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Thursday, August 30, 2007

On the 2nd Anniversary of Katrina: The Need for Revolution and the Urgent Need for Resistance

Katrina, Jena, and the Whole Damn System
The Need for Revolution and the Urgent Need for Resistance

Issue #99 is an important two-week issue on the Katrina Anniversary, calling people to “Make August 29th a day of remembrance … and political resistance!” Getting this issue out far and wide, with its exposure of this gaping sore, can play a role in propelling people into much needed struggle.

The WANTED poster and t-shirts should go out all over. The poster should be up in stores and projects, apartment windows …

Also, find out what people are thinking about the Gonzales resignation. Check out Sunsara Taylor’s article on the World Can’t Wait web site:

Gonzales Resigns -- But the Torture, Spying, and Round-Ups Continue
Drive Out the Bush Regime, Now More than Ever!
By Sunsara Taylor, 8/27/07

What’s up with a country where a torturer -- and let’s call a spade a spade -- an architect of a police state and fascist laws can be forced to resign and no one in a position of power calls for the reversal of everything he’s done and for his and his boss’s indictment for war crimes?

What’s up is a system that is so hellbent on extending and preserving its empire that a police state that tortures is the program of the whole lot of them. That’s why the Democrats grandstand and garner political advantage over Gonzales’s resignation but have not and will not oppose the essence of his program. And it is why the people must. ...


Sunday, Sept. 2 — 6pm

Revolution Books
9 W. 19th Street (bet 5th & 6th Avenues), NYC

Support the Reporter’s Travel Fund:

Katrina Two Year Later: How the System Betrayed the People Again

–Clips from testimony of the “Bush Crimes Commission Hearings” and

-- a first hand report from New Orleans by Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party

Benefit for Revolution newspaper's Reporters Travel Fund

· First hand report from Carl Dix, just returned from New Orleans
· Film of damning testimony of New Orleans residents and others at the Bush Crimes Commission about this regime's abandonment of the people and suppression of relief efforts.
· Hear news of the $500,000 Revolution newspaper expansion and fund drive * Bring your stories about participating in the Fund Drive * Share experience * Make plans for getting Revolution newspaper all over the high schools and campuses as school opens * More! *
Revolution Newspaper Expansion Fund Drive
Support Revolution Newspaper's Six-Month Expansion and $500,000 Fund Drive!by joining us on Sunday, September 2, 2007
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Revolution Books
9 West 19th Street, (Btwn 5th & 6th Ave), NYC

Hear from Revolution newspaper supporters. Talk with others taking up this effort. Learn more about Revolution newspaper -- Sign up -- Get organized with your Fund Drive Kit.
Revolution Books at 212-691-3345 or


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Open House at Revolution Books for the Revolution Newspaper Expansion Fund Drive

Revolution Newspaper's Six-Month Expansion
and $500,000 Fund Drive!

by joining us on

Sunday, August 18th, 2007
Open House

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Revolution Books
9 West 19th Street
(Btwn 5th & 6th Ave)

Hear from Revolution newspaper writers. Talk with others taking up this effort. Learn more about Revolution newspaper -- Sign up -- Get organized with your Fund Drive Kit.

This will be a potluck event. Please bring your favorite dish, drink, snack.

RSVP Revolution Books at 212-691-3345 or

And you won't want to miss :

Sunday, August 19th, 6:00PM
Benefit for Revolution Books:

Featuring Sparrow and the Myk Freedman Band

"One of the funniest men in Manhattan...
Over and above everything else,
Sparrow offers something to believe in."
—Robert Christgau
The Village Voice
Suggested Donation: $20 – All are welcome, buy books, bring friends, spread the word...

