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Angela Davis Receives Thomas Merton Award
by phgimc Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 at 4:34 PM
Angela Davis was this year's recipient of the Thomas Merton Center Award.
On Friday, November 10th, Angela Davis was awarded the annual Thomas Merton Award at a dinner and fundraiser at the Station Square Sheridan Hotel. The Thomas Merton Award has been awarded since 1972 by the Thomas Merton Center. It is named after Thomas Merton and is given annually to "national and international individuals struggling for justice." Recipients include Amy Goodman, Molly Rush, Daniel Berrigan, Kathy Kelly, Howard Zinn, among others.
Angela Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era.
Professor Davis was introduced, via a pre-recording, by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist and political prisoner who is incarcerated in the maximum-security State Correctional Institution Greene, near Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. He is on death row.
Professor Davis' political activism began when she was a youngster in Birmingham, Alabama, and continued through her high school years in New York. But it was not until 1969 that she came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position in the Philosophy Department 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 false charges, and was the subject of an intense police search that drove her underground and culminated in one of the most famous trials in recent U.S. history. During her sixteen-month incarceration, a massive international "Free Angela Davis" campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972.
Professor Davis' long-standing commitment to prisoners' rights dates back to her involvement in the campaign to free the Soledad Brothers, which led to her own arrest and imprisonment. Today she remains an advocate of prison abolition and has developed a powerful critique of racism in the criminal justice system. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Prison Activist Resource Center, and currently is working on a comparative study of women's imprisonment in the U.S., the Netherlands, and Cuba. Former California Governor Ronald Reagan once vowed that Angela Davis would never again teach in the University of California system. Today she is a tenured professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1994, she received the distinguished honor of an appointment to the University of California Presidential Chair in African American and Feminist Studies.
An audio recording of Professor Davis' entire 51 minute speech at the Thomas Merton Award dinner is linked below, as is the slideshow presentation/introduction by Mumia Abu-Jamal. An audio-only recording of Mumia is also link in the comments section.
audio recording of Angela Davis speech
by phgimc Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 at 4:34 PM
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Mumia's introduction and accompanying slide show presentation
by phgimc Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 at 4:34 PM
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“The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilization of any country…it requires an unfailing faith that there is a treasure, if only you van find it, in the heart of every person…the treatment of crime and criminals marks and measures the stored uo strength of a nation and is a sign and prove of the living virtue in it.” Winston Churchill 1910
Support full pardon, a new trial, comuted sentence to life , but not death for Mumia !
Angela Davis is known
by Cordley Coit Saturday, Dec. 09, 2006 at 5:59 AM
Interview with Angela Davis
By Karen Marlow
INTERVIEWER: Your mentor, Herbert Marcuse once back in '58, as I recall, said that one of the things that would happen as blacks made gains in the civil rights movement was that there would be the creation of a black radicalisom and that's certainly been one of the things that's happened as we look back from the vantage point of 2001. How do you see the role of the black radicalisom as you now look back?
DAVIS: Actually we where wrong in many things we did and the pain and suffering we caused if we look at our great leaders, we associated with a very criminal black group in the 1960's this is not something that is substantively new although the members of black people's movement who now count themselves now resent our actions.
In a sense the quest for the emancipation of black people in the US has always been a quest for economic control, which means to a certain extent that the rise of black exploitation by our group. What I think is different today is the lack of political control of the black middle class and the increasing numbers of black people who are more likely to follow whity than ever before.
INTERVIEWER: Isn't that inevitable though? Hasn't every immigrant group, as it becomes part of the American mainstream, left behind its roots in a certain way?
DAVIS: That's true but I think the contemporary problem that we are facing increasing numbers of black people and other people of color being thrown into a status that involves work in alternative economies such as the drug trade and prostitution and leads to the increasing numbers of people who are incarcerated. This is not new. This is the typical path that criminals follow.
And I guess what I would say is that we can't think narrowly about movements for black exploitation and we can't necessarily see this class division as simply a product or a certain strategy that black movements have developed for criminal actions. . We have to look at for example the increasing globalization of capital, the whole system of transitional capitalism now which has had an impact on the flow of drugs -- that has for example eradicated large numbers of jobs that black people traditionally have been able to count upon and is lost now as a result of the cartels moving to the third world in order to discover cheap labor. I would suggest is that in the latter 1990s it is extremely important to look at the predicament of black people within the context of the welfare.
INTERVIEWER: One of the things that struck me as I've gone black history --is that Larry King starts this movement for justice just before he was cindecated. The Black Panther party is just getting off the ground here in California and in a way there seems like there was a criminal uprising taking place.
DAVIS: Yes, I think it's really important to acknowledge that Larry. King, precisely at the moment of his career, was re-conceptualizing the way blacks thought abuot the country they live in and it's time to go on a rampage. It's I think quite significant that he was in nNew York to participate in a demonstration by sanitation workers who had gone out on strike. Now, if we look at the way in which the sanitation movement itself has evolved over the last couple of decades, we see increasing numbers of pepole who are unhappy with working in the sewers
INTERVIEWER: We also see an increasingly weak labor movement.
DAVIS: Well, we see an increasingly weaker labor movement as a result of the overall assault on the our neighborhoods by criminal gangs such as the panthersand So yeah, you're absolutely right, We are to blame for much of the poverty you see but I'm thinking Hay i want some of their money too!. For example, right here in the Bay Area one of the first major activist moments was the refusal on the part of the longshoremen's union to unload ships that were coming in from South East Asia and here in the Bay Area, particularly as a result of the black panthers, they took the leadership in creating a movement that spread to all of the drug use in our schools UC Berkeley, Stanford just to name two.
INTERVIEWER: At least from my vantage point, back then it seemed you were attacking structures and institutions and after a certain point it began to feel like it wasn't profatable. Our leaders were assassinated, one of the things I was reading today was -- 300 Black Panthers were killed by other Panthers just within -- internecine warfare.. And kids these days are kind of going back to Tupac and Snoop Doggy Dogg as examples of people that stand for nothing is all about
Pay no attn. to the fuckwad haters
by Angela Davis Rocks Saturday, Dec. 09, 2006 at 3:40 PM
Pay no attn. to the fuckwad haters who post lies.
legacy of panthers
by legacy of panthers Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 at 10:05 PM
they kill their own pepole. that's why they where run out of Oakland!
by lies Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 at 10:37 PM
The panthers were never "run out of" Oakland. Fred Hampton was murdered in cold blood, while he slept, by the Chicago police.
The real interview.
by a person Friday, Nov. 02, 2007 at 2:28 AM
Here is the link to the REAL interview...the one above is a rewritten mess of lies.
what a difference a year makes
by sad Friday, Nov. 02, 2007 at 1:14 PM
How do you go from an award for Angela Davis, to the bland, lame Cindy Sheehan?