Assata Taught Me
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Assata Taught Me

State Violence, Mass Incarceration, and the Movement for Black Lives

Donna Murch

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Assata Taught Me

State Violence, Mass Incarceration, and the Movement for Black Lives

Donna Murch

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Black Panther and Cuban exile, Assata Shakur, has inspired multiple generations of radical protest, including our contemporary Black Lives Matter movement. Drawing its title from one of America's foremost revolutionaries, this collection of thought-provoking essays by award-winning Panther scholar Donna Murch explores how social protest is challenging our current system of state violence and mass incarceration.

Murch exposes the devastating consequences of overlapping punishment campaigns against gangs, drugs, and crime on poor and working-class populations of color. Through largely hidden channels, it is these punishment campaigns, Murch says, that generate enormous revenues for the state. Under such difficult conditions, organized resistance to the advancing tide of state violence and incarceration has proved difficult.

This timely and urgent book shows how a youth-led political movement has emerged since the killing of Trayvon Martin that challenges the bi-partisan consensus on punishment and looks to the future through a redistributive, queer, and feminist lens. Murch frames the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement in relation to earlier struggles for Black Liberation, while excavating the origins of mass incarceration and the political economy that drives it.

Assata Taught Me offers a fresh and much-needed historical perspective on the fifty years since the founding of the Black Panther Party, in which the world's largest police state has emerged.

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INDEX
A
AA. See Associated Agencies (AA)
AAA. See Afro-American Association (AAA)
Abrams, Stacey, 157
ACLU. See American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
African American inclusion, 2
Afro-American Association (AAA), 2225, 2930, 32
Agnew, Philip, 141142
Alexander, Michelle, 42, 81, 105
Allen, Douglas, 27
Allen, Ernest, 24, 27
Alvarez, Anita, 148
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 105, 116
American Civil Liberties Union, Los Angeles, 59
American Overdose (McGreal), 129
American Society of Addiction Medicine, 120
Amsterdam News (Harlem, NY), 47
Anderson, Martin Lee, 140141
Anti-Drug Abuse Act, 1986, 55
Assata: An Autobiography (Shakur), 1
Assata’s Daughters, 5
Associated Agencies (AA), 19
Azar, Alex, II, 127
B
Babbitt, Bruce, 76
Baker, Ella, 148, 149
Baldwin, James, 93
Baraka, Amiri, 8
Bass, Karen, 6768
Bazile, Leo, 27
Bearden v. Georgia, 113
Bell, Sean, 92
Bennett, William, 56
Biden, Joseph, 8, 80
BLA. See Black Liberation Army (BLA)
Black Bourgeoisie (Frazier), 2223
Black labor, 1618
Black Liberation, 31, 33, 35
Black Liberation Army (BLA), 1, 910
Black Lives Matter Movement (BLMM), 1, 4, 57, 50, 89, 9091, 102, 105. See also Movement for Black Lives; BLMM/M4BL
origin of, 136139
uprisings in 2020, 132133
Black Marxism, 2, 3
Blackmon, Douglas, 107
Black Panther Party (BPP) 1, 3...

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