“It was a radically challenging and encouraging night learning from such a formidable figure as Davis, still full of the energy needed for this struggle against inequality even after more than five decades involved in activism.” Karin Joseph writes about listening to legendary activist Angela Davis speak at the Women of the World Festival in London.
Angela Davis: “...we still have to work with the urgency required when we witness and experience injustice.”
Welcome to our March ‘On Her Terms’ update.
On International Women’s Day earlier this month, a group of Amos Trust staff went to see legendary activist Angela Davis speak at the Women of the World Festival in London.
She reflected on so many different aspects of her work since the 60s, including civil rights and anti-racist work, feminist activism, solidarity with Palestine and the movement to end the ‘prison industrial complex’.
It was a radically challenging and encouraging night learning from such a formidable figure as Davis, still full of the energy needed for this struggle against inequality even after more than five decades involved in activism.
She reflected that even when the road may be long and progress may be slow, “we still have to work with the urgency required when we witness and experience injustice”. It doesn’t mean that our work is not having an impact — even if we do not see all the changes we wish to see, “we have to do the work without guarantees”.
For the women we work with, involved in fighting for the rights of girls on the streets, the struggles and injustices can sometimes seem immense and never-ending. But Angela Davis’ words encourage us and motivate us to continue, and she reiterated the need for solidarity and community to keep going — which is what On Her Terms is all about.
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Other news from Amos Trust this month
In February, Neil Irving climbed Kilimanjaro and generously decided to raise money for the amazing work of Cheka Sana, our partners in Tanzania. You can read more about his climb here and you can sponsor him here.
Extreme altitude: Kilimanjaro — the highest peak in Africa and now a ‘ticked-off’ item from Neil Irving’s bucket list.
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Amos Book Club: Film Edition
Each month we share a book which someone in the Amos team has been reading.
This month — we’re taking a break from books and recommending the film Capernaum.
Directed by female Lebanese actor and director Nadine Labaki, it tells the story of a 12-year-old by the name of Zain surviving on the streets of Beirut, who makes the striking decision to sue his parents for giving him life. It is still showing on a limited release at UK cinemas so why not check out if it is playing in a cinema near you?
Here’s an interview with Nadine, where she shares her perspectives on why she was compelled to make this film. Do let us know your thoughts if any of you have been reading the books (or watching the films), that we’ve been recommending.
Lebanese actor and film director Nadine Labaki.
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Find out more about Amos’ On Her Terms campaign