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Recommended Reads for developing your personal politics

How We
Get Free

Combahee River Collective >

I'm not nostalgic. I'm looking back to mine the past for what it can help us with right now, and for what it can help us pass on and create.

Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Angela Y. Davis >

I don't think we have any alternative other than remaining optimistic. Optimism is an absolute necessity, even if it's only optimism of the will, as Gramsci said, and pessimism of the intellect.

The New
Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander >

Jim Crow never ended, but rather just changed forms--today, millions of African Americans are locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.

Carceral Capitalism

Jackie Wang >

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The a priori association of blackness with guilt and criminality comforts white America by enabling people to believe that black Americans are deserving of their condition...

Are Prisons Obsolete?

Angela Y. Davis >

[Prison] relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.

Alien
Capital

Iyko Day >

How the historical alignment of Asian bodies and labor with capital's abstract and negative dimensions became one of settler colonialism's foundational and defining features...

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