Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sunday Sept 1, 4pm Revolution Books Hot Topic Discussion

Only Worse Suffering and Horrors Can Result from a U.S. Attack on Syria

There is growing danger of a direct U.S. military attack on Syria-which is being framed as a "surgical strike"-using planes and/or Cruise missiles. U.S. Secretary of "Defense" Hagel announced that "the U.S. military is "ready to go" if ordered to attack Syria.

These attacks must be opposed with determined political protest and clear-eyed understanding of how they would make the situation worse.

Atrocities and War Crimes  

The threats come in the wake of reports of hundreds of civilian deaths, apparently from chemical weapons, in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, August 21. Whether the deaths were the result of chemical weapons and, if so, whether the attack was launched by the Syrian government or by rebel forces, has not been independently verified. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry initially demanded that the Syrian government allow UN investigators into the area, but then when the Syrian regime responded that it would give inspectors unlimited access, Reuters reported that: "[A] U.S. official said such an offer was 'too late to be credible' and Washington was all but certain that the government of President Bashar al-Assad had gassed its own people."

But the driving force behind escalated U.S. threats against Syria has little to do with this incident. And it has absolutely nothing to do with humanitarian concerns. It is essential people understand what is behind U.S. moves and not be duped into passive complicity with a U.S. attack on Syria that would be make the situation much worse for the people of Syria, and the world. read more at 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thursday, Aug. 29, 7pm  Hermans House Images Join us to watch

Herman's House

a film by Angad Bhalla

(director will not be present)
co-sponsored by Stop Mass Incarceration Network - Chicago and Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund 


Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, and Robert King are the Angola 3, framed for murder while in prison, in retaliation for starting one of the first prison chapters of the Black Panther Party and exposing conditions at Louisiana's Angola Prison. Herman Wallace has spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell, more time in solitary confinement than any other prisoner.


Herman's House is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell. Imagining Wallace's "dream home" began as a game and became an interrogation of justice and punishment in America. The film takes us inside the duo's unlikely 12-year friendship, revealing the transformative power of art.


This film sheds light on the brutal conditions of solitary confinement that have given rise to the heroic hunger strike now taking place in California's prisons.   

Monday, August 26, 2013

Prison Hunger Strike Support Harlem
Prison Hunger Strike solidarity action, Harlem
Stand Up for the Courageous
California Prisoner Hunger Strikers! 

 On July 8, the largest prisoner hunger strike in California history began with over 30,000 prisoners in 22 of the state's 33 prisons refusing food. Hundreds of prisoners continue on the hunger strike, courageously fighting for an end to indefinite solitary confinement and other cruel, inhuman abuses. Yet the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) has refused to even consider their just demands. Instead, prison authorities have retaliated against hunger strikers with further isolation, freezing air, and stealing their food-even denying medicines. Click hereto read about the prisoners' hunger strike. Latest news:    

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bud Billiken Parade 2013
Bud Billiken Parade 2013
12,000 BA Speaks: REVOLUTION
NOTHING LESS! pluggers got into people's hands.
Sunday - August 25th, 6:30-9:30 pm   
Celebrate Spreading BA Everywhere
Cultural Event and Program 
Elastic Arts, 2830 N. Milwaukee Blvd, Chicago 

We're Celebrating Spreading BA Everywhere Campaign Summer 2013 
Cultural Event &  Program! 
Live music performance by Ring Shout  
Light Refreshments 

Momentous and unexpected changes have rocked the world this summer. Everywhere that struggle, turmoil, and jolts have shaken the everyday functioning of this global system of oppression, the big question is objectively posed: Does the world need to be this way? The ruling classes of the world decree the answer is yes. In reality, the answer is HELL NO!  
But in order for people to see and act on that, they have to know how the world could be, and what it will take to change things.

They need BA! Because of Bob Avakian (BA) and the work he has done over several decades, there is a revolutionary way out. There is a new synthesis of communism - a viable vision and strategy for a radically new, and much better, world. And there is the crucial leadership to get us there. Engaging BA allows people to identify and dig into the "big questions" concerning the direction of society and the world. And it inspires them to fight for fundamental change and the emancipation of humanity. But still, far too few people know about BA. The BA Everywhere Campaign is determined to change that.

So, if you are someone who wants to make a big difference in the world, join us. Bring family and friends to celebrate a summer of reaching thousands with the film BA Speaks: REVOLUTION-NOTHING LESS! and Bob Avakian (BA), the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, his vision and strategy for revolution and a whole better world that's possible.  
Abportion Freedom Ride Chicago
Abortion Rights Freedom Ride in Chicago at the Bean 

 Listen to volunteers from the BA Everywhere Van Tour and from the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride.   Be part of launching new plans for raising funds going into the Fall. It is precisely in the heat of times like these when people are raising their heads, questioning and fighting back that deep understanding of the problem and the solution are necessary and possible.  Be a part of making sure BA's leadership and work are known by all who want a just and better world. You are needed and can make a big difference in what kind of future is possible.
Ring Shout

Ring Shout was started by George Bailey. The band plays
jazz standards, blues, and funk.  

