Thursday May 16 and May 23, 7-10:30 pm
Film Showing at UChicago - Open to the Public
Harper room 125- in Harper bldg., 1116 E. 59th St.
Street parking on 59th or 1 block south on Midway Plaisance
"Those this system has cast off, those it has treated as less than human, can be the backbone and driving force of a fight not only to end their own oppression, but to finally end all oppression, and emancipate all of humanity."
-From the film
"Yes, this is a film, but that is not its essence. This is a daring, substantive, scientific summoning to revolution. 6+ hours that can change how you see the world and what you do with the rest of your life. Is this hype? No."
-From one of the filmmakers
Sponsored by Platypus Affiliated Society
May 16 - 1st 3 hour viewing
- HOW LONG MUST THIS NIGHTMARE OF OPPRESSION & BRUTALITY GO ON?
- Not God, Not "Unchanging Human Nature," Not Conspiracy...A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING REALITY
- WHY THINGS ARE THE WAY THEY ARE...THEY HAVE NOT ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY...THEY CAN BE RADICALLY CHANGED
- A RADICALLY DIFFERENT AND FAR BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE
- WE NEED A REVOLUTION TO OVERCOME ALL OPPRESSIVE DIVISIONS
- REMIND ME: "WHICH SYSTEM, CAPITALISM OR COMMUNISM, IS THE NIGHTMARE FOR HUMANITY?
May 23 - 2nd 3 hour viewing
- THE ELECTION HUSTLE: "IF THEY DRAW YOU IN, THEY WIN"
- INTERNATIONALISM-THE WHOLE WORLD COMES FIRST
- EMANCIPATING HUMANITY...TRANSFORMING CONDITIONS & TRANSFORMING HUMAN NATURE
- REVOLUTION IS POSSIBLE: THE STRATEGY FOR REVOLUTION
- A REVOLUTIONARY SITUATION...THE ROLE OF YOUTH...& HOW TO WORK TODAY SO THAT THERE IS A REVOLUTIONARY FORCE WHEN THAT TIME COMES
- COULD WE REALLY WIN...REALLY?
- RESISTING THE BRAINWASH-A RADICAL REVOLT AGAINST A REVOLTING CULTURE
- PEOPLE ARE SYSTEMATICALLY MISEDUCATED UNDER THIS SYSTEM
- SCIENTIFIC COMMUNIST LEADERSHIP-THE ROSETTA STONE WE NEED TO WIN
THE CHALLENGE: REVOLUTION-NOTHING LESS!
Upcoming events to promote
BA Speaks:► Watch and discuss the film
Bob Avakian Live
Bob Avakian Live
RB 1103 N. Ashland every Sun. 5-7 pm
Watch a chapter every Sunday. Bring your thoughts, questions, ideas about BA's talk and about getting this film out into the world: showing in community centers, colleges, churches and people's living rooms; spreading the word on social media, and more.
Sunday, April 21
How long must this nightmare of oppression & brutality go on?
Sunday, April 28
Not God, Not "Unchanging Human Nature," Not Conspiracy...
A Scientific Approach to Understanding Reality
Sunday, May 5
Why things are the way they are...They have not always been this way...They can be radically changed
Sunday, May 12
The USA Founded on Slavery & Genocide...and more
At Columbia College, April 18, 4 pm
Showing of Part 3 of BA Speaks: Revolution-Nothing Less!
624 S. Michigan.,
►Promote the film and get ready for May Day:
If you hate what's being done to people here and around the world, if you have a conscience and just can't go along with this shit and don't want revolution swept under the rug, then BA Everywhere is for you.
Help make plans for these upcoming events:
*Saturday, April 27, 1-4 pm-Take REVOLUTION-NOTHING LESS! and Revolution newspaper to people downtown at State and Jackson
*Wednesday May Day, May 1-Meet at 1:30 pm to take the revolution to the immigrant workers march to win LEGALIZATION FOR ALL and to STOP DEPORTATIONS. Union Park, Washington & Ashland. Call for more info.
*Saturday, May 4, 6-9 pm- Potluck Dinner. Location to be announced.
*Saturday, May 4, 6-9 pm- Potluck Dinner. Location to be announced.
