Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Revolution Books 
1103 N. Ashland Ave
Chicago,Il 60622 
Author Appearance
Maria Gamboa, Victoria Perez
and Magda Ramirez-Casteneda, chronicled in the new book by Leonard G. Ramirez, who will also be present 

Narratives of a Movement from Latino Chicago  
December 15, Thursday  7 pm     
chicanas of 18th street
Three of the contributors- Maria Gamboa, Victoria Perez and Magda Ramirez-Casteneda- share their fascinating personal accounts from CHICANAS OF 18th STREET: Narratives of a Movement from Latino Chicago, bringing to light the untold story of Chicano Chicago at the height of the powerful and unique movement of resistance that grew out of the Pilsen neighborhood of the city from 1970's to today.
Come celebrate the remarkable lives, struggles and cultural work of the six women recounted in the new book by Leonard G. Ramirez who will also appear, with Hector Gamboa. 
Book signing, informal discussion and refreshments.
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

The following event is sponsored by Occupy Chicago.  

 Political Disobedience vs. Revolution:

An Exchange and Debate  on the Significance
and Implications of the Occupy Movement
between Bernard Harcourt and Raymond Lotta
Bull & Fist Wall Street Occupy
Friday, Dec. 2, 3:00-4:30pm
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room  
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St. 7th Fl
Bernard Harcourt, writing in the  Opinionator blog of the New York Times, described the Occupy Movement as marking a "political paradigm shift": a new form of "political disobedience" involving a "leaderless" organization refusing to embrace "old ideologies"-whether of free markets or communism. In the editorial, Harcourt specifically engaged Raymond Lotta, an advocate of Bob Avakian's new synthesis of communism, who had  recently spoken at Occupy Wall Street. Lotta responded: the question is not whether there will be ideology or leadership, these are in play one way or another, but what kind of ideology and what kind of leadership are needed to overcome oppression and exploitation. The recent police attacks on the Occupy Movement underscore the importance of these questions. 

Now the debate continues: come ask questions and participate in this debate and exchange on the Occupy Movement.

Bernard Harcourt is Chairman of the Political Science department and professor of law at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Illusion of Free Markets.   Raymond Lotta is a political economist and contributor to Revolution  newspaper. He is an advocate of Bob Avakian's new synthesis of communism.

Event sponsored by Occupy Chicago

Friday, November 25, 2011

2830 N. MILWAUKEE, 2nd flr

A  Benefit for the film

Occasioned by BAsics:
A Celebration of Revolution &
The Vision of a New World


BAsics Book Cover
Benefit for the production and release of the upcoming full length film of the April 11 Harlem celebration of the release of BAsics from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian. Expected film release will be late this winter. Be part of something that can a source of great inspiration, enabling imagination to take flight with revolution and envisioning a whole other way the world can be.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011


UPDATE               BLACK FRIDAY                 BA EVERYWHERE
11:00 am- Washington and State
SEND BAsics* to Prisoners in US Hellholes-----
DONATE Today to Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund
We’re hitting the street Black Friday to raise donations for Basics* for prisoners
Want the alternative to Capitalism? Get the BAsics
·         Kick OFF-At Revolution Books-1103 N. Ashland- COFEE and DONUTS
·         9: am- Guerilla Theater 101- learn to draw a crowd and have fun. Sign Making
·         9:30 am- Casting call for readings of prisoner letters, poetry, and quotes from Basics in Spanish and English
·         10:00 am- STREET FUNDRAISING Tutorial
·         10:30 am- Fitting for orange jump suits and chains
·         11:00 am- Meet at Washington and State- (if you can’t make early practice wear orange armbands, or wear watch cap in support of Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers, bring signs or come and hang out )
·         If you are out of the area and can't make it in- play this video for family and friends- send it out on your email and request funds.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Join Us - Nov 25 Friday 
meet at REVOLUTION BOOKS at 9am for orientation, then 
11 am-2pm State and Washington
& 3-4:00 at Water Tower and Michigan Ave

Prisoners Group Photo

This Thanksgiving weekend be part of a campaign to raise $15,000 to send 1,500 copies of BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian, to prisoners.  On Black Friday, the biggest consumer fest of the year, volunteers with the Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund  and others who are joining the campaign to Raise Big Money to Get BA's Vision and Works into Every Corner of Society  (see plan to be downtown and possibly other shopping areas.

