Monday, August 31, 2009

Actually... We CAN Change The World

September 13, Sunday, 4 pm

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Open House

Revolution Books will be hosting an Open House around the special middle school/high school issue of Revolution newspaper (issue #176)- Actually... We CAN Change the World!

Come make plans about getting this issue out to the schools and where the youth are and discuss your experiences in taking out this issue.

Sept. 12, Saturday, 1:20pm, CAN-TV Channel 19 broadcast of:

Morality to Change the World With or Without God(s)?

The April 7, 2009 event at Columbia College was an extraordinary exchange on the idea of god and the role of religion. Is religion a creation of humanity whose time has long passed? Or does it serve some deeper need of human beings or point to some deeper reality? Are beliefs in gods obstacles or pathways to understanding and changing the world and to the emancipation of humanity?


Stephen Asma, Ph.D., is professor of philosophy and humanities at Columbia College Chicago. He is a science writer, Buddhist, and author of The Gods Drink Whiskey; Stumbling toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha (Harper SanFrancisco, 2005).

Bob Bossie, SCJ, is a member of the international Catholic order of Priests of the Sacred Heart and a staff member of the 8th Day Center for Justice in Chicago, where he works on issues of peace, human rights, economic justice and non-violence. A founding member of Voices in the Wilderness, Bob has spoken widely and traveled to Iraq and Latin America.

Sunsara Taylor writes for Revolution Newspaper, the voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. She is part of a national campus tour to promote the 2008 book, Away With All Gods! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World, by Revolutionary Communist Party Chairman Bob Avakian (Insight Press). Taylor has been featured in/on The New York Times, The O'Reilly Factor, and CNN's Showbiz Tonight.

This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences of Columbia College, 8th Day Center for Justice, and Insight Press.

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Spread this via Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, emails and text blasts.

AND ON 9.1.09, join the movement to put this before thousands.

Embed the clips (which will appear at on 9.1) or parts of the full film onto your sites and tell all your friends.

In 2003 Bob Avakian delivered this historic talk in the United States. This is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey. It breaks down the very nature of the society we live in and how humanity has come to a time where a radically different society is possible. He lays it all out in a nine-hour speech-and then goes into three hours of question-and-answer dialogue with the audiences. It's all there-full of heart and soul, humor and seriousness.

There is nothing online like THIS: nothing that gets at these questions as deeply, thoroughly and truthfully as this. Millions of people are searching for the truth, and watching videos, short and long. Some of these give part of the answer; but some of them-including some of the most popular-give people bullshit answers, pointing people in the wrong direction and spreading poison. Here, and all over the world, people need to see Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About.

And YOU are needed to spread this. Here are 4 ways to help make this happen.

1. Right now, forward this email/note. Post this announcement on your sites.

2. On 9.1.09, go to and Embed the clips or the full film onto your sites, post it on message boards, discussion groups... wherever people are debating big questions.

3. Download the promotional materials (posters, cards, stickers) NOW from and get them up in your dorm rooms, housing projects, local coffee shops... Talk with your friends about taking this up as well - anyone you know who hates the way the world is and are hungering to understand it and be part of changing it radically.

4. Contribute funds at starting on 9.1.09 to spread this further.

Get with and be part of launching the Revolution film online.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

upcoming events

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Saturday, August 22

4:00p - 8:00p
Loyola Beach
(enter at Morse Ave.)
Fundraiser Potluck
$5 a plate, bring a dish,
Donate generously to Revolution Newspaper

Get down with Revolution Newspaper. We're building off the Statement:
The Revolution We Need... The Leadership We Have A Message, And A Call,
From The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

Come see clips of the DVD by Bob Avakian, "REVOLUTION: Why It's Necessary, Why Its Possible, and What It's All About". We must spread the word to every corner of this people the means to become part of this revolutionary movement, and organizing into this movement everyone who wants to make a contribution to it, who wants to work and fight, to struggle and sacrifice, not to keep this nightmare of a world going as it is but to bring a better world into being.

Saturday, August 22
4:00p - 8:00p
Sherman Park
Fundraiser Potluck
Donate generously to Revolution Newspaper

Sherman Park is on Garfield Blvd (55th street) between Racine and Loomis (west of the Dan Ryan, in the Englewood neighborhood). The entrance to the park is at Throop and Garfield.

