Sunday, September 28, 2014

Thursday, October 2nd,  7 - 8:30pm 
at Revolution Books   1103 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago 
Come Hear a critical talk that will get into where we are in the revolution -- right now!

"The Bob Avakian-Cornel West Dialogue, the Month of Resistance, and Making a Major Leap Toward Revolution"
A critical talk that will get into where we are in the revolution -- right now!

All with a concern for the emancipation of humanity... All who know about, have gotten into and are just learning about BA -Don't miss it!
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sat. October 11, 2:00 pm 

Author Reading & Book Signing 
with Jean Love Cush  

Endangered: A NovelAn innocent black teenager is accused of murder in this provocative and compassionate thriller that skillfully probes issues of race, class, crime, and injustice and offers a searing portrait of modern America.

From the time her son, Malik, could walk, Janae taught him that the best way to stay alive and out of trouble with the law was to cooperate. Terrified for his safety, she warned him, "raise your hands high, keep your mouth shut, and do whatever they say," if the police ever stopped him. But when a wave of murders hits Philadelphia and fifteen-year-old Malik is arrested, Janae's terror is compounded by guilt and doubt: Would Malik have escaped jail if he'd run?
Unable to see her son or pay for his defense, Janae, a cafeteria worker, reluctantly allows Roger Whitford, a white human rights attorney, to represent Malik. With the help of an ambitious private attorney named Calvin Moore, Roger is determined to challenge the entire criminal justice system and expose its inherent racism-racism that threatens the very existence of America's young black men.
Offering a startling and unprecedented defense, the lawyers spark a national firestorm of debate over race, prison, and politics that burns to the very core of Janae herself. As she battles to save her son, she begins to discover that she is also fighting for her own survival and that of her community.
Praise for  

Cush makes a passionate argument for the defense of young men whose only crimes were being born black in America. . . .  A frightening and realistic story about the realities of racism, poverty and injustice.
            -Kirkus Reviews

Endangered is a gripping tale that captivates from the first page to the very last. This phenomenal debut pulls at your heartstrings and exposes an unfair justice system while simultaneously engrossing you with skillful storytelling. It was amazing. 
              -Ashley & Jaquavis, New York Times bestselling                 authors of 
The Cartel

A quick, engaging story. . . A stark reminder of the human inside the skin, regardless of color, Endangered has the potential to open up discussions that are long overdue.
                -Shelf Awareness
About the Author

A native of Philadelphia, Jean Love Cush graduated magna cum laude from Temple University School of Communication. She later earned a law degree, and worked as a prosecutor for the Philadelphia district attorney's office. Under a Department of Justice grant, Jean served as a family law attorney helping low-income women escape domestic-abuse situations through community outreach, advocacy, and legal representation.
Her experience as an attorney strengthened her desire to bring awareness to social and cultural issues. Inspired from her work as a family law attorney, Jean wrote and self-published her first novel Tattered Bonds, which tells the story of a thirty-something year old woman whose seemingly perfect life falls apart as she finally confronts a beloved family friend who molested her as a child.

As the host of her own weekly radio show, Jean continued to bring attention to issues that matter to her. As the on air personality of A View From the Summit, she tackled such issues as public safety, education, inner city violence and the plight of black youth. It was while at the radio station that the idea and research for her latest novel Endangered came about. Endangered tells the story of single black mother whose 15-year-old son is accused of a murder, their fight to prove his innocence while exposing the inherent bias in the criminal justice system against all black boys.

Endangered, which was released July 1, 2014, has received rave reviews. The Kirkus Reviews said "...frightening and realistic...Cush makes a passionate argument for the defense of young men whose only crimes were being born black in America," while Publishers Weekly said, "Engaging...intriguing...Cush crafted a compassionate story that commands the reader's attention."
Jean is currently working on her next novel, The Missing, which is scheduled for release sometime in 2016.
While writing books has been a dream of Jean's since childhood, her greatest loves are God, her two beautiful daughters Sydney and Haley and her husband Charles Cush.

From the Chicago BA Everywhere Committee
Issue 351 FCThis Wednesday, Sept 24 at 7pm come to Revolution Books (1103 N Ashland)  and join others in developing ways to build the historic dialog between Cornel West and Bob Avakian on November 15 in NYC and make it a big deal through social media.

A Host Committee to promote Revolution and Religion: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion; A Dialogue Between Cornel West and Bob Avakian was announced recently on

The signatory statement says: "Members of the Host Committee have diverse political and philosophical viewpoints, yet agree that Cornel West and Bob Avakian dialoguing on this topic at this moment will matter and that people throughout society need to know about it."
The Host Committee signatory statement also says: "We recognize that the Cornel West/Bob Avakian dialogue and the speakers could come under different types of attack and slander from the media, social media, as well as from agencies of the state. These would be attempts to keep public discourse confined within terms acceptable to and reinforcing the status quo. Host Committee signatories can play an important public role in countering slander, social and political pressure, as well as more overt attacks through utilizing our public voice."

In various and creative ways, the Host Committee will contribute to raising the profile and maximizing the impact of this unique and urgent dialogue-to getting the message out that nobody with an interest in human emancipation can afford to miss this dialogue.

