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Tidbits - Oct. 11, 2018 - Reader Comments: Debbie Ramirez; Millions Raised for Collins Opponent; Slang According to Kavanaugh; Van Dyke Verdict and CPAC; Pay to Protest?!?; Military-Industrial Complex; more....

Reader Comments: Debbie Ramirez Statement; Four Million Raised for Collins Opponent; High School Slang According to Kavanaugh; Van Dyke Verdict and CPAC; Housing; Trump Latest - Pay to Protest; Military-Industrial Complex; Announcements; and more....

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Tidbits - Reader Comments, Resources and Announcements - Oct. 11, 2018, Portside

Statement from Debbie Ramirez
Lady Justice Assaulted  --  cartoon by Bruce MacKinnon
Re: Activists Pledge Millions for a Susan Collins Opponent (Eleanor Gemmell; Leanna Noble; Richard Anaya; Emily Curtis)
High School Slang According to Brett Kavanaugh  --  cartoon by Jen Sorensen
Re: Cruelty, Hatred, Racism, Misogyny and Xenophobia Are the Point - Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump Hate Women (David Kane; Blair Odney; Peggy MacLean)
Re: Partisan Pollsters Fail Black Progressive Candidates (Suzanne Prescott)
Re: Trump's Tax Scams. In Gory Detail.(Gramsci's ghost)
Re: German History and Trump's Enablers (Gordon Galland)
The Van Dyke Verdict and Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) (Ted Pearson; Frank Chapman; Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression)
Re: Sixteen Shots and a Conviction (Ecn De Jesus)
Re: A ToolKit for Evaluating Your Cities Police Policies (Zachariah Barghouti)
Re: What’s the Deal with Tariffs? (John Case)
Re: How Unions Can Solve the Housing Crisis (Jay Schaffner; Daniel Millstone; Tina Braxton)
Re: UN Human Rights Council Adopts Landmark Declaration of Peasants' Rights (Philip Specht)
Re: Global Left Midweek (David Duboff)

Take Action:

Trump wants you to pay to protest his disastrous policies.  - Say No to Trump's Plan to Crush Protests in the Nation's Capital (Partnership for Civil Justice)

Resources:

How to Register to Vote: Deadlines for Each State (New York Times)
Poster of the Week - Which Side Are you On? (Center for the Study of Political Graphics)
Rethinking the Military-Industrial Complex (Western States Legal Foundation)

Announcements:

Cuban Revolutionary Cuban Posters (1960 - 1980) - Brooklyn - Now thru November 21 (Center for Cuban Studies / Cuban Art Space)
Real Talk: School Integration in New York City - Brooklyn - October 16 (NYC Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation; IntegrateNYC, NYCLU; ,  District 16 Community Education Council; District 13 Community Education)
Angela Davis: Politics & Aesthetics in the Era of Black Lives Matter - New York - November 5 (NYU Skirball)
Reclaim Armistice Day - Washington, DC - November 11 (Veterans For Peace; Military Families Speak Out and many more)

 

 

Statement from Debbie Ramirez
 

October 6, 2018

Thirty-five years ago, the other students in the room chose to laugh and look the other way as sexual violence was perpetrated on me by Brett Kavanaugh. As I watch many of the Senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way. Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is US Senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior. This is how victims are isolated and silenced.

But I do have corroborating witnesses speaking for me, although they were not allowed to speak to the FBI, and I feel extremely grateful for them and for the overwhelming amount of support that I have received and continue to receive during this extremely difficult and painful time. There may be people with power who are looking the other way, but there are millions more who are standing together, speaking up about personal experiences of sexual violence and taking action to support survivors. This is truly a collective moment of survivors and allies standing together.

Thank you for hearing me, seeing me and believing me. I am grateful for each and every one of you. We will not be silenced.

We stand in truth and light,

Debbie Ramirez
(pronouns she, her, hers)

Read here.

