From the Chicago BA Everywhere Committee
This 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 revcom.us.
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.
HOST COMMITTEE IN FORMATION, CURRENT SIGNATORIES
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/revcom.us, 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
Andy Zee-Spokesperson, Revolution Books, NYC
Contact the BA Everywhere Committee firstname.lastname@example.org (312) 860-8167