Teams are working now to set up public showings of BA Speaks: Revolution-Nothing Less! Southside * Pilsen * Boystown * Evanston * Westside * Oak Park * Campuses
Call to help with planning or to suggest places to show the film. Contact BA Everywhere Coordinator to get involved: 312-860-8167 or email BAEverywhereinchicago@Yahoo.com
4-01-13 Plan for the Fundraising Dinner on Saturday April 13
“Fundraising Dinners to Celebrate and Spread the Film: BA Speaks REVOLUTION - NOTHING LESS” in this issue of Revolution newspaper. The article says:
“The dinner should be built for and have the spirit and mission of coming together to make a huge difference in the lives of the people of the world by spreading this powerful talk by Bob Avakian far and wide - because people need to know there is a way out and there is a leadership to enable them to realize their potential as emancipators of humanity.
“People will also come to the dinners because it will make a difference - eating and talking with others, probing further about the problems humanity faces and the solution of real revolution. Grappling with what BA put forward in the films, plans can be made and discussed to make a big impact with the film; people can get DVD’s on consignment along with tips for selling it with new ways developed and connections made for everyone to take part, including by joining in raising funds to spread the revolution - letting people know about BA and the new synthesis of communism he has developed.”
In this spirit a group of people met and developed the following basic plan.
1. People are the most important part of this plan. Inviting people who came to the film premiere as well as people who wanted to come but couldn’t, and people who have just learned about BA and the film since the premiere. And all those people can invite others who want to learn about this film and the campaign to spread it everywhere. So getting out the invitation to the dinner widely, while spreading word about the film is critical, and really getting into the importance of their participation and contributions with people and encouraging them to come and bring others. NEEDED: Everyone to spread the word to people you know. Volunteers to do phone banking. Someone to set up a Facebook event page.
2. The format for the evening is the following:
Doors open 6 pm, Saturday, April 13, at Grace Place 637 Grace Place (in the south loop, Chicago). This is a central location for public transportation and there are nearby parking lots for $8 (for the evening). We are asking for $10 donation per person or bring a dish or beverage to share (or both).
Informal meet and greet from 6 to 6:30 with chips and beverages and other appetizers and music to create a welcoming atmosphere for the diversity of people of all ages (children welcome!) and encourage people to mix and talk.
There will be tables where people can buy the DVD and get more copies on consignment. There will be packets with materials promoting the film, including upcoming scheduled film showings and fundraising activities, so that everyone can spread the word further. There will be flyers on how to set up a film showing at a public library or at your house. People will be circulating to talk to people about being part of the BA Everywhere Committee, the Revolution Club, and many other avenues into the movement for revolution. There will be buttons and t-shirts available to buy as well.
There will be a silent auction where people can buy tickets for $1 each (to be drawn later in the evening). NEEDED: donated items and services to be auctioned off (for example, hair cuts, massage, dinner for 2, art of various kinds, copies of the DVD etc)
Potluck buffet served at 6:30-7:30. We need a wide variety of dishes, home made and donated by restaurants, bakeries, etc. A volunteer has offered to be the person people can report to about what they are bringing. Contact: BA Everywhere (312) 860-8167 or BAEverywhereinchicago@Yahoo.com or phone #773 489-0930 at the book store to report your food donation.
Ideas for sharing: At the tables when people are eating, there will be boxes where people who have seen the film “BA Speaks: Revolution - Nothing Less!” can put pieces of paper where they have written their comments on what they liked about the talk, or something in the film they really want to talk more about or something that changed how they look at things, or other thoughts on the whole experience. Then these can be drawn out of the box and shared with other people at the table, including people who have not yet seen the film, as a way for everyone to share experience and learn about the content of the film.
Another idea is to have a paper at each table where people could brainstorm ideas on how to get this film out and what their ideas are for fundraising. “Imagine what a difference it would make if BA was everywhere...” (for example, imagine if we could raise the money to show this film in the parks every week this summer). These ideas from all the tables could be written on a white board or on a paper banner for everyone to see.
The program will begin as people are eating dessert around 7:15. An MC will give an introduction. An important part of the program will be clip(s) from the film to give everyone (whether they have seen the film before or not) a real sense of who BA is and what this film is about. Then there will be readings of some of the testimonials and statements about the film. If people have ideas for or want to make spoken word or musical contributions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773 489-0930 with suggestions. There will also be a fundraising call and passing the basket to raise more funds. The goals for the number of DVD’s to sell by May 1 and plans for making BA known everywhere through getting the film way out in the world will be made as well as an announcement of upcoming fundraising projects (garage sales, car washes etc) to make this possible.