 

Lady Justice Assaulted  --  cartoon by Bruce MacKinnon
 

Bruce MacKinnon
September 29, 2018
Chronicle Herald (Halifax, British Columbia, Canada)

[Related story here:
Halifax artist's cartoon in response to Kavanaugh hearing grips internet
September 30, 2018
Yahoo News]

 

Re: Activists Pledge Millions for a Susan Collins Opponent
 

She was made aware what her constituents wanted but ignored them. She's got nothing to complain about now

Eleanor Gemmell
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Sure hope the $$$ goes into grassroots ORGANIZING to keep whoever alternative candidates are accountable!!!

Leanna Noble
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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They took an oath to protect the people, Dark money gave a incentive to vote the other way, kavanope !!!

Richard Anaya
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Vote her out.

Emily Curtis
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

High School Slang According to Brett Kavanaugh  --  cartoon by Jen Sorensen
 

Jen Sorensen
October 2, 2018
JenSorensen.com

[Jen Sorensen's comics and illustrations have appeared in the The Nation, NPR.org, Ms. Magazine, The Progressive, Politico,  Daily Kos, Fusion, The Nib, AlterNet, Truthout, MAD, Nickelodeon, The Los Angeles Times, The Austin Chronicle, The Village Voice, In These Times, The Book of Jezebel, and dozens of other publications around the country. She has created commissioned long-form comics for the ACLU, NPR, Kaiser Health News, The Oregonian, and other clients.

Her work has won many accolades. She was a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist in Editorial Cartooning. In 2014, she was awarded the Herblock Prize, an award endowed by the legendary Washington Post cartoonist Herb Block, as well as the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2013, she was the recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and she also won the National Cartoonists Society Award for Best Editorial Cartoons.]

 

Re: Cruelty, Hatred, Racism, Misogyny and Xenophobia Are the Point - Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump Hate Women
 

THIS should be in everyone's newsfeed!! What's the rush with Kavanaugh you say ? Why not investigate ? Here is why the GOP is so desperate to get Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court by next month that they would schedule a vote despite hearing from Dr. Ford or before hearing any other witness that comes forward. BIG STAKES HERE...

If you check out SCOTUSblog, you will see that on next month's docket is: Gamble v. U.S., No. 17-646. Issue(s): Whether the Supreme Court should overrule the "separate sovereigns" exception to the double jeopardy clause. The GOP are desperate. The plan was to appoint Kavanaugh early this week so that he would be seated in time for this ruling. It was in the bag. Saves everyone involved from state charges. Not only Trump but all politicos who were knowingly enriched by the $$$ funneled through the NRA into the coffers of McConnell, Graham, Rubio, Ryan, etc. So if Kavanaugh gets appointed he'd effectively vote to stop states from charging Trump or anyone else involved.

Obstruction of justice. SHARE THIS EVERYWHERE.

David Kane
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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This photo of Trump reminds me of how often Hitler was photographed. This will get worse before it gets better.

Blair Odney
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Then WOMEN need to vote their asses out. Kavanaugh can be impeached. Stop complaining and DO something. VOTE in Nov and in 2020

Peggy MacLean
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Partisan Pollsters Fail Black Progressive Candidates
 

Same thing with indigenous people. I believe this contributed to an error in who the pollsters and pundits predicted would win the Dem primary in New Mexico last June. The winner was a Native American woman who represented a significant number of indigenous voters who had not been included in the sampling methodology. When the results are in, candidate Deb Haaland won handily.

Suzanne Prescott
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Trump's Tax Scams. In Gory Detail
 

"The Times expose shows in vivid detail how egregious the tax cheating was - not chiseling here and there, but gigantic lies to escape lawful burdens."

Gramsci's ghost
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: German History and Trump's Enablers
 

The Weimar Republic, born both defective and discredited, never really had a chance.

Perhaps a better analogy would be with the Roman Republic: After centuries of smashing success, it gradually succumbed to creeping paralysis.

Trump is likely an interim Crassus-like figure; a way station on the road to Caesar...

