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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 legaci
Paperback, 145 pages
Published January 25th 2016 by Haymarket Books (first published August 17th 2015)
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Dominic The book helped me understand the Prison Abolition movement A LOT more. Whenever i heard of abolishing prisons all i could think was those who are act…moreThe book helped me understand the Prison Abolition movement A LOT more. Whenever i heard of abolishing prisons all i could think was those who are actually committing violent acts would be back in public. But the book explains that we need better programs to deal with issues that pretty much everyone who is in jail for both violent and non-violent offenses face. Also it helped me understand a more intersectional view as opposed to just struggles facing African Americans.(less)

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Jean Menzies
I need to talk about this one more either on my channel or on my blog (or both?) but in the mean time everyone else should read it!
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Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant collection of interviews and speeches by Angela Y. Davis concerning racism, activism, feminism, state violence, and more. I read this over a period of two days but I think it would be better to read an interview or essay a week as it becomes repetitive after a while if you read them all at once.
The world needs more Angela Davises. She is incredible, compassionate, intelligent, insightful, and passionate about creating an equal world for all. These qualities shine through on every pa
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement carries a lot of important information that we should know. Angela Davis not only talks about movements and topics she is passionate about - like prison abolition, feminism, rights for BIPOC - but also emphasizes on the importance of understanding the history Black people have gone through, what civil rights movements have achieved for the people in the United States and other countries around the world, and wh ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, recs
A fast-paced series of speeches, interviews, and essays, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle examines how ostensibly disparate social movements around the world in fact share deep and meaningful connections that might link them together in a global struggle for human liberation. Across ten pieces of writing Angela Davis explores a wide range of topics, from the militarization of the police in Israel and America to the rapid spread of the prison-industrial complex throughout the world. Her arguments a ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
"Freedom is still more expansive than civil rights."

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about what was excluded from my education. Why are some voices or contributions left out? Is it simply a factor of a formula that there are only so many hours in a day, so many days in Black History month, or could there be other philosophies in play? Why do we only teach about civil "disobedience" that is peaceful and within a Christian framework? So Martin Luther King Jr., yes. Malcolm X and Angela D
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would have given this book a five stars but the second half of the book pulls from different speeches Angela Davis has given over the past couple of years. Some of the speeches became repetitive. 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.
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I urge everyone to read this. Inform yourself about Palestine, the Prison-industrial complex, abolition movements, Black freedom struggles, and many other interconnected struggles. This book consists of interviews and speeches by Angela Y. Davis and it's such an important read, I couldn't recommend it enough. ...more
Lucy Dacus
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We are all so lucky to be alive at the same time as Angela Davis.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The speeches and the interviews in this book left their mark, but they would have been even more powerful had they included more context. The book's format presents these pieces with little annotation and background, and few explanations of the issues presented. Adding "Selected Works" to the title might have helped, signifying that more reading (or background) on the subjects may be necessary.

Davis is a brilliant speaker and a passionate voice. Hearing her read her own words in this audiobook
3.5 stars. Wanted to love this, but I found myself getting confused as to whether or not I was re-reading the same speech. It was redundant and didn't feel like time and care was put into making this. The points about the connections from Ferguson to Palestine weren't really completely filled out, because it was just quick mentions in various speeches. There were some nice teachings on prison abolition, but overall I wanted more. ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interviewing is an art form. It require the ability to transition from one question to the next while being able to connect questions thematically. The interview questions tend to jump from one subject to the next without drawing clearer or better connections between each subject matter. So the interview section of this book wasn't as interesting to read besides Angela's answers. The speeches she gives are honestly the better part of this book, not only for the theoretical connections Davis make ...more
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I’ve been trying to get into the book club scene locally (and possibly failing) but this was the pick of the month. I’ve always to read more by Angela Davis. This book of interviews and essays clearly distills many complex current issues, highlighting how local struggles are also global ones. Racism, capitalism, and the prison-industrial complex are all explored in depth. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a big picture look at social issues.

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I borrowed this from the library when I realized that I had yet to read or see any of Angela Davis' work, and didn't really know anything about her at all. I felt like I was missing the voice of someone fundamental to the movements and progressive ideals that I support, so I sought to rectify that. I use three different library systems, and between them ONE library had a few of her books, and this was the only one available in the next 6 months. A little disappointing, but maybe this was a good ...more
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This was a informative and hopeful read, that I happily relished. I haven't read any other books by Angela Davis, but this has inspired me to read and learn more about her world view. The first three chapters are interviews with Angela Davis in regards to her views on how we can continue to advance social movements in a effective way. The next seven chapters are speeches that Angela Davis has given around the world. All of the topics that Angela discuss
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
"In the case of the United States, Black and Native lives are systematically choked by enduring white supremacy that thrives on oppression and settler colonialism, and is backed by drones, the dispossession of territory and identity to millions, mass incarceration, the un-peopleing of people, and resource grabs that deny that indigenous lives matter and that our planet matters."

