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

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