Angela Davis talking right now at #UTSA stressing the intersectional shared goals of our social realities.
“Our leadership is collective” Davis cites Ella Baker.
Worry about organizing not just leadership.
Resist the individualistic capitalist paradigm. Resist internalizing the work of the state and the work of white supremacy.
Imagine new ways of addressing problems that we use the PIC for. We go along the punitive ideology of these institutions. Learn how to recognize our own impulses to cause harm. It’s a constant struggle!
How do institutions replicate structural racism? Don’t just talk about DEI. Bring in those who have been marginalized. Justice is not the same as equity. It is vaster and more complex.
The struggle for justice has a long history going back to after emancipation so institutions have to plot a long term strategy to deliver justice. It will not happen in 5 years.
The measure of equity is usually white and male. We need new measures created by those who have been oppressed. Extricate equity from white maleness as norm.
Davis stresses need to keep learning- new terms for gender and sexuality as part of a yearning for freedom.
Amazing question: “how to continue to move through grief while working for freedom?” Davis: now there is a more holistic approach led by young organizers that centers trauma. Mourning should be collective.
Self care also must be *collective* not individual. But we keep our own individuality! Not the same as individualism linked to capitalism.
White supremacy is not radical. The radical understands conditions *at the root*. Progressive radical activists want an end to suffering. There is no point of comparison between Black radicalism and so called white supremacist “radicals”. These people want to turn the clock back.
Great question: “how do we balance freedom of speech with safety for the marginalized “? Davis says answer is again, community. Don’t center the individual. Build community, especially in academia. So we have protection. Leave no one isolated.
Academic WoC need community. We must not be left out there alone. Davis notes @lorgia_pena and the loud and nurturing community around her.
Davis urges us to make productive use of the technologies of social media. Organizing is an art and skill that requires critical engagement: not all of this can happen online. The work must be done in the real world.
In the past even major global strikes during the Vietnam War era could be organized via snail mail. Now internationalism is so important and we must go beyond borders to work with those elsewhere facing same problems?
Final question "What gives you hope?' Davis says her childhood spent in segregation led her to join communist youth group- so she has seen many changes. But we still have not achieved our goals. Claim the victories while keep on with the longer struggle.
Davis notes how being an abolitionist is no longer on the very edges of possibility. This is a victory. We still have so much to dismantle but have developed a vocabulary and popular analytical frameworks that allow for intersectionality with trans and gay activists.
Davis speaks of witnessing this moment not only for herself but also for her fallen comrades. 🙏🏽
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