Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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 Join us November 1, Thursday 7pm  Listen and discuss
Cornel West interviews Bob Avakian on
Smiley & West Show on Public Radio International.
Listen to the entire segment here.  

   Avakian at Wall 

In early October the revolution crackled on the airwaves when the Smiley & West radio show on PRI across the country aired an interview that Cornel West conducted with Bob Avakian. This interview is wide-ranging, challenging and inspiring. Cornel West, a prominent public intellectual, engages with Bob Avakian, the leader of a new stage of communist revolution.

Don't underestimate the importance of getting this exchange out broadly into society. Organize listening sessions in neighborhoods and dorms and raise funds for the BA Everywhere campaign. Get independent and college radio stations to rebroadcast it, with attribution to the PRI Smiley & West ShowPost links to the interview on blogs, Twitter, and other social media. Finally, send reports about what people say to  revolution.reports@yahoo.com and baeverywhere@gmail.com

Thursday, October 25, 2012

BA on Obama
"Let's Be Real Here: As Bad As Bush Was, In Many Ways Obama is Worse..."
This audio clip is from a recent talk by Bob Avakian, and is highly relevant going into the elections. Listen to it, play it for others, spread it.


There is no other place, no other bookstore that fills such a great need.

Revolution Books has been on a 1 month emergency fund drive to raise $2,000 from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. People have stepped forward in many ways: sustaining, donating larger sums, volunteering, dropping off  used books and sidewalk sale items. Others bought books.  Friends have spread the word to co-workers. Many have seen the sign in our window and called to see how they can contribute. To all  who have contributed thank you. 

In the course of this drive, we have  already raised $970. This falls short of our current needs so more people need to step forward and become part of a expanding fundraising campaign and contributing right now in order to raise the remaining $1030.   

For RB to keep its doors open it will take $2,000 every month through sales, sustainers, fundraising events and donations.  In particular, people becoming sustainers play a huge role in meeting the emergency needs while also building a reliable base of financial support in an ongoing way.

At Stake:  
The world is a horror but something much better is possible - this is why it's important to support Revolution Books. It is a critical time historically where two opposite futures are possible. RB challenges conventional wisdom that this capitalist system is the best humanity can do.  People need to explore a new vision and strategy to change the world- while engaging books from Darwin to Danticat. Without Revolution Books- the world will be left as it is. We can not let that happen.      
youth at store What you can do right now:  
 1. Go to chicagorevolutionbooks.blogspot.com and sign up  to sustain RB  at $10-50 per month or make a onetime contribution. Donate 
2. Contribute in any way possible to the performance of The Fever by Wally Shawn, performed by David Shapiro this December. Help sell tickets, be part of a organizing committee or help publicize the event.
3. Help organize a holiday bazaar and party: Donate and sell art work, posters, jewelry, baked goods or other items.
4. Suggest author events, movies and discussions.
5. Become a volunteer, staff an hour or two, or a day. Your ideas and creativity need to be in the house! Work on window displays, research new books and expand various sections of our book selection. Everyone can contribute something.

As the sign in our window says


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Received from Chicago October 22nd Coalition.

OCTOBER 22, 2012
No More Stolen Lives!

Oct 22- No More Stolen Lives  
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The 17th National Day of Protest
to Stop Police Brutality, Repression,
and the Criminalization of a Generation


Chicago Area Meet-ups for Monday, October 22:
South Side: 1 pm 63 & Halsted
West Side: 3 pm Division & Pulaski
North Side: 3:30 pm Milwaukee, Division & Ashland

City Wide Convergence: 5 pm in front of the Cook County Courthouse/Cook County jail complex 2650 S. California Ave.
For more Info and to get involved:  312-933-9586  oct22.chicago@yahoo.com
October 22, 2012 needs to be a day marked by varied forms of determined resistancethat bring together those who bear the brunt of the brutality and murder this system enforces on the oppressed with people throughout society who don't want to live in a society where people face this kind of injustice because of the color of their skin or because of their country of origin.

October 22, 2012 has to be more than a day of protest as usual. It must be a day when our rage at the whole criminal "injustice" system in this country is manifested. A day when people go to the prisons and call for an end to mass incarceration. When there is mass political resistance against the institutions and officials involved in profiling Muslims, Arabs and South Asians and against those carrying out raids and deportations aimed at immigrants. People have to figure out the ways to creatively make our determination to end all this injustice real and powerful.

October 22, 2012: We face an emergency situation. The powers-that-be have unleashed their whole criminal "injustice" system to carry out an intensifying murderous assault on oppressed people across the country. Law enforcement treats whole generations of Black and Latino youth like criminals, guilty until proven innocent-if they can survive to prove their innocence. This approach is concentrated in policies like the NYPD's stop-and-frisk, under which almost 2,000 people, most of them Black or Latino and almost all of them doing absolutely nothing wrong, are subjected to harassment, disrespect, brutality and worse EACH AND EVERY DAY. And police departments across the country carry out the same kind of racial profiling.

Close to 2.4 million people are warehoused in prisons in the U.S. More than 80,000 of them are held in solitary confinement, subjected to conditions that fit the international definition of torture.

