Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To all those we met at the LA Times Festival of Books:  
Welcome to the revolution!
We look forward to hearing from you and working with you. There is a world to understand and radically change!  The challenge is there.  The leadership is there.  What's you.  Even as you are learning more about this revolution, there is a need and a means, a place and a role for everyone who cares about the future of humanity!   
At Revolution Books, Thurs., April 17, 7:30 pm:

Screening and discussion of 
a chapter from
BA Speaks: REVOLUTION - NOTHING LESS! Bob Avakian Live
(Every 1st and 3rd Thursdays)
 This week we'll watch and discuss from disc 3:  
 3-disc DVD available at Revolution Books, $15
[Read more about the film

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tues., April 8, 7 pm: Raymond Lotta

R A Y M O N D   L O T T A

speaks on his new e-book:

 You Don’t Know What You Think You “Know” About… 
The Communist Revolution and
the REAL Path To Emancipation:
Its History And Our Future

Tues., April 8th, 7 PM at Revolution Books
$10 at the door

People need to know the truth about communism. And they need to hear Raymond Lotta:

•  Because we need a radically different and better world.
•  Because the world we live in…a world of grotesque inequality, spreading environmental catastrophe, the degradation and brutalization of women, and the mass incarceration of Black and Latino youth—doesn’t have to be this way.
•  Because the whole history of communism in the 20th century shows that IT IS possible to create a society and world in which humanity can truly begin to flourish.

But people have been systematically lied to about communism. The rulers who preside over the capitalist-imperialist system, along with their ideologues and the media, have slandered and vilified it. While those who defend communism are given no space to reply.

Raymond Lotta will be speaking about his soon-to-be-available e-Book. This is the real history of the incredible breakthroughs of the Paris Commune of 1871, of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917-56, of the Chinese revolution of 1949-76. There is nothing like this—a provocative, inspiring, and fact-filled analysis of the first stage of communist revolution: the first attempts in modern history to create societies free from exploitation and oppression.

How did the lives of women radically change? How did revolution attack the oppression of minority nationalities? How did the Russian and Chinese revolutions develop economies that operated in a whole different way: to serve the needs of the people? What was the Cultural Revolution in China really about and why was it the most radical and emancipating episode in human history? Lotta will open your eyes to the amazing things these revolutions accomplished against incredible odds.

And Lotta will also speak about why these revolutions were ultimately defeated, the problems and shortcomings of these first socialist revolutions--and how, on the basis of the new synthesis of communism of Bob Avakian, humanity can go further and do better in a new stage of revolution.

Come hear Raymond Lotta. Bring your questions. Bring your deepest concerns. All this matters a great deal. If what Lotta is saying is right, than everything changes in terms of what is possible for humanity.

(Text above is from the Set the Record Straight Project at REVCOM.US and THISISCOMMUNISM.ORG)

Raymond Lotta is an advocate for Bob Avakian’s new synthesis of communism. He is a political economist, author of America in Decline, and writer for Revolution. He directs the Set the Record Straight Project, which brings out the truth of the Soviet and Chinese revolutions and provides web resources.


UCLA April 8th, Noon, Bunche Hall 6275 - A Presentation and Discussion with Raymond Lotta

(Sponsored by Paul Von Blum (Professor, Communication Studies), Juan Gomez-Quinones (Professor, History), Masai Minters (Director AAP)

  UC Riverside April 9th, 12:30 – 2 pm, INTS 1113, CHASS, Interdisciplinary Symposium Room - co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on World-Systems and the Program on Global Studies

  Cal Poly Pomona April 9th, 7pm – 9:30 pm, Bldg. 3-2870


Third UCLA screening and discussion of the film BA Speaks: Revolution Nothing Less! Bob Avakian Live

Thursday, April 10th, 5:30 to 8:30PM, UCLA DeNeve Plaza Room.

