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Wed May 11, 2016, 10:20 AM

Angela Davis on Not Endorsing Any Presidential Candidate: "I Think We Need a New Party"

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In a Women’s History Month special, we speak with author, activist and scholar Angela Davis. For more than four decades, Davis has been one of most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the 1970s black liberation movement, Davis’ work around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations. She is a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own experience as a fugitive on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list more than 40 years ago. Davis talks about the "fascist appeal" of Donald Trump and explains why she is not officially endorsing any candidate in this election. "I believe in independent politics," she says. "I still think that we need a new party, a party that is grounded in labor, a party that can speak to all of the issues around racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, what is happening in the world. We don’t yet have that party."

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AMY GOODMAN: In this Women’s History Month special, we turn to the author, the activist, the scholar Angela Davis. For more than four decades, she’s been one of the most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the '70s black liberation movement, Angela Davis's work centers around issues of gender, race, class and prisons, and has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations. She’s a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own experience as a fugitive on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list more than 40 years ago.

In 1944, Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama. The city would become known as "Bombingham" as a result of so many Ku Klux Klan bombings. In 1963, the Klan blew up the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, killing four girls and injuring 22 others.

I spoke to Angela Davis this month just after Donald Tru...


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Stellar May 2016 OP
Blue_Tires May 2016 #1
yourpaljoey May 2016 #2
Actor May 2016 #3
Chitown Kev May 2016 #4
lovemydog May 2016 #5

Response to Stellar (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 10:26 AM

1. Seems like everyone and their grandma

Wants a new party as of late, but nobody wants to put in the organizing and fundraising efforts to make it happen??

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #1)

Wed May 11, 2016, 10:29 AM

2. People are waiting to see what Sanders does

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #1)

Wed May 11, 2016, 10:59 AM

3. I think if the people dont get single payer pretty soon, people will react

along the lines of unrest, anxiety, etc.

People simply will eventually say, enough.

They will understand the rest of the civilized world does it, and the reason we dont is greed.

I heard that Hillary is on board with public option, so this is a fight of left vs right.

The left, as usual, including Hillary, wants to help people, the right wants to harm them.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 05:29 PM

4. This is actually surprising?

I mean, this IS Angela Davis; she has been saying this for a long time...I do like the fact that she has supported Obama in spite of her (many) criticisms of his administration...but I am neither surprised nor disappointed by these statements...this is who Professor Davis is.

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Response to Chitown Kev (Reply #4)

Fri May 13, 2016, 01:03 AM

5. +1

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