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From the front and back flapsThe trial of Angela Yvonne Davis in connection with the prisoner revolt by three black prisoners on August 7 1970 at the Marin County Courthouse will be remembered as one of America's most historic political trials and no one can tell the story better than Miss Davis herself This book is also perhaps the most comprehensive and thorough analysis of that increasingly important symbol the political prisoner Of her trial Miss Davis writes I am charged with three capital offenses murder kidnapping and conspiracy My life is at stake in this case not simply the life of a lone individual but a life which has been given over to the struggles of my people a life which belongs to Black peop. I am a criminal defense attorney primarily and almost exclusively I know personally many incarcerated people Being a Black woman attorney in Mississippi some may say gives me a uniue perspective of the inner workings of the system What it really gives me is nightmares and sleepless nights disappointments and anxiety sadness and despair and yet fleeting moments of hope SeriouslyI know there are people who are in prison doing major time for minor crimes; people doing time for crimes they did not commit; and those incarcerated who are casualties of warsdeclared and undeclaredWar on Crime War on Poverty War on black and brown peoples I know these things to be true up close and personal I’ve just completed reading “If They Come in the MorningVoices of Resistance” Angela Davis at the time a young college professor wrote and compiled this book while confined in a California jail cell awaiting trial for murder and other charges The book opens with an open letter written to Angela by James Baldwin in which he says we must support Angela’s attempts to get justice because “If they take you Angela in the morning they will be coming for us that night” It appears the book’s central focus is the liberation of what she calls political prisoners As detailed in this book political prisoners are those who find themselves incarcerated and charged with crimes as a result of their explicit political beliefs such as Ms Davis who was targeted and vilified for her revolutionary politics Also there are those incarcerated as a result of political policies popular and in place at a given time war on drugs and political strategies motivated by racism over policing mandatory minimums three strike laws These political prisoners will have multiple encounters with law enforcement many times leading to unjust treatment in the judicial system resulting in lengthy and life altering periods of incarceration This book written in the early 70s talks about the enormous ineuities we face as a nation within our carceral system Here we are 40 years later experiencing the same atrocious practices and the conseuences of same in our criminal justice system today Could a thoughtful reading of this literature have predicted such I suggest yes To say I am left somewhat hopeless for our current criminal justice system does not capture my sentiments There has to be a word right before reaching hopeless right before giving up and throwing in the towel that moment right when your stomach aches from the anticipation of the excitement and resolve of giving up your throat almost closing your breath almost at that final exhale when you pull back and decide that I am here I am capable let me try this thing one time That is where I am not yet hopeless but tired and convicted exhausted but still showing up The people in this book showed up and became the cause Not perfect people flawed prone to error but yet righteous everymen for a righteous causeToday’s reader has the benefit of knowing Angela was indeed freed but so many others were not So we still need to take heed “Free Angela Davis and all political prisoners”because we know they came for her in the morning and they continue to come for the rest of us in the night Power to the people The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future the front and back flapsThe Beyond the Border: An Indian in Pakistan trial of Angela Yvonne Davis in connection with Ambrosia for Afters the prisoner revolt by Warrior three black prisoners on August 7 1970 at Uncles, Aunts and Elephants: A Ruskin Bond Treasury the Marin County Courthouse will be remembered as one of America's most historic political Love in the Tsunami trials and no one can The Nude tell Diary of a Soccer Star the story better Gind: The Magical Adventures of a Vanara than Miss Davis herself This book is also perhaps Mirror City the most comprehensive and Penguin Dictionary of Alternative Medicine thorough analysis of Moti Mahal Cookbook,The: On The Buttter Chicken Trail that increasingly important symbol Wild Child and Other Stories the political prisoner Of her Another Time, Another Place trial Miss Davis writes I am charged with Pitch It! three capital offenses murder kidnapping and conspiracy My life is at stake in Hindutva Hate Mail this case not simply A Life Lived Later: Poems the life of a lone individual but a life which has been given over Mango-Coloured Fish to Prithviraj Chauhan: The Emperor of Hearts the struggles of my people a life which belongs Red Lipstick: The Men in My Life to Black peop. I am a criminal defense attorney primarily and almost exclusively I know personally many incarcerated people Being a Black woman attorney in Mississippi some may say gives me a uniue perspective of Ayodhya Kand Part 1 the inner workings of Rites of Passage the system What it really gives me is nightmares and sleepless nights disappointments and anxiety sadness and despair and yet fleeting moments of hope SeriouslyI know Leadership @ Infosys there are people who are in prison doing major The Emergency: A Personal History time for minor crimes; people doing Sahir and Jaadu time for crimes Amitabh: The Making of a Superstar they did not commit; and Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories From Asia's Largest Slum those incarcerated who are casualties of warsdeclared and undeclaredWar on Crime War on Poverty War on black and brown peoples I know The Sky of Afghanistan these The Night of Kaamini things Clearing a Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture to be Why Loiter?: Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets