Friday, February 27, 2015

Mark you calendar, and get involved now in radically changing the world!

Donate to and be part of the campaign:
BA Everywhere...Imagine the Difference It Could Make - a mass campaign to raise big money to get Bob Avakian's (BA's) vision and works into every corner of society [here]

Be part of promoting the Dialogue
between BOB AVAKIAN and CORNEL WEST and the new film premiering nationwide on March 28th - in L.A. at 2 pm the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St. (See flyer below.)
Drop in at Revolution Books every Saturday for brunch, 11 am to 1 pm, starting this Saturday, February 28th, until the premiere.  Come watch the Dialogue and advance clips of the film, bring your questions about the Dialogue or about the whole new approach to revolution and communism BA has brought forward and what difference it will make to get BA everywhere. And even while you are checking this out, bring ideas and share experience of how and where to promote BA and the Dialogue that can help change the atmosphere and terms of the debate in society. Pick up materials (flyers, posters, palm cards) and sign up for places you can take them, or join a team to go out to events, movies, protests, neighborhoods, churches, campuses, building for International Women's Day and April 14th, Stop  Business as Usual Day across the country to STOP wanton police murder - as part of a spring of putting revolution in the air!

Read about the BA Everywhere fundraising dinners held Feb. 15th [here], and take the Baking Project Challenge!
Flyers available at Revolution Books, or click on images below to print / post / distribute.

Half-page flyer, front
Half-page flyer, back

Sunday, March 1st at 5 pm at Revolution Books  
Showing of HBO's documentary CitizenFour

In an important recognition of what whistle-blower  Edward Snowden accomplished, CitizenFour was awarded the Oscar for best documentary feature. Come to Revolution Books Sunday in tribute to Snowden and watch the film projected on our big screen.

Accepting the award were filmmaker Laura Poitras and investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. The award by the Academy was a well-deserved slap against the Bush-Obama policies of massive secret government surveillance of us all.  
  
Suggested donation for popcorn $5

Read Cheers for Oscar Comments at revcom.us and see you Sunday!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March 28:  Nationwide premiere screenings and online launch of the new, full-length film: 

REVOLUTION AND RELIGION - The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion: A Dialogue Between CORNEL WEST and BOB AVAKIAN














In Los Angeles: 
Saturday, March 28, 2 pm 
(doors open at 1:30 pm)
THE LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER 
514 S. Spring St., LA 90013 (5th and Spring)

$20 general admission / $10 low income / $100 premium
Presented by Revolution Books and 
The Bob Avakian Institute
For more information: (323) 463-3500 / RevolutionBooksLA@gmail.com
 
Trailer for the film, Revolution and Religion, A Dialogue Between Cornel West and Bob Avakian
Trailer for the film, Revolution and Religion,
A Dialogue Between Cornel West and Bob Avakian
Media sponsor
KPFK
Co-produced by
The L.A. Theatre Center






                                              
         
                     



                        

For screenings in other cities go to revcom.us

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tuesday: Two Constitutions, Two Different Systems, Two Different Futures for African-American People


Slave - Peter

The U.S. Constitution and the Constitution for the
New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal)
  
Two Different Futures for African-American
People

Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 7:30 PM

Join in the discussion of this critical article.  Bring friends and let's compare
the Constitution of the United States, written by the slaveholders, with the 
written by the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.
 
Additional resources:  Syllabus for Black History Month Discussions

Screening of Charles Burnett's masterpiece,
Killer of Sheep
 
Sat., Feb. 28th, 7 PM
$10 at the door to save Revolution Books
Killer of Sheep examines Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan,
a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic
toll of working at a slaughterhouse. 
Charles Burnett is a writer-director
whose work has received extensive
honors. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi,
his family soon moved to the Watts
neighborhood of Los Angeles. Burnett
studied creative writing at UCLA before
entering the University's graduate film
program. His thesis project, Killer of
Sheep (1977), won accolades at film
festivals and a critical devotion; in 1990,
it was among the first titles named to the
Library of Congress' National Film Registry.
 

KILLER OF SHEEP trailer
KILLER OF SHEEP trailer

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SPREAD THE WORD and HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR REVOLUTION BOOKS:
 
 

Are you, or someone you know, going to Coachella? 
Need a place to rent?