About the author:

Sparrow created quite a stir in 1995 when he picketed The New Yorker magazine, holding a placard reading, "My Poetry is as bad as yours." His poetry has since appeared in that magazine as well as The Quarterly, The New York Times and other erudite journals. He was also featured in the PBS series The United States of Poetry and can be heard, along with his legendary band Foamola, on the poetry compilation Poemfone: New Word Order (Tomato). He is a gossip columnist for the Phoenicia Times, a contributing editor to Chronogram, a substitute teacher, and the author of two books: Yes, You ARE a Revolutionary! Plus Seven Other Books and Republican Like Me (both Soft Skull Press). Sparrow lives with his wife and daughter in the hamlet of Phoenicia, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.Marcus Boon (editor) specializes in contemporary literature and theory. He is the author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002) which was called "an impressive display of scholarship" by the Boston Globe and a "valuable, philosophically provocative and sometimes quite moving work of literary criticism" by the Denver Post. He writes about music and sound for The Wire and is an Assistant Professor of English at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007



"TRUTH... In Preparation for REVOLUTION"

This headline of the special Revolution newspaper Broadsheet has really resonated with lots of people throughout the launch of the expansion and $500,000 fund drive – from the streets of Harlem, to the Rock the Bells concert with Rage Against the Machine; from East Flatbush to Sunset Park, from Marcus Garvey Park to Union Square.

People came from all over to attend this concert and 750 papers were sold. One college student from Buffalo, NY took a bundle of Broadsheets, said that he reads Revolution every time he gets the chance – he's been getting it at anti-war demonstrations in Washington DC. People like him represent the potential for far, far more people to regularly read this paper and for many to donate so this paper can reach this much wider, far-flung audience: "Revolution newspaper must be out there much more boldly and much more broadly – exposing what is going on, revealing why, and pointing to a revolutionary solution in the interests of the vast majority of humanity... This $500,000 will be the first step to realize the potential and rise to the challenge." [Broadsheet]

Use the Broadsheet and the Fund Drive kit! We are learning that these materials really help people see very quickly the difference this Expansion and Fund Drive for the paper will make and how to participate starting right away. It is on this basis that people are beginning to step forward to join the Drive. Lots of bundles of the broadsheet have gone out, people are starting $100 teams, and many vendors are taking the broadsheet. Six restaurants donated wonderful food for the kick off events. People are joining in many ways to be part of launching this expansion and fund drive.

Several people like the 60 year old retired steel worker who is quoted below gave testimonials at the weekend Kick-off events:

"$500,000 to us is a lot but it's a drop in the bucket when you consider the way things work in this world. Murdoch is paying $5 billion for the Wall St Journal. We need millions of dollars for Revolution newspaper. From my personal experience, if you want to fight the powers that be, you gotta have money."

An immigrant proletarian wrote:

"For me the paper has been a messenger that transmits the hope for a better future, the hope for changes that we crave and we see is possible. It has allowed me to have a clearer picture of what this country is doing to the world and its own citizens. The articles written by Bob Avakian, which are very insightful and detailed as well as controversial, always open a window for discussions. I know this because I've discussed these articles with fellow workers over the last ten years. Let us do everything we can to support this paper. I have and I will continue to do so. It needs to be read by millions and it isn't yet. Compare it to all the papers out there that lie to us everyday and are read by millions now. That has to change. It is up to us."

A Revolution Books supporter sent a letter to the Kick-off reception pledging to raise $300 from the activists and students he knows in the suburb where he lives, writing from the heart about how he has been reading the paper for three years and what it means to him.

For an ex-Black Panther who has been reading the paper since the Schomburg "Revolution" DVD event in June, the Harlem kick off brunch made it more real that there was a core of people coming together to make this happen. That's when he made the commitment to raising much needed funds and expanding the distribution of the paper.

How many semi-regular readers of the paper do you know? How many people appreciate you emailing articles to them periodically, or buy the paper whenever they see you? How many people do you know who can learn about and get enlisted in this drive right now? Call them. Invite them to the next Fund Drive reception at Revolution Books or in Harlem. Or invite a bunch of people to have coffee and dessert, or a couple of beers.

Whether you are with your friends or on the street talking to new people: Open up the Broadsheet and the Fund Drive kit. Talk about what would happen if this paper was a "voice that cannot be ignored on any campus," imagine the "societal impact of a revolutionary movement, with this newspaper at the center, based among those who society has enslaved, cast off, or locked up – the proletariat;" what if all the requests from prisoners for subsidized subscriptions, and more, could be filled... if reporters can be sent right away to cover major events like Katrina... if the Spanish edition was improved and reached throughout the Southwest and on-line through Latin America...