Gordon Galland
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

The Van Dyke Verdict and Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC)
 

It mystifies me how everyone covering the Van Dyke verdict, including the articles posted on Portside, are able to avoid mentioning that the movement that brought Van Dyke to justice in the first place is now unanimously demanding the passage of the ordinance creating an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council.  The few that mention CPAC speak of it as if it were an organization, not a law.  None of them mention the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, which has been pushing community control of the police for 45 years and has been at the crux of this movement.

Ted Pearson

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There is only one movement in this City that placed on its banner "Justice for Laquan McDonald, Convict Jason Van Dyke and CPAC Now" and that movement was authored by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and Black Lives Matter and every other organized movement in this City knows this. Yet the media, by and large, is not asking us why we think the Van Dyke guilty verdict is a victory for CPAC. Why?

Because the powers that be and those influenced by them, like GAPA and the Community Renewal Society don't want us to connect the problem to the solution. They want you to focus on the problem of police brutality but never look for the solution in community control of the police, i.e. empowering the people to hold the police accountable for the crimes they commit.

On the day the Van Dyke verdict was announced we were so correct to rally at City Hall and disrupt business as usual in the Loop with the battle cries Justice for Laquan, CPAC Now! In the wake of this partial but significant victory we audaciously confronted the ruling class of this City with our demand for radical, systemic change when it comes to police accountability.

Even if Jason Van Dyke is sentenced to 6 years for each of the sixteen shots (which totals 96 years) we are still left powerless over who polices our communities and how our communities are policed. We cannot accept this any longer so we must change it Now! CPAC Now!!!

Yours in united struggle

Frank Chapman, 
Field Organizer, CAARPR

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CALL YOUR ALDERMAN TODAY!  Urge that he or she endorse and sponsor the ordinance for community control of police-CPAC! 

SIGN THE PETITION FOR CPAC ON-LINE

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT HOW CPAC WILL REPLACE THE CURRENT POLICE BOARD AND IPRA, AND BRING DEMOCRATIC COMMUNITY CONTROL OF THE POLICE

Watch here.

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR)

 

Re: Sixteen Shots and a Conviction
 

Any police officer who has to shoot somebody 16 times should have never been on a police force. He got what he deserved

Ecn De Jesus
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: A ToolKit for Evaluating Your Cities Police Policies
(Portside post from Sept, 22, 2018)

Your recent article - A ToolKit for Evaluating Your Cities Police Policies - is an excellent resource to those organizing against violent police practices in local communities. My organization, Researching the American-Israeli Alliance (RAIA), has a project called Palestine is Here (PalestineIsHere.org) that tracks US police exchanges with Israel's apartheid military, police and intelligence services. 

We think our database should be included in your evaluation tool as well as our Deadly Exchange report written for the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Deadly Exchange campaign (the report can be found on PalestineIsHere.org under Reports). We hope that you include these two resources and would be open to discussing the best way to make this available to your readers. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!

Zachariah Barghouti

 

Re: What’s the Deal with Tariffs?

(posting on Portside Labor)

I do not think the program is a difficult as some make out. Its called PAY THE LOSERS. AS long as we live and die by commodities --- and the cash it takes to obtain them -- trade will happen. trade with other nations will create winners and losers in each partner country, depending on the relative efficiencies of the products or services each nation desires to export. This is called comparative advantage in economics.

The role of economies of scale and giant multinational corps adds another layer of complexity to who wins and who loses, but does not change the basic equation. Some jobs will be created, some will be destroyed by trade.

PAY THE LOSERS means compensate those hurt by trade sufficiently to make them winners in the changed division of labor. Denmark does this via training, stipends, universal health and retirement security. Denmark's economy is nearly 50 percent exports/GEP. US is about 13% exports/ GDP.