Thanks to a generous gift from a friend of Revolution Books, we are offering a 1 bedroom timeshare (sleeps four) at a resort in Indio for the 2nd weekend of the Coachella Music Festival.  This is the last space available at this resort.
Check-in time: April 16th, 4 PM
Check-out time:  April 19th, Noon
1BR (sleeps 4) with 1 full bath. King bed in master and murphy queen in living room. Also full size sofa and loveseat in living room. Fully equipped kitchen with utensils, patio, laundry room with washer/dryer.
$1,200 (plus refundable cleaning deposit) or best offer

Contact us this week if you would like to rent this timeshare and help raise urgently-needed funds for the bookstore.  Ask us if you'd like photos or more info.  323.463.3500 or revolutionbooksla@gmail.com.
 
Other ways to be a vital part of Revolution Books:
1. Sustain monthly, or give a generous one-time donation. Do it now. Become a Friend of Revolution Books and give to the bookstore which opens a door to a different future for humanity. Then ask three friends to join!
2. Volunteer. Be part of the crew that makes this bookstore run and takes the revolution into the world.
3. Spread the word. Come get flyers, tell people online what they have in this bookstore. 
4. Give to our wish list:  photocopying; snacks and paper products for events;  cleaning and bathroom supplies

Friday, February 20, 2015


From the editors of revcom.us:
 
A Crossroads ... A Time to Act 

"To all those who find the world as it is intolerable
and want to see a real change, we are facing a crossroads:
a moment where what we do now will have great impact on
the lives of millions"
 
Read this critical editorial here.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21:
 
10 AMJoin the Revolution Club and Stop Mass
Incarceration Network at the March for Unity and Justice. 
Meet at LAPD's Southwest Division - MLK Blvd. and Denker Ave.  
March to Leimert Park.  FEBRUARY 21 marks the anniversary of
Malcolm X's murder. Ezell Ford's Life Mattered! 
 
2 PM:  Book Club discussion of Men We Reaped:
A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward.  At Revolution Books.
"We saw the lightning and that was the guns;
and then we heard the thunder and that was
the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling
and that was the blood falling; and when we came
to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped."
-Harriet Tubman

Join us to discuss this staff favorite, a hauntingly-
beautiful book about the deaths of five young Black
men in the span of four years in Mississippi.  Jesmyn
Ward tells the stories of each of their too-short lives,
her beloved brother and close friends, interspersing
her life experiences in-between.  She draws the painful lesson, "By the numbers,
by all the official records, here at the confluence of history, of racism, of poverty,
and economic power, this is what our lives are worth:  nothing."
 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22:
11 AM - BA Everywhere Brunch at Revolution Books
Get Ready for the Launch of the New Film of the Historic Dialogue
between Bob Avakian and Cornel West.  For more info, 213.304.9864
National Day of Remembrance / Justice for Tamir Rice ~ 12-year-old Black child murdered by
Cleveland Police 
1-3 PM Canvassing,
3 PM Action
Meet on 10th Avenue (near Crenshaw) at
Florence Ave. , Los Angeles, 90043 
 
To commemorate the life of Tamir Rice (pictured above), the Stop Mass
Incarceration Network - SoCal has chosen to assemble at the site of the LAPD
shooting last Tuesday of 15-year-old Jamar Nicholson.  Be there on Feb. 22 to commemorate the life of Tamir and all the children who have been killed by police.
Get ready for APRIL 14, 2015 ~ #ShutDownA14
STOP BUSINESS AS USUAL!
WE WILL NOT GO BACK!  NO SCHOOL!  NO WORK!
SAY NO MORE TO THE SYSTEM GIVING A GREEN LIGHT TO KILLER
COPS!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Black History Month Programs + Monday Volunteer Meeting

  
 

THEY SHOOT BLACK PEOPLE, DON'T THEY?
From Ferguson to NYC:
A Cartoonist's 20 year look at Police Brutality in the U.S.
 
