Angela Davis to Speak in NZ

Maori radicals have always looked to African American revolutionaries for inspiration and guidance.

Now local activists are bringing iconic black Marxist-Leninist, Angela Davis to speak in NZ.


From the Scoop press release by Teanau Tuiono

Attention: Angela Davis Is Coming To Aotearoa!!!

Professor Angela Davis will present at two public speaking events:

Auckland
25 June 2007
Maidment Theatre
(8 Alfred St, Auckland University Campus)
7pm – 8:30pm

Wellington
26 June 2007
Rutherford House,
Lecture Theatre 1
(23 Lambton Quay – Nth End)
7pm – 8:30pm

About Angela Davis

Born in Alabama in 1944, Angela Davis is an African – American philosopher who was associated with the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and 1970’s, as well as the Communist Party of the United States of America.

She first achieved nationwide notoriety when she was linked to the murder of the judge Harold Haley during an attempted Black Panther prison break; she fled underground, and was subject to an intense manhunt.

After 18 months as a fugitive, she was captured, arrested, tried, and eventually acquitted in one of the most famous trials of recent U.S. history.

Angela Davis is currently Professor of History of Consciousness at the University of California and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Professor Davis’ research interests include: feminism, African American studies, critical theory, popular music culture and social consciuosness and the philosphy of punishment (women’s prisons).

Nau Mai Haere Mai

The tour is supported by Amokura, Nga Pae O Te Maramatanga, Va’aomanū Pasifika: Samoan Studies and Pacific Studies, Te Kawa a Maui: Maori Studies, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University.

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23 thoughts on “Angela Davis to Speak in NZ

  1. Angela Davis in my opinion has the characteristics of being recruited into the Soviet KGB. After all, Davis’ entire career of being a radical Marxist was to be a long-time member of the Communist Party USA and was its VP ticket to which the CPUSA was exposed to be supported by Soviet Russia during the Cold War by the FBI, and likely still is today.

    Davis should have been locked up and charged with treason. She aligned herself with the brutal Marxist Black Panthers, the Weather Underground and other Cuban-Soviet backed terror groups that attacked the U.S. She even heads Critical Resistance which is designed to promote Soviet-style propaganda into suggesting how the U.S. is a “fascist” state while she freely got to travel to virtual police states such as Soviet-controlled East Germany.

    The punishment for treason in my opinion should be a firing squad, and I’m ashamed that she gets to get away with committing this sort of treason. I wonder how Davis feels about all the black Africans being attacked in Russia by neo-Nazis that are indirectly/directly affiliated with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union, but has the gall to suggest how “horrible” the West “continues” to be to blacks living in the West?

    I’m probably sure blacks under Marxist orientated dictators such as Robert Mugabe would rather live in the U.S., than to live in the freedomless Zimbabwean apartheid state.

  2. “She aligned herself with the brutal Marxist Black Panthers”

    Yes those Panthers were particularly brutal. They even had programmes going where they provided free meals to poor children and ran homework centres to help them with their school work. In fact their name comes from the particularly aggressive animal, the panther, that only ever lashes out violently if it is cornered and its life is directly threatened.

    Cheers for keeping me posted on this Trev. Was so excited to see that Professor Davis is coming to my university. I will most certainly be going along to hear what she has to say.

  3. Touchingly naive Cameron. While the BP’s no doubt had their good side, they were also pretty bad people.

    Hardcore Maoists, the BP’s were involved in heavy criminal activities including murders, robbery and torture.

    It was a particularly brutal BP murder that led David Horowitz to make his break from the hard left and become the scourge of socialists he is today.

    When you go along Cameron, please ask Prof D if she is still a member of the the CPUSA breakaway organisation, the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism for me?

    I’ve helped you out, how about returning the favour-cheers

  4. “Yes those Panthers were particularly brutal. They even had programmes going where they provided free meals to poor children and ran homework centres to help them with their school work. In fact their name comes from the particularly aggressive animal, the panther, that only ever lashes out violently if it is cornered and its life is directly threatened.”

    How about being helped out from the likes of Fidel Castro and having the Black Panther leadership actually reside in Havana? Or perhaps Davis traveling to the police state of East Germany and receiving the “Lenin Peace Prize”? Will Davis also comment on black Africans being attacked by neo-Nazi thugs in Russia, the same Russia that aided Davis during the Cold War? Or is she just going to suggest how blacks who live in the West are always “oppressed” at the same time, blacks living under brutal Communist-Soviet backed dictatorships such as Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe would probably rather live here in the U.S.

