Angela Davis, legendary black feminist activist, and past leader of the Black Panther&#8217

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011

Angela Davis, legendary black feminist activist, and past leader of the Black Panther’s, spoke to us at Occupy Wall Street last night.  She was on fire, clearly enthused and rejuvenated by the burgeoning Occupy movement.   “You are re-inventing our political universe.  You have renewed our collective passion.  You have reminded us that it is still possible to build vibrant communities of resistance.   You continue to show us your comitment, your dedication,  your collective labour, your refusal to assent to class hierachies, to racial hierachies, to sexual hierachies. We have come together as the 99%.  There are major responsibilites that are linked to your decision to assemble in community.  How can we be together?  How can we be together?  How can we be together in a unity that respects and celebrates the differences among us?  How can we together in a unity that is not simplistic, that is not oppressive, but rather, complex and emanicipatory.  Our unity must be complex and emanicipatory.   In this complex unity, we say yes to life.  We say yes to community.  Yes to happiness. Yes to education. Free education! We say yes to economic and racial and gender and sexual equality. We yes to the imagination!  We say yes creativity.  We say yes to hope. We say yes to the future.”

She talked of her home town, Oakland, and told of the call out on November 2nd for a city wide General Strike in Oakland, in the wake of the wounding of Scott Olson and  police brutality.  ”A general strike!” she said, echoing through the human microphone, “This is revolutionary!”