Need a ride? Cars will leave Revolution Books 6pm Sunday to go to Elastic Arts.  For more information:   
 Revolution Books needs your support to raise $1850 for partial August and September rents and utility bills by the beginning of September.
                                    Revolution Books at Printers Row Lit Fest

Right now Revolution Books is needed more than ever. We are at a potential watershed moment when people are outraged and asking big questions. This summer people across the US took the streets after the system once again declared open season on Black youth with the George Zimmerman verdict. Courageous young whistleblowers face severe punishment for daring to reveal secrets of government crimes. Hunger strikers in Guantanamo and California prison are risking their lives to assert their humanity... and challenging all of society to claim our humanity by standing up against torture. Upheavals erupt across the globe, and now we witness the murderous events in Egypt.
Where will all this go? Help save RB and put it more fully on the map as the place to find the books, programs, and engagement to change the world. Make RB a vibrant center for building a movement for revolution.
This fundraising effort is a step in bringing forward a larger infusion of funds, energy, and commitment to not only keep Revolution Books open, but so it can more powerfully play its role in giving nourishment to a movement of rebellious thinking and rebellious action so needed in the world today. This can happen with your generous support. Everyone can contribute to this effort to save Revolution Books. 

Make a one-time donation today or sign up to become a new sustainer.
Volunteer to help organize upcoming fundraising projects and programs.   
Donate quality items and books for September 14-15 sidewalk sale.
Donate to the book fund -you can earmark donation for a particular book or book section you wish to support.
Initiate a fundraising project you know how to do
Contact us with your fundraising ideas. and other needs.   

Saturday, August 17, 2013

View this video of Raymond Lotta on the Turmoil in Egypt

Lotta on Egypt Aug 2013Wed. August 21, 7pm Join us at Revolution Books
Watch & Discuss Raymond Lotta's Video presentation 

Turmoil in Egypt: The Myth of  
"People Power" and The REAL Revolution Needed

The military in Egypt, with the backing of the U.S., has staged a coup against the government of Mohamed Morsi. The fact that this coup has support from sizeable sections of people, including from many who have been in the streets, does not make it positive or progressive.  
On August 14, 2013, Raymond Lotta spoke at Revolution Books in New York on what is happening in Egypt.

*The delusions and self-delusions of "people power."

*The deadly dynamic thrusting one section of people into supporting the military's actions (and objectively its U.S. backers) and another section into supporting reactionary Islamic fundamentalism.

*But there is another way: communist revolution as reenvisioned by Bob Avakian.

Friday, August 16, 2013

BA Speaks: REVOLUTION-NOTHING LESS! Film Showings on Chicago's South and West Sides

Film Showings on Chicago's South and West Sides

Billiken 2013
Bud Billiken Parade: Building for the film showings.

Monday August 19, 
6-8pm at the Woodson Regional Library,
9525 S. Halsted St.,
Free Admission

Saturday August 31,
1-5pm, ICE Theaters Lawndale 10, 
3330 W. Roosevelt Rd.,
$5.00 Admission

Each film showing will be of an important segment from this historic talk.

"Yes this is a film, but that is not its essence. This is a daring, substantive, scientific summoning to revolution...that can change how you see the world and what you do with the rest of your life."  - from one of the filmmakers
sponsored by Revolution Books, 773-489-0930 

BAE Tour West sideThis week! Support and Be Part of the Chicago BA Everywhere Van Tour    

Chicago Van Tour showing the film BA Speaks: REVOLUTION-NOTHING LESS! in a neighborhood.

Contact BA Everywhere Committee: 312.860.8167 or .  

Sunday, 8/25, 6:30 - 9pm at Elastic Arts

Film ShowingsSunday, 8/25, 6:30 - 9pm  at Elastic Arts
 2830 N. Milwaukee Blvd, Chicago
BA Everywhere 
Cultural Celebration!

Bring friends! 
Live Music... Food... 
Meet people fresh from the BA Everywhere Summer Van Tours, from the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and from other frontlines of struggle. Celebrate the successful indiegogo fundraising campaign.

Everywhere that struggle, turmoil and jolts in the functioning of the global system of oppression break out, people need to know how the world could be and what it would take to change things. Essential to that understanding is the promotion of the voice and vision of Bob Avakian (BA), leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. 

Come celebrate, and let's build off the momentum so far, drawing in others for the next phase of raising big money to get BA Everywhere!
These last weeks of summer are a time to step up efforts to influence and change the thinking of people all over society. This is a time to build and to join in struggle and resistance to all these outrages. And most important, this is a time to build the movement for revolution and accumulate forces for revolution. read full article

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

BAE Van Tour summer
People viewing BA Speaks:
Revolution Nothing Less!
Decorated Van
BA Everywhere Van.
Aug 11, 5 pm at Revolution Books 
BA Everywhere
Chicago Van Tour Meeting Featuring 
a slide show of July BA Everywhere
Van Tour 2013

BAE picnic van tour
Picnic at 63rd St. Beach

"Now is the time for you to take part in the Revolution-Nothing Less! Van Tours, and to become a part of spreading this among others while you are learning about it yourself. There is no better way to learn that there is a way forward for humanity, there is nothing more important you can do." 

