Monday, January 4, 2016

Looking Back... Looking Forward
A year of righteous resistance to the crimes of this system! And through this year, Revolution Books grew as a center in Chicago for people who question why things are this way, and as a place where people meet the revolution. Our selection of books increased. We hosted more author appearances, informal discussions, film screenings, and art shows. RB began to forge community among people from the most oppressed areas of the South and West Sides... artists and intellectuals... youth on the front lines of protesting police brutality and murder... women and men doing battle against the patriarchal oppression of women... critical thinkers, book lovers, and more. And RB was able to introduce people to the leadership of Bob Avakian (BA), the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party. BA's books, including BAsics, and films of his talks introduced many new people to the most advanced scientific revolutionary theory aiming at the full emancipation of humanity: the new synthesis of communism brought forward by this revolutionary leader.

What Will 2016 Bring?
Many plans are underway, including evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne coming on January 16 to discuss his book (see below) and programs on the 22nd and 23rd in concert with the call to "Stand Up for Abortion Rights" and to counter-protest the March for "Life" in Washington D.C. But YOU ARE NEEDED to help build RB into a vibrant center for exploring ideas about how to change the world and strengthen resistance to the crimes of this system, and for learning about revolution and communism. There are many ways for you to be a part of this:
  • Buy books so that RB can stock a wider range of titles.
  • Suggest book titles that RB should order.
  • Donate your gently used books so we can offer more titles at lower prices.
  • Volunteer a few hours a week or a month to come to RB--this will mean the store can expand its hours.
  • Come to programs yourself and spread the word about RB events on social media.
  • Help plan events and programs.
Come in during store hours, call us at 773 489 0930, or send us an email with your ideas and suggestions!
January Events
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 pm
Author Jerry Coyne, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, will lead a conversation about what is science and the scientific method, and the great harm done when faith is mistaken for fact in making important decisions about the world we live in.

"The distinguished geneticist Jerry Coyne trains his formidable intellectual firepower on religious faith, and it's hard to see how any reasonable person can resist the conclusions of his superbly argued book."
--Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 7 pm
Monthly discussion of articles from
"Communism or Nationalism," By the Revolutionary Communist Organization (OCR), Mexico, Issue Number 4, Winter 2015

This polemic from communists in Mexico draws out the nationalism that runs through the attacks on a critical component of Bob Avakian's new synthesis of communism: internationalism. "Avakian has not only upheld but also deepened the understanding of proletarian internationalism. More specifically, he has profoundly conceptualized the relationship between the world arena and revolution in any single country, and the tasks of communists in both the imperialist countries and oppressed nations."
Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23

Come to RB for events in solidarity with Stop Patriarchy "Standing Up for Abortion Rights" in Washington D.C. and San Francisco. On the anniversary ofRoe v. Wade, counter the anti-abortion March for "Life" and demand "Abortion On Demand, Without Apology!"
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