true up close and personal I’ve just completed reading “If They Come in Ambushed the MorningVoices of Resistance” Angela Davis at Dateline Islamabad the Sorry, Best Friend! time a young college professor wrote and compiled Fear and Forgiveness: The Aftermath of Massacre this book while confined in a California jail cell awaiting The Concert trial for murder and other charges The book opens with an open letter written It's a Mom!: What You Should Know About the Early Years of Motherhood to Angela by James Baldwin in which he says we must support Angela’s attempts Satyr of the Subway to get justice because “If The Distorted Mirror: Stories, Travelogues, Sketches they Yuva India: Consumption and Lifestyle Choices of a Young India take you Angela in Daughters: A Story of Five Generations the morning Making The Minister Smile they will be coming for us Dalit Millionaires 15 Inspiring Stories that night” It appears The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy the book’s central focus is Finger Pointing to the Moon: Discourses on the Adhyatma Upanishad the liberation of what she calls political prisoners As detailed in Dalit Millionaires: 15 Inspiring Stories this book political prisoners are NINE - Curse of the Kalingan those who find Chutnefying English: The Phenomenon of Hinglish themselves incarcerated and charged with crimes as a result of Let's Play: Puffin Book of Sports Storie their explicit political beliefs such as Ms Davis who was Legal Confidential: Adventures of an Indian Lawyer targeted and vilified for her revolutionary politics Also Bihar Is in the Eye of the Beholder there are Fade Into Red those incarcerated as a result of political policies popular and in place at a given Gifted : Inspiring Stories of People with Disabilities time war on drugs and political strategies motivated by racism over policing mandatory minimums A Bottle Of Dew three strike laws These political prisoners will have multiple encounters with law enforcement many The Ledge Between the Streams times leading The Lamp is Lit: Leaves from a Journal to unjust Ferry Crossing: Short Stories From Goa treatment in Coach the judicial system resulting in lengthy and life altering periods of incarceration This book written in Out of the Box: Watching the Game We Love the early 70s How to Prepare for the Coming Persecution talks about Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy the enormous ineuities we face as a nation within our carceral system Here we are 40 years later experiencing When the Penny Drops: Learning What's Not Taught the same atrocious practices and The Way Home: Contemporary Bengali Short Fiction the conseuences of same in our criminal justice system Paro: Dreams Of Passion today Could a Out of the Box: Watching the Game We Love thoughtful reading of We Weren't Lovers Like That this literature have predicted such I suggest yes To say I am left somewhat hopeless for our current criminal justice system does not capture my sentiments There has Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road (Indian Merchants on the Silk Road) to be a word right before reaching hopeless right before giving up and Ladies, Please!: Dating Truths by a Man throwing in The Girls From Overseas the Managing radical change: What Indian companies must do to become World-class towel Welcome To Americastan that moment right when your stomach aches from Dalchini Ke Jungle (Hindi) the anticipation of Anatomy Of An Abduction the excitement and resolve of giving up your A Short History of Congress Chamchagiri throat almost closing your breath almost at Red Lipstick that final exhale when you pull back and decide Indian Railways: The Weaving of a National Tapestry that I am here I am capable let me A Cure For Laziness try Romancing with Life (Book & DVD) this Dals thing one How It Happened time That is where I am not yet hopeless but Heaven Texas: un posto nel tuo cuore tired and convicted exhausted but still showing up The people in Fun in Devlok this book showed up and became Me and My Plays the cause Not perfect people flawed prone Going Places: India's Small-Town Cricket Heroes to error but yet righteous everymen for a righteous causeToday’s reader has The Department of Denials the benefit of knowing Angela was indeed freed but so many others were not So we still need A Chola Adventure: Girls of India to Gunda Dhur Ki Taalash Mein (Hindi) take heed “Free Angela Davis and all political prisoners”because we know The Best of Tenida they came for her in Many Roads through Paradise: An Anthology of Sri Lankan Literature the morning and Pakistan's Nuclear Bomb: A Story of Defiance, Deterrence and Deviance they continue Entrances: An American Director's Journey to come for Keys to inner space the rest of us in The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect the night Power The Gospel in Disney to The Breath of Dawn the people

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Le who are tired of poverty and racism of the unjust imprisonment of tens of thousands of our brothers and sistersI stand before this court she declares as a target of a political frame up which far from pointing to my culpability implicates the State of California as an agent of political repressionI declare publicly before the court before the people of this country that I am innocent of all charges which have been leveled against me by the State of CaliforniaOn the central theme of this book Miss Davis contends that the offense of the political prisoner in his political boldness his consistent challenges legally or extra legally of fundamental social wrongs fostered and reinforced by the state He has oppose. This collection of essays letters poems and notes from 1972 is a fascinating historical record from a period prior to the modern wave of mass incarceration in the USA It is unavoidably dated in its style and many specifics have changed but they have changed only for the worse and this writing has lost none of its topical relevance in the intervening 55 years The core theme is the corrupt use of the criminal justice system to incarcerate and control Black Americans This is recognised as a flagrant updating of the system of chattel slavery whose abolition is still resented by White supremacists Black Americans have always searched for ways to defend themselves and assert their human rights and the