Point to the section on "What People Are Saying About Revolution Newspaper" with quotes from people like Marcus Jones, the father of one of the Jena students facing trial for a fight after nooses were hung from the schoolyard tree; from prisoners in the US and people in India, about what they think about the paper. Show people what's been covered in this paper and who's been interviewed, and the description of the articles from Bob Avakian. All the parts of the Broadsheet illustrate how "readers find answers to the burning questions of the times" – Truth in Preparation for Revolution.

Do some collective imagining, go through the Fund Drive kit and make plans. Use the Fund Drive Kit to help people plan for how they can take this up themselves together with people they know, starting right away.

Here's one person's idea for getting sponsors and co-riders for a 100-mile (century) bike ride:

"This could be a way to reach out to people I know, who are into cycling but don't know a lot about the paper, and include them in the whole process of getting pledges, training, and doing the ride itself. I've already told one relative, who (usually) reads articles I send her from the paper and likes them and has a lot of respect for writers like Sunsara Taylor, and she said 'good for you,' and that she'd get back to me, and that $1 per mile would be an amount she'd probably be willing to pledge. I think there are at least 20 people I've known over the years in different ways, some who are cyclists and some who are just middle‑class people who give money to progressive stuff, who would also pledge in large part because of the way I'm raising the money. If they're people who don't know the paper or don't know it much, this could be a way for them to get to know it (and I'd imagine it would be a particularly memorable way to be introduced to it) ... I'm thinking of doing this as part of the Transportation Alternatives (the biggest NYC bike‑advocacy group) Century ride through all 5 boroughs on September 9th. This would be a chance to meet a lot of people in the bike advocacy community, which tends to be a section of people that's very progressive and environmentally‑motivated..."

From the Broadsheet: "YOU, and people like you, can make all this happen... Much is at stake. If people are going to really understand what is going on, and if something good is going to be pulled out of the current storms, a greatly expanded Revolution newspaper must be at the heart of that process."

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Revolution Newspaper Special Notice: Kickoff Events Near You

Revolution Newspaper's Six-Month Expansion and $500,000 Fund Drive! Kick-Off Events August 4-5

Starting right now, YOU can play a critical role in making this all happen. Come to kick-off events over the weekend of August 4-5. Call your friends and bring with. Copy and email this note to co-workers, family, "interested parties." You'll get hooked up with bundles of this special fundraising issue of Revolution. And at many of these events, you'll be able to meet and talk to writers from Revolution. Teams will be formed. You'll hear about ambitious goals. And you'll contribute to figuring out exciting plans. One important part of all this is for many, many people to pledge to raise $100 or more. There are a thousand ways to raise $100 or more for this fund drive, ways that rely on people, their creativity, and their desire to see this paper having much more influence. To help, there will be resources, organizing kits, and help and advice for raising money and expanding the reach of this paper at and at the kick-off.

Find and Attend the REVOLUTION EXPANSION AND FUND DRIVE KICK-OFF event near you:

New York
Saturday, August 4th
St. Mary's Church
521 W. 126th Street
(Bet. Broadway and Amsterdam)

New York
Sunday, August 5th
Revolution Books
9 W. 19th Street
(Bet. 5th & 6th Avenues)

Sunday, August 5th
6:30 pm
Acme Art Works
1741 N. Western Ave., Chicago

Sunday, August 5th
4 pm to 7 pm RAIN OR SHINE.
(next to the basketball court and playground)
at the rear of GLENLAKE PARK, CHURCH

Saturday, August 4th
4:00 pm
Potluck Picnic
at Cal Anderson Park
11th Avenue between Denny and Pine on Capitol Hill
(meet at the fountain in the middle of the park, look for Revolution banner)
Bring food, make plans, share conversation

Sunday, August 5th
Revolution Books
1833 Nagle Pl
(near corner of Broadway and Denny)

Los Angeles
Sunday, August 5th
12 noon
Barbecue at Earvin "Magic" Johnson Park
905 E. El Segundo Blvd