Co-sponsored by UCLA’s Academic Advancement Program,
Office of Residential Life, and Revolution Books.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Suspicion Nation" with Lisa Bloom - Sun., March 30

Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice 
and Why We Continue to Repeat It

Book Reading and Signing with Author Lisa Bloom

Sun., March 30th, 3 PM
$10 donation at the door to support Revolution Books
(No one turned away for lack of funds)

Lisa Bloom exposes the injustice of the Trayvon Martin case, conducting new in-depth interviews with key trial participants and digging deeper into the evidence. The only nonwhite juror tells her story of painful isolation in the jury room. Rachel Jeantel, the state's star witness, reveals how poorly the state prepared her to testify and what went through her mind on the stand. The medical examiner reveals scientific evidence he wasn’t allowed to present. And a new examination of Trayvon's school suspensions raises questions about racial profiling, all in a country divided over issues of race, gun laws, and violence.

Lisa Bloom is a trial lawyer, national journalist, and acclaimed author.

NOTE:  You can buy books in advance and Lisa Bloom will sign them at the event.  Be sure to indicate to whom she should inscribe them, and you can pick them up at a later date.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Donate Now to Revolution Books

Update on Fundraising for Revolution Books:
Since we made the appeal two days ago for $2,000 we have raised almost $300.  This includes $125 from 4 individuals; as one donor said, "I heard the call, and answered."  We also raised $166.50 at an on-campus book party through sales of a professor's new book.  Many thanks, Paul, for this opportunity to raise funds and meet some great new people.
So now it's YOUR turn.  Think about what it meant for you to find Revolution Books:
- whether it was last summer after the outrageous Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict for the murder of Trayvon Martin;  
- or at one of our many programs, from the Darwin Day celebration, to the report back & actions, to the many Black History Month book parties last month;
- and being introduced to BA Speaks: REVOLUTION - NOTHING LESS!  Bob Avakian Live
...when you felt like, "Wow!  I've found a community where people share my anger about the way the world is and a bookstore which is the center of a movement for revolution - making the case for why it doesn't have to be this way!  

Here's  the challenge - for Revolution Books to expand and contend in the world - you are needed!   We have been given a few more days to raise the rest of the funds, so we're asking you to step up and be one of the people who will give or raise $100 by Sunday, March 16th.  We need 17 generous and forward-thinking people who will do this.  Introduce 3 friends and family to this invaluable bookstore, and let them know that together we can reach our goal.  We're aiming to build the financial base with Friends of Revolution Books through this fundraising, so that we can focus on providing the quality programs, literature and outreach  that is needed to build this movement for revolution.

Donate on-line now here or send/drop off a contribution.

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Cosmos" Viewing Party

Cosmos Viewing Party
Celebrate Science and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Mondays, beginning March 10,  
7 PM, at Revolution Books

     More than three decades after Carl Sagan's ground-breaking and iconic TV series, it's time once again to set sail for the stars. Join us to watch each episode of the new 13-episode series -- and discuss and question.
     Hosted by renowned astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY will explore how human beings discovered the laws of nature and found out what we are and where we are in the universe. This will be a voyage of discovery, an exciting part of understanding and changing the world. 

     People look at what religion calls 'the heavens.' They look at the stars, the galaxies. They can see a small part of the vastness of the universe, and they can imagine the greater vastness of the universe. Or they can look on a small scale, look with a microscope and see a small microbe or whatever, and be amazed by what goes on internally within that. They can ponder the relation between what you can see with a microscope and what you can see with a telescope. This is an essential quality of human beings. Human beings will always strive for this. Far from trying to suppress this, or failing to recognize it, we can and should and will give much fuller expression to it.

      Communism will not put an end to -- nor somehow involve the suppression of -- awe and wonder, the imagination, and "the need to be amazed." On the contrary, it will give much greater, and increasing scope to this. It will give flight on a much grander scale to the imagination, in dialectical relation with -- and in an overall sense as a part of -- a systematic and comprehensive scientific outlook and method for comprehending and transforming reality.
Bob Avakian
Chairman of the Revolutionary
Communist Party, USA
BAsics, 4:30