Saturday, December 28, 2013

Start the New Year with a revolutionary vision and framework for a radically new world. 

Wednesday Jan 1st
1 to 4:00 pm
at Revolution Books
1103 N. Ashland Ave.

Donations $10
For BA Everywhere campaign
and Revolution Books
1:00-4:00 Potluck brunch, mingling
2:00 -3:15 Film Showing
Informal discussion on how to make this film - inspired by Bob Avakian's work - a big social question in society
Afterwards, stick around and browse the book shelves and if you haven't bought the DVD yet, get a copy for $10.00
**FYI: Special at Revolution Books - 3 items for $25: the book BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian; the DVD: Revolution-Nothing Less & the DVD "Stepping into the Future."- Wow, a great "starter kit" or a way to complete your own collection and share with others! 
BA Everywhere Campaign
People experienced the heart and soul of the film featuring beautiful art, performances and commentary  inspired by Bob Avakian's vision and work -bringing alive revolution and the kind of liberated society that could come into being for humanity.
West Coast Premiere Dec 7, "Celebration of Stepping into the Future: On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics-A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World" (Read more)   
New York Premiere Dec, 11, "Bringing Alive What It Would Mean To Be Free-Stepping into the Future Premiere Celebration in Harlem" (Read more)
Revolution Books       773-489-0930  
1103 N Ashland Ave Chicago, IL 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Centerfold Revolution Newspaper
Next BA Everywhere Committee Meeting 
Sunday Dec 22 5pm
Revolution Books 
1103 N. Ashland Ave
You're invited! Bring your ideas, enthusiasm and creativity!
WHY this committee? To break out of the stifling political atmosphere and dare to dream and change the world - people need to know about this revolutionary leader, Bob Avakian (BA), and his new synthesis of revolution and communism. To do it right requires huge amounts of money. BA Everywhere is a national campaign that will make BA a household name and, in so doing, make this revolution known. The stakes are no less than whether or not humanity is going to continue to suffer needlessly under the vicious workings of capitalism. read more 
Dec 7 Stepping into the FuturePremier in Harlem
Sunday Agenda: Promoting BA - Raising Funds and DVD Showings

1. Share experiences of watching and showing the film "Stepping into the Future to friends and family, a goal we set at our meeting last week.
2. Follow up on plans made at our last meeting: what have we learned? Problems we've run into?
3. Brainstorm money raising ideas for the BA Everywhere Campaign. Funds have been raised nationally through bake sales, tamale sales and going out to professors then getting others to match their donations. Solicit donated items of at least $50 value to sell on Craig's list. Someone has volunteered to do this.
4. Continue  
Pick up a pack of pluggers at RB 
our discussion about a significant cultural event in February, 2014, that can raise funds. What would be involved? Should it be performances only or performance plus the showing "Stepping into the Future"? What other ideas and contacts do people have?

5. Discuss the national project to get volunteers to assist on the BA Everywhere portal at the website.

**FYI: Just in time for the holidays - for yourself or friends you want to introduce to this leader and the movement for revolution, Revolution Books is offering a great special - 
3 items for $25: the book BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian; the DVD: Revolution-Nothing Less & the DVD "Stepping into the Future."- Wow, a great "starter kit" or a way to complete your own collection and share with others! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Revolution Books
Revolution Cafe Holiday Fundraising Party
If you Missed it...
The December 6 opening of Revolution Café was an exciting, beginning step in raising funds and introducing new people to Revolution Books. A DJ played music, sand poken word and poetry were in the house. RB's space was lit up with new energy and lively support from many people - both new and familiar. In the course of the evening, $310.00 was raised for RB's emergency fund drive and it gave a nice boost to holiday book sales.

RB's Revolution Café aims to do regular fundraising cultural events bringing together artists to contribute to what Bob Avakian has called "a radical revolt against a revolting culture." The holiday party was an exciting, initial experience in getting this off the ground. Many more people are needed to be part of making this go forward.

Revolution Books kicked off the night with a short statement from RB welcoming people and spoke on how essential RB is to building a movement for revolution and the importance of applying Bob Avakian's new synthesis of communism to cultural events at RB.

Revolution Café opened with spoken word poets hitting the mic. They were followed by a poem on resistance to torture and the need for resistance to this horrific crime against humanity. People danced, ate great food contributed by supporters of RB, and bought raffle tickets to many gifts donated by local merchants.

