Monday, December 15, 2014

Download and Spread the Word!

This Week's Calendar at Revolution Books - Support this Irreplaceable Bookstore

Donate and Volunteer to Build a Vibrant Revolution Books
Tuesday, December 16th, 7:30 pm SHARP
Volunteer Meeting - Moving Forward!

12/6/14 - Poet/playwright Jerry Quickley
Read about the open mic here.

Last Tuesday a great group of volunteers met, sharing their many inspiring 
reasons for stepping up to become a part of Revolution Books, and making 
exciting plans to launch the $12,000 fundraising campaign.  This Tuesday
 you are truly needed to join in, bringing your fresh ideas, enthusiasm and 
energy to create a more vibrant, relevant and revolutionary space.  As the 
speech given at yesterday's BA Everywhere dinner stated, "At a moment like 
this, aroused first by the actions of the determined ones in Ferguson, and 
now as tens of thousands are out in the streets; when people from every 
section of society are defiantly speaking out and acting in new 
and be a part of the great struggle to emancipate humanity".

In the past week:

- We've met some wonderful people who have come to the bookstore for the 
first time, whether having known about us for some time but especially now 
feeling compelled to visit and get involved, or just finding out about us and 
wanting to do something meaningful with their lives.  We've begun to line up 
a dynamic series of programs but your input is crucial to make them major 
successes with wide impact. 
- Thanks to a generous donor and a creative designer, we've now got a new 
bookstore banner out front that has already brought new people in who 
wouldn't have noticed us without it.  We'll be meeting with an architect this 
week to brainstorm about transforming the look of the store.
- Much appreciation to those who donated this week.  For those who haven't 
yet, help us reach our lofty but realizable goal of $12,000 by year's end to get 
into the financial place where we can soar in the new year.  This week we need 
$1,000 for the Festival of Books booth at the biggest book fair in the country.

Here are three ways that you can make a decisive difference:

1) Become a Friend of Revolution Books so we can become self-sustaining.  
Currently, we have Friends who give from $7 to $200/month but we need to 
double this network now. 

2) Make a special year-end donation to this all-volunteer run bookstore so 
that in the midst of the powerful nationwide upsurge right now people can 
come to understand through the literature, programming, and dialogue the 
problem and solution - and act!

3)  Buy gifts and gift cards in any amount which will both support Revolution 
Books and introduce family and friends to the bookstore.  A young L.A. artist, 
Vazta, has donated beautiful autographed posters of Michael Brown (see 
image above), Trayvon Martin, and Oscar Grant for this fund drive.  Make a 
contribution of $200 for one of these, and check out artwork donated by 
Shepard Fairey, Norton Wisdom, Visual Renegade, Mr. Fish, and others. 

Thursday - BA Speaks:  REVOLUTION - NOTHING LESS! 
December 18, Thursday, 7:30 

Continuing screening and discussion of segments of
BA Speaks:  Revolution--Nothing Less!  Bob Avakian Live.
Every 1st & 3rd Thursday at Revolution Books. 

Read more about the film here.  This film "can change 
how you see the world and what you do with the rest 
of your life."  - from one of the filmmakers.

Saturday - Screening of NYC's "Ferguson Is Everywhere"  
event with Saul Williams, Carl Hancock-Rux, Jessica Care Moore + more. 
5726 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90028  (323) 463-3500 
West of Wilton, east of Hollywood Blvd 101 exit; 
3 blocks west of the Hollywood / Western Red Line  

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

BA Everywhere Celebration Dinnter
Click HERE for invitation to download, print out and distribute.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spread on email, twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
Everybody must get out into the streets right away to declare in UNMISTAKABLE TERMS that the decision of the grand jury in Staten Island, New York to not to indict any of the cops who choked to death Eric Garner is INTOLERABLE. The decision of the grand jury in Ferguson / St. Louis to not to indict Darren Wilson, the cop who executed Michael Brown,is UNACCEPTABLE. These grand juries have allowed murdering cops to walk free!  POLICE MURDER MUST END NOW!  TAKE TO THE STREETS!  STAY IN THE STREETS!

