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Community Reads: Winter 2020 | Freedom is a Constant Struggle

A guide to the Community Reads program at UWB/CC Campus Library

Winter 2020 Programming

Join us this quarter to discuss Chapter 2 of Freedom is a Constant Struggle and the documentary 13th (Ava DuVernay, 2016). In this chapter, Davis discusses the situation in Ferguson, Missouri; the prison-industrial complex; and the similarities and connections between struggles in the United States and abroad. During our event, we will view several clips from 13th, which gives a history of structural racism and mass incarceration in the United States, and discuss connections between the film and the book; the effects of institutional violence and racism in the USA and abroad; and our own experience and understanding of these issues.

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Thank you to the UW Race and Equity Initiative & UWB VCAA for providing funding for previous books.

Additional Resources

UWB/CC Campus Library Prison Display - visit the lobby of the library to check out this display that features intersections between mass incarceration and education.

Related Events

Further Reflections

Community Reads Team Contacts: 2019-20

Contact members of the team via email with questions, comments, or concerns:

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Winter 2020 Focus & Related Materials

Documentary (Viewing Clips of Film)

13th (2016), dir. Ava DuVernay

Film Review by Dan Berger, UW Bothell Faculty


Chapter focus:

Chapter 2: Ferguson Reminds Us of the Struggle of a Global Context (Davis interview)


Main focus: mass incarceration, the prison-industrial complex, structural racism

Event Details

Everyone is invited: 
UW Bothell and Cascadia College students, faculty, and staff are invited to a partial screening of the documentary, 13th (2016) directed by Ava DuVernay; and discussion of the film and Chapter 2 from Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis. 

2 Event Dates and Times:
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Library Room, LB1 - 205

We highly recommend reading prior to the events:

  • Chapter 2: Ferguson Reminds Us of the Importance of a Global Context (Interview by Frank Barat in Brussels - Sept, 21, 2014)

Related Materials: We encourage you to explore the Washington Prison History Project Archive, a digital collection of notes, testimonials, art, and more from incarcerated people in Washington State, meant to document the history and role of imprisonment in the Northwest.

eBook: Chapter selection can also be accessed through the library's eBook copy. Unlimited user access.

At the Event:
Community Reads aims to inspire dialog about important issues facing our diverse campus communities. Join campus community members as we engage with selected chapters and related materials from across disciplines and artistic forms of expression.

Additional artistic forms of expression

Newsletter artwork housed in the archives of the Washington Prison History Project

Justice Matters: Newsletter of the Western Prison Project, Vol. 7, No. 1; Special Focus: What Needs to Change?; Cover Art by Matt Wuerker; Winter 2005; Portland, OR.

justice matters prison newsletter cover school to prison pipeline artwork


Additional resources will be added throughout the year, from works across various disciplines and artistic forms of expression.

Our Goals

Our goals for the Community Reads program are to:

  • Build community through a common intellectual experience.
  • Promote engagement with thoughtful, noteworthy works of literature or scholarship related to issues of equity and social justice across the UWB/CC campus and community.
  • Offer instructors an opportunity to invigorate curriculum with vital issues and community conversation.

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The University of Washington and Cascadia College are committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable  accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. See below to inquire about disability accommodations:

  • UWB: Please contact Disability Resources for Students at 425.352.5307, TDD 425.352.5303, FAX 425.352.5114, or email
  • CASCADIA: Please contact Disability Support Services at (425) 352-8128, or