Elizabeth Martinez, SF
- Alva Buxenbaum, NY
- Leslie Cagan, NY
- Peter Camejo, Alameda, CA
- Giuliana Milanese, SF
- Robert Chacanaca, Freedom, CA
- Mildred Williamson, Chicago
- Barry Cohen, NY
- Mark Solomon, Boston
- Barbara Lee, Sacramento
- Maudelle Shirek, Berkeley
- Raahi Reddy, New Brunswick, NJ
- Margy Wilkinson, Berkeley
- Yvonne Golden, Florida
- Mary Idosidis, Mill Valley, CA
- Pat Fry, Detroit
- Marty Price, Oakland
- Frances Beal, Oakland
- Marshall Garcia, NY
- Betty Kano, Berkeley
- Michael Myerson, NY
- Sharon Stewart, LA
- Carmen Rumbaut, San Antonio
- Maurice Jackson, Washington, D.C.
- Geoffrey Jacques, NY
- Arthur Kinoy, Montclair, NJ
- Melinda Brown, LA
- Leslie Shaheen, NY
'Making Trouble- Building a Radical Youth Movement' was held April 17-19, 1998 Berkeley, California.
- "Making Trouble" is a conference for young radicals from all over California to meet, form coalitions, and get informed. We will focus on the Prison Industrial Complex and the contemporary Labor Movement, but there will also be workshops on Environmental Justice, the Unz initiative, Art and Revolution, Immigration, Third World Organizing, Economic Globalization, Affirmative Action, Reproductive Rights, and much more.
Keynote Speaker: Barbara Ehrenreich
Invited speakers included;
- Dolores Huerta
- Donna Haraway
- Tom Hayden
- Angela Davis
- Cornel West
- Barbara Lee
- Jello Biafra
- Ron Dellums
Black Radical Congress
At the June 1998 Black Radical Congress in Chicago, militants of an older generation were assigned to work with younger comrades.
- On Friday evening there was an inter-generational dialogue which was an attempt to blend an historical and contemporary review of the Black liberation struggle by means of older and younger activists interviewing one another.
Veteran activists Kathleen Cleaver, General Baker, Barbara Smith, Ahmed Rahman, Angela Davis and Nelson Peery were "paired up with younger activists" Van Jones, Kim Diehl, Kim Springer, Fanon Che Wilkins, Kashim Funny, and Quraysh Ali Lansana, respectively.
Individual endorsers of the event included Angela Davis.
Critical Resistance was founded by Angela Davis, Rose Braz, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, and others. The organization is primarily volunteer member-based, with eleven members staffing across the Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, New Orleans, and New York chapters.
There are chapters throughout the country, including Gainesville, Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Oakland, New York, Tampa, Washington DC, and New Orleans.
Committees of Correspondence Conference 2002
At the Committees of Correspondence National Conference and Convention, July 25-28, 2002 San Francisco State University, the Plenary Panel and Discussion on War, Peace and Democracy consisted of;
Elaine Hagopian, Leslie Cagan, Rhonda Ramiro, Angela Davis September 11 and Bushs war on terrorism. Response to increased militarism, Ashcrofts attack on civil liberties, the role of the United Nations and other international bodies.
Sacramento Marxist School
Women of Color Resource Center
In 2006 the Women of Color Resource Center Board of Directors includedCaroline Acuna-Guilartes, Linda Burnham, Jung Hee Choi, Angela Davis, Derethia DuVal, Chris Lymbertos, Genevieve Negron-Gonzales, Margo Okazawa-Rey and Cindy Wiesner.
In 2009 the Oakland California based Women of Color Resource Center Board of Directors included Caroline Acuna, Jung Hee Choi, Angela Davis, Elmira Nazombe, Genevieve Negron-Gonzales, Malaika Parker, Alex Vazquez, Mei-ying Williams
2006 CCDS Convention
Angela Davis addressed the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism 5th National Convention, July 21-23, 2006.
Organizing youth in communities and schools.
