Saturday, December 9, 2017

Received from Insight Press:

Especially in these times...
The ideal gift for family and friends.

Insight Press

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

From the Revolution Club:
Pack the Courtroom Wednesday, November 29
It's Right To Stand Up To Police Running Amok

Trial Set To Begin For Members of the Chicago Revolution Club
Video of arrest of members of Revolution Club last summer
Video of arrest of members of Revolution Club
last summer

On Wednesday, November 29 at 9:00 am, members of the Chicago Revolution Club will be in court in room 303 at 555 W Harrison, Chicago. This is the day trial is set to begin for 3 members of the club arrested last summer. The charge is "interfering with a police officer," the most serious class of misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to a year in jail.

The case set for trial stems from arrests on July 21st when the Revolution Club dared to defy the Chicago Police Department 7th District's unofficial martial law in a South Side neighborhood where the police had been running roughshod over people, particularly people who had stood with the Revolution Club, put on the club T-shirt and taken up the club's call to "blow the whistle on police brutality."

Two of the three club members were arrested again in August for simply witnessing the police harass two men outside the Revolution Club's Organizing Center. Due to this they face a second charge of "interfering with a police officer." In this second case, the police were so angry that club members dared to come out of their office to witness them harassing people that they turned their ire on the club and arrested Revolution Club members when they refused to leave. There is a status hearing for this case in the same courtroom at the same time.

The case going to trial is a clear case of the police suppressing political speech they don't like, especially speech that calls out the police intimidation, harassment and brutality against those at the bottom of this society. On the day of the arrest, Revolution Club members had been standing on the sidewalk during the hours that police had told community people that they could not be out on the sidewalk--7am-3pm. An informal martial law. When the first club member was arrested in mid-morning, the police swooped in with 11 cars, using the pretext that she had taped a handwritten sign to a pole calling on people to stand with the community.

The two other club members were arrested close to noon just as the rally was set to begin. This time more than a dozen police cars roared up. This rally had been well advertised in the community. Former Black Panther and revolutionary communist Joe Veale was scheduled to speak at this rally. The rally could not take place due to the pre-emptive arrests.

How do we know this is a clear case of attacking the content of the message from the Revolution Club in violation of their First Amendment rights and the rights of the people to hear this message? Simple. Because the Commander of the 7th district has repeatedly told us this to our face. At a press conference to protest these arrests he told Carl Dix, "Alright, look, I am not going to let you intimidate me in this. You have to move yourself from in front of the station. We made lawful arrests today." When Carl Dix challenged this that commander said, "In my opinion a district commander, yes, these arrests were lawful, legal and within the law. This is not a police brutality situation at all. The 7th district works hard at fostering relationships within the community. And I think what you are doing right now is totally antithesis to what's going on in the streets."

And when the 7th District commander was challenged the next day by an attorney that he could not simply suppress speech he didn't like, the commander responded, "So I will do it legally, then! I will enforce every law I can find against this group."

The revolutionaries are being singled out to punish them and to send a message to the people that this (and worse) is what will happen to you if you dare to join up with the revolution and stand up to the police and the system they enforce. This arrest became a big social question in the community and beyond. A video of the revolutionaries being arrested, taken by a member of the community, was viewed by 92,000 people on Facebook live.

Two other club members were also arrested on July 21st and charged with violating a sound ordinance. Their charges have been dismissed.

The fact that the state is pursuing these charges is very serious and an outrage. The Revolution Club calls on all people of conscience to oppose this attack and to support the rights of the people in the neighborhood to peacefully assemble and the rights of the Revolution Club members to stand up to an informal martial law and conduct a rally and speakout against these police running amok on the South Side neighborhood without facing arrest. One woman suffered a cracked rib from her arrest and 2 of the 3 went to the hospital after release.

Send letters, emails and call the State's Attorney demanding that these charges be dropped:
Kim Fox, Cook County State's Attorney, 69 W. Washington, Suite 3200, Chicago, IL 60602
312-603-1880

Send copies to the Revolution Club at revclub.chi@gmail.com and call us at 312-804-9121.

Donate here (http://bit.ly/Maya-VoiD-Fund) to help pay legal fees.

And for those in Chicago, pack courtroom 303 at 555 W Harrison, Chicago at 9am this Wednesday, November 29.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Received from RefuseFascism.org
You Are Invited / Invite All Your Friends / Bring a Dish / Join & Share on Facebook

Potluck Social Gathering
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2:00 pm

Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago (Sunnyside & Hermitage, 4 blocks from Montrose Brown line)
Facebook Event here



Why are we coming together at this potluck? I know we are all questioning ourselves to different degrees as the outrages keep pouring in and the streets seem quieter than they were before mass shock set in. Before overload and then normalization began to take hold. So let’s take just a small inventory:

