Thursday, September 14, 2017

Received from REVOLUTION CLUB CHICAGO

Come and watch the film showing 

Sunday, September 17 
2pm - 9pm at the
Revolution Club Organizing Center
1857 E 71st St. (71st & Bennett), 
$5 donation


In the fall of 2012, Bob Avakian gave a series of talks in different cities. This is a film of one of those talks.


Yes, this is a film, but that is not its essence.  This is a daring,  substantive, scientific summoning to revolution.  6+ hours that can change how you see the world and what you do with the rest of your life.  Is this hype?  No.
-From one of the filmmakers
 
Those this system has cast off, those it has treated as less than human, can be the backbone and driving force of a fight not only to end their own oppression, but to finally end all oppression, and emancipate all of humanity.
-Bob Avakian, from the film
 
My dear brother Bob Avakian... is the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party.... He is one of the few coming out of the 60's who never sold out, he never caved in, he never gave up, held on to his forging of a rigorous, scientific analysis of the objective realities that are driven by a revolutionary love - because he has such a deep love for poor people, oppressed people, all around the world. Whether you agree or disagree with our brother, one thing you cannot deny: that he is the real thing. No doubt about it."
-Cornel West, introducing his interview with Bob Avakian on the Smiley & West radio show
(October 5, 2012)




Received from Insight Press:

How To Spread It Everywhere

THE NEW
COMMUNISM

The science, the strategy, the leadership
 for an actual revolution,
and a radically new society
on the road to real emancipation

eBook Now Available


  1. Buy the book--eBook or Print--and get everyone you know to buy it. The print version is available at Revolution Books and other bookstores or on-line at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. The e-book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and other on-line retailers.
     
  2. Write a Review or comment on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other on-line sites. This is important. More reviews give the book more prominence. These can be written right on the page that advertises the book.
     
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  4. Spread awareness about the book. Get it out on social media. Distribute flyers at events, in neighborhoods and on campuses. Materials are available at Insight Press.
     
  5. Pay special attention to getting the book out on college campuses. Submit articles and reviews to campus newspapers and blogs. Go to professors and get them to use the book in classes.
Write us your experience & send pictures to info@insight-press.com.

Insight Press

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Received from REVOLUTION CLUB CHICAGO

Defend The RNC 16!

Meet the heroes facing prison and jail for standing with the people of the world and sounding the alarm on Trump's fascism.

Sunday, Sept 10th, 2pm
Revolution Club Organizing Center 
1857 E.71st St., Chicago, IL 60649

Donald Trump campaigned under the slogan "Make America Great Again" and the fascist program of law and order, white supremacy, "build the wall" scapegoating of immigrants and Muslims, disgusting misogyny, and unbridled wars of aggression.

The RNC 16 said "We are standing with the people of the world today" and chanted "1-2-3-4 Slavery, Genocide and War. 5-6-7-8 America Was NEVER Great" and burned the American Flag at the RNC as Trump was being nominated. 

Come hear about the righteous stand and bold action they made at the RNC, and find out about the upcoming trial to persecute these heroes, including comrade Niko who has been in Chicago all summer working for revolution and is one of the two facing trial on felony charges September 19th. He must be supported and we have to have his back! 



As Repression and Threats Against Dissent Grow...
Two Protesters Face Felonies in Cleveland for Burning Flag at Republican National Convention
September 4, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

On September 19, two of the RNC 16
defendants are going to trial in Cleveland,Ohio. They are facing serious felony charges. The RNC16 are 16 protesters who were arrested for burning an American flag on July 20, 2016 during a righteous political protest outside the entrance of the Republican National Convention (RNC) on the very day the RNC selected Donald Trump to be its presidential candidate. Donald Trump campaigned under the slogan "Make America Great Again" and the fascist program of law and order, white supremacy, "build the wall" scapegoating of immigrants and Muslims, disgusting misogyny, and unbridled wars of aggression.

The way the authorities and fascist stormtroopers attacked these protesters was a harbinger of what has happened since then: physical assaults and heavy charges against people exercising their basic right to protest, including the righteous and protected speech of burning the American flag. What happens in this case has big stakes for what happens in the struggle against the fascist consolidation of the Trump/Pence regime and their Nazi minions. Those who are being prosecuted for protesting the Trump/Pence regime must be defended.

"We're standing with the people of the world today!"