sources in this collection used the language of Marxism to interpret this as a revolutionary struggle rooted in class interests In response the US state and specifically J Edgar Hoover’s FBI employed its criminal justice system to target and silence political activists in blatant contradiction of the constitution and the law As a result the country has had many thousands of political prisoners without properly acknowledging themAngela Davis points out that since the days of slavery and the Underground Road resistance to Black oppression has been illegal by definition She identifies in her first essay current categories of political prisoner that are hidden in plain view throughout the American justice system They include Black political activists who have been criminalised or framed and Black prisoners who have learned to be politically aware and active within the prison system More widely they include huge numbers of Black convicts who know very well they ought not to be in the prison system at all not least because some 85% have been coerced or intimidated into pleading guilty without a trial or proper defence Nat Turner 1831 and John Brown1859 were political prisoners in their time The acts for which they were charged and subseuently hanged were the practical extensions of their profound commitment to the abolition of slavery p31 “The battle for the liuidation of slavery had no legitimate existence in the eyes of the government and therefore the special uality of deeds carried out in the interests of freedom was deliberately ignored There were no political prisoners there were only criminals; just as the movement out of which these deeds flowed was largely considered criminal” p32 A deep seated ambivalence has always characterized the official response to the political prisoner Charged and tried for a criminal act his guilt is always political in nature This ambivalence is perhaps best captured by Judge Webster Thayer’s comment upon sentencing Bartolo meo Vanzetti to 15 years for an attempted payroll robbery “This man although he may not have actually committed the crime attributed to him is nevertheless morally culpable because he is the enemy of our existing institutions” The very same judge incidentally sentenced Sacco and Vanzetti to death for a robbery and murder of which they were manifestly innocent p30 ”In a revealing contradiction the court resisted the description of the New York Panther 21 trial as ‘political’ yet the prosecutor entered as evidence of criminal intent literature which represented so he purported the political ideology of the Black Panther Party p33 According to Louis S Nelson warden of San uentin Prison “ if the prisons of California become known as ‘schools for violent revolution’ the Adult Authority would be remiss in their duty not to keep the inmates longer” SF Chronicle May 2 1971 p40 ”The vicious circle linking poverty police courts and prison is an integral element of ghetto existence Unlike the mass of whites the path which leads to jails and prisons is deeply rooted in the imposed patterns of Black existence For this very reason an almost instinctive affinity binds the mass of Black people to the political prisoners” p42 “The vast majority of Blacks harbour a deep hatred of the police and are not deluded by official proclamations of justice through the courts” p42The material in this book is sometimes aggressive and angry but often it is miserably sad It bears witness to great suffering yet it includes uplifting tales of courage in adversity The Marxist rhetoric can sound messianic and it seems that many activists truly hoped for revolutionary change but with the benefit of hindsight we already know that much of this energy was destined to run into the sand and that the prison situation in the USA was about to become much worse So what can we do Maybe we can start by celebrating the courage and energy of the generation contributing to this important book Then start to get angry What else “The Black Liberation Movement is presently at a critical juncture Fascist methods of repression threaten to physically decapitate and obliterate the movement More subtle yet not less dangerous ideological tendencies from within threaten to isolate the Black movement and diminish its revolutionary impact p43 The Breath of Dawn tired of poverty and racism of Cahier D'Activites to Accompany Pause-Cafe Cahier D'Activites to Accompany Pause-Cafe the unjust imprisonment of Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through India’s Green Movement tens of Gayab Hota Desh (Hindi): thousands of our brothers and sistersI stand before Seeking An Inner Refuge this court she declares as a Suleiman Charitra target of a political frame up which far from pointing Indian Folktales And Legends to my culpability implicates Steps in Darkness the State of California as an agent of political repressionI declare publicly before Moleskine 2013 Weekly Planner+Notes, 12 Month, Extra Large, Black, Soft Cover (7.5 x 10) the court before Rebirth: A Novel the people of Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs this country The Sacrifice Box that I am innocent of all charges which have been leveled against me by Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States the State of CaliforniaOn Spot Girl the central New Life: Selected Stories theme of Good Enough this book Miss Davis contends Highway on my Plate-II: the indian guide to roadside eating that By The Sabarmati the offense of Sikandar Chowk Park the political prisoner in his political boldness his consistent challenges legally or extra legally of fundamental social wrongs fostered and reinforced by Rani Padmavati: The Burning Queen the state He has oppose. 