Monday, April 14, 2014

Environmental Emergency! The Criminal System 
and the Revolution Humanity Needs
Earth Day Film Clips & Discussion
Sunday, April 20, 4 PM  

Earth Day (April 22) arrives this year on the heels of the latest, even more grim, international report on the climate crisis facing life on this planet.  Join us on Sunday, April 20 (4 pm) to dig into the forces driving this environmental emergency, how the criminal system dominating the planet not only won't but can't stop this trajectory, and how socialist revolution can open the way to confront this crisis. 

Watch video of Carl Wassilie, Yup'iaq Alaskan, biologist and co-founder of  Alaska's Big Village Network describing the devastation of Alaska indigenous people's environment, creating the first climate refugees in this country; Orpheus Reed, one of the writers of the  Environmental Emergency special issue of Revolution, breaking down the rules of the capitalist system driving the climate crisis and how socialism based on the new synthesis of Bob Avakian can build a sustainable society (both videos from the 2013 Climate Crisis Conference in Chicago); and a clip from Bob Avakian's Revolution Talk, followed by discussion:
  • Don't the latest reports confirm that it's just too late to put a halt to this climate devastation?
  • Won't the system collapse of its own weight, along with multiple eco-systems on which it depends?
  • Building a movement for revolution takes way more time than we have, given this crisis.
  • A change of system is not going to change the greed and individualism of the majority.
  • If revolution is the only way to stop climate change, does that mean we just wait until that becomes possible, one fine day?
Join us to dig into these and other questions - the future of humanity depends on how we understand them and what we do!

Your Used Books Can Help Save Revolution Books!Cat on Books
We are assembling a collection of good used books, including a treasure house of rare books - the hidden histories of the Soviet and Chinese revolutions, memoirs from the 60s Black liberation and women's movements, out-of-print chronicles of struggles in Africa, Latin America, Asia... art books, novels, poetry...   Donate your books to Revolution Books and we will get them back in circulation to the people who yearn for a different future.  

Do you have good used books? Donate them to Revolution Books now and you will help Revolution Books stay open and grow. Our Spring used book sale is May 3-4. Contact us to donate used books or just drop them off during regular business hours.(See box below.)Volunteers are needed to organize and promote this fund raiser used book sale.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 4-7 pm at Revolution Books
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Here are the topics that Bob Avakian (BA) speaks about in these film excerpts (Disc 2) that we'll be discussing afterwards: 
  • A Radically Different and Far Better World is Possible  
  •  We Need a Revolution to Overcome All Oppressive Divisions  
  •  Remind Me: "Which System, Capitalism or Communism, Is the Nightmare for Humanity?"  
  • The Election Hustle: "If They Draw You In, They Win"
  • Internationalism-The Whole World Comes First   
  • Emancipating Humanity... Transforming Conditions & Transforming Human Nature   
A Black college student describing what he thought of Bob Avakian's talk Revolution-Nothing Less!

"...when I saw it, it changed the way I looked at everything... it made me want to challenge all that and not go along with any of it."
A young Latina from LA 

Revolution-Nothing Less! film showing, Disc 3, is scheduled for Sunday April 27, 4 pm.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thursday April 24, 7pm at Revolution Books:
Author Greg Kot presents his new book 
A special Revolution Books fund raising event 

I'll Take You There: 
Mavis Staples,
the Staple Singers, and the
March Up Freedom's Highway 

I'll Take You There tells the story of Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers, major figures in the music that shaped the civil rights era. The Staples straddled a range of 20th-century popular music, fusing gospel, soul, folk and rock. Their story goes from the Southern gospel circuit to Martin Luther King, Jr. marches, to the legendary Wattstax festival, to accompanying The Band on the song "The Weight" captured in the film, The Last Waltz. We learn about Mavis' life, from her love affair with Bob Dylan to creative collaborations with Prince and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

Kot takes us back to the beginning, to Mississippi where Roebuck "Pops" Staples grew up on the same land where his grandfather had been a slave and his his father a sharecropper. Although forbidden by his parents from playing "sinners music" (the blues), "Pops" picked up the guitar and slipped out to local juke joints to hear neighbors Charley Patton and Howlin' Wolf. Leaving Mississippi, "Pops" came to Chicago, worked in in the slaughterhouses, and found new musical influences like Sam Cooke and Mahalia Jackson in his South Chicago neighborhood.
Greg Kot  
Greg Kot is the Chicago Tribune music critic and co-host of Sound Opinions, "the world's only rock 'n' roll talk show," on national public radio, nationally syndicated out of Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ-FM 91.5. Kot's previous books include Wilco: Learning How to Die and Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music.   