Symposium on James and Esther Jackson
On October 28, 2006, an event entitled "James and Esther Jackson, the American Left and the Origins of the Modern Civil Rights Movement" was held at the Tamiment Library of New York University. Three panels of academics and activists delivered papers illuminating the lives of the James Jackson and his wife Esther Jackson, their co-workers and the struggles in which they participated that helped shape developments in the United States from the late 1930s to the present. Angela Davis, David Levering Lewis, Percy Sutton, Pete Seeger, Michael Nash, Jean Carey Bond, Michael Anderson, Maurice Jackson and Charlene Mitchell delivered papers and spoke at the event. Sam Webb, Debbie Amis Bell and Daniel Rubin were among the estimated 250 individuals who attended the event.
MDS Board member
The business portion of the meeting followed with each board nominee introducing themselves to the conference. The board, a very diverse group, was voted in by acclamation... Board nominees where were not able to attend the conference were included in the appointment by acclamation. The list included Elliott Adams, Panama Vicente Alba, Tariq Ali, Stanley Aronowitz, David Barsamian, Rosalyn Baxandall, John Bracey, Jr., John Brittain, Robb Burlage, Noam Chomsky, Jayne Cortez, Carl Davidson, Angela Davis, Bernardine Dohrn, Barbara Epstein, Gustavo Esteva, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Stephen Fleischman, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Tom Hayden, Gerald Horne, Florence Howe, Mike James, Robin D G Kelley, Alice Kessler Harris, Rashid Khalidi, Mike Klonsky, Betita Martinez, Ethelbert Miller, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Barbara Ransby, Patricia Rose, Michael Rossman, Studs Terkel, Charlene Teters, Jerry Tucker, Immanuel Wallerstein, Cornel West, Leonard Weinglass and Howard Zinn.
WIDF affiliated United States "Regional Workshops"
- IAC-NWFN, Joan Wile - Fundadora e Diretora
- University of California, Digna Sanchez- Membra
- EEUU, Angela Davis - History of Consciousness Dep Humanities Division
- Women's Studies Prgrm, Jenny Heinz
- Community activist; active in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, Wilma Esther Reveron Collazo
- Community activist lawyer in El Barrio;; active in immigration issues, Gloria Eneida Quinones - member Women for Racial and Economic Equality
- International President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom , Regina Birchem
- LUZ DE LAS NIEVES AYRESS MORENO, Nieves Ayress - nacionalidad chilena
The Black Scholar
Relationship to Joe Walker
During his life, long time Communist Party USA associate Joe Walker enjoyed professional and personal relationships with a number of dignitaries, civil rights activists, and freedom fighters to include Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. James Baldwin, Hulan Jack and David Dinkins, the former Mayor of New York City.
The 40th Anniversary Commemoration Committee of the Chicano Moratoriums was formed in the summer 2009 by the Chair of the National Chicano Moratorium Committee of August 29, 1970 along with two independent Chicano Movement historians whom although not of the baby boomer generation, have become inspired by the Movimiento.
The organization posted a list of significant “Chicano movement” activists on its website which included Angela Davis, of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Left Forum 2009
Returning to the Source: Ethnic Studies in the Obama Age:
- Hank Williams, (Chair), Africana Studies Group, CUNY Graduate Center
- Sam Anderson, Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence
- Clarissa Horton,
- Angela Davis, Anti-Racist Alliance, Pratt Institute
National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression event
On April 18 2009 the Chicago branch of National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, a front first for the Communist Party USA, latterly for the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, awarded former Reverend Jeremiah Wright its highest honour.
- Human Rights awards were granted to honorees at the event whose work includes ending the death penalty, overturning wrongful convictions, the fight against racism and efforts to help victims of the prison industrial complex.
- “The election of Obama was a millennium transformation, and we’re in a new historical conjunction in 2009,” noted Davis. “In a short period of time so much has changed,” she said.
- Given the current economy there is a very serious crisis erupting in the capitalist system, said Davis. “Many assume Obama is going to save capitalism, but a lot of us here have other ideas about changing the system,” said Davis.