There is no stopping either trade or immigration (globalization's lagging, but always present twin). If you try and stop it, like stopping water from running downhill, black markets --- dams become waterfalls and floods, to persist the metaphor --  will intervene. Plus leaks -- e.g. bribes of public officials to get through the bans. PAY THE LOSERS works both in the country, and is the soul of internationalism upon which all hopes of peace and mutual happiness between nations, peoples an nature depend.

Invest the gains from trade in the PEOPLE -- a la Bernie's transaction tax, and return to New Deal levels of progressive income and wealth tax, for example -- and the ruined US "middle class" will revive. Invest in global health, education and economic development and the threats of losses to low wage nations will recede, since their wages will rise as their skills rise, assuming reasonable labor market regulation.  PAY THE LOSERS

John Case

 

Re: How Unions Can Solve the Housing Crisis
 

One these cooperative housing developments built with union funds is Penn South - so glad we live here. Have circulated this to many of my fellow cooperators, and it received a good response.

Jay Schaffner
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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This is an interesting, incomplete history of some of the cooperative housing efforts in NYC. How and why those efforts succeeded and failed are not really addressed. IMO, unions, in and of themselves, cannot solve the housing crisis in the US or NYC but the article doesn't really make the case that they can. We need a political revolution so as to invest in actually affordable housing. Part of that will require electing progressive politicians, part in lobbying for resources and change. Will we take the next steps on the path in November? Thanks to Portside for the link.

Daniel Millstone
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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It could be done again, but it won't be. This is not your great-grandpa's working class.

Tina Braxton
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

 

Re: UN Human Rights Council Adopts Landmark Declaration of Peasants' Rights

(posting on Portside Labor)

The story of the USA sugar industry in Puerto Rico. The first US governor realized the potential for profits in sugar, and rapidly the good farm land was bought up by US corporations. When sugar was no longer profitable, the land was abandoned.

Philip Specht
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Global Left Midweek
 

It's gratifying to see so much activity in nations world - wide. I agree completely that we need a global Left.

David Duboff - Editor, Blogg: Lifetime Social Advocate and Member of Occupy Wall street

 

Trump wants you to pay to protest his disastrous policies. - Say No to Trump's Plan to Crush Protests in the Nation's Capital
 

New rules proposed by the Trump administration and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke will impose steep fees and costs on demonstrations in Washington, D.C; effectively ban protests on the White House sidewalks; force protesters to pay the costs of barricades erected at police discretion, park ranger wages and overtime, and harm to grass from standing on it; create waiting periods removing any obligation of the government to promptly process or approve permits; restrict and suppress spontaneous demonstrations that respond to breaking events; create hair-triggers allowing police to end protests for the most minor of issues; restrict sound and stagingban long term vigils or protest presences; make protesters pay for expensive "turf covers," among many other radical restrictions of free speech rights.

These changes will affect all parkland under the National Park Service (NPS) in the nation's capital including the National Mall, Lafayette Park, the White House Sidewalk, Lincoln Memorial, the Ellipse, Freedom Plaza and the sidewalks and parkland along Pennsylvania Avenue - including the sidewalk in front of the Trump Hotel. 

This is a dangerous anti-democratic proposal. If enacted, this will mark the end of free speech as we know it and will be a dystopian model that spreads across the county. The NPS is required by law to respond to the public's comments on these new changes. Comment now and make them stop this proposed roll back of precious civil rights and democratic freedoms. Don't delay - you must submit your comment by October 15. 

To create an effective comment: 1. Customize your comment with your own words - let NPS know how these changes will hurt you, the groups/issues that matter to you, and democracy overall 2. Read 12 Ways Trump's New Rules Will Crush Free Speech in D.C. and comment on more than just the Pay to Protest provisions - - NPS is rolling back decades of hard-fought free speech rights in this one massive rulemaking!

Take Action Now: Stop Trump's New Laws to Crush Protests in Washington, D.C.

Partnership for Civil Justice
617 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 232-1180

 

How to Register to Vote: Deadlines for Each State
 

By Isabella Grullón Paz and Margaret Kramer
October 6, 2018
New York Times

Election Day is Nov. 6, but voter registration deadlines in many states are well before that.

