Monday, February 28, 2011

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March 13, Sunday 
2-4 pm
Join Us in a Celebration of  

International Women's Day


Celebrate International Women's Day. For anyone who has any desire to know why HALF of humanity remains in chains because of their gender...who wants to understand the oppression of women AND what can actually be done to radically uproot this oppression is invited to be part of this revolutionary celebration.


"Imagine if the pent-up anger, as well as the creativity and yearning for a different way of living, that burns inside women were unleashed and given conscious direction; if it became fuel in not only challenging any and every form of women's oppression but in contributing to the development and revolutionization of society and the world as a whole.


Imagine if half of humanity were no longer forced to live with the ever-present knowledge that at any time of day or night, in their own homes or on the street, they could be attacked and raped-by conquering soldiers, predatory strangers, and most often by their own so-called "lovers." Imagine what it would feel like if women could walk the earth truly free of that kind of fear." It's not just a dream-it is possible".


 



In many ways, and particularly for men, the woman question and whether you seek to completely abolish or to preserve the existing property and social relations and corresponding ideology that enslave women (or maybe "just a little bit" of them) is a touchstone question among the oppressed themselves. It is a dividing line between "wanting in" and really "wanting out": between fighting to end all oppression and exploitation-and the very division of society into classes-and seeking in the final analysis to get your part in this.


- Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
From
A Horrible End, or An End To The Horror?
RCP Publications, 1984
Imagine if never again did a woman know what it was to sell her body as a desperate last resort to feed herself or her children, or in any other way have her sexuality forced or coerced

Imagine, instead, if sexuality and intimacy became for everyone something only engaged in when it was free and voluntary and on the basis of mutual respect, equality and a shared desire. Imagine young people growing up with the education and support they need to explore healthy relationships and sex when they are ready, unburdened by physical danger or unnecessary emotional harm.

It's not just a dream-it is possible.


Think what it means that today for men there is no insult that hits harder than being called a "pussy" or a "fag." Now, imagine a day when people look back at today's restrictive notions of gender-of what it is to be a "man" and what it is to be a "woman"-as mind-boggling absurdities of humanity's oppressive past.
Imagine a society in which women were not evaluated on the basis of physical beauty standards, their human worth and potential reduced to one or another body part-but instead were related to as human beings, in the fullest sense.


Imagine if abortion and birth control were available to all women at all times without stigma or apology. Imagine if everyone learned the science surrounding women's biology-as well as science and the scientific method more broadly-so that never again could so-called "holy men" prey on people's ignorance to heap the weight of tradition, the shackles of forced motherhood, and the suffocation of shame on women for exercising these most fundamental rights.


It's not just a dream-it is possible-and it is urgently crying out to be done.  (read more) Excerpts from "A Declaration: For Women's Liberation And The Emancipation of All Of Humanity"- Revolutionary State Power-A Most Liberating Thing,

 
 Sunday March 6th 4 pm
Join us for a very important discussion on
A Statement from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA,
On The Strategy For Revolution


Come to Revolution Books Monday February 28 to pick up a bundle of Revolution newspapers, which will have this important statement.
Revolution Books will be open from 3-7 pm Monday





Friday, February 25, 2011

J0IN US  SUNDAY 2/27, 4pm
For a Discussion of 

225 cover enEGYPT 2011: MILLIONS HAVE HEROICALLY STOOD UP...THE FUTURE REMAINS TO BE WRITTEN
A Statement By Bob Avakian, 
Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

Millions of Egyptian people from all walks of life, drawing inspiration from the people of Tunisia, have heroically risen up, defied the hated regime of Hosni Mubarak and forced Mubarak to resign. This has shattered the notion that "things can never change." It is a powerful demonstration that there is no permanent necessity to the existing conditions under which the great majority of humanity suffer so terribly. Oppressed people and people who hunger for an end to oppression, in every country all over the world, have deeply shared in the joy and hope of these massive uprisings. And the stirrings of revolt continue to spread

At the same time, while Mubarak has stepped down, the same basic forces that have so cruelly ruled over and exploited the Egyptian people remain in power. And, despite their honeyed words of praise for the masses of youth and others who have risen up, despite their promises of "freedom" and "democracy," in reality they are determined to bring about a "transition" that will ensure that there is no fundamental change-that whatever new arrangements are engineered in the political process will still keep the masses of people in Egypt, in Palestine, and other countries of strategic importance for U.S. imperialism, in unbearable conditions. After all, the armed forces in Egypt-which are now supposed to carry out this "transition"-are the same armed forces which for decades faithfully and brutally enforced the rule of the Mubarak regime, while the heads of this military enriched themselves through becoming major exploiters of the Egyptian people; and the imperialists of the U.S.-who fully backed Mubarak and his cronies and kept them in power for 30 years, without any regard for the suffering of the people-are the very same imperialists who are now seeking yet again to call the shots and give the ultimate orders in terms of what the "transition" in Egypt will be. (read the complete article)



Saturday , 2/26 Noon in the Loop, Chicago
Join us for the WALK FOR CHOICE
STOP THE ASSAULT ON ABORTION RIGHTS
Look at all the children
Look at all these beautiful children who are female in the world!
Join us as we get out Revolution Newspaper at the WALK FOR CHOICE
Be a part of this important event

Check out these important Revolution newspaper articles:
From "A Declaration: For Women's Liberation and the Emancipation of All of Humanity" Revolutionary State Power-A Most Liberating Thing  

Call Revolution Books at 773.489.0930 for details

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Tahrir
EGYPT 2011: TAHRIR SQUARE
Now, do you see what we were talking about?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

JOIN US IN MADISON MONDAY FEB 21
Call Revolution Books for rides and information 
 
 
Madison Wisconsin has become ground zero in the national fight over the very legitimacy of public sector unions and attacks on public education. The streets of Madison have become a flashpoint for the clash of broader forces that currently define American politics.