Witness Against Torture
Critical Resistance event
Friday, May, 20, 2011 Riverside Church, South Hall Admission: $50-$250. (includes admission to main event -"The World We Want is the World We Need". Riverside Church, Nave 490 Riverside Drive. Admission: $20-$30
Host Committee: Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr, Malaika Adero, Seth Adler, Shana Agid, Sam Anderson, Kai Barrow, Andrea Bible, Jean Carey Bond, Dorothy Burnham, Melanie Bush, Rod Bush, Angela Cali, Susie Day, Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley, Joan Gibbs, Elspeth Gilmore, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Lennox Hinds, Esther Cooper Jackson, Peter Marcuse, Jerry Meyer, Charlene Mitchell, Mary Morgan, Mary Lou Patterson, Beth E. Richie, Shreya Shah, Alvin Starks, Farrah Tanis, Laura Whitehorn.
Carlos, Thomas and Davis support the Occupy movement
Former Olympic bronze-medal winner Dr. John Carlos spoke alongside civil rights activists Clarence Thomas and Dr. Angela Davis before an electrified crowd at Laney College, Oakland, Wednesday November, 30, 2011. His appearance at the college was part of a national tour to promote his new memoir.
In the summer of 1968 Carlos helped define a generation when he and fellow medalist Tommie Smith both gave a black power salute while on the Olympic podium in Mexico City.
The fist-raising track star’s memoir, “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World,” has a powerful and simple message: don’t be afraid “of offending your oppressor.”
Civil rights heroes Clarence Thomas and Dr. Angela Davis of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense also spoke.
These three veteran activists had plenty to say about the lessons they learned during the ‘60s, but they were equally interested in discussing the promise of today’s Occupy movement.
Carlos has been making it a point to visit every Occupy encampment he can during his book tour around the country.
“I am here for you,” Carlos said to a crowd of thousands at Occupy Wall Street in early November. “Why? Because I am you. We’re here 43 years later because there’s a fight still to be won. This day is not for us but for our children-to-come.”
“This was a strike to challenge the idea that Black people and people of color cannot learn, and that we are not capable of engaging in a prolonged struggle,” Thomas said. “I learned we could challenge the system and win. Those on the left need to learn to produce winners, and that is what is happening in the Occupy struggle.”
On Nov. 2, as tens of thousands of people marched in solidarity with the Occupy movement down to the Port of Oakland, rank-and-file ILWU members refused to cross the community picket line, effectively shutting down the port.
“The thing that makes Occupy Oakland different than other parts of the country is that we had an action with labor at the point of production,” Thomas said. “That port is one of the best examples of the power of Wall Street and American Capitalism, but when action was taken you can bet Wal-Mart was surprised; the whole Pacific Rim was affected.”
The ILWU is continuing to support the Occupy Oakland movement, which has faced escalating police repression in recent weeks. They have invited supporters from Vancouver to San Diego to march on their respective ports on Dec. 12 in an effort to shut down the entire West Coast shipping system.
“If we really want to challenge the one percent, the only thing they really understand is when you hit them in the pocket book,” said Thomas. “Working people have been told we have no power, but can you imagine if longshoremen, supported by their communities on the West and East Coasts and the Gulf, and Teamsters and airport workers all shut it down?”
“I am so proud of Oakland!” said Angela Davis, a well-known political activist, author, scholar and prison-system critic. “I spoke at Occupy Philly, Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Berlin, and everyone is talking about Oakland!”
In the ‘60s Davis was an active member of the Black Panthers and the Communist Party USA.
“I look at the young people who are involved in the Occupy movement, and it allows me to understand that the work we did was so important,” said Davis. “Imagine what the world would be like without these obscene capitalists, the one percent. Revolution is still on the agenda.”
Henry Winston's centenary celebration
A standing room only crowd gathered in Winston Unity Center, New York, on the occasion of Henry Winston's centenary celebration. Winston, who was born in 1912, was the national chairman of the Communist Party for two decades until his death in 1986.
The multi-media celebration of this great African American leader included speeches, music, slideshow and greetings from former coworkers and friends - including one from New York Congressman Charles Rangel. It was streamed live to a national audience and hosted by Judith LeBlanc, the national field director of Peace Action.