For more information on the Rogers Park or Englewood picnics, call 773.489.0930.
August 23, Sunday, 4 PM

Join us for a discussion on RUMINATIONS AND WRANGLINGS: On the Importance of Marxist Materialism, Communism as a Science, Meaningful Revolutionary Work, and a Life with Meaning, by Bob Avakian, Part 9 - Relying on the masses, but not on spontaneity, even in socialist society.

August 25, Monday 6:30 - 9 PM

Pick up a bundle of Revolution newspapers hot off the press and/or join a discussion of the lead articles and "hot topics" while mailing subscriptions to prisoners. Bring friends.
Sunday evening September 27
BooCoo Café, Church and Dodge, Evanston

Benefit for
Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund

Featuring Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls avante-garde post-bop jazz

An evening of music, dramatic readings of letters from prisoners,
and more

One in nine young black men between the ages of 20 and 34 are incarcerated *The U.S. incarcerates more of its people than any other country on the planet. *1/3 of all women in prison in the world are in U.S. prisons.

The Prisoner's Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF) meets a deeply felt need coming from those looking for revolution and revolutionary leadership in some of America 's deepest hell holes, by filling hundreds of requests every year from U.S. prisoners for revolutionary literature, mainly subscriptions to Revolution newspaper (

(Host Committee in formation)

PRLF's website: PRLF is a project of IHC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity (

For more information or to volunteer, call 773-225-6800, or email

We received the following announcement from Chicago World Can't Wait. Contact Chicago World Can't Wait about going to Omaha. Details below.

Omaha August 28 and 29:
Come to Nebraska or help others get there!

Dr. CarhartDr. George Tiller's Wichita clinic, which cared for tens of thousands of women over thirty-six years, was closed a week after he was assassinated on May 31, shot in the head at close range. One of his colleagues, Dr. Leroy Carhart, an outspoken advocate for women's rights, has asserted that he will care for Dr. Tiller's patients and continue the provision of late-abortion services, stepping forward to fill the great need left by Tiller's absence. He had worked at Dr. Tiller's clinic, as well as his own clinic in Bellevue, Nebraska. In 1991, his home and barn were burned to the ground in an arson claimed by anti-abortion activists. This spurred Dr. Carhart to devote more of his practice to providing abortions, and to challenge laws restricting abortion access. This brave stance on the part of this 67 yr. old doctor was Operation Rescue's cue to turn all attention to him as their next "target #1." To that end, they have announced their "visit" to Dr. Carhart's clinic the weekend of August 28 and 29 for "rescue outreach" and a "rally for victory," with the aim of closing down his clinic also. They have years of practice conducting this "rescue" outside Dr. Tiller's clinic, using giant grotesque images of gore to harass patients, throngs of hysterical zombies throwing themselves in front of cars, and "counseling" women entering the parking lot by screaming at them, lying about what kind of help they would offer, and doing all this in the name of a hateful brand of Christianity. Read about Dr. Carhart in Newsweek. View the local news coverage of the developing situation here, where the Bellevue, Nebraska police are reported to say "they couldn't promise Carhart would be safe once he leaves" (the clinic).

"Either this killing will succeed in creating a climate where abortion providers cannot do their work and no one else joins them in that work, or it will be answered by growing numbers of people waking up, coming off the sidelines, defending our doctors and our clinics, and reversing the whole dynamic that has led to this situation where not only abortion, but birth control too, is imperiled."

In that spirit, we are mobilizing to go to Nebraska to defend Dr. Carhart and stand up for women's lives at a crucial moment. Even though abortion, one of the most common medical procedures done in the US (over 45 million women have had abortions) is still legal, if we don't stand up for the doctors who provide this health care, we won't actually have this most basic right to decide whether, when, or if we are to be mothers.

Operation Rescue is extremely well-funded; whereas we are not. If you cannot join us in Nebraska at the end of the month, please donate to those who can. A contribution of $100 is enough to sponsor one more person standing between the vicious misogynists traveling from around the Midwest and Dr. Carhart, who bravely intends to keep his clinic open that Saturday. Your donation will make a very concrete difference in whether or not women's lives will be further endangered by this hate-filled movement.