On July 20, 2016, in protest of Trump's nomination, Gregory "Joey" Johnson along with the Revolution Club went right up to the gates of the Republican National Convention and declared: "We're standing with the people of the world today!... Donald Trump is an open fascist. Hillary Clinton is a proven war criminal. We're not following either one of their leaders.... America No. 1? America First? It always has been first: at genocide, at slavery, at exploitation, at destruction of the environment, at torture....We're standing here with the people of the world today." Then Joey Johnson lit the American flag as he stood in the middle of a safety circle of the Revolution Club who chanted "1, 2, 3, 4, Slavery, Genocide and War! 5, 6, 7, 8-America Was NEVER Great!" (Johnson is the same Johnson of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Texas v. Johnson that established flag burning as constitutionally protected speech in 1989.)

Even before the flag was lit, a mob of police and fascist thugs brutally attacked those in the safety circle. Sixteen of the protesters were arrested and charged with serious felony and misdemeanor charges. The two protesters going on trial on September 19 are charged with a total of five felonies and two misdemeanors and face up to three to four years each in prison. There are 12 other defendants who face numerous misdemeanor charges.

DROP THE CHARGES ON ALL THE RNC 16!
What you can do:
* Demand that ALL charges be dropped NOW!

For the felony cases:

Michael O'Malley
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor
Phone: 216 443-7800
Fax: 216 698-2270

For the misdemeanor cases:

Kimberly Barnett-Mills
Acting Chief Assistant Prosecutor
City of Cleveland
Phone: 216 664-4850
Fax: 216 664-4399

* Pack the courtroom on Tues., September 19, 2017

The (IN)Justice Center
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

* Donate money and raise funds for legal costs & travel:


* Invite Gregory "Joey" Johnson and other RNC 16 defendants to speak-

at your school, community group, or other gatherings about why he burned the flag, what the flag really represents, and the danger of forced patriotism.

* Make a statement on social media demanding "Drop the Charges on the RNC 16"!

* Go to www.revcom.us/static/meme/memes-to-post-and-tweet-en.html#rag (please copy to revclubmedia@gmail.com or Twitter: @joey4revolution)

* Contact the Committee to Free the RNC 16 at

* Send this article to all your friends and colleagues.

* Go to revcom.us for updates
The response to this protest foreshadowed how this fascist regime (even before coming to power) would treat political protest. This included the use of illegal and pre-emptive massive police brutality, the over-charging of protesters so that they face the threat of years in prison, AND the role of fascist thugs in assaulting protesters. All for exercising constitutionally protected political protest.

In the months before the RNC, the Secret Service, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security were in Cleveland knocking on doors and spying on political activists and others. Thousands of militarized cops (with a $50 million federal budget for "heightened security measures" and equipment for the RNC) from across the country swarmed Cleveland. All this to preemptively intimidate people from coming to protest and to suppress protesters who dared to come.

Not only were the RNC 16 attacked by this massive police force-fascist thugs physically assaulted them, and then tried to play "the victim." During the flag burning, two fascists physically assaulted Joey Johnson. They publicly bragged about punching and kicking Joey Johnson in an interview with Alex Jones posted online later that day. (See "Who Is Alex Jones and Infowars.com.") Not only were these thug provocateurs NOT charged for an assault on Johnson, but based on their claim that they were "burned" in putting out the flag-an act violating the constitutional right to protest by burning the flag-they became the "victims" for which the prosecutors charged Joey Johnson and one other protester with assault! These fascists admitted to assaulting Johnson and then bragged about filing charges, but the authorities went ahead and pressed charges against Johnson and another defendant! In the face of public support and media coverage, this bogus charge was dropped six months later.

In the last months-from Sacramento, to Berkeley, to Charlottesville-we've only seen these kinds of extralegal assaults grow, with fascists coming to intimidate protests in full battle gear, wielding bats, knives, and even using their cars as weapons. Often, these fascists get a free pass from the police to terrorize and brutalize righteous political protest.

Serious Stakes and Consequences

On November 29, 2016, Donald Trump tweeted a dangerous threat: "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American Flag-if they do, there must be consequences-perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail." During his campaign rallies, Trump openly longed for the days when protesters were "carried out on stretchers." Since Trump's inauguration, state laws have been passed or are pending to criminalize peaceful forms of political protests, including giving immunity to drivers who run over protesters who are in the streets or highways as long as it is "an accident." The NRA has made videos calling their followers to attack those resisting and protesting against the Trump/Pence regime, including specifically targeting people who burn the American flag.