Angela discusses a range of topics such as; the militarisation of police in Israel and America, and the expansion of t
Amy (libraryofamy)
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
As my first read of Angela Davis’s work, I enjoyed this!

Since this book is a compilation of interviews and speeches, some things were overly repetitive or were spoken about in a way where it is assumed that the audience is very familiar with the subject matter. Because of this, I sometimes lost focus or interest. But regardless, I still learned a lot despite this being less than 200 pages!

I really wish the occupation of Palestine was discussed more in depth here. As someone who understands litt
Jan 27, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: maybe-later
Gonna come back to this one when I have the capacity to soak in the wisdom.
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was really great, and I loved that Davis read the audiobook. This is a collection of her speeches so my one critique was that it wasn’t as cohesive as a normal book, and sometimes ideas/lines would be repeated. Otherwise, I really enjoyed how she connected Palestine to Ferguson in the United States and South African Apartheid, it reminds me that we need to look at certain issues with a global and historical lens. I will say if you want a book on the history of the occupation of Palestine yo ...more
Collection of fascinating, thought-provoking speeches by the always interesting Angela Davis.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it
It totally wasn't anything like I was expecting it to be so I enjoyed it less but that's completely my fault:)

I thought it was gunna be like a nice lil book about the freedom movements all around the world but it is in fact not:) it's a collection of essays and interviews and speeches by Angela Davis (still about the freedom movements tho). The book stops being informative in like the first half after that it's just repetitive. Maybe it's a formatting thing but the same points were brought up 80
chantel nouseforaname
Angela Davis is one of my heroes and this book did not disappoint.

Her aligning the freedom movements of Ferguson & Palestine together and painting a clear picture of the ways in which they are linked and the ways that they can help others to understand international conflict, local dynamics, racism, police brutality and government measures to oppress people is so well articulated you can't pick up this book and not learn something.

Her conversations/speeches around the legacy and influence of A
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Focusing on Palestine and Ferguson, Davis collects interviews, speeches, and essays on global violence and oppression. And like any good communist, she makes it blindingly apparent that this is not an individualist issue. Nor is it an issue that is enclosed by any country’s borders.

You should pick this up because it is a radical synthesis of events pertaining to the current state. It is traditionally published, and therefore fact checked. Davis is also incredible at laying many aspects of our so
Ashley Marie
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a ten-piece collection of speeches and interviews and as such, the material is often repetitive - mentions of Ferguson and Palestine and their similarities abound, alongside topics like the prison industrial complex, capitalism, and intersectional feminism. Davis mentions several books which I've either already read (yay!) or added to Mount TBR. She makes a deeply excellent point about the FBI retroactively adding Assata Shakur to their Most Wanted List - doing this in 2013 after she had ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marxism, race, non-fiction
I agree that at times the speeches and interviews selected were repetitious but it still fucking owned. Angela Davis is such a great, imaginative thinker. (I would've finished an hour sooner if I hadn't played around online in between chapters tbh.) ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Extremely relevant collection of speeches and interviews. I need to get my hands on more of her writing asap.
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed listening to this on audio. There are multiple different formats, including Q&A interviews and speeches, all of which were concise and easy to follow. It was interesting to finally find an activist's work that speaks openly about the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the fight for Palestinian justice. I learned more about people like Assata Shakur, whose name I have heard so many times but about whom I knew next to nothing. I learned about Miss Major and the TGI Justice Projec ...more
Jessie (Zombie_likes_cake)
This will be not an easy and potentially unpopular review but I don't think I really liked this book or rather this reading experience.
Due to recent events I am currently planning on including more political non-fiction books into my reading, "Freedom is a Constant Struggle" is one of my first forays into that field. And that was part of the problem because I don't think it is very beginner friendly. There were many names, incidents and other references that were not explained and just assumed
Tamara Agha-Jaffar
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis is a collection of interviews with and speeches by Angela Davis over a two-year period from February 2013 to June 2015.

With passion and conviction, Davis argues that the struggle for freedom is inextricably intertwined with all ongoing struggles throughout the world. As examples, she highlights the connections between the training and militarization of police in Israel with the training and
Wick Welker
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A piercing perspective given by a legend of civil rights.

I honestly had not read anything by Angela Davis until this collection of interviews and speeches. I only knew of her reputation a little from the 1960s and how she has since become an icon in black civil rights. What I didn't know was that her advocacy goes much more beyond the racial injustices against black Americans. I enjoyed the format of Freedom is a Constant Struggle. You get a point blank response to interviews that Davis has done
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Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement despite never being an official member of the party. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing inter ...more

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