Noted scholar and political activist Angela Davis brought the multi-racial audience to its feet in her moving tribute to Winston
Davis said, " [Winston] was a constant inspiration to me, especially when it came to garnering the courage to stand up to attacks I had never imagined would be directed individually at me."
Winston was also a political prisoner, unjustly imprisoned in the McCarthy era where he lost his fight due to poor medical care while there.
Davis went on to speak of Winston's "enduring opposition to corporate capitalism, militarism and racism."
While the Obama administration, she noted, wasn't immune from criticism, the election of the president had created a political climate for labor and social justice activism since 2008.
"END MASS INCARCERATION"
Friday, SEPT 14. 7PM. RIVERSIDE CHURCH NYC.
- On the day following the 41st anniversary of the Attica ¬massacre of courageous prisoners rising up against intolerable oppression, we come together to fight mass ¬incarceration and to demand the closing of Attica as a symbolic commitment to this larger goal. We build on the powerful commemoration that took place last September 9, 2011 at Riverside Church.
MC: Asha Bandele.
A standing room only crowd of nearly 2,000 people welcomed Angela Davis, October 24, 2012, to Detroit to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her acquittal on charges of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy. The event, held at Fellowship Chapel on the city's northwest side, was a "powerful demonstration of the respect and affection Detroiters have for Professor Davis and her history of struggle for economic, racial and gender justice."
The program included Fellowship Pastor Wendell Anthony, Congressman John Conyers, Detroit City Councilperson JoAnn Watson, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO President Chris Michalakis, Retired Wayne County Circuit Court Judge and civil rights activist Claudia Morcom, Metro AFL-CIO Civil Rights Committee Chair Michele Artt and UAW Vice-President Cindy Estrada.
Prof. Davis rose to speak to a standing ovation from the audience. She recalled the rally at the fairgrounds and coming to Detroit many times in her role as a co-chairperson of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and for events such as the rally to save the Dodge Main plant in 1979. Her address was wide-ranging but emphasized the importance of the upcoming election. "As we go to the polls, she said, "let us recall that no one thought it was possible to elect a black president," and while some are disappointed in the pace of change she cautioned that we should put that disappointment "into context."
She challenged the audience to imagine what it would be like following President Obama's election if we had taken to the streets the day after inauguration both to celebrate and to pressure him on the issues that we all care about." She cautioned that "we should never expect to elect a president to lead us to the Promised Land...we have to do it for ourselves."
Emphasizing the relationship between electoral politics and mass movement politics, Prof. Davis outlined a number of "issues that progressives have to force onto the national political agenda" including an end to all of the union busting strategies, the rights of undocumented workers and students, women's reproductive rights, prisoners' rights, the rights of the LGBT communities, and combating anti-communism and the growing "Islamophobia" brought on by the so-called "war on terror."
As regards, the issue of "Islamophobia," Prof. Davis spoke at length about centrality of the Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people to the discontent in the Muslim world. She challenged the audience to see themselves as "world citizens" and recognize "that Israeli apartheid...is just as bad" as that of South African apartheid. "It's about time we stood up and recognized that an injustice anywhere...is an injustice everywhere." She then concluded her address by saying that "we need peace, justice, equality, and socialism for us all."
Confronting Racial Capitalism conference
Paul Ortiz November 21, 2014:
With Cedric Robinson and Elizabeth Robinson in 2014 at the Confronting Racial Capitalism conference and thinking through the challenges we face today. The book that has grown from this collaboration, "Futures of Black Radicalism" is out NOW by Verso edited by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin and available for a 50% discount! . https://www.versobooks.com/books/2438-futures-of-black-radicalism — with Robin D. G. Kelley, Thulani Davis, Christina Heatherton, Danny Widener, Jordan T. Camp, Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Elizabeth Robinson at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Dream Defenders Advisory Board
As of 2016;
- Michelle Alexander - Associate Professor of Law, the Ohio State University
- Keron Blair - National Director, Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools
- DR. Angela Davis - Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California
- Alana Greer - Attorney, Community Justice Project
- PASTOR Michael McBride - Director of Urban Strategies and Lifelines to Healing Campaign, Pico
- Rafael Navar - National Political Director, Communication Workers of America
- Linda Sarsour - Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York
- Ed Whitfield - Co-Managing Director, Fund for Democratic Communities
Mid-South Peace & Justice Center’s 35th anniversary
Angela Davis stood before a crowd of hundreds at First Congregational Church in Midtown on Saturday night. She attacked capitalism, praised communism and criticized Donald Trump.
