Radikal Readings: Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Every time I read Angela Y. Davis I am left in well-informed awe. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement is her latest book which is a collection of essays, speeches and interviews from the recent past. In it, Davis touches on the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. She cites the deaths of Mike Brown and Rekia Boyd, the Occupy Movements and resulting mass movements and protests, and as the title suggests, she links it to the struggles and injustices in Palestine.

Davis stresses the importance of understanding the struggles of others and how it relates to our own. How it is necessary for people as a whole to organize and act. It is not just individuals who change history. This is evident in the historical examples she gives from the Montgomery Bus Boycotts – how it would not have been possible without the organization of black women.

The way she weaves together the struggles against neo-liberal capitalism, the prison-industrial complex, systemic injustices, settler colonialism in Palestine, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia is masterful. It makes for a short but extremely powerful read.

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