After the program from around 7:45 on we want to encourage people to mix and talk about plans to take out the film far and wide. There will be periodic drawings for the silent auction during this time period until the end of the event around 9:30 pm.
Schedule for the week before March 16 film premiere ofBA Speaks: REVOLUTION-NOTHING LESS!
Pick up pluggers, posters, stickers, tickets and Revolution Newspaper, fundraising cans at Revolution Books or at Harvest Lounge (600 S. Michigan Ave., downstairs, at Columbia College). If you come early use the time to poster, sell tickets, call friends or get out pluggers. There is something for everyone to do right on the spot.
Call 773-489-0930 to hook up with south loop team. Call 312-933-9586 to hook up with the Southside/West side teamWednesday March 13
7:30 am 95th El Stop
11:15 - South Loop meet at Harvest Lounge, 600 S. Michigan Ave, Columbia College for Loop saturation
4:00 pm - South Loop, Harvest Lounge, 600 S. Michigan, Columbia College- drop by get tickets, pluggers, posters, find out what's new and what you're learning
7:00 pm - Revolution Books: pull together art materials for Film premiere
Thursday March 14
7:30 am - South side or Westside High Schools call 773.489.0930
11:15 am - South Loop meet at Harvest Lounge, 600 S. Michigan Ave, Columbia College for Loop saturation
12 noon - Kennedy King College
4:00 pm - Harvest Lounge, 600 S. Michigan, Columbia College- drop by get tickets, pluggers, posters, find out what's new and what you're learning.
4:00 pm - Southside and Westside High Schools
Ferguson Hall at Columbia College
600 S. Michigan Ave. (Harrison & Michigan) Chicago
film of a major Talk
by Bob Avakian in the Fall of 2012:
GET WITH IT!
"Yes, this is a film, but that is not its essence. This is a daring, substantive, scientific summoning to revolution. 6+ hours that can change how you see the world and what you do with the rest of your life. Is this hype? No.
- From one of the filmmakers
If humanity is going to fight its way out of this horrific nightmare and create a world where human beings can rise to their full potential and truly flourish, it will be because of the work and leadership of Bob Avakian. And it will be because people - beginning with YOU - get into this work, get with this leadership, and fight for others to do the same.
In March, a new film of a major speech given by Bob Avakian in the fall of 2012 will premiere. This film can make a world of difference in a world that needs nothing more than to be radically different. Whether that happens depends on us.
For updates and to help plan and organize the Premiere, contact; 773.489.0931 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, January 19, 7 to 9 pm
Revolution Books Presents
Revolution Books Presents
An Evening of Wine and Dessert
to Benefit the BA Everywhere Campaign
Drop in anytime between 7 and 9 pm
Drop in anytime between 7 and 9 pm
Have a glass of wine, and sample the delicious baked goods for sale
Find out more about the campaign BA Everywhere... Imagine the Difference It Can Make and some of the many ways you can be part of this weekend's fundraising for the campaign. See box below.
Find out more about the campaign BA Everywhere... Imagine the Difference It Can Make and some of the many ways you can be part of this weekend's fundraising for the campaign. See box below.
See you Saturday!
P.S. Do you like to bake? Please bring a dessert to donate with you to the open house. Call the Fund Drive Coordinator at 312- 860-8167.
This year, as horror upon horror pile up all over the world... as the web of life itself comes under increasing and unceasing stress... a different voice, posing a real alternative-a real revolution-can and must ring out.
With new films and interviews and other new work... with bus tours of veteran revolutionaries and brand-new fighters continuing to take this all over the country... from the alienated campuses to the locked-down prisons to the communities of the oppressed... the words and work of the revolutionary leader Bob Avakian can and must hit with an impact like never before.
You are needed
Be Part of the Fundraising Weekend, January 18-22
Join with others to raise money for the BA Everywhere Campaign
Volunteer for any and all activities below. Other ideas are welcome. Call the Fund Drive Coordinator at 312- 860-8167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday morning, The Kick-off
January 18, 7 to 9am
Sidewalk Bake Sale, Coffee Sale at Blue Line Stop at corner of Milwaukee/Division/Ashland
Saturday, January 19, 7 to 9 pmAn Evening of Wine and Dessert at Revolution Books
Sunday, January 20, 6 am to 4 pm
Alsip Swap-o-rama Flea Market, 4350 W. 129th St.
