Women Who Kick Ass

Angela Davis: Why she kicks ass
(Number 2 of our favourite American Women.)
She is an American political activist, scholar, and author, who emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA and was in close relations to the Black Panther Party, but was never an official member of the party, and through her association with the Civil Rights Movement. 
Her membership in the Communist Party led to Ronald Reagan's request in 1969 to have her barred from teaching at any university in the State of California.
She champions Prisoner rights, and is the founder of “Critical Resistance”, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex, and has continued to speak out against the death penalty. In 2003, she lectured at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts women’s college in Atlanta, on prison reform, minority issues, and the ills of the criminal justice system.
On August 18, 1970, the FBI director J. Edgar Hoover made Angela Davis the third woman and the 309th person to appear on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List. Soon after, Davis became a fugitive and fled California. According to her autobiography, during this time she hid in friends’ homes and moved from place to place at night. 
Across the nation, the thousands of people who agreed with her declaration began organizing a liberation movement. In New York City, black writers formed a committee called the Black People in Defense of Angela Davis. By February 1971 more than 200 local committees in the United States, and 67 in foreign countries worked to liberate Angela Davis from prison. Thanks, in part, to this support, in 1972 the state released her from prison. After spending 18 months behind bars, Davis was acquitted of all charges by an all-white jury.
Together with others, she formed the African American Agenda 2000, an alliance of Black feminists.

Angela Davis: Why she kicks ass

(Number 2 of our favourite American Women.)

  • She is an American political activist, scholar, and author, who emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA and was in close relations to the Black Panther Party, but was never an official member of the party, and through her association with the Civil Rights Movement. 
  • Her membership in the Communist Party led to Ronald Reagan's request in 1969 to have her barred from teaching at any university in the State of California.
  • She champions Prisoner rights, and is the founder of “Critical Resistance”, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex, and has continued to speak out against the death penalty. In 2003, she lectured at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts women’s college in Atlanta, on prison reform, minority issues, and the ills of the criminal justice system.
  • On August 18, 1970, the FBI director J. Edgar Hoover made Angela Davis the third woman and the 309th person to appear on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive ListSoon after, Davis became a fugitive and fled California. According to her autobiography, during this time she hid in friends’ homes and moved from place to place at night. 
  • Across the nation, the thousands of people who agreed with her declaration began organizing a liberation movement. In New York City, black writers formed a committee called the Black People in Defense of Angela Davis. By February 1971 more than 200 local committees in the United States, and 67 in foreign countries worked to liberate Angela Davis from prison. Thanks, in part, to this support, in 1972 the state released her from prison. After spending 18 months behind bars, Davis was acquitted of all charges by an all-white jury.
  • Together with others, she formed the African American Agenda 2000, an alliance of Black feminists.
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    Angela Davis spoke at my school a few weeks back and let me tell you, she is one kickass woman.
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