You can donate specifically towards this bus online at or by contacting Michelle Fadeley, DuPage Co. NOW President, and organizer of the Chicagoland area bus traveling to Nebraska at


There will be at least one bus traveling from Chicago to Nebraska to bring people to the clinic besieged by anti-women, anti-gay Christian right-wingers who, as Dr. Carhart said, "want to put me out of business or kill me, one of the two."

Be there to protect this heroic doctor and stand up for women everywhere. Plans as of today are to leave Chicago Thursday night, arrive in Nebraska Friday morning on Aug. 28th, and leave Saturday night, returning to Chicago very early on Sunday morning Aug. 29th.

Get your ticket now! Email us at, call us at 773-227-2453, PayPal us the money here, or email the DuPage Co. NOW president, Michelle Fadeley at to pay in person. Contact us asap if you want to go and need a sponsor for the ticket.



Listen to Dr. Leroy Carhart and Debra Sweet, Director of The World Can't Wait, discuss the threats to abortion providers and the rights of women to fully participate in society on the August 18 KPFK broadcast of Beneath the Surface with Michael Slate, by clicking on

Friday, August 14, 2009

This Weekend!


2-10 PM at the 1100 block of N. Ashland

Go to for Literago's profile on Revolution Books and 8/15 Summer Party.

Stop in at Revolution Books for your Summer Party card to receive the following discounts at participating stores on your next visit:

Rev BooksRevolution Books
50% off your next new book.
Buy 2 Novem tees, get a third one free!

20% off your next purchase.
Strange Beauty Show
15% off your next cut or color service.

Dusty Groove Records
10% off your next purchase.

Featuring local artists and DJs, break dancing & spoken word poetry.

Outdoor BBQ (at Novem) courtesy of La Palapita.

Revolution Books will hold an arts, crafts & collectibles sale from noon - 10pm in connection with the Summer Party to raise vital funds for Revolution Books. Last month's sidewalk sale raised several hundred dollars for Revolution Books and Revolution newspaper, thanks to your generous donations and volunteer help. Contact Revolution Books to donate items for the sale, to work at the sale, or to perform.

August 16, Sunday, 4 PM

Discussion on "Ruminations and Wranglings: On the Importance of Marxist Materialism, Communism as a Science, Meaningful Revolutionary Work, and a Life with Meaning" by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA-Part 8: Winning people to be communists, emancipators of humanity as well as Statement by Bob Avakian on the Occasion of the Death of Willie "Mobile" Shaw.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bring Revolution to Bud Billiken Parade

Saturday, Aug. 8 - Join us at Bud Billiken Parade

Look for our tent near the entrance of Washington Park (at 51st on the east side of S. King Drive), starting at 7 AM and going throughout the day. Teams will be fanning out with the statement The Revolution We Need... The Leadership We Have A Message, And A Call, From The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. You can meet at Revolution Books at 7:30 AM Saturday to get a ride to the parade, or join us on the spot in the park at our tent at 51st & King Drive. Call Revolution Books (773.489.0930) to volunteer and for further information.

This is the 80th annual Bud Billiken Day parade. It's the largest parade in the Black community in the US, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators every year.

Sunday, August 9, 4pm

Discussion of The Arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.--a RACIST OUTRAGE-- and the ensuing Cover-up and Backlash

GatesOn July 16, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of the most recognized African-American intellectuals and personalities in America, was arrested because he objected angrily to being accused of breaking into his own home. He was handcuffed at his home and jailed.

Gates' arrest, and ensuing comments by Barack Obama that racial profiling is "just a fact," set off a furious barrage of attacks from the powers that be against any attempt to call out the arrest of Henry Louis Gates as exactly what it was: a message, backed up by police with guns, handcuffs, and jail cells, that no Black man in America, no matter how successful by the system's own standards, is immune to the "unwritten code" that Black people have to bow and scrape when confronted unjustly by a police officer.

In light of all the bullshit, it is necessary to once again, sort out truth from lies, reality from bullshit, and right from wrong. The ugly reality of the way this system oppresses Black people needs to be fully dragged out into the light of day, and all who oppose injustice need to condemn it unequivocally and build opposition to it. And those who are sick and tired of it need to get into the revolution and understand this SYSTEM has always thrived on the oppression of Black people in one form or another and can never create a society where Black people can truly breathe free, day in and day out-and must be swept aside and replaced with a revolutionary communist society, where all forms of oppression can finally be eliminated.