Campus Bake Sale
Pre-order baked goods now for your workplace or school, orders of $10 and higher
A Call to Match the Amount of Money Raised by Penny Drive for Real Change You can match or ask others to match the amount of money that will be raised the whole weekend by people filling jars with pennies in neighborhoods in Chicago where people catch hell everyday from this system. The pennies add up, it inspires others, who in turn encourage and make the effort stronger when they double it, triple it, quadruple it. Among others, business owners in the neighborhood of Revolution Books Chicago can be approached and asked to match.
All proceeds of this fundraising weekend benefit the campaign to get BA Everywhere...
Imagine The Difference It Could Make!
Imagine The Difference It Could Make!
Plans from the Chicago BA Everywhere Brainstorming Meeting on January 5
It is up to you to make it happen
'Effecting a radical and fundamental change in the social and political atmosphere of the whole country by projecting the whole BA vision and framework into all corners of society where it does not yet exist, or is too little known, and getting all sorts of people to engage and wrestle with it - is what this massive fundraising campaign is all about. You can love and agree with most of what BA has to say, or you can disagree with a lot of it, or you can just feel like you don’t know enough yet to be sure one way or another, even as you find yourself drawn in and attracted by different elements...but if you are a decent, thinking person, a person with a conscience, someone who just can’t go along with the notion that it is acceptable for great social injustices to repeatedly be tolerated or swept under the rug, then this campaign is for you.'
It wont happen without you- without your financial support, ideas and participation. Check out more of our report on the Chicago plans, by scrolling down below. Find out more below about how you can help these plans become reality:
The people attending these meetings represent the contributions and hopes of thousands of people from across the country who were part of raising funds in 2012. Let’s now get back to all the people in the Chicago area who took part and get to many more new people by putting into their hands the new pullout section on BA Everywhere in Revolution newspaper. Host listening parties with lots of people of the audio of the Cornel West interview with Bob Avakian. Doing this can give people a real sense of what a difference it would make to get BA way out into the mix. Encourage everyone to spread this interview and another new interview, far and wide, and to get them involved in making the Chicago Film Premiere and the Fundraising Weekend in Chicago come alive.
BA EVERYWHERE... WHAT YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS CAN DO
Call the Fund Drive Coordinator at 312- 860-8167 or email email@example.com.
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Report on Plans Made at the Chicago BA Everywhere Brainstorming Meeting, Jan 5
We started by digging into the pullout section on BA Everywhere in Revolution newspaper#290, entitled “In 2013 BA Everywhere IMAGINE the Difference It Could Make.” We talked about why this will actually make a big difference if we are successful in carrying out this mass fundraising campaign.
'Because if we succeed with this - if we collectively raise enough money to make it concretely possible to project the whole BA vision and project into all corners of society and to introduce him and what he is bringing forward to millions who are not yet familiar with his works and vision; if the framework he is bringing forward and advocating for becomes increasingly debated and wrangled over by thousands and by millions of people from all walks of life; if together, we manage to accomplish this, this will actually make a very big difference.
The whole social and political culture will “ breathe” more freely, people will wrangle passionately over the “big questions” concerning the direction of society (like knowing that much of the future of humanity hangs in the balance) and the times will once again resonate with big dreams for fundamental change and the emancipation of humanity. (Read more of “In 2013 BA Everywhere IMAGINE the Difference It Could Make,” here.'
We then broke into two groups to make plans for both the Chicago Film Premier in February and the Fundraising Weekend January 19-21st. These are rough plans as part of meetings taking place this week in cities around the country. We now need to get many more people, actually thousands and thousands more, to lend their support, creativity and participation to the campaign as part of a process to make these plans come to fruition.
Do not leave something this important to other people!
You can be part of a February Premiere in Chicago of a film of a new talk by Bob Avakian. Help is needed in all the following ways:
You can be part of a Whole Fundraising Weekend in January in Chicago. Help is needed on any and all of the following:
After the meeting, a young woman told us that the meeting - her first ever with BA Everywhere campaign - was “life changing” because until then she never thought real change was possible and was excited to now be part of making plans for this campaign.