You are needed all week long!

Monday, Dec. 8th through Friday, Dec 12 - Everyday at 4pm and 7 pm - Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles; Protest, March, Die In, Disrupt Business As Usual!
Tuesday, Dec. 9th: Day of Direct and Non-Violent Civil Resistance; downtown Los Angeles
Wednesday, Dec. 10:  High Schools and Colleges - Walk Outs and Die Ins and Teach Ins - Students, teachers and professors take action. More TBA.
Thursday, Dec. 11:  Musicians, Actors, Artists, Celebrities speak out to say NO MORE to police murder and the New Jim Crow.
Friday, Dec. 12:  Blow the Whistle and Speak Outs in Communities Targeted by Police - Those who live daily under the gun of police terror must have the backing of people throughout society in standing up, speaking out, and blowing the whistle on police brutality, terror, and murder! Everyone should be there! Locations and times TBA.
Saturday, Dec. 13: MASS PROTEST IN LOS ANGELES and in DC, NYC and other cities -  In Los Angeles, converge at Hollywood and Highland at 1pm.
December 12 to 14: FAITH COMMUNITY –  Special sermons and testimony in synagogues, mosques and churches.  Plans range from sermons and testimony to inviting congregations to spill out into the streets and disrupt traffic and business as usual, because Black Lives Matter; Latina/o Lives Matter; All Lives Matter.


Justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, Omar Abrego and  ALL Victims of Police Brutality and Murder!
Indict, Convict, and Send the Killer Cops to Jail!
Police Murder Must Stop Now! 
Contact Stop Mass Incarceration Network: 213-840-5348 (Keith James) or 310-435-5502  (Rev. Frank Wulf)
Follow us at - @SMIN_ LA  &  @StopMassIncNet 
Tweet: #WEEKofOUTRAGE #ICantBreathe #EricGarner #MikeBrown #ShutItDownLA
Instagram: stopmassincarcerationsocal

Monday, December 8, 2014

Spread and intensity the righteous struggle for justice

Revolution #363, December 3, 2014 - front page
As millions are questioning and fighting for justice, Revolution newspaper is a key way to bring forward the larger picture of what is the fundamental problem and solution. Help get Revolution out and let people know about, which scientifically and sweepingly brings out that larger picture. In times like these, it’s necessary and possible to get out tens and even hundreds of copies more than you usually do. 

Join a team any day this week:

Wednesday – 11 AM – 1 PM:  Hoover and Jefferson
-          4 – 5 PM:  Crenshaw and Slauson

Thursday – 11 AM – 1 PM:  Hoover and Jefferson
RAIN? – Get on the trains, hand out newspaper and welcome donations

7 PM - 5th and Spring, NE corner - Downtown LA Artwalk - call or (323) 463-3500 or (213) 304-9864 to meet up

Friday – 3:30 – 5:30 PM:  La Cienega and La Tijera

Saturday – 10 AM – Compton Xmas Parade (meet at Alameda and Compton)
                        3 – 5 PM:  Vermont and Slauson

Sunday – 10 AM:  Hollywood Farmers Market

Call Revolution Books at 323.463.3500 for more info, including if you want to reach out to the Spanish-speaking community.  Be sure to call us after each outing and let us know how you did and what you learned.

Can’t join these teams?  Get this special issue out to your neighborhood, church, school, café, library, bus lines.  Pick up a bundle and drop off a donation.

WWW.REVCOM.US/REVOLUTION NEWSPAPER brings alive a scientific analysis of major events in society and the world—why they are happening, how different events and developments relate to each other, how all this relates to the system we live under, where people's interests lie in relation to all this, how revolution is in fact the solution to all this and what the goals of that revolution are, how different viewpoints and programs relate, positively or negatively, to the revolution that is needed, and how people can move, and are moving, to build toward that revolution. is the guide, the pivot, the crucial tool in drawing forward, orienting, training, and organizing thousands, and influencing millions—fighting the power, and transforming the people, for revolution—hastening and preparing for the time when we can go for the whole thing, with a real chance to win.