Join us to get into all this. Read the recent coverage in Revolution:

The Arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: What do they call a Black man with a PhD? RACIST OUTRAGE in Massachusetts by Alan Goodman

August 15, Saturday

Ashland Ave. Summer Party, from 2-10 PM at the 1100 block of North Ashland Ave. (Haddon St. to Thomas St.) Featuring afternoon Sidewalk sale, evening Art Walk, and DJ's. Special discounts offered by the sponsoring stores. Revolution Books will hold a fundraising art & collectible sidewalk sale in connection with this event.
Ashland Ave. Summer Party is sponsored by The Novem Store, Kokorokoko, Strange Beauty Show, Dusty Groove Records and Revolution Books.

August 10, Monday 6:30 - 9 PM
at Revolution Books

Pick up a bundle of Revolution newspapers hot off the press and/or join a discussion of the lead articles and "hot topics" while mailing subscriptions to prisoners. Bring friends.
August 16, Sunday, 4 PM

Discussion on "Ruminations and Wranglings: On the Importance of Marxist Materialism, Communism as a Science, Meaningful Revolutionary Work, and a Life with Meaning" by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA-Part 8: Winning people to be communists, emancipators of humanity," as well as Statement by Bob Avakian on the Occasion of the Death of Willie "Mobile" Shaw.
Revolution Books Recommends

REVOLUTION: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What's the Revolution All About, a film of a speech by Bob Avakian on DVD

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-
Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by
Douglas A. Blackmon

The Oppression of Black People, the Crimes of this System, and the Revolution We Need, Revolution newspaper, #144, October 5, 2008

Sunday, August 2, 2009

upcoming events

August 2, Sunday 4 PM
Join us for a discussion on


Declaration 158 CoverWE DECLARE: NO MORE!
Women need emancipation. Women need liberation from thousands of years of tradition's chains. This is a declaration that stands on the clear recognition that for humanity as a whole to advance, half of humanity must be lifted from centuries of being condemned to being the property of men and pitilessly exploited, demeaned and degraded in a thousand ways. Women are not breeders. Women are not lesser beings. Women are not objects created for the sexual pleasure of men. Women are human beings capable of participating fully and equally in every realm of human endeavor. When women are held down, all of humanity is held back. Women must win liberation, and they can only be liberated through the revolutionary transformation of the world and the emancipation of all of humanity, and through being a powerful motive force in that revolution. Read Declaration.

"Abortion on Demand and without Apology"
Winners of Chicago Bughouse Square Soapbox Competition:
Click here for Bughouse Square Debates 2009 - Lina Thorne and
Bughouse Square Debates 2009 - Mars Caulton.

In case you missed it. . .

Cornel West and Carl Dix dialogue on:

The Ascendancy of Obama. . .
and the Continued Need for
Resistance and Liberation

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On July 14, 2009, an extremely important and successful program, featuring Cornel West, one of America's most provocative public intellectuals, and Carl Dix, a long-time revolutionary and a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, took place at Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem, New York. Read on.

Click here to listen to the whole exchange of the July 14 dialogue in Harlem. This is also available on disc from Chicago Revolution Books.

Go to to watch the video.

Cornel West and Carl Dix on Race and Politics in Age of Obama
Watch or listen to the July 22nd nationally broadcast interview on DEMOCRACY NOW! with Amy Goodman.

August 1, Saturday

Warped tour - Join us at the Revolution Books booth in the non profit zone at Warped Tour. Help get out Revolution and other literature. Dialogue, debate with and challenge youth from many different areas and learn firsthand about the ongoing struggle within the punk and hardcore scene over politics, religion, and ideology, while listening to Warped's lineup of music. Go to for info on bands and tickers. Chicago's Warped Tour is in Tinley Park at First Midwest Bank Amphitheater.

Also, join us this weekend to take out Revolution newspaper to neighborhoods and events. Meet at Revolution Books Saturday at noon.
August 3, Monday 6:30 - 9 pm

Pick up a bundle of Revolution newspapers hot off the press and/or join a discussion of the lead articles and "hot topics" while mailing subscriptions to prisoners. Bring friends.

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