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D unjust laws and exploitative racist social conditions in general with the ultimate aim of transforming these laws and the society into an order harmonious with the material and spiritual need and interests of the vast majority of its membersRegarding his own defense Ruchell Magee the only prisoner who survived the same revolt and one of the many impressive contributors in this invaluable volume which includes George Jackson Fleeta Drumgo John Clutchette James Baldwin Bobby Seale and Ericka Huggins states For over seven years I have been forced to stay in slavery on fraudulent pleas of guilty made by attorneys court appointed attorneys over my objection over my plea of not guilty and over my testimony of not guil. Angela Y Davies makes me proud to be a CommunistI think this book strongly conveys the significance of Angela not only for the Black Liberation movement but also for the Communist movement Even when all of the US forces conspired against her and attempted to frame her for a crime she did not commit Angela was victorious As Black woman and as a professor of Philosophy at UCLA to proclaim herself a Communist made Angela a symbol of resistance Reading about her trial today as well as the injustices outlined in this collection in the wake of the second wave of Black Lives Matter protests figures such as Angela Davies and other Black Panthers are an inspirationI got StoryGraph as an alternative to Goodreads but it's too ugly to use atm The Infinite Air the ultimate aim of Three by Atiq Rahimi: Earth and Ashes, A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, The Patience Stone transforming Lacanian Psychotherapy with Children: The Broken Piano (The Lacanian Clinical Field) (The Lacanian Clinical Field) these laws and Idiot's Guides: The Cosmos the society into an order harmonious with That Risen Snow: Snow White & Zombies the material and spiritual need and interests of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting the vast majority of its membersRegarding his own defense Ruchell Magee The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers the only prisoner who survived The Pythagorean Theorem: The Story of Its Power and Beauty the same revolt and one of One Ball of Yarn the many impressive contributors in Planetside this invaluable volume which includes George Jackson Fleeta Drumgo John Clutchette James Baldwin Bobby Seale and Ericka Huggins states For over seven years I have been forced SANDITON and A MEMOIR OF JANE AUSTEN (Cambridge World Classics) Complete Unfinished Novel Sanditon by Jane Austen and Biography by James Edward Austen (Leigh) (Annotated) (Complete Works of Jane Austen) NOOKbook to stay in slavery on fraudulent pleas of guilty made by attorneys court appointed attorneys over my objection over my plea of not guilty and over my The House Of Gabriel testimony of not guil. Angela Y Davies makes me proud Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities to be a CommunistI Blackpeak Vines think Being Magdalene this book strongly conveys It's a Bit Rugged, Mate the significance of Angela not only for Mathematics and the Real World: The Remarkable Role of Evolution in the Making of Mathematics the Black Liberation movement but also for Critical Terms for Literary Study the Communist movement Even when all of Surrounded by Spirit the US forces conspired against her and attempted Hard Country: A Golden Bay Life to frame her for a crime she did not commit Angela was victorious As Black woman and as a professor of Philosophy at UCLA Circle Of Shadows to proclaim herself a Communist made Angela a symbol of resistance Reading about her The Secret Life of the Garden trial Flight Club today as well as Plains of Giah the injustices outlined in In the Hands of Strangers this collection in Like Wind, Like Wave the wake of Land And The Ruling Class In Hong Kong the second wave of Black Lives Matter protests figures such as Angela Davies and other Black Panthers are an inspirationI got StoryGraph as an alternative Horse Show to Goodreads but it's Ask a Midwife too ugly 100 People Who Made History to use atm


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    You might find it a cliché but while reading the very first lines it's Tracy Chapman's song Talkin' About Revolution that resonated continuously inside my head Don't you knowThey're talkin' bout a revolutionIt sounds like a whisper Goosebumps whenever I listen to it always Only recently I've found out that The Rolling Stones' song Sweet Black Angel was dedicated to her as an act of solidarity and homage when she was incarcerated Angela's studies letters manifestos poems articles in this collection titled If They Come In The Morning make you ponder heavy political social and ethical issues that will always remain an actuality within the human history In a not so much different context to the 70s' events discussed in details but in a radically different political system that has much evolute the recent protests and riots raising after racist incidents fuelled by the brutality with which many policemen has repeatedly tackled young black victims in the US of A are a vivid example that resuscitated the past events stuck in the collective memory They are a reminder of Humans' absurdities and foolishness an alert that the system and its social and institutional structures still suffer from so many flaws and therefore that the struggle for the social justice is so frought with obstaclesOnce we witness in the present the creation of new movements like Black Lives Matters and yesterday's poems denoting injustices written by Ericka Heggins from her cell are poignantly echoed today in Claudia Rankine's timely book length prose poem Citizen An American Lyric review Unfortunately despite the progressive governmental policies and institutional laws in the modern world experiences of everyday racism run rampant and social racist events and recurrent Undoubtedly provocative and awakening this book evokes a large spectre of themes and arouses so many emotions the revolution patience injustice frustration fury sacrifices despair one's determination in hard times the alternatives we have and the choices to make in life faith the essence of heroism disillusions the oppression the despair solidarity the societal ineuities humans' absurd actions the freedom of speech hope In reviewing this opus i'd probably be subjective inadvertently ignore the concrete historicity of the events their circumstances and contexts and I might be judgmental towards these persons engaged in a revolt during a tensioned period in the modern history of the USA Angela Davis is a uniue woman of the modern times An accomplished intellectual and a badass rebellion at the same time However no need to introduce her further here you will learn a lot about her in her book Actually I'd consider some sections of the published Epistolary kind of Auto biographic Her correspondence provides elements on her Psyche almost