  • We are witnessing genocidal neglect in the aftermath of the devastation in Puerto Rico.
  • Net neutrality is about to be destroyed.
  • A tax bill passed the House that would save Trump and his immediate family over 1 billion dollars while decimating the middle class. It is being lauded by Republicans as a tax break for the middle class. Fake news.
  • 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Dakota access pipeline in mid-November (ten days ago!) and corporate news has barely mentioned it. The Trump regime overturned the halting of the pipeline construction by the Obama administration and now exactly what the Water Protectors said would happen has happened.
  • The House passed a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. We are watching the appointments all over the country of ultra-right wing conservatives to the federal judiciary who have promised to overturn Roe v Wade and even make contraception illegal.
  • We are being told that coal and nuclear power are the future for a clean environment and we have watched this administration leave the Paris Climate Accord and send fossil fuel executives to Bonn, Germany to spread disinformation regarding what 99% of all scientists agree upon: climate change is real, it is due to human action and if we do not reduce our carbon footprint, it will mean the end of human and animal life on this planet.
  • We are witness to one of the most dangerous moments in human history: Trump’s saber rattling with North Korea. The doomsday clock has been moved from 3 minutes to midnight to 2 1/2.
Remember why we are doing this now???? We have a regime of white supremacy and male supremacy changing the way we are governed. Humanity is at stake, quite literally. Are you going to listen to those who claim we are too radical? Is wanting a peaceful and healthy planet too radical? Is wanting  to expose and eradicate the hatred being espoused by this regime too radical? It is our responsibility to respond to these outrages as more civilians are being killed in the Middle East than ever before by U.S. bombings. The goal of having thousands of demonstrators turn into millions is exactly the kind of response that is appropriate, needed and proportionate to the threat that humanity is facing! It is a difficult battle right now so let’s hold on to one another until our spark becomes a flame, a flame that will ignite the massive resistance needed to end this nightmare.

Let us congregate next Sunday, Dec 3, at the Potluck Social Gathering. Let’s break bread and celebrate our humanity and our activism. Let’s discuss new strategies to organize people to get out in the streets and stay in the streets until this fascist regime has been driven out. This nightmare must end.

See you Sunday!
Matthew Skoller
You Are Invited / Invite All Your Friends / Bring a Dish / Join & Share on Facebook

Potluck Social Gathering
Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm

Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago (Sunnyside & Hermitage, 4 blocks from Montrose Brown line)
Facebook Event here
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Film showing: "THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! Oak Park, on November 4th from 6:30pm-8:30pm

We received the following invitation from Refuse Fascism, Chicago:

Film showing: "THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America: A Better World IS Possible"
a talk by Bob Avakian

We are organizing an event in Oak Park, on November 1st from 6:30pm-8:30pm. This is a perfect opportunity for new people to learn more and become involved in the RefuseFascism.org call for November 4 It Begins: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
WHEN: Wednesday, November 4th, 6:30-8:00 pm
WHERE: Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave, Oak Park, IL
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The film of Bob Avakian's new speech--THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America: A Better World IS Possible--addresses the most urgent question of the day: how to understand, and what to do about, the threat to humanity itself posed by the Trump/Pence regime. This talk--from the most radical revolutionary on the planet--makes the case for massive, sustained nonviolent outpourings to begin on November 4. It traces the roots of the regime--the deeper and more immediate causes of its rise to power. This hour-long speech is full of substance, and heart.

Questions & answers that followed the speech here

The daily, almost hourly, headlines cry out with urgency. See--and share--this talk.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Film and Discussion: Wednesday Oct 18, 7-9pm

Film and Discussion: Wednesday Oct 18, 7-9pm
of a NEW, timely film of a talk by BOB AVAKIAN 




Film and Discussion: Wednesday Oct 18, 7-9pm
Chicago Temple (First United Methodist Church)
Dixon Chapel, 2nd Fl, 77 W Washington 
(at 31 N. ClarkChicago, IL


 

The film of Bob Avakian's new speech--THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America: A Better World IS Possible--addresses the most urgent question of the day: how to understand, and what to do about, the threat to humanity itself posed by the Trump/Pence regime. This talk--from the most radical revolutionary on the planet--makes the case for massive, sustained nonviolent outpourings to begin on November 4. It traces the roots of the regime--the deeper and more immediate causes of its rise to power. This hour-long speech is full of substance, and heart.

Over the course of the following week, several hours of questions and answers that followed the speech will also be released.

The daily, almost hourly, headlines cry out with urgency. See--and share--this talk.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Revolution Books is excited to announce 
TWO SHOWINGS this week of the debut of a NEW, timely film of a talk by BOB AVAKIAN 


Film and Discussion:
Sunday Oct. 15
Event: begins 2pm
Revolution Club 
Organizing Center
1857 E. 71st Street, Chicago

For more information, call the
Revolution Club at 312-904-9121 or email revclub.chi@gmail.com
Film and Discussion:
Wednesday  Oct. 18
Event: 7-9pm
Chicago Temple 
(First United Methodist Church)
Dixon Chapel, 2nd Fl
77 W Washington St (@ Clark St)
Chicago

This film of Bob Avakian's new speech addresses the most urgent question of the day: how to understand, and what to do about, the threat to humanity itself posed by the Trump-Pence regime.

This talk -- from the most radical revolutionary on the planet -- makes the case for massive, sustained nonviolent outpourings to begin on November 4 in a compelling way. It traces the roots of the regime -- the deeper and more immediate causes of its rise to power.

This hour-long speech is full of substance and heart. With the daily, almost hourly, headlines crying out with urgency, you don't want to miss this film.
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