Political Perspectives on 08/09/13
Angela Davis is distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She speaks about feminism, racial inequality, social change, identity and the violence of US culture necessary to perpetuate class and capital's hegemony. She addresses the campaign to eliminate the incarceration industry that promotes repression over restorative justice and speaks of the deinstitutionalization model that has seen success in other areas. She celebrates the peoples campaign and victory that challenged government repression and resulted in her exoneration from trumped up murder charges. Addressing endemic gun violence in the US, she says it is not only time to eliminate guns from the societal norm that they occupy but to remove them from the hands of the police as well.
Professor Davis drew a standing room only crowd for her talk. Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago was at capacity with seating for 1700 people and several hundred standing along the walls.