Angela Davis at Occupy Wall St., NYC
Author, activist, Angela Davis spoke at Occupy Wall St. in Washington Square Park on Sunday October 30. Thanking the OWS movement for transforming politics in the universe, she spoke to the brutal police crack-down on the Occupy encampment in her home town of Oakland and supported the call for a national strike on November 2 in response to that violence. She also spoke to the perils of language, calling on the movement to transform the meaning of the words occupation, democracy and unity.
Speaking through the "people's mic," Davis drew particular attention to questions of inclusion and urged the movement to embrace a "complex unity" within the concept of "99 percent."
Quoting African American lesbian poet Audre Lorde she said: "How can we come together in a unity that is complex and emancipatory? Differences must not be merely tolerated but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which poles creativity can spark like the dialectic."
Asked about the coming US election, Davis responded: "The two-party system has never worked; it does not worked now, and we clearly need alternatives. Personally I believe we need a powerful, radical, third party. In the meantime, this movement, which is not a party, can accomplish much that political parties are unable to accomplish and so it would seem to me, that the best way to exert pressure on that corrupt two party system is to continue to build this movement and to demonstrate that it reaches not only across the country but across the ocean."