BA Everywhere Van Tour Film Showing 2013

West Side Chicago

Call up the volunteers. Reserve the vans. Ready the projection and sound equipment to reach hundreds and thousands of people. Rev up the engines for the second week of the Summer 2013 Revolution-Nothing Less! Van Tours to go back on the road at a juncture when people have new ears to hear the music of revolution.
Right now: when people are agonized about what is to be done about a system that justifies the lynching of Black youth...
Right now: when people are wrestling with what is to be done about a system that brutalizes and degrades women and that is rapidly and systematically taking away the right to abortion that enables a woman to be free to decide when and if she will have a child...
Right now: when people are beginning to make the connections between these outrageous crimes and the reality that this is a country that murders people across the globe by remote control, that spies on its entire population, that lets a racist vigilante walk free but unleashes the full thug force of its empire against Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden-whistleblowers who have exposed the real war crimes of this government-all while this system relentlessly destroys the planet...
People are grappling with big questions: why do these outrages keep happening, what can be done, and isn't there a better way the world could be? read more at

Don't miss this film in Chicago:new BA Speak Poster with cities
Mon Aug 19: 6-8pm
Woodson Regional Library
9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago

Sat Aug 31: 1-5pm 
ICE Theaters Lawndale 10
3330 W. Roosevelt Rd. Chicago

For more information call Revolution Books
773-489-0930 or

Monday, August 5, 2013

Join the Revolution Books Contingent
at Bud Billiken Parade
Saturday August 10, 9 am sharp (see below for location)*      
The largest African-American parade in the US is happening in the midst of momentous turmoil and outrage. The Revolution Books contingent has had a powerful impact at the parade for 4 years, bringing the message "We need REVOLUTION".

Now in the wake of the acquittal of the murderer of Trayvon Martin, when many people are deeply searching for a way out of this nightmare, we can make a big leap in drawing people into the movement for revolution as more people are open to this message. centerfold TM cardbord pic

is the overall theme of the contingent and will be reflected in the t-shirts, banners, and signs like "The System Has No Future for the Youth, But the Revolution Does." The contingent aims to present a living picture to the tens of thousands attending the parade that the horrors and suffering the people face daily, here and around the world, come from this criminal system - the people are not to blame - and that this system must and can  be ended through revolution.
rev newspaper 312In addition, we invite people of all nationalities who respect this theme and want Revolution Books to have a powerful voice in the parade to join the contingent.

Those who are burning with a desire to STOP the horrors, including those who have taken up the fight against police brutality andmurder, the fight against mass incarceration and support for the current California prisoners hunger strike to stop torture. The struggle against the brutality and degradation of women and the urgent fight for the right to abortion. The battle for justice for Bradley Manning, a heroic whistleblower who exposed the war crimes of the US, who is facing up to 134 years in jail while George Zimmerman, the racist vigilante who murdered Trayvon Martin in cold blood, walked off scot free. Those who are fighting the war crimes of the system against the people of the world and against the planet itself. Join us! 

Fight the Power, and Transform the People, for Revolution!TM issue revolution whole system is guilty
To all those who are seething with anger about the legal lynching of Trayvon Martin and those who are agonizing about what to do about a system that justifies it. To everyone who yearns for a world where all children and youth have a real future, where they would be valued as precious human beings and where all their creativity and energetic spirit could be a tremendous force for the benefit of all humanity. To all those who have said "NO MORE" and are waging righteous resistance against the crimes of the system: there is an answer to the question "what is the problem and what is the solution."
The problem is capitalism/ imperialism and the solution is revolution.   It is concentrated in the film: BA Speaks: REVOLUTION - NOTHING LESS! Bob Avakian Live.   We will be getting out 10,000 pluggers at the parade about showings of this film at the Woodson Library on the south side on August 19 and ICE Theater in Lawndale on August 31.

Revolution is possible and we are RIGHT NOW building a movement for revolution. As you are learning about Bob Avakian's scientific approach to making revolution aimed at liberating all of humanity and bringing into being a far better world, contribute to building this movement forrevolution today. To learn more about all this, go to

*Meet Saturday, Aug 10, promptly at 9 am, EAST of King Drive
 at the south EAST corner of Vincennes & Oakwood (between 39th and 40th).
Contingent is #99.
Call for more information and parade day hookup information: 312-860-8167.
 Sponsored by Revolution Books, 1103 N. Ashland, Ave., Chicago 773-489-0930

Banner and sign making meeting
Think about good chants
Pizza Too!
Aug 7, 6 pm
at Revolution Books
new BA Speak Poster with cities
BA-Rev ver

Get to know BA, including videoclip of Bob Avakian speaking in 1969, 1979, and 2003
BAsics Book Cover
New Jim Crow
Decorated Van
Join the Bob Avakian Everywhere Van Tour. Coming to Chicago        Aug 12-19.

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