Every week the headlines scream out at us that we need a radically different world. On Thursday, Arizona began enforcing an unjust, immoral, and unconstitutional law that threatens the lives of immigrants. Last Monday, 90,000 secret military documents that paint a devastating picture of the brutal invasion and occupation of Afghanistan were leaked from inside the U.S. military. The cop who shot Oscar Grant in the back as he was detained, lying face down on a subway platform, killing him, wasconvicted only of "involuntary manslaughter"showing the reality behind the "post-racial society."
This is not the best of all possible worlds and we do not have to live this way! We are building a movement for revolution, now, and you should be a part of this.
So, start organizing your friends to watch together on Sunday August 8. Spread this email to your lists, make a donation and challenge your friends to match it and join the movement for revolution.
On June 20, several hundred people watched the first web-a-thon. 160 people donated and we surpassed met the goal. $10,048 has been raised. This was a success and showed the potential of "giving 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."[From Message and Call]
This time, with your help spreading the word and challenging others to donate we want to triple the number of people who watch online, and double the number of donors. Our goal is to raise $12,000 towards special projects to popularize Bob Avakian's leadership, including:
New York City "Revolution in the Park" outdoor film series;
initial promotion and publication of BAsics, a pocket sized book of about 100 Bob Avakian quotations to be published later this year;
So, hold the date, make your plans, and tune in on Sunday August 8! We will send instructions for tuning in later this week.
Schedule 3:00-4:00:Introduction;We Are Building a Movement for Revolution 4:00-5:00: Make Bob Avakian a Household Name: Hear the Revolution Talk & More on BAsics 5:00-6:00:A Capitalist Oil Spill: A System Not Fit to Be Caretaker of the Planet, and the Revolution We Need! featuring Raymond Lotta 6:00-7:00:Prisoners Connect with the Revolution:Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund
7:00-8:00: Arizona Freedom Summerfeaturing Travis Morales & Why Do People Come here? by Bob Avakian 8:00-9:00: The Revolution We Need; The Leadership We Have
One way proceeds from the June 20 web-a-thon spread revolution:
Detroit:A billboard high over inbound I-75, and also right in sight of thousands of commuters leaving Detroit on a major street announced the Revolution Talk by Bob Avakian. As thousands of participants in the US Social Forum poured into the city, they got the Message & Call; they had a chance to hear deep and varied presentations from Revolution newspaper correspondents, learn that the revolution is real, and join Carl Dix and others standing with the people in the wake of the police execution of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones.
Watch the WEB-A-THON at Revolution Books on the big screen.
There will be major fundraising efforts for Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund the weekend of August 7-8. These include a PRLF phone-a-thon on August 7 and a segment for PRLF in a web-a-thon for the Campaign "The Revolution We Need: The Leadership We Have" on August 8. The PRLF portion will feature powerful readings of letters from prisoners, some you can see now on youtube at prlfvideos. The goal is to raise $3,500, funds that are urgently needed to renew existing Revolution newspaper subscriptions to prisoners and to fulfill hundreds of requests for subs on a waiting list.