In just the last month we have witnessed an environmental catastrophe in the Gulf, the Israeli massacre of unarmed activists challenging the Gaza blockade, fascist anti-immigrant laws passed in Arizona, and the police murder of an innocent 7-year-old Black girl, Aiyana Stanley-Jones.
This has truly been a month of horrible crimes against the people. And this shows that the criminals now running things have no right to rule.
Now, it's time for the people to deliver a powerful answer to these crimes.
Help put revolution on the map by tuning in, donating, and picking up the phone and calling your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to do the same. Our goal is to raise $10,000 that will go towards putting "The Revolution We Need... The Leadership We Have" campaign into high gear. [Instructions for tuning will be available on revcom.uslater this week.]
Right now on the ground in New Orleans we are building a movement for revolution
and you can be a part of contributing to Revolution Newspaper's coverage that is bringing you the real truth about the causes and solutions to this crisis and giving a voice to people on a mission to galvanize a force that can bring all of those holding their collective breath to now mobilize PEOPLE to stop this catastrophe and protect the environment.
Watch Raymond Lotta online speaking from Revolution Books on the full scope of this crisis: why the normal workings of capitalist production produced the BP oil spill, why the monumental nature of this disaster and the environmental crisis threatening the planet cannot be solved by anything short of revolution, and the principles a communist revolution would apply to creating a sustainable economy and set about repairing the damage to planet earth. Then, send this link to your friends and let them know about the national web-a-thon on June 20.
On June 20 watch the webcast with live coverage from Larry Everest from the Gulf Coast and donate generously for reporting and for Larry's work organizing the Gulf Emergency Summit in New Orleans, Saturday, June 19.
When 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones was cut down by police bullets as she slept with her grandmother in her front room, Carl Dix traveled immediately to stand with Aiyana's family and the people of Detroit's devastated neighborhoods. While the mayor and the Media managed the Orwellian feat of turning the blame on the family and the people, Carl was there to take this on - to show the whole damn system's hand in this murder and how we could run society a WHOLE different way.
Picture really putting revolution ON THE MAP in Detroit,
leading into and at the US Social Forum at the end of June. Picture everyone driving to the US Social Forum passing by a huge billboard advertising Bob Avakian's Revolution Talk, Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About and imagine what it will mean to bring "The Revolution We Need... The Leadership We Have" out to both the oppressed people of Detroit who are seething over brutality and injustice and the activists coming to the Social Forum to wrangle with making a different and better world-bringing these forces together. This webcast will have live coverage from Carl Dix in Detroit, and your donation is needed to make this happen.
This campaignhas just completed an effort to put 200,000 statementsinto the hands of people in ten days, going for undeniable effect in concentrated spots around the country! Now as we send reporters and volunteers to Detroit, New Orleans & Arizona, the next step to really have societal impact requires substantial funds, for printed materials, for advertising, & for reportage.
This webcast is going to be great, like having a revolutionary TV station, with hosts Sunsara and Annie bringing a picture of what this campaign is all about, with highlights of the first six months and live coverage from Detroit, New Orleans, from Alan Goodman and others. Over the next week we will be sending you updates on programming and the urgent needs to be filled.
To be part of this web-a-thon:
1. make your own donation online here:
or checks can be made out to RCP Publications (marked "Web-a-thon") and sent to RCP Publications, P.O. Box 3486, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654.
2. tune in on June 20th [instructions will be available soon at www.revcom.us
3. invite friends to join you in tuning in - either inviting them to your home or calling them and getting them to donate on the same day
On May 12th, the Detroit police murdered 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Then they treated her family like criminals, arresting her grandmother and testing her for drugs and gun powder residue and making her father lay on the floor in the very room his little girl had just been blown away in, his face in her still warm blood.
AND fromJune 22-26thousands of people from all over the country, and beyond, are coming to Detroit for the US Social Forum. They will be putting their heads together and debating about how to make a different andbetter world.
Get there June 15th and stay for the whole time. Be there for the United States Social Forum June 22-26, and bring the outrage of the masses in Detroit at this murder into this important gathering of radical activists. And bring the desire of these activists for a better world out among the masses in Detroit. Get there for any part of this time that you can. But get there.
People who want to volunteer to go to Detroit or make a financial contribution to this effort should get in contact with us right away.
Write, call, e-mail: Libros Revolucion/Revolution Books (contact information above) or
Please give your name, e-mail, phone number so someone can get back to you right away. Checks can be made out to RCP Publications (marked "Detroit Effort").
Fill Their Shoes!! Volunteer at Revolution Books
Step up Revolutionary Work in Chicago
Some of those who have volunteered to go to Detroit currently play an important roles in Chicago: As volunteers at Revolution Books they make it possible to keep the doors of the bookstore open. As distributors of Revolution newspaper, they connect people from neighborhoods of the oppressed and people from college campuses with the movement for revolution. And this is only part of the contributions these volunteers are making.
We are calling of people - if you aren't volunteering to go to Detroit - step up to fill the shoes of those who are going.
Thursday July 15th 7pm - Author Event with Music David Masciotra will speak about his new book
WORKING ON A DREAM: THE PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL VISION OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
David Masciotra is an author and cultural critic. His first book, published by Continuum Books, is called Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen. It is an informative, provocative, and stimulating blend of music analysis, political commentary, and cultural criticism. Masciotra has written for Z Magazine, The Humanist, The Catholic Worker, and PopMatters. He has also written for several Chicago area newspapers, including the Herald News in Joliet, Illinois, where he was a weekly political columnist. You can view his blog at Subtle Subversion, hosted by True/Slant.
Kevin Wright: Kevin Wright is the lead guitarist and backup vocalist of The Righteous Hillbillies. He will perform original songs and Springsteen covers.