Plans are being made for Revolution Café to hold another event in later January and we are calling to artists of all types: from spoken word, theater, poets, singing, musicians, and comedians to be part of Revolution Cafe's ongoing programs. To be a part of these programs, contact Revolution Books at 773-489-0930




Dirty Wars book
BA Speaks RNL

This a great way to support Revolution Books and be a part of expanding this essential bookstore and broaden its reach as a center of a movement for revolution and dig into culture, current events, classics and revolutionary theory and strategy. Order any of these books or tell us what you want and we will order it. 
Other ways you can contribute: 
Donate your favorite book to the store; make suggestions for new books; contribute gently used books. Be part of the RB community. Send us your ideas, donate or volunteer and drop into RB for you holiday gifts.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

You Don't Know What You Think You "Know" About... Dancers Cultural Revolution

The Communist Revolution and the Real Path to Emancipation:
It's History and Our Future 
Discussion * Sunday * December 15*7 pm
Read the special issue of Revolution at

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tar Sands
Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada
Thomas Frank
on the Tar Sands in North America
Presentation & Slideshow

Thursday * Dec. 12 * 7:00 pm

The largest refinery for Tar Sands in North America is just miles from Chicago. Thomas Frank has written and spoken out for years about the British Petroleum refinery in East Chicago, IN, and faced retaliation for doing so. The BP refinery is fed by pipelines around Lake Michigan and is the source of the mountains of pet coke in SE Chicago that are spewing black powder over the area and sparking protests by local residents. Join us for Thomas Frank's slideshow and for discussion of these life- and planet-threatening developments at the center of U.S. energy program, and resistance to it, from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
About Thomas Frank
THOMAS FRANK has lived in East Chicago for 17 years. He studied Urban Planning in graduate school and became a director of projects to clean up of Indiana Harbor Shipping Canal and Grand Calumet River, considered to be the most polluted bodies of water in the country. Frank spoke out against widescale corruption he found in projects to re-industrialize the southern shores of Lake Michigan, especially the BP refinery expansion. Standing largely alone in BP-dominated towns, he was relived of all public duties. Frank has spoken at conferences and universities in the Midwest and Alberta, Canada working to connect communities who are on the frontlines fighting Tar Sands projects. Recently Frank helped form "Tar Sands Free Midwest."  

Special on the Environment

The Plunder of Our Planet, The Environmental Catastrophe & The Real Revolutionary Solution
(Special Issue on the Environment)

If we don’t hurry up and protect and preserve fast-vanishing natural ecosystems around the world, we will very likely witness before too long an unprecedented series of domino effects—a qualitative unraveling and degeneration of the natural world on this planet...

But we can do something. People are acting on this now—they are sounding the alarm, they are demonstrating, they are resisting with real determination, they are doing important research, they are thinking through alternate ways of doing things, and they are carrying forward important projects.
These actions are crucial. But ultimately our actions must actually correspond to a true understanding of the causes of the problem, and to the real solution to it.  read the whole article
You Don't Know What You Think You "Know" About...
The Communist Revolution and the Real Path to Emancipation: It's History and Our Future  
Discussion * Sunday * December 8* 4-7 pm

Read the special Issue of Revolution at

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Revolution Café Holiday Party Fundraiser
1103 N. Ashland Ave 
Dec. 6, Friday 8-11 pm
 $10-$5 tickets - 
sliding scale

Join us for the opening of Revolution Cafe at Revolution Books with our new stage, DJ & music, spoken word, refreshments, & great books for holidays.
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We will have raffle and sale items; drawing/painting classes, certificate for Silver Room, Turkish soaps, certificate for dinner at Birchwood Cafe, French wine, art work from local artists and a gift certificate g
 ood for a copy of "I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway" signed by author Greg Kot when he appears at Revolution Books this winter."
Drop by and enjoy the night or a few hours. 
Why Support Revolution Books?
It really matters that there is a way out of the madness that engulfs the world and that there is a store that is about engaging and exploring why the world is the way it is and how the future could be radically different. 
Wars are fought, laws written, people jailed and suppressed to enforce and reinforce these relations. All this misery, all the outrages that people agonize over, have their common source in the system that dominates the world today - capitalism-imperialism.
Revolution Books is at a crossroads financially. For RB to expand and survive you are needed! We promote the spirit, the critical inquiry, and the scientific method that's infused by the revolutionary strategy, the poetic spirit, and the theory of Bob Avakian that people need in order to change the world. Be a part of this, support, sustain, and donate to Revolution Books in any way you can.
Become one of the 5 new sustainers needed this month to put RB on a stronger financial footing. 

Order books below at and drop by store to pick up.
Check out Coming Events and how to contribute to RB below.

Good Kings Bad Kings


Stepping into the Future $10.00 DVD
RB Customer


Monday, November 25, 2013

Revolution Books Cafe 
Dec 6, 8pm-11pm
Holiday Open House                                      
1103 N Ashland Ave

  Humanity Needs Revolution Books and 
Revolution Books Needs YOU!

Support Revolution Books' emergency fundraising campaign. A major investment of funds and commitment is needed for all-volunteer Revolution Books to not just stay open but step up to meet new needs and openings.