San Francisco Bay Area
Saturday, August 4th
BBQ/picnic (omnivore and herbivore)
San Pablo Park
(Between Ward St. and Russell St. at Bonar St.)
wheelchair accessible, children welcome

Saturday, August 4th
Open House and Pot Luck
Revolution Books

Monday, August 13th
6:00 - 8:00pm
Revolution Books
2626 South King Street

Sunday, August 5th
4 pm -6 pm
at the Living Room Cafe
4828 Loraine Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Donate Now
to the $500,000 Fund Drive

Monday, July 23, 2007

Revolution #97, July 29, 2007

Two things about Revolution #97:

(1) As the Senate Debates: Death Surge in Iraq...New Threats on Iran
by Larry Everest

The Democrats’ July 17-18, all-night Senate debate on the Iraq war ended where it began—with no agreement in Congress on what to do and with Bush still running the show and vowing to continue the war. …

As the debate in the U.S. government over Iraq has intensified, there have been new steps toward a possible military action against Iran.

On July 16, the Guardian (UK) reported that nearly half the U.S.'s 277 warships are stationed close to Iran, including two aircraft carrier groups, with another carrier on the way.
The Guardian reports: “The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favor of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned. The shift follows an internal review involving the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department over the last month. Although the Bush administration is in deep trouble over Iraq, it remains focused on Iran. A well-placed source in Washington said: ‘Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo.’” (,,2127115,00.html) …

The danger [here] isn’t the Democrats going to sleep on the job. The danger is that their anti-war posturing will induce a “slumber” of passivity among those who want to end the war. The real danger lies in relying on and waiting until the 2008 election -- at a time when it is more urgent than ever for millions to take mass, independent action to drive the Bush regime from power and repudiate its entire agenda of war endless war for empire.

(2) Coming August 3…A Special Revolution Fund Drive Broadsheet

The August 3rd issue of Revolution will be a special, updated expansion and fundraising broadsheet: Truth…in Preparation for Revolution! With this special issue, we aim to unleash an unprecedented movement throughout society to raise $500,000 by the end of this year, to expand the reach of Revolution, and to put this paper on a whole new playing field.
This special issue will be released at kick-off events the weekend of August 4-5. …
Getting out this special issue of Revolution will lay the basis for reaching way out into society to raise money. In the projects and prisons and sweatshops, on high school and college campuses, at house parties in the suburbs, and from people with substantial resources…all kinds of people can and must be challenged to find their way to support this paper in their own way, from their own perspectives.

Kick-Off Events August 4-5

Starting right now, YOU can play a critical role in making this all happen. Come to kick-off events over the weekend of August 4-5, where you’ll get hooked up with bundles of this special fundraising issue of Revolution. And at many of these events, you’ll be able to meet and talk to writers from Revolution. Teams will be formed. You’ll hear about ambitious goals. And you’ll contribute to figuring out exciting plans. One important part of all this is for many, many people to pledge to raise $100 or more. There are a thousand ways to raise $100 or more for this fund drive, ways that rely on people and their creativity and desire to see this paper having much more influence. To help, there will be resources, organizing kits, and help and advice for raising money and expanding the reach of this paper at and at the kick-off.
Another focus will be Labor Day weekend, when we are calling on people to sell thousands of “Wanted” t-shirts (see picture on this page). To have people buying this shirt, and finding out about Revolution at swap meets, from street vendors, in retail stores, from vendors outside concerts, from door-to-door sellers, and beyond.

To find an event in your area, or to get help organizing one, contact RCP Publications (see contact information below), or call the Revolution Books store nearest you (see list on contact page).

Wherever and whoever you are, however you connect with Revolution, whatever it is this paper that you find intriguing, provocative, compelling or addictive about this paper … join in!