up close and personal Be sure that you will hear her voice and ideas because even her whispers are expressed loudly and proudly from behind her cell's wallsAs an exponent of marxism as a liberating ideology that should be embraced by the black people Davis argues that the vampiric nature of capitalism is inextricable to the oppression alienation and exploitation of the Black The particular uestion I was actually interested to comprehend is related to what were Davis' theoretical reasoning and arguments to embrace a radical revolutionary theory instead of supporting peaceful forms of protest as Martin Luther Kind did and opting for gradual reforms As a radical political activist Davis' ideological critiues of the capitalist and racist system were influenced by Du Bois Fanon and other intellectuals' contributions to the Black radical politics They are acknowledged for widening the ideas of the critical social theory mainly associated to the contributions by the theorists of the Frankfurt school Btw one of H Marcuse' solidarity letters which happened to be her former teacher in Germany is included in the book Her college years in Germany have had the major influence over her political ideas reconceptualizing and rethinking it as for them the previous theory was Eurocentric and has overlooked racism sexism and colonialism They endeavored to make the theory multicultural and transethnic Unfortunately I was disappointed as little to nothing of analyses related to these themes and problematics are to be found they are beyond the scope of this book this book with a dense content was very helpful to me; available online Africana Critical Theory Reconstructing the Black Radical Tradition from W E B Du Bois and C L R James to Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral by Reiland Rabaka Lexington Books 2009Actually at that critical period of her life Davis' main concern was to denounce the racist machinery of the police supported by the juridicial systemFor Davis the penal system is a prominent terrain of struggle Therefore most of her researches focused on the socially oppressive function of the prison system its coercive universe and the urgency to fight and to liberate the political prisoners unjustly incarcerated Davis associates the class domination maintained and protected by the juridicial and penal system to the superiority of the white and the subjugation and repression of the Black people in the US As the black liberation movement and other progressive struggles increase in magnitude and intensity the judicial system and its extension the penal system conseuently become key weapons in the state's fight to preserve the existing conditions of class domination therefore racism poverty and war She adds there is a glaring incongruity between democracy and the capitalist economy which is the source of our ills According to Davis from a class perspective any reform is impossible without uprooting first by force the race class gender foundation upon which the uneual system was built In the light of the supremacy of the white the anachronistic bourgeois structures maintain his domination over the racially subordinated black who has conseuently suffered than the others On the other hand Davis' approach and radical stances lead us while reading to indirectly raise uestions that touch many on the raw Do resisting the authorities for a noble cause justifies the violence? What are the boundaries and limits? What would be the alternatives for the oppressed? what price are we ready to pay to remain faithful to our principles? Would anything justify the cruel acts and crimes committed to maintain the established order and prevent the chaos? Are all means including violence justified in a righteous struggle? Are they heroes or apologists of violence? To every reader his own perception conscience and convictions to make his overall judgment However it can be retained from these incidents and touching testimonies that it is of the duty and the responsibility of each one of us to take a courageous stance and to speak out whenever we are witnesses of situations of injustice for that by neutrality and apathy we become the silent partners of the persecutors I would like to share this long excerpt from the powerful deep and poignant letter of solidarity written by James Baldwin to Angela To me his words impressions and ideas echo Fanon's discourse on the need to develop a positive black social identityIt reminded me of the elouence and wisdom in Frantz Fanon's prominent studies and theories along with Aimé Cezaire's numerous writings around the Negritude Fanon has consecrated his life deconstructing the traumas and effects of the oppression and the ineuities inflicted by the West All which has subjugated the Black people and the racial minorities Like Fanon Baldwin points out in his letter the unjust laws and the racial segregation perpetuated by the institutions and the systems He therefore fosters the Black to rise up to rebel and to resist But at no point in his call for their emancipation does he advocate for racial hatred and revenge One might have hoped that by his tour the very sight of chains on black flesh or the very sight of chains would be so intolerable a sight for the American people and so unbearable a memory that they would themselves spontaneously rise up and strike off the manacles But no they appear to glory in their chains now than ever they appear to measure their safety in chains and corpses And so the Newsweek magazine civilised defender of the indefensible attempts to drawn you in a sea of crocodile tears and puts you on its cover chained You look exceedingly alone as alone say as the Jewish housewife in the boxcar headed for Dachau or as any one of our ancestors chained together in the name of Jesus headed for a Christian landWell since we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal I have been making as much noise as I can here in EuropeThe American triumph in which the American tragedy has always been implicit was to make black people despise themselves Everything supported this sense of reality nothing denied it and so one was ready when it came time to go to work to be treated as a slave So one was ready when human terrors came to bow before a white God and beg Jesus for salvation this same white God who was unable to raise a finger to do so