Friday, February 24, 2012

Revolution Books recommends the following event: 

 STOP the Suppression
of the Occupy Movement!
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4pm rally - 5pm march
Gather at LaSalle & Jackson

It's completely unacceptable that police can carry out mass arrests and evict people from public squares simply for asking questions about why this society is organized in such an unjust and unequal way. 

Stand with the Occupy Movement!  
No Rubber Bullets-No Beatings-No Tear Gas-No Mass Arrests  
Drop All the Charges Against Occupiers
Overturn Rahm Emmanuel's "sit down & shut up" ordinances

Occupy Chicago General Assembly as well as Occupy Wall Street, Cleveland, Houston, Hollywood and St. Paul & Minneapolis have endorsed the  Call for Mass Action Against  the Suppression of the Occupy Movement and are organizing protests on Feb. 28. Chicago Feb. 28 action  is endorsed by Occupy Chicago, Midwest Anti-War Mobilization, Coalition against Nato/G8, Chicago Code PINK and Chicago World Can't Wait. Go to face book event to get connected.                               

Feb. 28 needs to begin to mobilize all those who have been inspired by Occupy and who see the injustice, and terrible consequences, of it being squelched. Feb. 28 actions are an important step in opposing the severe clampdown being put in place for the G8 and NATO summits. We have to set the record straight in society that the repression against Occupy over recent months was unlawful and completely intolerable. Otherwise it will be much more difficult for the voices of the 99% to be expressed in the streets when the global 1% descends on Chicago in May. 

 What you can do:

1. Organize your schools, community groups, churches, and unions to endorse the Call and come out on Feb. 28 with signs, banners, drums, and energy!

2.  Widely distribute "A Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement" on the Internet and by leaflet (download at
3.  Connect with Feb 28 working group. Write to with ideas.  
To put the matter bluntly, but truly: the state planned and unleashed naked and systematic violence and repression against people attempting to exercise rights that are supposed to be legally guaranteed. This response by those who wield power in this society is utterly shameful from a moral standpoint, and thoroughly illegitimate from a legal and political one. Now this movement faces a true crossroads. Will it be dispersed, driven into the margins, or co-opted? Or will it come back stronger? This question now poses itself, extremely sharply.  (Read and sign Call here.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

 Film Showing  of the PBS Documentary    

 SLAVERY by Another NameSlavery By Another Name film

February 29 Wednesday 7pm  

Fundraiser for Revolution Books

Suggested Donation $10

The World Needs Revolution and Revolution Books Needs YOU!


This PBS documentary challenges one of our country's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II. 




Based on Douglas Blackmon's research, Slavery by Another Name spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this "neoslavery" to begin and persist.  Using archival photographs and dramatic re-enactments filmed on location in Alabama and Georgia, it tells the forgotten stories of both victims and perpetrators of neoslavery and includes interviews with their descendants living today.  The big untold story about neoslavery is the unpaid labor in the mines, roads, manufactoring and industry.      

The program also features interviews with Douglas Blackmon and with leading scholars of this period.   


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

 IWD 2012

Get Ready for International Women's Day!

Planning meeting:  Sat., Feb. 25th, 3 PM at Revolution Books,
1103. N. Ashland Ave, Chicago

Come listen and discuss Sunsara Taylor's interview on the Michael Slate KPFA show. Bring your ideas, creativity and friends and be part of refusing to submit to the enslavement and degradation of women. Our voices MUST be heard.
End Pornography and Patriarchy:
The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!  
Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!   
Fight for the Emancipation of Women All Over the World!
We are told that "equality for women has been won" and that "there are no limits to what girls can achieve." BULLSHIT!
Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten. Every day three to four women are killed by their partners. One out of four female college students will be raped or sexually assaulted while in college.
In recent years, pornography has become increasingly violent, cruel, degrading towards women; women are referred to as "cumdumpsters" and "fuckbuckets"; the "money shot" (ejaculation in a woman's face) is standard; humiliating cruelty-like violent "ass-to-mouth" penetration-is normalized, and racist bigotry is sexualized. Meanwhile, the broader culture has been pornified: pole dancing is taught at gyms, "sexting" is a national phenomenon among teens and the strip club is the accepted backdrop to "male bonding." All this is tied in with, and reinforces, the trafficking of millions of women and girls as literal chattel in the international sex industry.
This is NOT society becoming more comfortable with sex. This is society becoming saturated with the sexualized degradation of women. If you can't imagine sex without porn, you're fucked.
At the same time, a Christian fundamentalist-driven assault is imperiling abortion, birth control, real sex education and women's lives. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people who do not conform to traditional patriarchal gender and sexual norms are demonized and threatened. Abortion doctors are killed. Women who seek abortions-or even birth control-are stigmatized. 2011 saw the largest spate of legal restrictions on abortion since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
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Friday, February 3, 2012

The BA Everywhere Campaign
Invites You to a BENEFIT for:

The Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund
Drive for 2,000 BAsics to Prisoners

 An Afternoon of Poetry, Music, Dramatic
Readings of Prisoner Letters and Food

In honor of National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners

Sunday, February 19, 2:30-4:30 pm
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago
Admission: $10 Donation
(cost of one copy of BAsics for a prisoner)

As part of the BA Everywhere campaign, a major nation-wide multi-faceted fundraising campaign to project Bob Avakian, his voice and his work way out into society - far beyond what it is today - many people donated towards a goal of $20,000 to enable Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF) to send 2,000 BAsics to prisoners. BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian is a book of quotes and short essays that speak powerfully to questions of revolution and human emancipation and 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. Imagine what it will mean, the impact on society, to reach the goal of sending BAsics to 2,000 prisoners, most of whom will share it with many other prisoners and family members too. Only $3,300 remains to be raised to reach this goal!

Join us for a powerful afternoon of readings of letters from prisoners, poetry and music, in honor of National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners, February 20, called by Occupy Oakland, to help make this goal reality!

Prisoner from Texas: "Most prisoners have little formal education, and what little they've received has been so steeped in bourgeois ideological bullshit, BAsics may be their only opportunity to have the record set straight. The bourgeois philosophy is: The system works and is beyond reproach: if you're not experiencing freedom and wealth in your life it's because you're fucked up. This argument blames the victim for their victimization while allowing the culprit - capitalism and the entire capitalist dynamics - to walk away scott-free. BAsics turns this argument on its head: Capitalism is on trial, BAsics is the People's Evidence; and we, the jury, find the defendant guilty as charged!"

 For more information on the BA Everywhere Campaign: and/or to volunteer to help with the Feb. 19th Benefit, contactRevolution Books, 1104 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, (773) 489-0930

For more information on Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund, go to Call (773) 960-6952 or email

"There would be no United States as we know it today without slavery. That is a simple and basic truth."
BAsics from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian 1.1

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