Monday, July 16, 2007

#96 The Imperialist Debate Over Iraq: How to Best Maintain a Ruthless, Unjust Empire

The debate within the U.S. ruling class over how to deal with the war in Iraq heated up this past week—without resolution…

A Washington Post analysis titled “As the War Debate Heats Up, Stagnant Air Is in the Forecast” offers a sober reality check for those who think (or wish) that Bush is “over,” and just a lame-duck president without any power: “Yet no matter how battered he seems, no matter how unpopular he may be in the polls, President Bush still holds the commanding position in his showdown with Congress over Iraq. Even with Republican defections, as votes in both houses made clear this week, opponents do not have anywhere near the veto-proof majorities needed to wrest leadership of the war. The almost-certain result, according to strategists in both parties, will be at least two more months of anger and posturing but no change in direction.” (7/13/07)

The Democrats rode a wave of disillusionment over the war into Congressional power. Bush’s insistence on continuing the war in the face of last November’s vote has deepened anti-Bush anger. Recent U.S. polls show that 45 percent of the people want Bush impeached and 54 percent want Cheney impeached. At the same time, the Democrats’ failure to halt the war has also angered and disillusioned millions who had supported them. One poll found that only 13 percent approved of the actions of the Democratic-controlled Congress.

There is a great disconnect today between the desires of millions and what the leaders in the government are doing. Millions badly want to see this whole regime brought to a halt and the war ended. Yet the Democrats they voted for not only refuse to impeach Bush and Cheney from office, but “rule it off the table,” and meanwhile carry out what amount to worthless charades around the war.

This poses both a huge challenge and a huge opportunity for those who see how bad the situation is—in Iraq, in the torture chambers, and on so many other fronts. How are we going to act on this “disconnect” and turn dissatisfaction with both Bush and the Democrats into massive political action and resistance that can force the rulers to alter their course? The World Can’t Wait—Drive Out the Bush Regime provides such a vehicle, including with their Declare Yourself: Wear Orange campaign. On July 27 this campaign will be launched for people across the country to wear orange—to declare themselves against “unjust war, more lying, more spying and more torture” and the whole Bush agenda. Those who want to see the Bush-Cheney cabal removed from power, their nightmarish program repudiated, and the war ended should “Declare Themselves” and take this campaign out broadly.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Revolution #95: America: Separate, Unequal, and Badly in Need of Revolution

July 13, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court Fortifies the Savage Inequalities

On June 28, by a 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court—headed by the Bush-appointed Chief Justice John Roberts—struck down school admission policies in Seattle and Louisville that used students’ race as a factor to maintain diversity in individual schools.

Make no mistake about it: this ruling is a savage attack on the rights of Black people in this country. It signals an official turning back from even a pretense of a commitment to end white supremacy in the public schools, and it virtually removes the ability of people to use the courts to do that. And it will lend strength to every racist and reactionary in this country, sending a signal of approval from the highest court of the land. …

Think about it. What does that decision, and the whole history that underlies it, say about the depths of the white supremacy that permeates every fiber of America? And what does it say about the determination of the highest court in the land, and the government more generally, to now fortify all that?

What kind of a statement is this about the kind of future this system has for Black people and other oppressed peoples? What does it say about the kind of society this is, and is becoming more starkly every day?

The question this poses is:

What Country Are You Living In?…And What Are You Going to Do About It?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

7/10 TUE 9:30am Support Bushwick Youth wrongfully arrested on their way to a friend’s wake. Drop the charges! Brooklyn Court, 120 Schermerhorn St. at Adams.

7/10 TUE 7:00pm Film: “Darwin’s Nighmare” at Revolution Books, 9. West 19th Street bet 5th & 6th Avenues

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

7/11 WED 9:30am Support Bushwick Youth wrongfully arrested on their way to a friend’s wake. Drop the charges! Brooklyn Court, 120 Schermerhorn St. at Adams.

7/11 WED, 10 am-4 pm - Event: Opening Day & Fair for South Bx Community Market /Inauguracion & Feria para el Mercado Comunitario del Sur del Bx. Fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fresh herbs, honey & eggs straight from local farms & community gardens. Accept/aceptan cash/efectivo, EBT/Food Stamps/Cupones de alimentos, FMNP Checks & Health Bucks. Voter registration /registro de votantes, cooking demonstration /demonstracion de cocinar 11:30 am-1:30 pm, & more/mas. At front of El Girasol Community Garden, E 138th St, Bx (btw St Ann's & Cypress Aves). Info: More Gardens, 718-585-2109, 917-518-9987, &

7/11 WED Be there at 6:15pm; Film starts at 7pm Film: “Dr. Gary Null’s documentary Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own at Symphony Space/The Leonard Nimoy Thalia. 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. $25

7/11 WED Team meets at 8:30pm, event starts at 7pm. 72nd & 5th Avenue Summer Stage: Femi Kuti & the Positive Force. Rumsey Playfield Central Park 69th St. at Fifth Ave.