Monday February 21 people will take the day to head for Madison in a major show of support and stand with the resisters. In the past days, tens of thousand of students, teachers, health workers, public service union members and supporters are flooding into Madison resisting these outrageous attacks. Hundreds of students are sitting in and sleeping at the capital rotunda and thousands of others are marching throughout the central city area every day. As one student from Madison said, "Egypt caught the wave from Tunisia, and now we are surfing the wave from Egypt".

In a recent statement by Bob Avakian entitled Egypt 2011: Millions Have Heroically Stood Up... The Future Remains to Be Written, he pointed out "This has shattered the notion that 'things never change'. It is a powerful demonstration that there is no permanent necessity to the existing conditions under which the great majority of humanity suffers so terribly."


This is one of those times when sudden jolts and breakdowns occur in the normal functioning of society. They compel people to question and to resist what they usually accept. No one can say in advance what will happen in these situations-how deep a crisis may go, or in what ways it poses challenges to the system and to what degree it might call forth unrest and rebellion among people who are normally caught up in or feel powerless to stand up against what this system does. But at such times people are searching for answers and are open to radical change. This must be recognized and built upon. In this kind of situation, leaps can be made in building up the movement and organized forces for revolution, creating a stronger basis to go forward and make further advances. 


People need to fight back, and people do fight back. But to make that fight more powerful- and carry it through to put an end to all this-people need to learn that the root is this capitalist system, and the solution is getting rid of this system and bringing a new system, socialism, aiming for the final goal of a communist world. Fight the Power, and Transform the People, for Revolution is a key part of our strategic approach. For the full text read ON THE STRATEGY FOR REVOLUTION A Statement from the Revolutionary Communist Party.
Join us in taking out The Revolution We Need...The Leadership We Have, a national campaign to build a movement for revolution and Revolution Newspaper.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

JUST RECEIVED from REVOLUTION newspaper
EGYPT 2011: MILLIONS HAVE
HEROICALLY STOOD UP...
THE FUTURE REMAINS TO BE WRITTEN

A Statement By Bob Avakian,
Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

February 11, 2011

Millions of Egyptian people from all walks of life, drawing inspiration from the people of Tunisia, have heroically risen up, defied the hated regime of Hosni Mubarak and forced Mubarak to resign. This has shattered the notion that "things can never change." It is a powerful demonstration that there is no permanent necessity to the existing conditions under which the great majority of humanity suffer so terribly. Oppressed people and people who hunger for an end to oppression, in every country all over the world, have deeply shared in the joy and hope of these massive uprisings. And the stirrings of revolt continue to spread…(read the entire article)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Friday, February 11, 7pm - Discussion on the massive and courageous uprising in Egypt

Read the articles below from Revolution Newspaper 2/7/2011 Special Online Issue.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  

POSTPONED - Sunday 2/13 Discussion of BIRDS CANNOT GIVE BIRTH TO CROCODILES, BUT HUMANITY CAN SOAR BEYOND THE HORIZON by Bob Avakian.  Stay Tuned for rescheduled date.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Friday, February 4, 7pm - Hot Topics discussion on Egypt
 

Egypt Erupts!

A massive and courageous uprising has erupted throughout Egypt-the most populous Arab country-with the youth at the forefront. What direction this will ultimately go, and how far, is to be determined. But this uprising already has been-and even more could be-an important element in shaking up the whole reactionary world order-giving oxygen to all those who hunger for liberation or are even dissatisfied with the way things are.



 
Additional coverage in current issue of Revolution is linked below.
Events in Egypt are developing rapidly. Stay tuned to revcom.us for updates.

The "Grand"-And Deadly-Illusion

A Profound Lesson...And A Deep Challenge


Join us for further discussions of excerpts from:




 


 
By Bob Avakian, Chairman of the
Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

February 6, Sunday, 4 pm
 " The Theory of "Social Contract" and the Lack of Materialism"
"So, as part of the process of excavating certain thinking and examining it in light of materialism, I want to examine briefly the whole, fundamentally erroneous notions of bourgeois political theory concerning the "social contract" and the idea of "governments deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"-which is, of course, a major theme and principle of bourgeois-democratic theory and in fact a major distortion of reality, and specifically a distortion of the historical development of human beings and their societies-in short, an unscientific, idealist notion...." (read more)
[from Revolution newspaper #222]

February 13, Sunday, 4pm
"The Fundamental Difference Between Communism and Anarchism"
"Our differences with anarchism have to do with the necessity, and the nature, of the transition to a radically different society, but they also have to do, even beyond that, with the very nature of the final goal: what kind of society we're striving for and how that society would actually operate, how human beings would interrelate in that society, what is materially possible and viable on that basis, and how you would deal in such a society, not with some sort of abstract absolute freedom, but with the continuing contradictory dynamic between necessity and freedom...." (read more)
[from Revolution newspaper #223]
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