Saturday, March 21, 2015

Planet without Apes
Will Our Great Ape Cousins Survive the 21st Century?"

Powerpoint presentation and booksigning 
by USC professor Craig B. Stanford

Sunday, March 22nd, 3 PM

$10 donation at the door to support the work of Revolution Books

Planet Without Apes is the story of a tragic extinction that does not have to happen. The four living great apes - the chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla and orangutan - are all precariously close to disappearing from the Earth. Join us for USC professor Craig Stanford's powerpoint presentation based on his latest book about this urgent situation facing human beings' closest relatives, including his prescient analysis of the ebola crisis before it arrived, and his research at Virunga National Park (recently seen in the Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga).
As he writes, "Planet Without Apes is an attempt to focus greater public attention on the very real possibility of the extinction of the great apes. The idea for writing such a book grew out of many years studying them in remote places and seeing the human threats to their existence first hand. Great apes have the deck stacked against them. If they are to survive to the twenty-second century and beyond, we will have to act swiftly."

Dr. Stanford, co-director of the USC Jane Goodall Research Center and professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has studied the animals on three continents, including more than 20 years in East Africa and early years spent with famed primatologist Goodall.  Tune in to The Michael Slate Show on KPFK (90.7 FM) on March 20th, 10-11 AM to hear an interview with Dr. Stanford. 

Planet Without Apes with Dr. Craig Stanford
Planet Without Apes with Dr. Craig Stanford

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Seize the Time: Into the Streets and Out to the People

Right now, society is boiling-especially, but not only-over the outrage of repeated unpunished murder by police. Things erupt-in Madison, in Ferguson, in LA, and Atlanta-where next? The people rise up, the clamps and the confusion-peddlers come down, but the people do not stop. Big questions about the whole history and present-day character of this capitalist-imperialist and white supremacist society are forced into the open and are being debated. Those on top of society do NOT have it all together-they are riddled with problems and deep into conflicts with each other, even as they try in different ways to come down on the people.
What we do right now matters-a great deal! Whether people, in their millions, come to see the possibility of a whole different way the world could be-the possibility of an actual revolution-and whether they see ways to build the struggle against the oppressive power we face today in more powerful and really unstoppable way: this is a big thing. is focusing right now on two major initiatives aimed at reaching those goals. (read entire article HERE)
The first is the March 28 online launch and premiere of the filmed Dialogue between Bob Avakian and Cornel West, REVOLUTION AND RELIGION: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion. ...
Second, on April 14, the Stop Mass Incarceration Network has called for a day to "Shut It Down" in defiance of and resistance to the ongoing wave of murder by police, and the whole New Jim Crow of mass incarceration directed against Black and Latino people, as well as other people of color. This day must make clear to millions that this struggle must not only "not go away" or have its sharp edge worn down or blunted, but it must take, and is taking, a leap to another level. ..
Right now-starting on Wednesday, March 18 and running through Friday, March 27-we call on everyone reading this to give as much time and effort and ideas as you possibly can to massively flyer, get out posters, work social media, break into regular media, and in one way or another get people informed about and organized to be part of both these crucial efforts.
Come every day, for the next ten days from Noon-7pm and pick up materials, link up with others, find out what's happening and where to go to spread the word about March 28 and April 14.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Special Revolution Books Excursion
to see Dreamcatcher
Saturday, March 21st, 6:45 PM
Laemmle Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211
$25 donation to support the indispensable work of Revolution Books
Contact the bookstore to reserve a ticket now
This Friday at 10 AM, listen to Michael Slate's interview on KPFK (90.7 FM)
of director Kim Longinotto about her new film Dreamcatchers. Then join us
on Saturday to see the film together and have a post-screening discussion
with Michael Slate.

Kim Longinotto creates a no-holds-barred masterpiece about a former
prostitute, Brenda Myers-Powell, who helps women and young girls try to
break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation that is devastating their lives.
The film opens up with one of the most painful scenes that you will ever see,
a woman riding in a car with Brenda, talking about her life - about the number
of times she has been stabbed, how she wants this to end but there really is
no way out...Brenda is able to reach into the lives of these women, to really
talk to them, because she is clear - They are not to blame. It is not their fault.
This film is powerful on every level. It is filled with tremendous love and
humanity. It makes you want to go out and change the world. As one
young revolutionary said after seeing the film, "Bob Avakian talks about
how the world could be different. Imagine a world where a woman can
walk down the street and look a man in the eye and not fear that she will
be raped or beaten. That world is possible. But we need revolution."

Dreamcatcher Trailer
Dreamcatcher Trailer

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Revolution Club City-Wide Meeting
Sunday, March 15th, 3 PM
This Sunday, 3pm at Revolution Books: all are invited to a city-wide meeting of the Revolution Club Los Angeles.  Every third Sunday we meet to dig into big questions confronting all who want to see and fight for a radically different world. For those who are running with the Revolution Club, joining it, or just checking it out for the first time, this is a chance to learn more about the Club and get organized for an actual revolution.

This month's meeting will discuss the article on by Joe Veale: Black Lives Matter! Latino Lives Matter! All Lives Matter!, in the context of the Revolution Club going all out to rebuild the movement to stop murder by police with a national "shut shit down" day on April 14th and to project the vision and leadership for how a radically different and far better world is possible with the upcoming premiere on March 28th of the film of the dialogue between Cornel West and Bob Avakian, "Revolution and Religion: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion."

To find out more about the Revolution Club, go to the Revolution Clubs page on

From our Mission Statement:

"It is up to us: to wake shake off the ways they put on us, the ways they have us thinking so they can keep us down and trapped in the same old rise up, as conscious Emancipators of Humanity. The days when this system can just keep on doing what it does to people, here and all over the world...when people are not inspired and organized to stand up against these outrages and to build up the strength to put an end to this madness...those days must be GONE. And they CAN be."
From The Revolution We Need, the Leadership We Have

If that vision moves you... and if you want to be part of making that real... then you need to be part of the Revolution Club.

The Revolution Club stands for two basic principles:
Humanity Needs Revolution and Communism
Fight the Power, and Transform the People, for Revolution

To contact Revolution Club Los Angeles:
@revclub_la on Twitter and Instagram
(Many streets are closed due to the marathon, so plan ahead)

Orientation Meeting 
for day long mobilization to the marathon and the neighborhoods.  Teams will be leaving from the store to spread the word and get organized around the On-line launch and Premiere of Revolution and Religion, and about April 14th National Stop Murder by Police Day.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

This Weekend - Opening Night of "1971"

Want to see 1971 with friends of Revolution Books?
Contact us to buy special tickets to support the bookstore.

1971 Trailer
1971 Trailer

Also, we have a limited number of autographed copies of The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI available at Revolution Books ($16.95). The new paperback edition includes a postscript about the ninth burglar who emerged only after the book's release.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Film of REVOLUTION and RELIGION Dialogue Between CORNEL WEST and BOB AVAKIAN on March 28th

Join a team at the Downtown Artwalk Thursday, March 12
Meet at 7 pm in front of the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC)
514 S. Spring St., southeast corner of 5th and Spring
to promote this new film online launch and premiere screenings:

And in April at UCLA:
Screening of the new full-length film of
REVOLUTION and RELIGION - The Fight for Emancipation 
and the Role of Religion
A Dialogue Between CORNEL WEST and BOB AVAKIAN
In two parts onTuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9, 2015
6:00 to 9:00 pm
220 Haines Hall, Room 144
Sponsored by the UCLA Academic Advancement Program 
and the Bob Avakian Institute