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Angela Davis
Born January 26, 1944 (1944-01-26) (age 74)
Birmingham, AL, USA
Occupation Activist, Educator, Author
Known for Prison reform advocacy

Angela Davis is a vocal prison reform advocate, scholar, and author. She experienced prison from the inside after being accused after a murder was committed using guns that were registered in her name, a charge of which she was acquitted on all counts. She is the founder of "Critical Resistance", an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is presently a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is the former director of the university's Feminist Studies department. Her research interests are in feminism, African American studies, critical theory, Marxism, popular music and social consciousness, and the philosophy and history of punishment and prisons. She articulates the idea that the prison industrial complex is an essential part of the corporatocracy, that prison is used as a stick to threaten those tempted not to conform, and has become a dumping ground for dissidents and a source of cheap labour for corporations.

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