There will be some creative street theater and we plan to talk with lots of people and  raise lots of money!  In the words of one prisoner, "I want to urge everybody out there to get their hands on this book and to help get it into the hands of others, not just prisoners, but into the hands of youth in danger of becoming prisoners themselves."

 Join us for Black Friday, come for an hour or two, to act, read prisoner quotes, to encourage people to join in and to donate. There will also be a crew going out on Saturday among holiday shoppers to fundraise for BAsics to prisoners. If you can participate either or both days or help in advance, email PRLF at

If you can't join us, make a donation of $10, $100, $250 or whatever you can to BAsics for prisoners and urge your friends to do the same!  Take advantage of holiday get-togethers to tell your family and friends about PRLF and encourage them to donate towards the BAsics for Prisoners. To learn more about PRLF or to donate online, go to the PRLF website, and donations can also be sent to PRLF, 1321 N. Milwaukee, #407, Chicago, IL. 60622. PRLF is a project of the International Humanities Center, a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under section 501c3 of the IRS code.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Breaking News On Occupy Chicago

Breaking News, Nov 17, 2011 On Occupy Chicago 
Join Up With Revolution Books Contingent

3:30pm - Occupy Chicago joins Stand Up! Chicago at the Thompson Center (100 W Randolph St) to demand jobs, not cuts
5:30pm - Meet at Jackson & LaSalle to engage in a mass action against austerity measures 
6:30pm - March from Jackson & LaSalle ending up at Michigan & Congress

Occupy Movement Updates November 17, 2011

Check these reports from REVOLUTION newspaper

 A REFLECTION ON THE "OCCUPY" MOVEMENT:   AN INSPIRING BEGINNING...AND THE NEED TO GO FURTHER   By Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA   Posted November 7, 2011
The main-and, up to this point at least, the overwhelming-aspect of these "Occupy" protests has been their very positive thrust: in mobilizing people to stand up against injustice and inequality and the domination of economic, social and political life, and international relations, by a super-rich elite class whose interests are in opposition to those of the great majority of people; and in contributing in significant ways to an atmosphere in which people are raising and wrangling with big questions about the state of society and the world and whether and how something much better can be brought into being. It will be a very good thing if these protests continue to spread and further develop, with this basic thrust and this positive impact. And these "Occupy" protests can be a significant positive factor in contributing to the revolution that is needed-IF this is approached, by those with the necessary scientific communist understanding, in accordance with that understanding and the strategic orientation and approach that flows from it. Read on... 

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Revolution Books Wants to Know
Holiday Books You And Your Friends would Love to Get!

In this time of both crisis and great opportunity, what are the books you really wish all your friends would read?
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What are the books you wish YOU had time to read? Tell us!
People come into Revolution Books from all over the world to find the books and the deep engagement with each other about the possibility of a radically different way the world could be. A part of keeping Revolution Books on the front lines is stocking the books that people need for an alternative holiday season.
Tell us what to stock. Which books, gifts, art works, tote bags, coffee, mugs, buttons, post cards, and t-shirts you want to buy? Help Revolution Books to stock the kind of holiday gifts the world really needs.
Be a part of the Volunteer staff over the holiday and beyond-a day or an hour.
Make suggestions for displays, designs for a Revolution Books Holiday Card.
Tell friends to support Revolution Books by buying holiday gifts at the store.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wednesday   ·   Columbia College

Can Socialism
Really Work. . .
and Really Be

Raymond Lotta on the Constitution for
a New Socialist Republic in North America
Presentation and Open Forum