  5. Thanks for that Cameron.

    As an anarchist, I din’t think you’d be that keen on a hard core socialist like Angela davis?

  6. No worries Trev.

    While I find some of Professor Davis’ past views on the Eastern Bloc a bit uncomfortable I believe she has some very interesting ideas, such as prison abolition and also is very informed on the struggle against racism and imperialism. As a history student, with a keen interest in 1960s/70s USA, I think this is an excellent opportunity to hear from someone who has made history. It’s not everyday we get a Black Panther visiting Auckland.

  7. So Cameron, you would be comfortable if Davis let’s say happen to be a former white KKKer, was involved with making racial attacks against blacks and other “inferiors”, but proclaimed to be “helping” whites in the same manner the Black Panthers were to blacks?

    You wouldn’t want to invite Davis if she happen to be a former white KKKer or a white neo-Nazi, would you? But the racist organization known as the Black Panthers and other assorted black racialist radicals get a free pass?

  8. She can come and have dinner with me anytime. I have no doubt she would engage in some interesting dialogue.
    My present partner is a Tigerlily, so a Blank Panther would add much to the menagerie.
    Dirk

  9. ‘You wouldn’t want to invite Davis if she happen to be a former white KKKer or a white neo-Nazi, would you? But the racist organization known as the Black Panthers and other assorted black racialist radicals get a free pass?’

    I used to think the BPP was the Black equivalent of the KKK when I was about 11 years old. Then I actually did some reading and found they were nothing like the KKK. The Black Panthers pushed for, what they referred to as, ‘intercommunalism’. Today this is usually referred to as multiculturalism. The KKK wanted nothing like that.

    As far as I’m aware the Black Panthers didn’t go around burning down and bombing white churches, with children inside. Also the Black Panthers didn’t infiltrate the Police to give themselves legal impunity.

  10. “As far as I’m aware the Black Panthers didn’t go around burning down and bombing white churches, with children inside. Also the Black Panthers didn’t infiltrate the Police to give themselves legal impunity.”

    How about that network of drug smuggling the Black Panthers were quite involved? Their alignment with the Communist dictator Fidel Castro? What about the likes of the Black Liberation Army which engaged in open terrorism against police officers and average Americans? Many members of the BLA were also members of the Black Panthers or were sympathizers toward their cause.

    I certainly guess it’s okay if you happen to be a black radical Marxist racialist to go and blow up and kill innocent people, the same laws don’t apply there to white racialists who do the same thing.

  11. “it is going to be bloody cool, most interesting speaker to come to aotearoa for some time”

    I guess it “must be cool” to be a black racist. Gee, why does that always seem to get a pass? But if Davis happen to be either a former KKKer or a neo-Nazi thug, doubt she would receive the same warm welcome from apologists to black racists.

  12. No good turning your back and hope she goes away. I’m going to her rally to hear what she has to say.
    I keep an open mind these days. The world is full of bigots already, it dont need another one to make up the numbers.
    I’ll sent my report.

    Dirk.

  13. The “taxpayer” pays for everything. The trick is to find a way onto the gravey train and grab some steak to go with the sauce.

    Dirk.

  14. the event is not ‘back only’, in fact ive never heard angela davis say anything racist, nor anything recently. the black panther’s had white comrades ‘the yippies’. so thats proves they were not black only in ideology. though some were into black separatism. some black power advocates today want reperations from european countries (britain..etc) for the economic looting of africa and the horror of slavery.

    still real looking forward to seeing angela speak, bet no act cowards to a demo outside

  15. not really i wore a mask when facing off with the national front, and i know the sort of rightwing ppl that go thru sites to add names and images to redwatch etc. the kind of ppl that are similar to the website you run.

  16. mah29001 I really hope you are joking and are really not so simple minded that you actually believe that there is any connection between neo-nazis and communist or socialist, neo-nazis are a fascist organization, fascist far right communists far left, not the same right, I am speaking slowly do you understand. Another thing I hope you realize Fidel Castro played an integral role in putting an end to apartheid, he is a hero in many African Countries, Nelson Mandela considers him a close friend. Also are you aware that Fidel sponsored many many Americans to become Medical Doctors in Cuba for absolutely free, even their housing and meals were paid for, in return all they had to do when they returned to the U.S. was practice medicine in an underprivileged area . Gosh Fidel sounds super evil doesn’t he? but please do not believe me, you have been believing everything you hear for much to long already, do some research yourself, don’t worry I have read your posts and I can tell you with certainty you are in no danger of becoming smart, but maybe just maybe you may become informed. Good Luck with that.

    SHELDON

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