More than 5 million people who have already served their sentences and been released face discrimination when seeking work, are banned from living in public housing, can't get government loans and aren't allowed to vote.

All this adds up to tens of millions of people living their lives enmeshed in the web of the criminal justice system.
October 22, 2012:
Blow the Whistle on Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration,
Racial Profiling, Stop and Frisk
Whistles everywhere - Spread the resistance - No More Silence!!
Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cornel West interviews Bob Avakian on this week's   Avakian at Wall

Smiley & West show on Public Radio International.

Don't miss it!  Hear the entire segment here .


Millions of people are going to have a chance to hear Bob Avakian, leader of the movement for revolution whose vision and work hold out the hope and possibility for a whole new world for people all over the globe.


Get the word out. Organize listening parties with your friends. In Chicago listen to WBEZ-FM 91.5, Sunday 12pm CT.  Go to http://www.smileyandwest.com/stations/ for broadcast stations and times in other areas.  Embed it, link to it, post it everywhere, download the podcast and popularize it.  


Most of all, don't miss it!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Received from the Ad Hoc Committee for Reason  
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We say:free Gregory

Sign the above statement and add your own comments, here. Email this statement to friends  here.
The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to hear Gregory Koger's appeal of the vindictive conviction and outrageous sentence that were inflicted on him for peacefully videotaping a statement against censorship at the "Ethical" Humanist Society of Chicago almost three years ago on November 1, 2009.  And now the State's Attorney has filed a motion to revoke Gregory's bail and send him back to jail immediately.

What does this mean? It means that the court's dangerous interpretation of the Illinois trespass statute is affirmed and is now a threat to everyone who records protests and the actions of the police. It means that the court's vindictive sentence of 300 days is affirmed, punishing a former prisoner for standing up to injustice and oppression. And by moving immediately to revoke Gregory's bond, the State is continuing its ruthless persecution.

What You Can Do

free Gregory To donate funds to publish this statement, as well as get updates on the case, go to the website of the Ad Hoc Committee, Gregory’s defense committee, at  dropthecharges.net

If you are on Facebook (Free Gregory Koger!) or Twitter (use #FreeGregory), publicize this case and mobilize others to speak out and sign the statement.

For more information on the case see:  
September 12, 2010, Revolution #211 
, September 26, 2010, Revolution #212

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Oct 4, Thursday, 7 pm
Screening and Discussion 

Pornography,Sexuality and Relationships 
A film by Chyng Sun and Miguel Picker

Once relegated to the margins of society, pornography has become one of the most visible and profitable sectors of the cultural industries in the United States. It is estimated that the pornography industry's annual revenue has reached $13 billion. At the same time, the content of pornography has become more aggressive, more overtly sexist and racist.

The film, "The Price of Pleasure,"  features the voices of consumers, critics, and pornography producers and performers. It is particularly revealing when male pornographers openly discuss their views about women and how men should relate to them, and when male and female porn users candidly discuss the role pornography has played in shaping their sexual imaginations and relationships.

$5 Donation Requested

   Your donations will contribute to RB's $2000 emergency fund drive.    

For viewing check out Sunsara Taylor:   
 A Talk on the Occasion of International Women's Day: "From the Expanding Porn Industry to the Aggressive Religious Patriarchs: End the Enslavement & Degradation of Women!" 

Thompson Center Plaza Randolf and Clark 
Order your T-shirt now at Revolution Books- $20 
"if you can't imagine sex without porn...you're fucked"
Your Fucked without porno

Post on Facebook, Twitter, Websites, E-lists - spread the word!

Introducing the new pamphlet
What Humanity Needs:
Revolution, and the New Synthesis of Communism. 
An Interview of Bob Avakian    
$6 plus tax - Buy for yourself and friends

At the beginning of 2012, an in-depth interview with Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, was conducted over a period of several days by A. Brooks, a younger-generation revolutionary who has been inspired by the leadership and body of work of Bob Avakian and the new synthesis of communism this has brought forward.  
Brooks is the author of "God The Original Fascist" (a series of articles which appeared in Revolution in 2005, and is available at revcom.us). From the outset and through the course of this interview, Brooks posed probing questions, dealing with a wide range of subjects, including: the challenges of building a movement for revolution in a powerful imperialist country like the U.S., and initiating a new stage of communist revolution in a world marked by profound inequalities and antagonisms, and repeated upheavals, but also the weakness of communist forces at this time; the content of the new synthesis of communism, its vision of a radically different and emancipating society and world, and how this applies to many different spheres of society and social life, such as art and culture and intellectual inquiry and ferment; previous historical experience of the revolutionary and communist movements; and the personal experience, as well as broader social experience, which led Avakian to become a communist and contributed to his development as a communist leader.  

The fact that Avakian did not know in advance what the questions would be, and that many of them came up through the course of the interview itself, adds to the liveliness of the interview and the living sense of the method with which Avakian digs into, examines from many angles, and "breaks down" the kinds of far-reaching and often complex questions which were posed in this interview and which have to be grappled with in confronting the challenges of radically transforming the world through communist revolution.

Read the on-line edition here  of the publication of the interview in pamphlet form. 

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