Our current lease expires at the end of 2013. Thousands of dollars, along with an expanding base of support, are needed to remain at the current location. Make a donation or buy a block of tickets for Dec. 6 right now and this will provide funds to invest in holiday books and gifts. Become a sustainer - our goal is 5 new sustainers by Jan. 1. Bring in friends and buy books and RB gift certificates. Donate an auction item (for example, a gift certificate from your store or for for a service, an art work, etc.) for the Dec. 6 event. Volunteer to help get publicity out or help organize Dec. 6 fundraiser and other upcoming events. Call 773.489.0930, email us, or drop by.
Buy holiday
books and gifts.


Tickets- $5-10

sliding scale
Bring friends
and family.

Everyone is welcome.

Saving RB is crucial-where else can you dig into the full reality and root cause of the slow genocide against Black people or the accelerating climate catastrophe? Where else can you get connected with the movement for revolution? Where else can you engage a viable and liberatory solution to this madness and a strategy to make revolution, based on Bob Avakian's new synthesis of communism? Only at Revolution Books. Make it your bookstore now and throughout the year.
Donate and help Revolution Books stay open and step up. The time really is now. Click below to make a contribution via PayPal. undefined

From the volunteer staff of Revolution Books 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

December 8, Sunday 4-7 pm 8 Sunday 4-7 pm
You Don't Know What
You Think You "Know" About...
The Communist Revolution and the Real Path to Emancipation:
Its History and Our Future
An Interview with Raymond Lotta
Revolution Newspaper #323
People need the truth about the communist revolution. The REAL truth. At a time when people are rising up in many places all over the world and seeking out ways forward, THIS alternative is ruled out of order.
At a time when even more people are agonizing over and raising big questions about the future, THIS alternative is constantly slandered and maligned and lied about, while those who defend it are given no space to reply. We thought it urgent that we answer the questions and tell the TRUTH about the communist revolution-the real way out of the horrors that people endure today, and the even worse ones they face tomorrow.
Red Guard During the Cultural Revolution
Part 1: Introduction and Paris Commune
Part 2: 1917 The Revolution Breaks Through in Russia
Part 3: China: One Quarter of Humanity Scaling New Heights of Emancipation
Part 4: Toward a New Stage of Communist Revolution 
Addition articles
Let us know your questions or comments and about your experience in taking this issue out.

    Red Guard During the Cultural Revolution

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Responding to the state of emergency & fighting to turn the tide! 
Sunday, November 17, 4pm
at Revolution Books

Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement. Yet, we are on track for 2013 to be the 3rd year in a row with record restrictions on women's access to abortion. 97% of rural counties do not have an abortion provider, 5 states have only one abortion clinic, new laws are closing the doors of abortion clinics nationwide, abortion providers face unending  harassment and threat and abortion is more stigmatized than ever.

Women are full human beings who must have the right - through unrestricted and unstigmatized access to birth control and abortion - to decide for themselves when and whether they will have children. For decades, a movement which calls itself "pro-life" has unleashed violence against abortion providers, shamed and humiliated women, and relentlessly restricted access to abortion, especially for poor women. We must wage a determined fight to TURN THIS AROUND.  
$10.00 at RB
also on line
Hear from a volunteer who traveled along with people from all over the country to defend the last abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi under siege from "Operation Save America," a violence-inciting, woman-hating Christian fascist organization.  

Stop Patriarchy is calling for people from all over the country to contribute their voice, money, and time to support people going to Albuquerque, New Mexico from Nov. 15 to 17. A vote will be held on November 19 that could ban abortions after 20 weeks thereby shutting down two of the four doctors in the country who openly provide abortions for women who need them in the third trimester of pregnancy.  Donate now (only 35 hours left to donate).  
Co-sponsored by Revolution Books and Chicago Stop Patriarchy. 
Chicago Stop Patriarchy can be reached  

Friday, November 8, 2013

Stepping Into The Future: New Documentary Film
and Big Plans to Get BA Everywhere!

Revolution Books invites you to a special screening
of the new documentary film:
On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics:
A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World
 Saturday, November 9, 6-9 pm  
Quaker House - 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave in Hyde Park
$10; $5 students, unemployed 
or bring a dessert, salad or soft drinks to serve 6 people

The DVD will be available at the dinner  $10 each

Big Funds for BA Everywhere
This November and December we aim to be raising MAJOR funds from every section of the people, and to break through in raising significant funds among those with serious resources who are concerned about the state of the world.  All so that word of Bob Avakian and his work can reach into every corner of society, as never before. (See November and December: The Time to Raise Big Funds for BA Everywhere.)
To kick this off on a celebratory and lofty note, come to the dinner, preview this new film, and explore the many ways you can get involved.

For more information: 312 860-8167
Revolution Books 773- 489 0930

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