Abolition Democracy


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Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture

By Angela Y. Davis
Seven Stories Press

Since revelations about U.S. policies and practices of torture and abuse have captured headlines regarding the breaking of the Abu Ghraib prison story in April 2004 , a debate has raged regarding what is and what is not acceptable behavior for the world’s leading democracy. It is within this context that Angela Davis, one of America’s most remarkable political figures, gave a series of interviews to discuss resistance and law, institutional sexual coercion, politics and prison. In Abolition Democracy, Davis talks about her own incarceration, as well as her experiences as “enemy of the state,” and about having been put on the FBI’s “most wanted list.” She talks about the crucial role that international activism played in her case and the case of many other political prisoners.

Throughout these interviews, Davis returns to her critique of a democracy that has been compromised by its racist origins and institutions. Discussing the most recent disclosures about the disavowed “chain of command,” and the formal reports by the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch denouncing U.S. violation of human rights and the laws of war in Guantanamo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, Davis focuses on the underpinnings of prison regimes in the United States.

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Weight 3.8 oz
Dimensions 7 × 5 × 0.33 in



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