A new slideshow by award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight
 
Sunday, Feb. 15th, 3 PM
 
$10 donations at the door
to support Revolution Books;
no one turned away for lack of funds
  
Culled from over 20 years of his award-winning work, They Shoot Black People, Don't They? A Cartoonist's Look at Police Brutality in the U.S. is a brand-new power point slideshow presentation from nationally syndicated cartoonist Keith Knight (the Knight Life, the K Chronicles,

(th)ink).  Presenting his unique take on the militarization of the nation's police force, and the unchecked killing of unarmed citizens, Knight's cartoons are infused with urgency, humor, satire, politics, and race. 
Book Club discussion of
Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward
Sat., Feb. 21st, 2 PM
"We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped."
-Harriet Tubman

Join us to discuss this staff favorite, a hauntingly-beautiful book about the deaths of five young Black men in the span of four years in Mississippi.  Jesmyn Ward tells the stories of each of their too-short lives, her beloved brother and close friends, interspersing her life experiences in-between.  She draws the painful lesson, "By the numbers, by all the official records, here at the confluence of history, of racism, of poverty, and economic power, this is what our lives are worth:  nothing."

Finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award
Nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
A New York Times Notable Book
The U.S. Constitution and the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal)
 
Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 7:30 PM
Join in the discussion of this critical article.  Bring friends and let's compare the U.S. Constitution, the slaveowner's vision of freedom, vs the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America, which details Day One after the revolution. Additional resources:  Syllabus for Black History Month Discussions
Screening of Charles Burnett's masterpiece, Killer of Sheep
Sat., Feb. 28th, 7 PM
$10 at the door to save Revolution Books
Killer of Sheep examines Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. 

Charles Burnett is a writer-director whose work has received extensive honors. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, his family soon moved to the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Burnett studied creative writing at UCLA before entering the University's graduate film program. His thesis project, 
Killer of Sheep (1977), won accolades at film festivals and a critical devotion; in 1990, it was among the first titles named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.
 
KILLER OF SHEEP trailer
KILLER OF SHEEP trailer
 
This year's Black History Month comes at a time when we've seen a massive struggle for justice--beginning with the rebellion in Ferguson, Missouri, in August--unlike anything since the Black liberation struggle of the 1960s. Big questions are posed. Why - more than two centuries after the founding of this country and 50 years after the events depicted in the film Selma-are Black people still oppressed, still brutally discriminated against, and still brutalized and murdered by the police?
 
On the occasion of Black History Month, we have gathered here a selection of material for those who really want to dig into these questions. This material - including a syllabus that teachers can use for their classes or for other group discussions - speaks to the foundation of this country in slavery, the oppression of African-Americans which has continued throughout the history of the U.S. while taking different forms, and the present-day reality. 
Plan all of this and much more! Whether you have an hour, a day, or more - your input is absolutely vital to making Revolution Books the vibrant, indispensable center for knowing and radically changing the world!  
 
Bring your ideas, creativity and energy to the Volunteers Meeting on Monday, Feb. 16th, 2 PM.  
 
Donations are a critical form of support for this revolutionary work.  Give now.
 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

 [Click here for an invitation to download, save, print and invite others;
Buy tickets via PayPal or credit card by clicking in right-hand corner of this page.

You are invited to a
A Benefit Dinner 
 For the production and promotion of the 
March 2015 release of the high-quality, 
full-length film:  
If you haven't watched the trailer, 
view it now [HERE]!










A BA Everywhere Fundraising Dinner:
 Getting Ready for a Spring of Putting Revolution in the Air 

Be part of an inspiring, fun, and important fundraising dinner hosted by BA Everywhere--the national campaign to raise funds to make Bob Avakian (BA) and the work he has done known throughout society, so that the sights of millions are raised to see the possibility of a revolution for a radically different and better world.

Break bread with and experience a community of many different kinds of people who feel that the world today is intolerable and must change. We will watch advance clips from the new film that's coming next month.

 
Sunday, Feb.15, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Tickets: $25 sliding scale / $10 if you bring a salad or dessert 

Up on the Roof of Revolution Books
5726 Hollywood Blvd.

Bring your family and friends, your crew, your colleagues! Join us for dinner, raise funds towards a major launch of the new film, and together let's change the whole world!
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Reaching Out, Building for the Fundraising Dinners; and On the Dialogue:


"Everyone was feeling it."  - Ex-Prisoner on the Dialogue and the Dinner [here]

 "A Whole Section of People Who Are Decisive to This Revolution Was Standing Right in Front of Me." [here]

Alan Minsky, KPFK Radio Interim Program Director on the Dialogue: "This is two people bringing their A game."  [here]