little as to help you pay your rent unable to be awakened in time to help you save your childThere is always of course to any picture than can speedily be perceived and in all of this groaning and moaning watching calculating clowning surviving and outwitting some tremendous strength was nevertheless being forged which is part of our legacy today But that particular aspect of our journey now begins to be behind us The secret is out we are menWe must do what we can do and fortify and save each other we are drowning in an apathetic self contempt we do feel ourselves sufficiently worthwhile to contend even with inexorable forces in order to change our fate and the fate of our children and the condition of the world We know that a man is not a thing and is not to be placed at the mercy of things We know that the air and water belong to all mankind and not merely to industrialists We know that democracy does not mean the coercion of all into a deadly and wicked mediocrity but the liberty for all to aspire to the best that is in him or that has ever been Some of us white and black know how great a price has already been paid to bring into existence a new consciousness a new people an unprecedented nation If we know and do nothing we are worse than the murderers hired in our name All Humans are eual Power to the people


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    I am a criminal defense attorney primarily and almost exclusively I know personally many incarcerated people Being a Black woman attorney in Mississippi some may say gives me a uniue perspective of the inner workings of the system What it really gives me is nightmares and sleepless nights disappointments and anxiety sadness and despair and yet fleeting moments of hope SeriouslyI know there are people who are in prison doing major time for minor crimes; people doing time for crimes they did not commit; and those incarcerated who are casualties of warsdeclared and undeclaredWar on Crime War on Poverty War on black and brown peoples I know these things to be true up close and personal I’ve just completed reading “If They Come in the MorningVoices of Resistance” Angela Davis at the time a young college professor wrote and compiled this book while confined in a California jail cell awaiting trial for murder and other charges The book opens with an open letter written to Angela by James Baldwin in which he says we must support Angela’s attempts to get justice because “If they take you Angela in the morning they will be coming for us that night” It appears the book’s central focus is the liberation of what she calls political prisoners As detailed in this book political prisoners are those who find themselves incarcerated and charged with crimes as a result of their explicit political beliefs such as Ms Davis who was targeted and vilified for her revolutionary politics Also there are those incarcerated as a result of political policies popular and in place at a given time war on drugs and political strategies motivated by racism over policing mandatory minimums three strike laws These political prisoners will have multiple encounters with law enforcement many times leading to unjust treatment in the judicial system resulting in lengthy and life altering periods of incarceration This book written in the early 70s talks about the enormous ineuities we face as a nation within our carceral system Here we are 40 years later experiencing the same atrocious practices and the conseuences of same in our criminal justice system today Could a thoughtful reading of this literature have predicted such? I suggest yes To say I am left somewhat hopeless for our current criminal justice system does not capture my sentiments There has to be a word right before reaching hopeless right before giving up and throwing in the towel that moment right when your stomach aches from the anticipation of the excitement and resolve of giving up your throat almost closing your breath almost at that final exhale when you pull back and decide that I am here I am capable let me try this thing one time That is where I am not yet hopeless but tired and convicted exhausted but still showing up The people in this book showed up and became the cause Not perfect people flawed prone to error but yet righteous everymen for a righteous causeToday’s reader has the benefit of knowing Angela was indeed freed but so many others were not So we still need to take heed “Free Angela Davis and all political prisoners”because we know they came for her in the morning and they continue to come for the rest of us in the night Power to the people


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    “In the heat of our pursuit for fundamental human rights Black people have been continually cautioned to be patient We are advised that if we remain faithful to the existing democratic order the glorious moment will eventually arrive when we will come into our own as fully fledged human beings” — Angela Davis


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    This collection of essays letters poems and notes from 1972 is a fascinating historical record from a period prior to the modern wave of mass incarceration in the USA It is unavoidably dated in its style and many specifics have changed but they have changed only for the worse and this writing has lost none of its topical relevance in the intervening 55 years The core theme is the corrupt use of the criminal justice system to incarcerate and control Black Americans This is recognised as a flagrant updating of the system of chattel slavery whose abolition is still resented by White supremacists Black Americans have always searched for ways to defend themselves and assert their human rights and the sources in this collection used the language of Marxism to interpret this as a revolutionary struggle rooted in class interests In response the US state and specifically J Edgar Hoover’s FBI employed its criminal justice system to target and silence political activists in blatant contradiction of the constitution and the law As a result the country has had many thousands of political prisoners without properly acknowledging themAngela Davis points out that since the days of slavery and the Underground Road resistance to Black oppression has been illegal by definition She identifies in her first essay current categories