Thursday, June 26, 2014

Frederick Douglass
Come One! Come All!
July 6th Picnic  


Building the Revolutionary Struggle Against All Forms of Slavery Today-And Raising Funds to Get the Word Out On Revolutionary Leader Bob Avakian (BA) Everywhere

  Sunday  July 6   2-6pm
63rd St Beach, Chicago
Children welcome!   $5 donation requested,

Look for the red flag and the tent in the shade on the grass near parking lot. At 63rd Street and South Lakeshore Drive, parking available. 63rd Street CTA bus goes all the way to the beach on Sundays.
For more information:   BA Everywhere Committee 312-860-8167
  Revolution Books     773-489-0930    1103 N. Ashland Ave   Chicago

In 1852, the escaped slave and freedom fighter Frederick Douglass gave a powerful, historic speech condemning the hypocrisy of America. Douglass exposed how the vaunted "greatest democracy in the world" had built its wealth on the enslavement of Africans and their descendants, and called for the abolition of this slavery.

Today, 162 years later, chattel slavery is no longer the law of the land (though millions  worldwide are still enslaved, in ways that indirectly and often directly feed into and benefit the American empire). Yet today...  
From those millions of Black and Latino youth put in a pipeline to prison the  
hour they are born... to the women who, even if they do not find themselves among the millions and even billions directly trafficked or raped or brutalized or denied the rights to abortion and birth control still suffer the consequences of those practices and like all women must every day walk a gauntlet of  potential abuse and danger...
From the immigrants, here and around the world, driven by a desperate need  
to work to risk their lives in the deserts and oceans to then live in the shadows  
for the "chance" to be bitterly exploited... to the billions overall, whose very
lives are funneled into amassing huge wealth for the imperialists while they
themselves scrape for survival...
From those who suffer the horrors of America's invasions, proxy wars,  
and drone strikes... to the way in which humanity as a whole faces an
environmental catastrophe for which capitalism, in its mad pursuit for profit,
has no other recourse but to make it worse...  
bae kids and banner
BA Everywhere Van Tour
...for all these, and for those whose hearts beat in empathy with them, America's July 4th boasts are still nothing but mockery and hypocrisy. July 4th weekend this year must NOT be a holiday to celebrate their revolution but a time to seize to build for the REVOLUTION we need now, at the earliest possible time, to get rid of their instruments of power and bring in a whole new world, free of all forms of slavery, all exploitation, and all the rotten institutions and ideas that go with the system of capitalism and prop it up.    
On Sunday July 6th:  Come to a picnic to raise funds to get the word out on the revolutionary leader  Bob Avakian (BA). Bob Avakian has taken the theory of revolutionary communism to a new level and has developed a way to actually overcome this madness. And, BA provides the practical leadership to the vanguard of the revolution we need, the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. 
In commemoration of Douglass' speech-and in recognition of the fact that, as BA writes in BAsics, "There would be no United States as we know it today without slavery. That is a simple and basic truth."-these picnics and other activities will raise two slogans:
Along with the food, fun and culture that will be provided, you will be able to actively engage with why we need a revolution, with what BA has brought forward in relation to that, and with how we actually prepare the ground, prepare the people and prepare the vanguard TO get ready for the time when millions can be led to go for revolution, all-out, with a real chance to win. You will be able to find out about the BA Everywhere campaign, as well as crucially important struggles that are being waged to end the mass incarceration of Black and Latino people, and to end the degradation and oppression of women. 
Do you:
Hate the modern-day forms of enslavement that chain people down?
Hunger for a better world?
Want to see a real future for our youth?
Want to hear about revolutionary ideas on what can be done to bring that world and future into being?  
Then Join Us at the BA Everywhere Fundraising Picnic!
Contact the BA Everywhere Committee or Revolution Books if you can help - Spread the word - Arrive early to help set up - Bring a salad or desert
Contact  for more information about the BA Everywhere campaign.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Thu 6/26 "Revolution: Nothing Less!" film clip