Ed Asner-Actor, Emmy Award winner
Richard Brown-Former Black Panther and San Francisco 8 Defendant
Annie Day-The Bob Avakian Institute
Carl Dix-Revolutionary Communist Party, USA and Stop Mass Incarceration Network
Emory Douglas-Artist and former Black Panther Minister of Culture
Carol Downer-Author, lawyer, co-founder Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers
Robert Hass-Professor of Poetry and Poetics, University of California, Berkeley, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, former U.S. poet laureate
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr.-Ph.D, Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Religion & Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University
Nicholas Heyward-October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation; Parents Against Police Brutality 
Serene Jones-President, Union Theological Seminary, NYC
Arturo O'Farrill-Pianist, composer, educator, founder Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Grammy award winner
Farah Griffin-Professor, English and African American Studies, Columbia University
Philip Kitcher-John Dewey Chair of Philosophy, Columbia University
Raymond Lotta-Writer Revolution/, political economist 
Katherine Ragsdale-President, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.
Matthew Shipp-Musician and composer
Dr. Donald Shriver-President Emeritus of Faculty, Union Theological Seminary, NYC
Juanita Young-October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation; Parents Against Police Brutality 
Robert Young-Filmmaker
Andy Zee-Spokesperson, Revolution Books, NYC
David Zeiger-Filmmaker

Institutional affiliations for identification purposes only.

Contact the BA Everywhere Committee     (312) 860-8167

Monday, September 8, 2014

Revolution Books received the following
from the BA Everywhere Committee

Step into the Future...a future people would
actually want to be in... a future that really could be. 

        Stepping into the Future 
A Documentary
On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics: 
A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World

Saturday, Sept 13,  3-5 pm
 Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Ave   Evanston, IL

On April 11, 2011, Harlem Stage in NYC came alive with music, poetry, dance, visual art, and words of revolution on the occasion of the publication of BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian.  
Stepping into the Future is the story of that night and the reflections of the artists and participants.

 Because of Bob Avakian and the work he has done over several decades, summing up the positive and negative experience of the communist revolution so far, and drawing from a broad range of human experience, there is a new synthesis of communism that has been brought forward. There really is a viable vision and strategy for a radically new, and much better, society and world, and there is the crucial leadership that is needed to carry forward the struggle toward that goal.

For people who have never seen or experienced Bob Avakian and the impact of his words, this film is an inspiring introduction. In the documentary, the jazz composer and musician Matthew Shipp comments: "Avakian talks a lot about revolutionaries having a poetic imagination, so it was really good to see that idea within the context of an event that has to do with the political or philosophical idealism of revolution." After a screening of a rough cut of the film, a couple of artists were discussing how the film makes you recognize the brainwash of this culture and society and not just wish you had been there on April 11, but impels you to want to find out more about this revolution and BA.

What could be more timely at a juncture when the world is roiling with reactionary governments and movements, when it reeks from a putrid culture, and is imperiled by the prospect of the destruction of the planet we live on?  

Think of what an inspiration and difference a radically new culture as part of a new revolutionary society and the movement to bring it into being means. STEPPING INTO THE FUTURE makes that real.

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Sunday, September 7, 4 PM
Join us to watch clips from
new plugger get DVDBA Speaks: REVOLUTION- NOTHING LESS!  

starting from the beginning!

How Long Must This Nightmare of 
Oppression and Brutality Go On?

Followed by Lively Discussion  
  Sunday, September 7, 4pm 

Get Your Copy of 
BA Speaks: Revolution-Nothing Less!
Available at Revolution Books  
or online at 
RCP Publications

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What a summer of resistance and defiance this has been!

Ferguson Front Line
      On the front lines in Ferguson
The movement for revolution has been on the front lines--from fighting for justice for Michael Brown in Ferguson, to the fight in Texas to stop the biggest wave of abortion clinic closures since Roe v Wade, to building the fight for justice for Roshad McIntosh, a young Black man murdered by Chicago police earlier this week on the West Side.

And where do people in Chicago meet this movement for revolution? Where do they know they can get the latest issue of Revolution newspaper? Where can they find others agonizing over the big questions facing humanity? And where can they get into the possibility of a radically different world opened up by the theory forged by Bob Avakian (BA) that is the heart of this movement? Yes, at Revolution Books!

As a new volunteer at Revolution Books commented, this is for everyone who has taken heart from these events and been inspired and intrigued by the Revolution in the midst of them--"Now is the time to act on your moral convictions!"
Everyone can contribute, and everyone's participation is critical to building this community. Plans are already underway to mobilize for the Climate March in New York on Sept. 21, to make the October Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration a major turning point in stopping the ongoing slow genocide before it accelerates, and much more. And in a conceptually starved landscape, we need more film showings, author events, and the regular series of viewings and discussions of the DVD
BA Speaks: Revolution, Nothing Less! that you find only at Revolution Books. It's a center... a place, where these things happen and people can engage with each other.
What can YOU do?
Volunteer to spend an hour or two or three at the store, ensuring we can be open as scheduled. Our new hours are Wed., Thurs, Fri 4 pm to 7 pm / Sat. and Sunday 2 pm to 5pm, and we have slots available for all 5 days. 

Issue 351 FCCall the store (773-489-0930) and let us know your availability for this week, and for any time in September.
Here are a few other ideas, and we want to hear how else you can contribute!

--Stop in Wednesday, September 3, to pick up the latest issue of Revolution newspaper and get extras for friends.
--Donate your gently used books that can be turned into funds to keep our doors open.
--Donate $5 or $50 or $100 to order new books and pay our monthly expenses.
--Bring in your extra, working, printer (with USB port). Drop it off or let us know when we can pick it up from you.
--Did you recently upgrade to a larger screen TV? We could use the model you're retiring! Many store programs are anchored around video presentations, and we have loaned out our 60" TV to do outreach in Ferguson and on the West Side.

And most of all we need your thinking, your heart, and your ideas!

Phone: 773-489-0930
Address: 1103 N. Ashland Avenue
Current hours:   Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 2pm to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 4pm to 7pm. 

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