Deadlines have already passed in Alaska and Rhode Island. Many more are close.

Here's a list of each state's voter registration deadline. The mail deadlines are when the applications should be postmarked, unless stated otherwise. Some states allow you to register through Election Day, but may have special requirements to do so.

Registered already? Here is a list of states that allow early voting.

Registration deadlines, state by state
Tap on a state's name for more detailed information.
Click here.

 

Poster of the Week - Which Side Are you On?
 

Class consciousness is knowing which side of the fence you're on. 
Class analysis is figuring out who is there with you. 

Press Gang Printers
Offset, circa 1978
Vancouver, Canada
06220

 

And please listen to Eve Ensler's moving and brilliant, Letter to White Women Who Support Brett Kavanaugh. Pass it on to as many people as you know. It should be required reading in every high school. 

Eve Ensler to White Women Supporting Kavanaugh: Stand with Survivors & Fight This Nomination, with Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! 10/5/18

Center for the Study of Political Graphics
3916 Sepulveda Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90230
310-397-3100
admin@politicalgraphics.org

 

Rethinking the Military-Industrial Complex
 

Peace activists long have used the term “military - industrial complex” for purposes both analytical and polemical. The concept was brought to prominence at the height of the Cold War by one of the preeminent architects of the immense constellations of institutions it describes, U.S. general and president Dwight D. Eisenhower. But like those institutions, the concept of the military - industrial complex has drifted down to us as much by inertia as by volition, a tool picked up when convenient, but seldom sharpened, modified, re - tooled. 

In the post - Cold War period, peace and disarmament advocates have sought to build broader coalitions by stressing the diversion of resources from human needs to military spending and by highlighting the ability of military - industrial complex organizations to deploy their economic power to sustain spending on armaments and a militarized foreign policy. These efforts had little success. We are now in a time clearly distinguishable from the immediate post - Cold War period, one characterized by the relative decline of U.S. power, the rise or resurgence of its nuclear - armed adversaries, and a climate of intense international economic and geopolitical competition in a fragile, crisis - ridden global economy. If the concept of the military - industrial complex is to be useful, it must be re-thought in this moment. This would be a major undertaking, requiring the work of many; I can do no more in this piece than to suggest some relevant questions and considerations.

Read full paper here.

Andrew Lichterman
Western States Legal Foundation
655 13th Street, Suite 201
Preservation Park
Oakland, California USA 94612-1201
amlichterman@comcast.net

 

Cuban Revolutionary Cuban Posters (1960 - 1980) - Brooklyn - Now thru November 21
 


 

The first art works collected by the Center for Cuban Studies were posters. When the Center opened its doors in 1972, the poster collection of its executive director came with her. We continued collecting posters on our travels to Cuba: many came as gifts from host institutions, others from  office walls or carefully removed  from street displays. They gave us proof of Cuba’s artistic and political commitment.

Most of the posters of the 1960s and 1970s that people know about came from two institutions: ICAIC, the Cuban Film Institute, and OSPAAAL, the Organization of Solidarity with Africa, Asia and Latin America. But those not so known are among the most fascinating. They address domestic issues—work, education, building a socialist society, the heroic history of the Revolution, cultural events, and more. These posters were produced by state organismos: DOR (Department of Revolutionary Orientation); the Ministry of Culture, UNEAC (the Cuban Writers and Artists Union), and others.

Past Center exhibits have honored the work of individual graphic designers such as Bachs (Eduardo Muñoz Bachs), who worked with ICAIC and was its most prolific artist, and Alfredo Rostgaard, who designed for OSPAAAL, ICAIC, UNEAC and other cultural and political institutions. We did an exhibit of the work of contemporary graphic designers Pepe Menéndez and Eduardo Marin, and also did one of 177 posters dedicated to Cuban solidarity with other countries.