BA Speaks RNL
Thursday, June 26 , 7pm
Join us to watch a film clip from:


followed by discussion. 
We will be watching the section from the 3rd chapter of disc 1, entitled: 

The USA: Founded on Slavery & Genocide
This is part of a summer series of Revolution-Nothing Less! film clip showings happening Thursday nights.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thursday Night Film Clip Series

Thu 6/26 "Revolution: Nothing Less!" film clip

BA Speaks RNL
Thursday, June 26, 7pm 
Join to watch a film clip from:
BA Speaks: REVOLUTION- NOTHING LESS! followed by discussion.
We will be watching the 3rd chapter of disc 1, entitled:
  • The USA: Founded on Slavery & Genocide
  • The Oppression of Women: Bound Up With This System . . .a Driving Force for Revolution
  • The Revolutionary Potential of Those Most Oppressed Requires Scientific Leadership
This is part of a summer series of Revolution-Nothing Less! film clip showings happening Thursday nights.
Revolution Books/Libros Revolución1103 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60622                          
WED-FRI: 2-7 pm 
 SAT: Noon-7 pm                                                                    
 SUN: 1-5 pm
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 7 PM
Film Showing
and Discussion with Special Guests 

"God Loves Uganda"

Join us at Revolution Books next Tuesday, June 17, 7pm, for a screening of "God Loves Uganda" (83 minutes), a powerful documentary of American Christian fascists' campaign to enforce their deadly "traditional American values" of homophobia and patriarchy on this African country.  

"Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams exposes the missionary movement in Uganda as an outgrowth of Africa's colonialist past and a twenty-first century crusade to recreate a continent of people in the image and likeness of America's most extreme fundamentalists. Williams captures vérité footage so shocking that viewers may be squirming in their seats. Masterfully crafted and astonishingly provocative, God Loves Uganda may be the most terrifying film of the year."
Sundance London, April 2014

Discussion following the film will include Brent Holman-Gomez and Wayne Besen:

Brent Holman-Gomez's work with Gay Liberation Network has developed international solidarity of LGBTQIs, particularly from Iran, Russia, Honduras, and Nigeria, while calling attention to scapegoating and those that would deny LGBT communities' very existence.  As part of the Planning Team for Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches, he has promoted African organizations that work to make religious groups inclusive of LGBTIs.   

Wayne Besen is the Founding Executive Director of Truth Wins Out and author of "Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth" (Haworth, 2003). In 2006, Besen was recognized in the Advocate Magazine's "People of the Year" issue. He hosts "I've Got Issues" on Chicago's WCPT radio. He organized the American Prayer Hour, an event that shined a spotlight on the role American evangelicals played in the introduction of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

$5 suggested donation to keep Revolution Books open; no one turned away.  

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 7 PM BA Speaks: REVOLUTION-NOTHING LESS!

new plugger get DVDJoin us to watch film clips from BA Speaks: REVOLUTION- NOTHING LESS! followed by discussion.

Thursday, June 19, 7pm

 Not God, Not "Unchanging Human Nature," Not Conspiracy...A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH

June 12 is the start of a summer series of Revolution-Nothing Less! film clip showings at Revolution Books, beginning at the start of the film.   

Friday, June 6, 2014

PrintersRowLouVisit Revolution Books Booth
at Printers Row Lit Fest.

Saturday/Sunday, 10am - 6pm

Booth # 231-233
(east side of Dearborn St., half block south of Harrison)
Meet Brian Dolinar, editor of The Negro In Illinois: the WPA Papers, at our booth, Sunday 2-3pm.
Printers Row is the biggest literary fest in the Midwest, attended by tens of thousands of book readers from throughout Chicagoland and beyond. This is a unique opportunity to impact and connect with many, many people.

Your support can make a difference in what we accomplish. What can you do? Help us set up our booth; distribute flyers with upcoming events to the crowds; listen to and reach out to authors for RB; bring by a donation of good used books; join with RB and BA Everywhere to take out the 1000 Years-$1000 fundraising project for literature to prisoners; bring your friends to get the latest cutting edge books and outstanding used titles too. Talk with staff about upcoming plans.