Here is a case of real freedom of expression, which is being suppressed BY THE STATE. Protesters facing prison sentences based on trumped-up charges after they were brutalized by the police and fascist thugs. Fascist provocateurs getting away with threats and outright violence, working hand in glove with the cops. Yet the news of this is being kept hidden while the media-wise people (some of whom want to both criticize Trump but at the same time keep that criticism and the whole struggle against Trump within very strict-and restrictive-bounds) direct our attention to the "threats" posed by those who are protesting against fascism and fascist attacks on the people. While we're being told that people like Ann Coulter and such ilk, with backing and access to the fascist regime in power, should have an "all access" pass to vomit their filth all over people.

What happened on July 20, 2016 at the gates of the RNC with the burning of the American flag was an alarm being sounded against what has become a true nightmare for humanity. This bold (and completely legal) flag burning called out Trump's campaign and now regime for what it is: a fascist regime which must be opposed. That day, before the eyes of the world, we saw a clashing of two futures for humanity. The RNC 16 said, "We had a right to [burn the U.S. flag] and it was the right thing to do!"

The upcoming felony trial, and continued prosecution, of the RNC 16 is a very serious
attack on the right to dissent. This has great stakes in the context of the Trump/Pence regime moving to consolidate a fascist America. And the arrests and prosecution of protesters is aimed at silencing and intimidating all those who have been drawn into motion to stop this. We must not allow this to go down, their repressive moves to criminalize dissent have to be defeated by all who are horrified and outraged by the future the Trump/Pence regime is working to lock into place. In addition to the importance of winning this fight in the courts, it can give strength and courage to everyone who wants to see a better world.

At the gates of Trump's coronation and in the face of a massive and brutal police assault and of fascist thugs, and before hundreds of international media, the RNC 16 stood up for the people of the world. These beautiful and courageous brothers and sisters must be defended and the powers that be must not be allowed to punish them for the so-called crime of telling the truth. They acted in the name of humanity and now all of us are being called on and challenged to do the same. Join in this fight: 
DROP THE CHARGES ON THE RNC 16!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Received from revcom.us

New Talk by Bob Avakian



The Problem, the Solution, and the Challenges Before Us

Touching on Essential Questions Concerning the Actual History of this Country, The Nature of the Capitalist-Imperialist System We Live Under, The Consequences of This for Humanity, The Way Forward to a World Free of the Unnecessary Suffering and Horrors Bound Up With All This, and the Breakthroughs That Must Be Made Now

An important talk given by Bob Avakian earlier this summer.
Read talk | Download PDF | Listen

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Back from Charlottesville Carl Dix Speaks on "What Must Be Done NOW!" : Sunday 8/20

You are invited to...
A Talk by Carl Dix
Trump's Violent Reassertion of White Supremacy,
the Threat of Genocide and What Must Be Done, NOW!

Sunday, August 20, 2 to 5 pm
Southside YMCA, Studio B
 (free parking lot available)
Sponsored by the Revolution Club, Chicago
with support from The Bob Avakian Institute

Friends of Revolution Books,
Last weekend in Charlottesville Carl Dix joined with thousands who stood up to the fascist thugs. This Sunday Carl will speak to how the Trump/Pence regime was spawned by the system of capitalism/imperialism and why everybody must throw in to drive it out of office NOW, as part of getting ready for revolution!
 
The Trump/Pence regime is consolidating a fascist program that will mean unimaginable horrors for humanity and, as part of that, will bring down a reign of terror on top of centuries of savage oppression of Black people. Carl Dix, drawing on the new synthesis of Communism developed by Bob Avakian, will speak to how this regime was spawned by the system of capitalism/ imperialism and why everybody must throw in to drive it out of office NOW, as part of getting ready for revolution!

Carl Dix is a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party and a follower of and advocate for Bob Avakian, his leadership and his visionary new synthesis of communism. He is a courageous freedom fighter from the 1960s who went on to become a revolutionary fighter and a communist. Dix spent two years in military prison for refusing to fight in the unjust Vietnam War. He emerged unrepentant and went on to become a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), USA, dedicating his life to the emancipation of all humanity. Carl is a co-initiator of Refuse Fascism. He co-founded, with Cornel West, the Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN), and initiated Rise Up October that brought thousands into the streets in New York City in 2015 demanding a stop to police terror.

For more information:
Phone (312) 804-9121 Email revclub.chi@gmail.com
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