7/11 WED 7:00pm Ray Lotta: “Hugo Chavez has an Oil Strategy…But Can This Lead to Liberation?” at Revolution Books, 9 W. 19th St. bet 5/6 Ave

Thursday, July 12, 2007

7/12 THU 9:30am Support Bushwick Youth wrongfully arrested on their way to a friend’s wake. Drop the charges! Brooklyn Court, 120 Schermerhorn St. at Adams.

7/12 THU Thursday Day Team Fulton Mall/Court-Montague St./Ft. Greene area in Brooklyn

7/12 THU 12 noon-2pm BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at Metrotech. Free

7/12 THU Thursday PM Team. "Sicko" Lines. Regal Union Square Stadium 14, 850 Broadway. 7:20 ; 7:55 ; 10:20 ; 10:45. Try to get to at least two lines; the 7pmish or 10pmish

Friday, July 13, 2007

FRI 7/13 Friday Day Team 2:00pm Meets at Bookstore. Going to Upper West Side.

7/12 THU-7/15 SUN - Event: CitySol. Summer music & market series on Manhattan's East River waterfront. Renewable energy-powered live music, interactive exhibits showcasing key innovations, practices & policies for NY's sustainable future, & a green lifestyle marketplace offering apparel, electronics, household goods, media & much more. At Solar 1, E 23rd & East River & South Street Seaport. Info: &

FRI 7/13 Friday PM Team Meets at 6:30 at the NW corner of W. 23rd & 8th Avenue, by the BBQ on the 8th Avenue side. Event: Project for a Revolution in New York Matthew Marks 523 W. 24th St., New York, NY 10011 nr. Tenth Ave. 212-243-0200 Gallerist Mitchell Algus curates this show of under appreciated European artists from the sixties and seventies. Price Free. Subway: C, E at 23rd St.

FRI 7/13 Friday Club Team

Saturday, July 14, 2007

SAT 7/14 10:30am Harlem Team meets at the Burger King, 125th & Lenox

SAT 7/14 10:30am Brooklyn Green Market Team, Grand Army Plaza.

SAT 7/14 East Flatbush Brooklyn Team

SAT 7/14 11:00am East Harlem Team. Meets at Wendy’s, 116th & 3rd Avenue

SAT 7/14 Times Square Team

Sunday, July 15, 2007

SUN 7/15 Upper Westside Team

SUN 7/15 Jackson Heights Team. Meets at #7 Train stop Junction Blvd

Monday, July 16, 2007

MON 7/16 4:30-6:30pm Rally: Troops out Now! Times Square, in front of the Recruiting Station Stop the War at Home and Abroad! Troops Out Now! Impeach Bush & Cheney for War Crimes!

MON 7/16 7:00pm Event: People's Power vs the Right's Advance: The Case of South Dakota. With Laura Flanders. The Culture Project, 55 Mercer St. $15


7/18 WED 7:30pm Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park Band Shell: Ani DiFranco. The entrance to the Prospect Park Bandshell is located at Prospect Park West & 9th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn -- F (best) to 7th Avenue. Exit at the front of the Brooklyn-bound train leaves you at 8th Avenue and 9 Street. Walk 1 block to park's 9th Street Entrance. Benefit Concert $37.00

7/21 SAT 11:00am-6:00pm The 9th annual HARLEM BOOK FAIR [JULY 20 - 22, 2007] on West 135th Street from 5th to 7th Avenues.

7/28 / 29 SAT, SUN Rock the Bells with Rage Against the Machine + Wu-Tang Clan + Public Enemy + Cypress Hill + The Roots + Mos Def + EPMD + MF Doom Randalls Island. $83.
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