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Abortion Rights Emergency!
April 11  6 pm CDT Webcast from New York City 

Host a webcast viewing party wherever you are. Go to  for instructions.
Click on "Current Mobilizations" and then click on "Host a Webcast Party"
Abortion rights are in a state of emergency, and headed for disaster. Already, women in this country who cannot access safe abortions are attempting to self-abort by inserting sharp objects in their vaginas, taking pills, asking their boyfriends to beat them up, and more. Others are being forced to bear children they do not want. This is the future for all women if this war on women is not massively resisted and defeated. 
WE MUST ACT TO STOP THIS NOW!  Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement.  Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!                             
Revolution Books will also be hosting webcast party April 11 at 6 pm

Webcast Speakers include:
Dr. Willie Parker, award-winning doctor at the last abortion clinic in Mississippi
Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution Newspaper (, leader of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and initiator of
Merle Hoffman, CEO of Choices Women's Medical Center which has provided abortions and other health services to women since 1971
Donna Schaper, Reverend of Judson Memorial Church, on her abortion and women's moral agency
Bill Baird, reproductive rights pioneer who was jailed 8 times in the 60's for lecturing on abortion & birth control
David Gunn, Jr., son of first abortion doctor to be assassinated via video message
Testimony from:
Susan Cahill, owner of the abortion clinic that was destroyed and closed on March 3rd, 2013 about how this is an attack on all women.
Dr. Susan Robinsonone of the only 4 doctors in the U.S. who openly provide late-term abortions - featured in the acclaimed new documentary "After Tiller".
True stories of illegal abortions before Roe v Wade.
Saturday, April 12th: PROTEST! 
Join in emergency protests in Seattle, New York City, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, other places or PLAN YOUR OWN NOW.
RAISE BLOODY COAT-HANGERS AND BREAK THE SHACKLES OF WOMEN'S ENSLAVEMENTHold silent protests at institutions behind this war on women: Crisis Pregnancy Centers (anti-abortion fake "clinics"), headquarters of GOP or Democrats who've opposed abortion, churches that mobilize anti-abortion protesters at clinics, etc. Raise bloody coat-hangers (representing the lives of women) and shackles (representing female enslavement).  After an hour of silent protest, recite a pledge to continue resisting until we have defeated and reversed these attacks and won Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!

This war on women will not go away on its own and will not be stopped by politicians or the courts. We must take responsibility for resisting and defeating these attacks - the lives of women depend on what we do.
The Blood of Women Is On Their Hands!
Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!
*Wire coat hangers were used by many women as an instrument to self -abort when abortion was illegal. 5,000 + women in the US are estimated to have died every year from illegal, unsafe abortions before Roe v. Wade legalized abortions.

          Available at Revolution Books                           
common secret
Whcita Divide

future leap skybreak
Important books on the battle around abortion 
rights and the oppression of women

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BA Everywhere planning meeting to bring Revolution to EARTH DAY April 22

The planet is burning... a global emergency is
 If you are one of those honestly confronting this global emergency and agonizing over what can be done to stop and repair the damage... (read more)

Join us at the 
BA Everywhere Campaign Meeting
Sunday April 6, 4pm 
Revolution Books 1103 N Ashland Ave
The world doesn't have to be this way. It needs to be radically changed  and the work Bob Avakian (BA) has done creates a new possibility at this excruciating time for humanity-- an opening for whole different future - But not enough people know about it. 

BA Everywhere will be going out to meet with as many people as possible about donating to the campaign - bringing out why nothing less than revolution has a chance of really stopping environmental devastation.

Bring your ideas on how to make this campaign ring out though out society - on campuses among students and professors, among environmentalists and all kinds of other  people who need to know there is a viable, radical future

On April 22, people everywhere on the globe will mark Earth Day, and the "BA Everywhere... Imagine the Difference It Could Make" campaign will be there

Material that can be used in the BA Everywhere efforts in April can be found at These include: the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America; the special issue of Revolution on the environment, State of EMERGENCY! The Plunder of Our Planet, The Environmental Catastrophe & The Real Revolutionary Solution; and the excerpt from BA's Revolution Talk titled "Not fit caretakers of the earth." And these are all framed around the palm card with this quote from BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian:

This system and those who rule over it are not capable of carrying out economic development to meet the needs of the people now, while balancing that with the needs of future generations and requirements of safeguarding the environment. They care nothing for the rich diversity of the earth and its species, for the treasures this contains, except when and where they can turn this into profit for themselves....These people are not fit to be the caretakers of the earth. (BAsics 1:29)

BA Everywhere Committee 312 860-8167
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