* Don’t know who BA is? Because of BA 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. (Link to BA page at revcom.us)
January 5, Saturday, 4 pm - Brainstorming and Planning Meeting
In 2013 Let's Take This Much Further
Check out the special pullout in the new issue of Revolution newspaper with exciting plans for taking BA Everywhere to a higher level and then come to a brainstorming and planning meeting with your thoughts, ideas, creativity and energy!
This year, as horror upon horror pile up all over the world... as the web of life itself comes under increasing and unceasing stress... a different voice, posing a real alternative-a real revolution-can and must ring out.With new films and interviews and other new work... with bus tours of veteran revolutionaries and brand-new fighters continuing to take this all over the country... from the alienated campuses to the locked-down prisons to the communities of the oppressed... the words and work of the revolutionary leader Bob Avakian can and must hit with an impact like never before.
It is up to you to make it happen. read entire pullout
Get Into BA
BA on ObamaThis audio clip is from a recent talk by BA, and is highly relevant going into the elections.
"Let's Be Real Here: As Bad As Bush Was, In Many Ways Obama Is Worse..."
Listen to it, play it for others, and spread it.
Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA In Bob Avakian, the Chairman of our Party, we have the kind of rare and precious leader who does not come along very often. A leader who has given his heart, and all his knowledge, skills and abilities to serving the cause of revolution and the emancipation of humanity. Bob Avakian came alive as a revolutionary in the 1960s...read more
NOW IN PRINT
To order: Send $6 plus $2.50 for shipping and
handling to: RCP Publications,
P.O. Box 3486, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654
Sunday July 29 2-3:30 pm
A Benefit for the BAsics Bus Tour
Our Guide: Tom Shepherd, Labor Historian, Activist, and Pullman Resident
Tickets $15/person For reservations/tickets/carpooling:
312-860-8167 or email July29tour@gmail.com
We'll stroll within the 4 square blocks of the Historic District for roughly 1 1/2 hours before stopping for refreshments and discussion.
About the BAsics Bus Tour
The BAsics Bus Tour will be heading out in mid-July from New York City. Right now, $50,000 and hundreds of volunteers are needed to make this next leg happen.
Contribute to the BAsics Bus Tour. This Tour is spreading the vision and works of Bob Avakian -- the revolutionary leader who has developed a new synthesis of communism. BAsics is a book of quotations and essays which speaks to the essential questions of revolution and communism. The last
leg of this Tour traveled from Atlanta to Sanford, FL... the next leg is kicking off in NYC and surrounding areas, aiming to let people know about BA, the movement for revolution he leads... and involve people in all this. Find out more and contribute at basicsbustour.tumblr.com
Saturday July 21 Fundraising Barbeque for
11:00am - until ?
Garfield Park by the Lake Street and
Central Park El stop on the Green line
(Delivery av ailable for orders of $20 or more)
Menu:Ribs and Wings + Side Dishes
Join us for a plate: $10 per adult plate, families welcome.
Child's plate: hotdog, chips and pop (for a donation)
Our goal is to raise at least $800 and a challenge for matching funds
Part of the campaign to Get BA Everywhere...
Imagine the Difference It Could Make - Raise Big Bucks
Supporters spreading the word of BAsics Bus Tour sponsor a fundraising barbeque inspired by BAsics 1:13 quote:
"No more generations of our youth, here and all over the world, whose life is over, whose fate has been sealed who have been condemned to an early death or a lifetime of misery and brutality who the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say NO MORE of that."
-Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:
Give us a way to contact you or call the Volunteer Co-ordinator at 312-860-8167 or Revolution Books: 773-489-0930
ANNOUNCING THE BASICS BUS TOUR
KICKING OFF FROM NEW YORK CITY
REVERBERATING ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Be Part of Taking the BAsics Bus Tour Higher
People have begun to volunteer and teams are beginning to be assembled to build for this leg of the tour. But in order to make this tour happen, and for it to reverberate across the country-many hundreds need to be involved nationally and in NY itself. $50,000 is needed to have a real impact-in this region... and across the country. The situation in the world is demanding that people know about Avakian's work, andhave a chance to be part of the movement to bring a radically different world into being. This is a crying need-and if we are able to reach out far and wide, tap into the inspiration and excitement (see the statements of support at basicsbustour.tumblr.com) that the boldness of this bus tour has garnered, and organize cores of people to come together and raise the funds in broad and creative ways-this can be made possible.