"Our goal is to guarantee that Donald Trump will not be able to govern comfortably. ... If you think you've been to a lot of demonstrations in the past, well, multiply that by a hundred. Or a thousand over the next period," she said, and the audience cheered.
Earlier, she said Trump embodied the worst elements of oppression and capitalism. "He represents precisely those forces of capitalism that have impoverished so many of the people who decided to vote for him, because they feared for their future."
"Sometimes I feel really nostalgic about that era because it meant we were connected with people all over the world, because there were communist parties all over the world," she said. "And so we felt as if we were a part of a global struggle. The Cuban revolution was our victory. And we don't have that now."
The organizer of the event, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, billed the annual fundraising banquet as a kickoff to long years of struggle against Trump's policies. In an email before the event, the staff wrote, "We will, with every resource at our disposal, stand against an agenda that denies the dignity and humanity of people of color, undocumented families, women, people with disabilities, and those of the Muslim faith. These values are non-negotiable."
Banquet attendees filled not just the seats at the round dinner tables but the church balcony, and some stood in the back. The event was attended by some Memphis elected officials including Shelby County Commissioner Eddie Jones as well as state Sen. Lee Harris and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen.
- Women of America: we're going on strike. Join us so Trump will see our power... The ‘lean-in’ variety of feminism won’t defeat this administration, but a mobilization of the 99% will. On 8 March we will take to the streets.
- The massive women’s marches of 21 January may mark the beginning of a new wave of militant feminist struggle. But what exactly will be its focus? In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies. We also need to target the ongoing neoliberal attack on social provision and labor rights....
- Let us join together on 8 March to strike, walk out, march and demonstrate. Let us use the occasion of this international day of action to be done with lean-in feminism and to build in its place a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism – a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world.
"Futures of Black Radicalism"
Paul Ortiz September 3, 2017:
"Futures of Black Radicalism". Edited by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin with contributions by Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Jordan T. Camp, Angela Davis, Nikhil Singh, Paul Ortiz, Erica Edwards, Robin D. G. Kelley and others! — at Verso Books.
"Black Women in Defense of Ilhan Omar"
Activist Angela Davis and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) joined numerous other black women activists and members of Congress in a rally Tuesday April 30 2019 rally to support Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
Davis and Barbara Ransby, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and adviser to the Movement for Black Lives, told Democracy Now they planned the event, called Black Women in Defense of Ilhan Omar, in response to escalating attacks against the freshman Democrat, who said death threats against her spiked after conservatives accused her of minimizing the 9/11 attacks and President Trump tweeted a video interspersing her words with images from the attacks.
Trump, Davis said, “uses this bizarre logic of fungibility, where one Muslim represents the worst—or all Muslims, rather, represent the worst deeds that any Muslim has ever conducted,” a logical process she said was “at the heart of racism.”
“Trump has been vitriolic toward so many groups, but I think there’s a particular venom when it comes to black women,” Ransby added, citing both his attacks on Omar and his frequent taunts of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and his 2017 feud with Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who accused him of making a Gold Star widow cry by telling her that her late husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, “knew what he signed up for.”
“I am changing the things I can no longer accept, and from R. Kelly to Donald Trump, what we can no longer accept is the silencing of black women,” Pressley, who, like Omar, was elected to Congress in 2018, said at the event. “We are reclaiming our rightful place.”
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- AppealAngela Davis attacks capitalism, Trump Daniel Connolly , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 5:09 p.m. CT Jan. 14, 2017
- The Hill Angela Davis, Ayanna Pressley lead rally in support of Ilhan Omar BY ZACK BUDRYK - 04/30/19 03:09 PM EDT