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April 02, 2014 at 6:40 pm by: nancy a heitzeg Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Criminal Injustice Series, Intersectionality, What People are Doing to Change the World

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Criminal InJustice is a weekly series devoted to taking action against inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Race/Ethnicity, is the Editor of CI. Kay Whitlock, co-author of Queer (In)Justice, is contributing editor of CI. Criminal Injustice is published every Wednesday at 6 pm.

Translation

Editors’ note from nancy a heitzeg

The Personal is Political they say, and so, at root, it is. But this truth is not self-evident; the individual stories must always lead back to the structures that collectively oppress.

And this requires:

Exposition. Connection. Translation.

Angela Davis – How Does Change Happen?

Angela Davis speaks about the habits of thinking and imagination that have historically constituted social movements and social change. She encourages people to adopt a “critical posture” towards the tools, concepts, vocabularies and organizing practices that characterize landscapes of struggle – including the conditions under which leadership develops and victories are achieved; the erasure of community organizers, particularly women, from narratives of progressive social change; the dangers of heroic individualism; and weak notions of “diversity” that leave structures of injustice and inequality intact.

12 comments
ScottieThomaston
ScottieThomaston

Oh thank you for this. I'm definitely saving it to watch in full! 

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock

Yes!  Thank you - especially Angela Y. Davis.


And thanks, Nancy, for reminding us...

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock

@nancy a heitzeg Leadership is shared and fluid, according to what is needed at a particular time for a particular purpose. 

ScottieThomaston
ScottieThomaston

@nancy a heitzeg @ScottieThomaston  Great to see you too! And I was actually awake when the opinion came down, watching SCOTUSBlog's live blog. So I posted about it on Facebook all morning! Terrible news though :( Not entirely unpredictable unfortunately. 


I thought Breyer's dissent pretty thoroughly shredded the majority opinion. 

ScottieThomaston
ScottieThomaston

@KayWhitlock @ScottieThomaston @nancy a heitzeg  He's a big proponent of "good government". He used to be a Congressional staffer or lawyer or something. So he really understands the real world effects of campaign decisions like this. It was a good read.


Also hey Kay! Good  to see you!