Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Please note: The Discussion on Wednesday Aug 17, 7 pm has been postponed to August 20.  
Saturday, August 20, 5-7pm
Brainstorming and Planning Session  
A Plan to Shake Up and Wake Up the CampusBAsics Book Cover 

100,000 Run of a Special Issue of Revolution Newspaper onBAsics
Join us Saturday August 20 from 5-7 pm for an important presentation and discussion ofa bold new plan to "Shake up and Wake Up the Campuses" that is featured in the current issue of Revolutionnewspaper.  Pizza and refreshments will follow the program. 

This week's Revolution Newspaper #243, has concrete ideas on HOW this should and could come down. We want to hear all kinds of ideas to feed into these plans. Your thinking and input on this is most welcome, most needed. Especially we want to hear from students and recent students-including those who may have checked out the movement for revolution for a time and decided to step away from it, at least for awhile.  
The following Monday, Revolution #244 will publish a special 8-page all-color issue that will introduce people to BAsics. This issue will focus on quotes from BAsics and quotes from people who have read BAsics and have something to say about it. 100,000 will be published to take out--with a major emphasis on the weeks from August 24 to September 7--to get them out in a massive way, mainly focused on college campuses and some emphasis on high schools as well. Come pick up bundles of Revolution Newspaper from 3-7 pm August 22.

 We plan to saturate areas and jump-start a process whereby tens of thousands of youth are introduced to Bob Avakian--raw and uncut - where different levels of engagement with what he's all about and what he has to say can get underway. One big part of this must be asignificant number of actual sales of BAsics itself, so that people's engagement can deepen and grow richer over time.

So...let's get started. Stay tuned for next week...and the week after...as we  more deeply into this.

 Revolution Books, BAsics and Stolen Lives  
at the Bud Billiken Parade

Bud Billiken 1 

The annual back to school Bud Billiken parade is the largest African American parade in the US. This year Revolution Books sponsored a highly successful contingent taking a bold uncompromising stand against the murderous police rampage.  

It featured revolutionaries, Stolen Lives family and friends whose loved ones have been shot or killed by the police. A parent of a recently killed youth led carrying a huge red flag followed by a large banner of Basics from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian. The contingent punctured the suffocating atmosphere of the recent police rampage of 42 people shot in 2011, the most recent, a thirteen year old shot 4 times! Many had no idea the number of people shot and killed.(see Chicago Police on a Murderous Rampage in revcom.us)

A large Stolen Lives banner featured pictures of many people killed by the Chicago police. The response from the crowd was tremendous-fists in the air, cheers and people chanting along with "Indict, Convict, Send the killer cops to jail - The whole damn system is Guilty as Hell".  

Family members, their friends and kids, wearing Revolution  t-shirts and t-shirts in memory of loved ones killed by police , were hugged by people along the sidelines. They felt strengthened as well as deeply moved by the response of the crowd. People in the crowd reached out for fliers and Revolution newspapers. Bikes decorated with pictures of stolen lives tied onto the handlebars weaved in and out of the contingent in defiance of the cops.  

In a very sharp way the quote from Bob Avakian in Basics came alive. "IT IS TIME FOR US TO WAKE UP. The days when this system can just keep on doing what it does to people, here and all over the world...when people are not inspired and organized to stand up against these outrages and to build up the strength to put an end to this madness...those days must be GONE. And they CAN be."

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