Tuesday - Rising to Transform Revolution Books to Meet the Needs of This Historic Moment

Volunteers Needed to Create a Vibrant Revolution Books
Tuesday, December 9th, 7:30 pm SHARP
Emergency Meeting - Come One, Come All!

12/6/14 - Poet/playwright Reg E. Gaines and artist Norton Wisdom

Why:  Revolution Books needs to rise to meet the needs of this historic moment 
 when people are standing up to police murder in greater numbers than we've seen 
for decades, and when millions of people are confronted with the illegitimacy of
this system, and asking what it's going to take to end all this madness.  The bookstore is 
the beating heart of the movement for revolution that is being built, a place where 
you can find the books and programs that speak to the deepest, most urgent 
questions.  A place to gather and discuss, bring your art and ideas, take heart, take 
part, and meet up with the revolution. Revolution Books is that place and that space, which
feeds the spirit, and raises the intensity, yet still only an embryo of what is 
needed, what it must become.  Join us Tuesday night as we begin to get organized 
on a whole new footing to meet this challenge.

Who: Everyone who wants this bookstore to thrive in an atmosphere alive with
critical thinking and engagement with exciting new developments in the world,
and wants to be part of spreading revolution. 

The bookstore's slogan speaks to its reason for being: "Humanity needs
 revolution. Revolution needs Revolution Books. Revolution Books needs
 you." Learn about this revolution as you work with us.

At the heart of Revolution Books is the cutting-edge work of Bob Avakian who
has developed a vision and viable framework for a new society that is working
to overcome and dig up the roots of all the forms of exploitation and savage
inequality that people suffer from today; a society where wars of plunder and
subjugation of nations and cultures are no more; where a new constitution
would require safeguarding the environment. All in a framework that gives
great scope to intellectual work, ferment, and dissent so that people could
consciously and collectively strive for a world where all humanity could flourish.

Become part of the community that makes this bookstore a powerful magnet,
whether you can volunteer an hour, a day or more. The bookstore needs your
ideas, your critical observations, and your spirit. You can make a real difference.

* Vibrant Programming: Plan four or more programs before the end of the year.
Some ideas include a program on the upheaval in Mexico; digging into the new
 dialogue between Cornel West and Bob Avakian on revolution and religion;
 lessons from the Black Panther Party (45th anniversary of the murder of Fred
Hampton); open mic (in the wake of the amazing cultural event last Saturday
(photo above), film series.
* Promotion and publicity: 
         - Street teams to take RB out to the neighborhoods
 - Social media and outreach through community calendars 
         - Graphic design of flyers, newsletters, displays
* Transforming the design and atmosphere to better serve the revolution -
signage, curating the shelves, redesigning the interior and exterior space to be
a hub of ideas and activities
* Making a big leap in the networks of financial and practical support of the
bookstore so that we can fill the shelves with the books that are needed and
widely impact society.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Saturday - Poets Jerry Quickley & Reg E. Gaines - Ferguson Is Everywhere, It's Right to Rebel

Open Mic with Jerry Quickley and Reg E. Gaines
Ferguson Is Everywhere - It's Right to Rebel
Saturday, December 6 at 4 pm
Bring your poetry and music and open mic event
with renowned poet/playwrights
Reg E. Gaines 
and Jerry Quickley 

A Benefit for Revolution Books
5726 Hollywood Blvd. (& Wilton)
$10 donation ($5 for students)


These amazing and brave artists are coming to Revolution Books on Saturday, December 6th. This will be an afternoon born of heartbreaking agony... fueled by rage ... fired by determination to use the power of art to summon conviction and courage... to give heart to the rebels who refuse to accept injustice, to inspire all to fight for a different future. 

Proceeds will help save Revolution Books, a place where people find the books and the deep engagement about why the world is the way it is and the possibility of a radically different world. It's  a center for building a movement for revolution and has been in the thick of the struggle against police brutality and murder. It is all-volunteer and not for profit. But this bookstore could be lost. Major funds are needed now to keep Revolution Books open. Please contribute all you can.