of political prisoner that are hidden in plain view throughout the American justice system They include Black political activists who have been criminalised or framed and Black prisoners who have learned to be politically aware and active within the prison system More widely they include huge numbers of Black convicts who know very well they ought not to be in the prison system at all not least because some 85% have been coerced or intimidated into pleading guilty without a trial or proper defence Nat Turner 1831 and John Brown1859 were political prisoners in their time The acts for which they were charged and subseuently hanged were the practical extensions of their profound commitment to the abolition of slavery p31 “The battle for the liuidation of slavery had no legitimate existence in the eyes of the government and therefore the special uality of deeds carried out in the interests of freedom was deliberately ignored There were no political prisoners there were only criminals; just as the movement out of which these deeds flowed was largely considered criminal” p32 A deep seated ambivalence has always characterized the official response to the political prisoner Charged and tried for a criminal act his guilt is always political in nature This ambivalence is perhaps best captured by Judge Webster Thayer’s comment upon sentencing Bartolo meo Vanzetti to 15 years for an attempted payroll robbery “This man although he may not have actually committed the crime attributed to him is nevertheless morally culpable because he is the enemy of our existing institutions” The very same judge incidentally sentenced Sacco and Vanzetti to death for a robbery and murder of which they were manifestly innocent p30 ”In a revealing contradiction the court resisted the description of the New York Panther 21 trial as ‘political’ yet the prosecutor entered as evidence of criminal intent literature which represented so he purported the political ideology of the Black Panther Party p33 According to Louis S Nelson warden of San uentin Prison “ if the prisons of California become known as ‘schools for violent revolution’ the Adult Authority would be remiss in their duty not to keep the inmates longer” SF Chronicle May 2 1971 p40 ”The vicious circle linking poverty police courts and prison is an integral element of ghetto existence Unlike the mass of whites the path which leads to jails and prisons is deeply rooted in the imposed patterns of Black existence For this very reason an almost instinctive affinity binds the mass of Black people to the political prisoners” p42 “The vast majority of Blacks harbour a deep hatred of the police and are not deluded by official proclamations of justice through the courts” p42The material in this book is sometimes aggressive and angry but often it is miserably sad It bears witness to great suffering yet it includes uplifting tales of courage in adversity The Marxist rhetoric can sound messianic and it seems that many activists truly hoped for revolutionary change but with the benefit of hindsight we already know that much of this energy was destined to run into the sand and that the prison situation in the USA was about to become much worse So what can we do? Maybe we can start by celebrating the courage and energy of the generation contributing to this important book Then start to get angry What else? “The Black Liberation Movement is presently at a critical juncture Fascist methods of repression threaten to physically decapitate and obliterate the movement More subtle yet not less dangerous ideological tendencies from within threaten to isolate the Black movement and diminish its revolutionary impact p43


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    This classic anthology of letters essays poems and speeches captures a particularly volatile moment in American history one in which reactionary right wing forces were re ascendant and willing to use state power to reassert their supremacy The resulting clashes over war civil rights women's rights and the justice system in the early 1970s were traumatic not least for those facing the state's proclivity toward violence If They Come in the Morning gives a taste if a fragmented and incomplete one of that trauma and chaosMost immediately striking about this work collected by the professor activist Angela Davis whose own brush with the law personified the alarming extents to which political opponents of civil rights groups seemed willing to go to tar and silence them is how much of it could be printed today with only a name change or two and sound contemporary Davis and her allies rail against an unholy trinity of President Richard Nixon FBI Director J Edgar Hoover and California Gov Ronald Reagan and the ways in which they use police and the prisons to separate isolate and silence elements of society they deem dangerous or terroristic The book shows concretely how seemingly race neutral laws were used to incarcerate disproportionate numbers of blacks and Latinos especially those who were poor and maleThis intersection of race and class – the overwhelming tendency of prisoners to be workers of color – lead to another striking emphasis of Morning its leftism Davis was and remains an avowed and unashamed communist and the prisoners whose letters she publishes join her in preaching left wing revolution as the only way to free African Americans Latinos and the poor generally from their oppressors The radicalism of the language feels odd to modern ears accustomed to four decades of center to hard right politics being considered mainstream Nevertheless it's hard to deny Davis' arguments that capitalism and racism have too long gone hand in hand to impoverish and imprison African Americans especially those who like Davis make the mistake of being too prosperous or too outspokenOverall the book is uneven relying as it does on the voices of imprisoned people of varying perspectives and education levels and for a relatively recent republication Verso's edition is from 2016 it cries out for at least a chapter updating the particularly egregious cases of injustice Davis highlights Some of them have slipped into obscurity and a uick Google search doesn't return immediate answers Davis' own acuittal occurred after Morning's release and no one apparently considered even mentioning that as part of maybe a foreword to the new edition? Closing the book you get the distinct sense that Davis was likely to have been executed than found not guiltyAs a historical resource Morning is invaluable and several essays – most of them by Davis but also an open letter written by James Baldwin – really shine through but a smaller tightly edited volume would have been effective The last 50 or so pages are entirely skimmable as the arguments slip into redundancy and tedium And really a brief foreword or afterword updating the cases referenced in the book and bringing the timeline into the 21st century would have been incredibly helpful


