Angela Davis is now a communist with a small "c.". We were both in the Communist Party USA back in the '80s. At the end of that decade she, my husband, I and about a third of the party left it over issues to do with lack of democratic functioning at the national level, but continued our work through establishing the Committees of Correspondence (for Democracy and Socialism), a chapter of which continues to meet in Corvallis monthly.

Angela's picture continues to grace our living room wall with other activists. I don't know what the author of the Oct. 1 letter means when she refers to Davis as a communist "agent." Her many decades work to reform our prison system? What is the "poison" that she preaches? You give no examples. Have you read her books? Did you hear her speak at the U of O?

June Hemmingson

Albany (Oct. 6)

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