With this exhibit we want to introduce a small part of the CCS poster collection to our new Brooklyn constituency. The exhibit includes film and solidarity posters, and most important those that celebrate the history and daily life of a young country attempting to build a revolutionary socialist society. Many of the posters are hand silk-screened, so rare here, but easier and less expensive to produce than offset, which required printing plants. Most of the silkscreens were produced in limited editions; the largest, 500, was produced by ICAIC. But others, for local carnivals, or special historic and political occasions, were produced by local propaganda offices in small editions, probably no more than 50, to be placed in strategic offices, buildings, or street corners.

Solidarity posters were produced mostly in offset because the smaller ones were folded into quarters and included in OSPAAAL’s magazine. Both ICAIC and OSPAAAL have since reproduced their most popular posters: ICAIC began rescreening its film posters in the 1990s. Almost all of the posters shown in this exhibit are the original vintage posters and they are for sale only if we have more than the one copy in our permanent collection. Most of the film posters we’ve put up, however, are rescreened and for sale. The Center is in the process of doing an exact count of the number of individual designs in our collection of approximately 5,000 posters.

Future poster exhibits will include works from 1980-2000 and those produced since 2000. Graphic designers and students of design should have a field day!
 

Center for Cuban Studies / Cuban Art Space
20 Jay Street, Suite 301
Brooklyn NY 11201
212.242.0559

 

Real Talk: School Integration in New York City - Brooklyn - October 16
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Boys and Girls High School Auditorium
1700 Fulton St
(Schenectady Ave Entrance)
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Doors open at 6pm. Please note that security scanning will be required at the entrance to the event.

Featured speaker: Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times Magazine

Did you know that NYC has one of the nation's most racially and economically segregated school systems in the US?

While Mayor de Blasio's plan to change admissions policies for the city's specialilzed high schools grabbed headlines over the summer, the reality is that school segregation goes far behind these eight elite high schools. School segregation exists at every level and in every corner of NYC's vast public school system.

That's the bad news. The good news is there is a lot we can do to change that. At this event you'll learn more about the problem we face, the possible solutions, and how to get involved.

The event will be moderated by Sam Rosaldo, educator, nycASID Steering Committee member and NYC public school parent. Speakers will include:

About Nikole Hannah-Jones:

Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter covering racial injustice for the New York Times Magazine. Nikole investigates the way racial segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy. She has written extensively about school resegregation across the country and the utter disarray of hundreds of school desegregation orders. She has also written about choosing a school for her own daughter here in New York City in 2016 piece, titled "Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City" which won a Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism and a National Magazine Award for public interest.

This event is co-sponsored by the NYC Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation (nycASID), IntegrateNYC, NYCLU, the District 16 Community Education Council (CEC16), and the District 13 Community Education Council (CEC13).

 

Angela Davis: Politics & Aesthetics in the Era of Black Lives Matter - New York - November 5
 

Monday, November 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

NYU Skirball
566 Laguardia Place 
New York, New York 10012

FREE

What are the different tools for combating racism today, after Obama’s presidency and the backlash of the Trump regime?  What do the tools of struggle and emancipation look like, and do aesthetics play a role? Please join us as activist, scholar and writer Angela Davis discusses politics & aesthetics in the era of Black Lives Matter.

Held weekly every Monday at 6:30pm during the academic terms, SKIRBALL TALKS hosts visionaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, sciences, academia, and more. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs will open on Oct 15, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture.

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, Syracuse University 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 ten 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? about the abolition of the prison industrial complex, a new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and a collection of essays entitled The Meaning of Freedom. Her most recent book of essays, called Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, was published in February 2016.

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.

 

Reclaim Armistice Day - Washington, DC - November 11

 

Sunday, November 11  --  9 AM - 12 PM (noon)

The Mall
Washington, DC

Join VETERANS PEACE MARCH #N11Veterans For PeaceMilitary Families Speak Out and many more for a march on the Mall to honor thoes who have given their lives in war and to commit to a world without war.#EndAllWars at home and abroad.