BAsics is a book of quotations and essays from Bob Avakian - the revolutionary leader who has developed a new synthesis of communism. This Bus Tour is about putting this revolution on the map, spreading Avakian's work and involving people in BA Everywhere... Imagine the Difference It Could Make, a mass campaign to raise big money to project Bob Avakian's vision and works throughout society. YOU can be part of supporting this Tour and joining with others across the country in doing so. Follow and share this blog. Contact us at baeverywhere [AT] gmail.com .
What You Can Do NOW
On the BAsics Bus Tour blog find out more about the recent Southern leg of the Tour. Read and listen to Michael Slate's interviews with the people of Sanford:
" I Couldn't Put It Down: Getting Down to BAsics With the People of Sanford"
by Michael Slate:
"I met Virginia at the speak-out the BAsics Bus Tour held outside the Sanford Police Department. I spotted her driving past the rally a few times before she finally pulled over and parked. A few minutes later she got out of her car and began filming the speak-out with her phone... She told me later that it was anger, hope, and inspiration that kept her there. 'When I seen you all marching, I was like, there should be more people here, you know, I was like, wow. And then I seen other people stopping and I had stopped and that's why I came over because of the fact that I knew you all were doing something very good. It makes us feel good to know that people are standing together and they really care about what is going on here, and that you're on our side. So that means a lot for me.'"
Find out what's
happening aroundthe country building
for the BAsics Bus
Tour and the BA
Don't miss the bus!
Be Part of the Chicago mini BAsics Bus Tour June 23 & 24
Friday night: 7 pm be part of preparing material & getting oriented at Revoloution Books.
Saturday riding into the westside:
Car Caravan-Meet at the McDonalds at Western & Washington at 3:30 pm. Bring vehicles to be decorated. (Rides leaving from Revolution Books at 3:00 pm)
Meet at 2pm McDonalds at Lake Park Ave. & 52nd St. to tour Woodlawn, Jackson Park and 63rd St. Beach (Rides leaving from Revolution Books at 1:15 pm)
Hook up with our crew Saturday and Sunday as we range out across Chicago's west and southside, reaching out to those who are deeply discontented with what is going on in the world, and stirring up discussions and debate about the problem and solution. In bringing people BAsics 1:13, selling the book BAsics from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian, fundraising and decorating the car caravan route with BAsics posters we will raise sights on a critical question -- both enabling and compelling people to confront how bad things really are (there is denial, even among those who are being crushed by this system from all sides) and planting the pole of refusing to accept that things have to continue to be this way.
Other ways to be part of this effort: donate and pick up palm cards at Revolution Books and Frontline Books store 5206 S. Harper Ave in Hyde Park, 773-288-7718 and get them around.
For more information contact BAsics coordinator at: 312-860-8167
Changing the World with BAsics 1:13...
and Getting Ready for the Next Leg
of the BAsics Bus Tour
Over the next several weeks, be one of hundreds taking part in the fundraising for the BAsics Bus Tour and distribution of many, many, many tens of thousands of copies of this quote from Bob Avakian at right.
Reach out on the weekend of June 22-24
SAVE THE DATE JUNE 18
Revolution #270, May 27, 2012
Building on the Momentum of the BAsics Bus Tour
By the end of May, the BAsics Bus Tour will have made its way deep into the South... making BA and his leadership known to many thousands. Hundreds will have signed the BAsics 1:13 banners, sending messages, especially to the people of Sanford, Florida, where Trayvon Martin was murdered. Thousands of dollars still need to be raised to support the BAsics Bus Tour and, as we do this, let's prepare to get out this same message all over the country in the following weeks, building on the momentum of this bus tour and raising money and laying the basis for the next leg of the tour. And as we do this, let's draw people into getting into BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian and connect them to the whole movement to make this known everywhere. (read more)
Open House for
The BAsics Bus Tour:
May 19, Saturday 3-5 pm
Drop by Revolution Books for an informal gathering to sign banners, drop off statements of support and donate money for taking revolution to the heart of the South. Pick up BA Everywhere pluggers and palm cards and Revolution Newspapers to broadly draw people into the movement who are captivated by this bold tour in many way.