Help us put RB on the map as a center for revolution, so it is increasingly known to all those who are sickened by the misogynous murder rampage in Isla Vista, the epidemic of mass incarceration destroying our youth, the escalating environmental catastrophe, and other emergencies global humanity faces. With books and literature and displays, we will be stepping to people about what's behind these outrages, introducing them to a genuine way out concentrated in the work and vision of Bob Avakian, and connecting them to the movement for revolution and a bookstore at the center of it.   
Revolution Books received the following from: 
Chicago BA Everywhere Committee
Maggie Brown Benefit
 for BA Everywhere - a Success!! 
 Sunday - June 8, 4pm 
BA Everywhere Meeting 
at Revolution Books

Jazz singer Maggie Brown Performing Legacy Our Wealth of Music at BA Everywhere benefit
Jazz singer Maggie Brown
Performs LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music

Maggie Brown's generous offer to perform her one-woman show was exactly what host Sekou Tafari had predicted:
"a double whammy!" High quality entertainment that contributed to the goal of emancipating humanity, plus raising funds to spread revolutionary leader Bob Avakian's work everywhere. A diverse audience of young and old  were taken on a journey, sometimes joyful and sometimes sobering, as Maggie's songs passionately expressed how African Americans have created music throughout their history, not only to cope with hardship, but also to lift spirits, convey hidden truths, and introduce new paths of expression that have added immeasurably to the world's cultural wealth.

After several standing ovations for Maggie, a speaker gave a brief description of the BA Everywhere campaign and what a difference it would make if BA were everywhere, opening up imaginations and contributing to the real possibility of radical change. A film clip was shown from "Stepping into the Future: On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics - A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World"  in which Maggie Brown plays an integral role.

The program ended with a call to the audience to contribute to  raising $1000 for BA Everywhere for the 1000 years lost in the hellholes of this nation of prisons, including to send revolutionary literature to prisoners. An actor read an inspiring letter from a prisoner who eloquently exposed the damage mass incarceration causes but also the possibilities of prisoners being transformed politically and coming out of prison to have an impact on youth.

The BA Everywhere Committee intends to hold more benefits as well as a theater screening of the film "Stepping into the Future." Please come to our meeting this Sunday and become a part of this exciting project.

SUNDAY  -  JUNE 8  -  4pm 

at Revolution Books
1103 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago 
Make Plans for:  1000 Years--$1000  &
Theatrical Screening of "Stepping into the Future"
The entire quote below from BAsics addresses "those the system counts for nothing, [who] can count for a great deal," a poetic challenge to become emancipators of humanity.  This is the heart of what we are all contributing to by raising $1000 for BA Everywhere during the month of June. Become a part of making history. 

*Let's set a goal and make plans to reach it.
*Bring your ideas on events and people to go to.
*Where should we show "Stepping Into the Future"?
*Who wants to work on making that happen?

BA Everywhere Chicago Committee

Join BA Everywhere

at Upcoming Events

Sat, June 7 & Sun, June 8 10am to 5pm 

Printers Row
Lit Fest

Booth #231/233
Come for an hour or all day to Revolution Books Booth #231/233 near Grace Place  - 637 S Dearborn St.

Thurs. June 12, 7pm.
"BA Speaks: 
Revolution -  

Nothing Less!"
film clip showing, Thurs. Revolution Books - 1103 N Ashland Ave. 

Saturday , June 21
11am to 10pm
Halsted between Addison and Belmont
Sunday, June 29,
11am - 5pm

Gay Pride Parade 
Booth at Montrose Harbor Park

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1103 N Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Thursday Nights at Revolution Books

Thursday, June 5, 7pmRNL DVD

Continuing a new series of bi-weekly discussions of chapters from
BA Speaks: 
Revolution--Nothing Less!
This Thursday the chapter entitled:
"Not God, Not 'Unchanging Human Nature," Not Conspiracy . . . A Scientific Approach to Understanding Reality"
We need not the numbing consolation that it's all in god's hands, or other false notions about reality--we need science.
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