Raymond Lotta is a political economist, writes for 
Revolution newspaper, and promotes Bob Avakian’s 
new synthesis of communism. Lotta has spoken on 
capitalism and socialism at Occupy Wall Street.
Columbia College, 624 S. Michigan Ave, Rm 901
Sponsored by: Revolution Books,  773.489.0930

3:30 PM    Wednesday    Nov. 16

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

from REVOLUTION #250

Announcing: A Mass Campaign to Raise Big Money to Get BA's Vision and Works Into Every Corner of Society
We are launching a major, multi-faceted fundraising campaign to project BA, his voice and his work way out into society-far beyond what it is today. A fundraising campaign that will raise the necessary major money to make this possible. A fund drive that unleashes and develops imagination, defiance and community in everything it does.
(read the entire article)
"I hope he gets number one We need to get this kind of word, this kind of conversation out-it needs to be disseminated, it needs to be in the mainstream more. We got to stop thinking that this kind of stuff just belongs at the very, very fringe of society..."
-journalist and writer

"I wish I had a copy of BAsics in high school so that I could counter the bullshit being taught to me. I didn't have that opportunity, but there are millions of students today who need to hear the voice of Bob Avakian so they can join the fight. BAsics presents an essential challenge to all that is oppressive and intolerant. It paints not only a picture of a new world, but it leaves room for innovation and growth, as a communist future will have, as Bob Avakian says, 'a solid core with a lot of elasticity.'"
-student from the Midwest
"I want to urge everybody out there to get their hands on this book and to help get it into the hands of others, not just prisoners, but into the hands of youth who are in danger of becoming prisoners themselves.... Help them unlock their potential and give them a sense of purpose that doesn't involve killing each other. Give them an alternative to the criminal lifestyle that doesn't involve conforming to this horrid system. That is what they need, that is what they ache for. They want to rebel, they just have to be introduced to the correct way to do so. Put them on the path to becoming communists..."
-a prisoner from California
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Staff Picks at Revolution Books

globalization and the demolition of society by dennis loo

10% Discount on these books
if you mention that your heard about the sale on our blog!

Dennis Loo shows that free market fundamentalism - neoliberalism -tears the social fabric and undermines security, leading inevitably to disasters on the individual, regional, and global levels.

This book calls for the kind of grassroots mass movements that Arab Spring and its inspired domestic equivalent, the Occupation Movement, exemplify. He paints a vivid picture of the perils and possibilities that humanity confronts at this juncture of history

 Earl Morris Seeing Is

Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris untangles the mysteries behind an eclectic range of documentary photographs.  Each essay in the book presents the reader with a conundrum and investigates the relationship between photographs and the real world they supposedly record.

BAsics Book Cover

"You can't change the world if you don't know the BAsics."

BAsics concentrates more than 30 years of Avakian's work. BAsics can not only introduce many more people to the thinking of the author who has put communism back on the agenda as a vital and viable force-it can play a major role in bringing forward and forging a new wave of revolutionaries.

New Jim Crow Cover

Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness.

 Fred Hampton

Journalist, lawyer and storyteller, Jeff Haas manages to sear into every page of this book a compassion seemingly forgotten, providing a riveting eyewitness account of the government assassination of Fred Hampton. This is mandatory reading for those who love and believe in freedom.

 The Swerve How The World BECAME MODERN

Can a poem change the world? Harvard professor and bestselling Shakespeare biographer Greenblatt ably shows in this mesmerizing intellectual history that it can. A richly entertaining read about a radical ancient Roman text that shook Renaissance Europe and inspired shockingly modern ideas (like the atom) that still reverberate today..


Mogul - Queer Injustice 

An important scholarly critique, an urgent call to action, and a vivid historical account of how the policing of gender and sexuality are intricately linked to race, class and power. Accessible and stirring, it clearly and concisely exposes how criminalization is a central issue facing queer and trans politics today.

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