Or pull together a group of friends and family. Tell them about the tour - ask them to find creative ways to donate and hold fund raising events and to send group messages of support to the Bus volunteers that can be shared with people in the South. Turn them on to all the ways they can be part of building this historic BAsics Bus Tour wherever you are!
Volunteers going to Atlanta will be taking BAsics right into what Bob Avakian (BA) has called the Bible belt and the lynching belt. Speaking to people's raw outrage and their deep hopes, the tour will bring a fresh wind of the possibility of a whole new world.
Join with thousands across the country-and go all-out to make this tour everything it can be. As this bus takes off and travels into the South taking the word of Bob Avakian and the new synthesis of communism he's brought forward, the strategy for revolution he's developed, the leadership that he's providing to the movement for revolution, everyone everywhere can be finding the ways to do the same, to spread the word and build support and involving people in this in all kinds of ways.
Read on. Revolution #269
Follow the BAsics Bus Tour at basicsbustour.tumblr.com.
Drop by Revolution Books this week and sign the banner going to Atlanta saying:
"No more generations of our youth, here and all around the world, whose life is over, whose fate has been sealed, who have been condemned to an early death or a life of misery and brutality, whom the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that." BAsics 1:3 Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
from REVOLUTION newspaper #268
The BAsics Bus Tour:
Next Stop-Atlanta and Beyond
The BAsics Bus Tour is getting ready to hit the road in the South. Next week volunteers from Los Angeles to New York will stream into Atlanta. They will be traveling there on the money donated for this tour all across the country. Some will be taking greetings that were created and signed in the communities they’re coming in from. They’ll be representing something much bigger than themselves. As one volunteer put it: “This is a great opportunity to expand and widen the movement for revolution, as well as to let many more people know about BA and the revolution...the fact that this vision was brought to them and that they know that there are people who really WANT TO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES to change the world, that already makes a difference in the political atmosphere of the country.” (read more)
Plans from Chicago BA Everywhere Mini-conference, Sunday, 4/15
You and People like You Can Make this Happen!
Some 30 people came together at Revolution Books Chicago, bringing their favorite quotes from BAsics to share, digging into the importance of the BA Everywhere Campaign and the work of Bob Avakian. Together, we then made some big plans for Chicago as part of a truly electrifying wave of getting out BA Everywhere, nationwide, from now through May 1st. (Read the complete call for MayDay 2012 here.) The major national fundraising goal through May 1st is to raise $20,000 and here in Chicago, we have a goal to bring in $3500 of this. The BAsics Bus Tour will take off-and funds are urgently needed to get the BAsics bus rolling into the thick of the struggle in a particularly hot area of this country.
To learn about the pilot project of the Bus Tour in California in February, check these links below:
The people attending the mini-conference were only some of the many people who have been involved in the BA Everywhere campaign, and we are posting this note on the plans and what the needs are so that many more can get plugged in. EVERYONE, including new people, can take part. Call the fund drive coordinator at 312-860-8167 to volunteer for any and all of carrying out these plans - but DO volunteer! Call with your own ideas and imaginations! These are initial plans and we need all sorts of people working together on this. Let’s gather up friends and family who dream of a better world and together we can bust out all over in new ways with BA Everywhere!
These Chicago plans are part of people all around the country fighting for and promoting, living and yes, celebrating - in the streets and with culture and fun - to 1000s of people around this city -- a vision of internationalism, revolution, a whole new and far better world ... and the vision, strategy and revolutionary communist leadership we have to get there.
Wednesday, April 18, starting on this day, you can come into Revolution Books and pick up raffle tickets to sell everywhere for BA Everywhere! First Prize $300 Best Buy Gift Card, Second Prize $50 Target Gift Card, Third Prize $25 Target Gift Card. Donation $1 or 10 for $8.
Friday April 20th 7 pm, Phonebanking, You CAN Learn How. Come to Revolution and join with others to call people on the phone to ask them to make a donation to something that could really make a difference - to get the BAsics bus rolling again. We will call contacts who gave their numbers to be called.
Saturday April 21st 10:30 am, Phonebanking, You CAN Learn How. Come to Revolution and join with others to call people on the phone to ask them to make a donation to something that could really make a difference - to get the BAsics bus rolling again. We will call contacts who gave their numbers to be called.
