Monday, June 12, 2017

You are Invited to a FUNDRAISER for Revolution Summer!
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 7:00-9:30 pm
Studio at 128 W Harrison St.,
Oak Park art district

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door, $5 unemployed/student
RSVP: (312) 804-9121 or RevSummerFund@gmail.com

(tickets available online soon; see below for driving directions)
Today, Chicago is most famous for one thing: young Black and Latino people shooting each other. Imagine what it would mean for Chicago to become known as the place where youth caught up in the 'street life' break with it and become revolutionaries. This is what Revolution Summer! is all about.

Meet Carl Dix (representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party), volunteers from around the country, and the Revolution Club. Ask your questions, engage with them about their relentless battles with youth to take up different morals and values. These bold fighters need our support, especially now financially. They've set up an organizing center in South Shore; one is planned for the West Side, crucial steps in carrying out their mission to win youth to stop the insanity and get into the revolution. There's rent to pay, food to buy, materials to print, cell phone monthly bills, etc., etc. Please donate generously. Share this email with friends and family and ask them to come with you to the June 25th fundraising event.

Revolution Summer! is taking place in a context where Trump, the American Hitler, threatens to "send in the feds" to Chicago -- intensifying the police state that already brutalizes and murders youth and enforces the conditions that give birth to gang violence. Local columnists encourage walling off neighborhoods like Englewood and sending in the national guard. Trump's education secretary, DeVos, aims to gut the public schools even harder spreading Christian fundamentalist schools that will turn Black and Latino children into unthinking robots. All this will be the spear point of a whole fascist offensive against people of color, an intensifying genocide.

In the face of this, answering a call for volunteers, people joined with the Revolutionary Communist Party for a plan to radically turn this around. In short, to make Chicago famous for something else: a city where the youth who are being targeted get organized to overthrow the system that targets them.

This means mobilizing youth and others against the oppression coming down but even more, right now, it means struggling with what these youth are caught up in, with how they are seeing the world and their role in that world. The Revolution Club opened an organizing center in South Shore with plans to do the same on the west side of Chicago. Shortly after the center opened, 7 people were killed in 24 hours in this neighborhood--which Carl Dix spoke to in his statement, "Get Out of This Insanity and Get Into the Revolution." This gives a sense of what urgently cries out to be done-and that this club is there on the front lines, fighting to do it. Read more detailed account of organizing efforts here and the Revolution Club's new declaration here.

Driving Directions: Take the Austin exit from 290, go north 1 block to Harrison. Go left (west) on Harrison a couple of blocks to 128 Harrison. The venue has M.S.S. on the window and 1017 on the door. You can park on the street or in the church parking lot across the street for no fee.

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