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    Some us white and Black know how great a price has been paid to bring into existence a new consciousness a new people an unprecedented nation If we know and do nothing we are worse than the murderers hired in our name If we know then we must fight for your life as though it were our own which it is and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber For if they take you in the morning they will be coming for us that night James Baldwin An Open Letter To My Sister Angela Davis November 1970Of what then is Angela Davis guilty? Of being the natural product of a society based upon racism exploitation and dehumanization? Of her struggle for a socialist society? Her accusers have locked her into their cells of silence for they fear what she professes what she freely and courageously declares But when they cannot silence her even here when her words echo far beyond these closed and soundproofed walls then they seek to take her life The final solution DeathSo for her the life the struggle are one Not merely in conjecture in abstract theory but in brutal fact For her beliefs for her life Angela Davis stands accused Her life is at stake And yet she is innocent Innocent of the charges of murder and kidnap She stands guilty only of loving humanity and fighting with her life for the freedom of all of us The National United Comittee to free Angela Davis November 1970


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    Angela Y Davies makes me proud to be a CommunistI think this book strongly conveys the significance of Angela not only for the Black Liberation movement but also for the Communist movement Even when all of the US forces conspired against her and attempted to frame her for a crime she did not commit Angela was victorious As Black woman and as a professor of Philosophy at UCLA to proclaim herself a Communist made Angela a symbol of resistance Reading about her trial today as well as the injustices outlined in this collection in the wake of the second wave of Black Lives Matter protests figures such as Angela Davies and other Black Panthers are an inspirationI got StoryGraph as an alternative to Goodreads but it's too ugly to use atm


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    this is a book of letters but they all talk to each other and words and thoughts flow together so I don't remember now who said what And this is a book of history but I don't know much about California's geography and Marin and Folsom and San uentin all kind of run together for me and that's because i live in a cash insulated bubble prisons are basically one big box to me god dang it so mostly I let these missives wash over me and pretended that i'd never heard of prisons before and these on the run bravehearts angela davis is twenty FREAKING six are so sincerely optimistic in their talk of abolishing prisons and facing down oppression and freeing political prisoners sometimes i'll be enthusiastic about something trivial get mocked and think indignantly This is the worst outcome of postmodern cynicism That I can't even be excited about an all you can eat ice cream party But here's a shocker the worst outcome is actually that people can't be excited about the abolition of prisons how bout Ben Jerry's for life instead? here are two Good Good uotes 1 The categories can be best simplified by reducing them to three the overt self satisfied racist who doesn’t deign to hide his antipathy the self interdicting racist who harbors and nurtures racism in spite of their best efforts and the unconscious racist product of preconceived notions that must be blamed on history Too much Black blood has flowed between the chasm that separates the races it’s fundamentally unfair to expect the Black man to differentiate at a glance the self accepting racist the self interdicting racist and the unconscious racist The apologist’s term “Black racism” is either a healthy defense reflex on the part of the sincere Black partisan attempting to deal with the realistic problems of survival and elevation or the racism of the government stooge organs2 Strength comes from knowledge knowing who you are where you want to go what you want knowing and accepting that you are alone on this spinning tumbling world No one can crawl into your mind and help you out I’m your brother and I’m with you come what may and against anything or anybody in the universe that is against you but you’ll still be alone with your pain discomfort illness elation courage pride death You don’t want anyone to crawl into your head with you do you? If there were a god or anyone else reading some of my thoughts I would be uncomfortable in the extreme


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    If They Come in the Morning is a collection by and about imprisoned Black American radicals which was published in 1970 It focuses on the celebrated case of Angela Davis a former UCLA professor and accomplished intellectual accused and later acuitted though that's beyond the scope of this book of orchestrating a courtroom break out to free a Soledad Brother on trial for capital murder based on apparently flimsy and dubious evidence Includes contributions from Davis her legal team and other prisoners as well as letters of support from a variety of activists and public intellectuals including Coretta Scott King and James Baldwin from whom the title is taken I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in social justice radicalism or African American studies


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    If you're interested in learning about the ways in which the state uses law enforcement as a tool for racial oppression this is a good book to check out