Monday April 23rd 7 pm , Come into Revolution Books, 1103 N. Ashland and Pick up bundles of the Special May Day Issue of Revolution newspaper. Discuss with others the quotes featured in the special issue from Bob Avakian that focus on internationalism and revolution.
Saturday, April 28, meet up with others, time and place to be announced, to go out in a car caravan to key areas in Chicago. One area is Madison and Pulaski, where there are three blocks of shopping attracting lots of people, plenty of traffic passing by on the streets. Help decorate a truck, a van and a couple of cars with sound mounted on it. Decorations might be enlargements from the April 23, special issue of Revolution newspaper. How can we work to create a scene on the streets as people fan out encountering many, many people there? One idea: advance teams will seed the area in the days before with BA plugger cards and notifying people that the revolution is coming on Saturday, creating mystique and anticipation. People read could quotes from BAsics and play ALL PLAYED OUT. Other ideas? We are investigating other areas, possibly doing a version in Spanish at 26th Street. Hyde Park Area would be important to investigate beforehand where are some big traffic areas that day because we could blast out flyers about the Carl Dix/Cornell West dialogue being held Monday, May 7th - 7 pm University of Chicago International House 1414 East 59th Street entitled In the Age of Obama...Police Terror, Incarceration, No Jobs, Mis-education: What Future for Our Youth?
Bad Weather Back-Up Plans Go out to the various flea markets
Spanish speakers, you are needed!
People and materials to make displays, enlargements, Banner for the car caravan.
Sunday, April 29, Fundraising Dinner to Celebrate May Day and A Different and Far Better Future, 6 pm, Union Star M.B. Church, 3915 W Chicago Ave, $10 donation. 150 Tickets have been printed and you can get some to sell to family and friends on consignment at Revolution Books. The dinner can draw in people who participate in April 28 but also many new people who only heard of BA and BA Everywhere the day before. Some people have already volunteered to get food donated from local restaurants, and we will be printing an email in English and Spanish that you can use to ask restaurants and bakeries to contribute. The Church has full kitchen, so cooks can volunteer to cook on the spot a dish to be served at the dinner. A program is planned with a spoken word poet has already volunteered to perform at the dinner and we will be reaching out to more -- as well reaching out to live musicians, one of whom is reading BAsics now /thinks it is wonderful. International music fitting of this day of internationalism will be featured.
A person who does massage suggested a silent auction and agreed to offer a massage as a gift to be bid on at the dinner. We need other services and gifts to be bid on to raise money at the dinner. Can YOU, or someone you know, offer a gift or service that people can bid on?
People to sell tickets to the dinner
Cooks or Donations of Food from restaurants, Flowers, Decorations
Musicians, spoken word
Services and Gifts for Silent Auction
Tuesday May 1, join up with a truly internationalist and revolutionary contingent that will part of the May 1st demos organized by ‘Occupy.’ Meet up time and place for the contingent to be determined. Occupy Chicago and the immigrant rights forces are rallying at Union Park, Lake and Ashland at 12 noon and then marching to Federal Plaza to rally again at 3 pm. We will be taking out the new Special Issue of Revolution newspaper with quotes by BA on revolution and internationalism and Bob Avakian’s “Reflection on the ‘Occupy’ Movement; An inspiring Beginning...And the Need to Go Further, (Revolution #250, November 13, 2011) to all the occupiers and all the immigrants that are refusing to go along with the ways things are in this country. The idea here is to start now and go out to people from Iran, Mexico, Phillipines, and all across the world that live here in Chicago and get them to join up. Chants are needed not just in English, but Spanish, other languages.
Placards with the logo from Revolution newspaper with plenty of blank space so that people could write their own slogans, and in different languages. Because visuals will be very important! Artists are needed to make the most beautiful eye-catching banner. Past May Days saw brisk sales of the little red flags to people all through the march, and we soon ran out, so this year we can make and sell many more red flags to both get out our message of revolution and internationalism and at the same time raise much needed funds. The idea of red headband/armbands with quotes from BAsics was thrown around - silk screeners are needed if this is to happen, as well as red material and flag makers.
Tuesday, April 24, 7 pm, Work meeting to pull the materials, etc together. Place to be announced.
Artists to make banner of artistic quality
Red Material and people to make red flags
People who are good at coming up with chants