Angela Davis on Prison Abolition, the War on Drugs and Why Social Movements Shouldn’t Wait on Obama
From Democracy Now!
March 6, 2014
For more than four decades, the world-renowned author, activist and
scholar Angela 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, a professor emerita
at University of California, Santa Cruz, and the subject of the recent
documentary, "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners," joins us to
discuss prison abolition, mass incarceration, the so-called war on
drugs, International Women’s Day, and why President Obama’s second term
should see a greater wave of activism than in his first.
Watch Part 1 of this interview.
Watch Part 2 of this interview.