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Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture (Open Media Series) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1583226957 ISBN-10: 1583226958 Edition: 1St Edition

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  • Series: Open Media Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 1St Edition edition (October 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583226958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583226957
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ANGELA YVONNE DAVIS is a professor of history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Over the last thirty years, she has been active in numerous organizations challenging prison-related repression. Her advocacy on behalf of political prisoners led to three capital charges, sixteen months in jail awaiting trial, and a highly publicized campaign then acquittal in 1972. In 1973, the National Committee to Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners, along with the Attica Brothers, the American Indian Movement and other organizations founded The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, of which she remained co-chairperson for many years.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Strode on July 1, 2011
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This small text is densely packed Davis' insight into the history of social justice organization and mobilization, the injustice of the prison system, and the interweaving of that system with capitalism to create an exportable prison economy with both a profit and social repression incentive. It reads quickly as a conversation develops between Mendieta and Davis that displays his intense engagement with the subject of his interview.

There is a gem of an answer at the end of the interview which speaks to Davis' concern that there is an overreliance on seeking role models for social justice mobilization when what she and others of her era did was essentially experimentation. In this way, modern organizers should be more fearless with experimenting with new ways to think their way through more highly evolved forms of racism and those threats to social justice which we encounter in the present era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Jackson on March 20, 2013
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I teach Restorative Justice at the university level, and our students need to understand how un-democratic and perniciously vile the prison system has been to persons of color and therefore think seriously about flipping our current prison system on its ear to revamp or eliminate. Angela Davis is brilliant in her historical overview and assessment of the past and current criminal justice system, and her suggestions towards a way forward should be instituted yesterday! A wholly superior work.
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By Leah Howze on April 10, 2014
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Angela Davis is an academic, a realist, a great writer, and above all a revolutionary. I highly recommend all of her work.
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By Michelle B. on May 11, 2013
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Angela Davis is one of the clearest thinkers and writers of our time. This book is no exception to her amazing legacy.
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