Friday, July 25, 2014

Aug. 2 Launch Meeting for October Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration

Received from Stop Mass Incarceration Network - SoCal:
Saturday, August 2, 2014
12:00 noon 4pm
Launch Meeting! - October Month Of Resistance To
Mass Incarceration, Police Terror,
Repression And The Criminalization Of A Generation!
United University Church
817 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90089
(On the corner of Jefferson and Hoover on USC Campus)
Southern Cal LAUNCH MEETING! To all those who have already been part of organizing for the Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration and all those who want to find out about it and get involved: 

Just in the past few weeks we have witnessed:

1000's of children being driven across the border by US devastation of their homelands and then finding themselves caught between Homeland Security rounds-ups and flag-waving racists...

The District Attorney in Santa Rosa, California refusing to charge the cop who murdered 13-year old Andy Lopez...

2 videos that went viral showing cops brutally and unjustly beating Black women...

All these and more outrages only serve to underscore more than ever that we need to unleash powerful outpourings of resistance in October 2014 - as envisioned in the Call for a Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation ( that was adopted at the meeting convened in New York in April 2014.

Already those of us who have been working very hard to realize this vision have accomplished important steps: the Call has been taken out all over the country and new forces continue to sign on and lend their voices to it; plans are being made in many cities for protests and different ways of expressing their outrage and determination to put an end to mass incarceration; clergy and lay people have been active taking the Call to many other religious institutions to play a role in October. But now we need to take things to a much higher level to succeed in making October 2014 a month that marks "the beginning of the end for mass incarceration in the US." These meetings, to be held in as many U.S. cities as possible, are the key link in doing that. Already, hundreds have participated in October 2014 kick off meetings in such cities as Dayton, Ohio and Dallas, TX.

Who needs to be at this meeting? Everyone who has already signed up to be part of these efforts... those whose lives are most directly affected... students, the concerned religious community, prominent voices of conscience... all kinds of organizations who are outraged about the fact that so many people have been criminalized and locked up... and many others who are just learning about this and don't want to live in a country where millions are being treated this way. While there are different understandings of why this is happening and what should be done about it, we need to unite all those who agree that this must end to act together in October 2014. At this meeting we should hear from many voices who c an bring to life what it means that this country has millions locked up in its jails, prisons, and detention centers; how people's lives are being destroyed by police terror; and how whole sections of young people are being treated as suspects and targets to be killed or locked up. And we should hear from others who find this outrageous and want it to end! We will concretize plans for a big demonstration in Los Angeles on October 22, with cities all across the country, as one part of a making October as powerful as possible. And chart out how on college campuses, in the faith community, in the neighborhoods, in the culture and art scene, October must be a month that makes clear thousands and thousands are willing to stand up and speak out today to awaken and rally forth millions. We should invite one and all via email, Twitter, phone calls, Internet postings, ads and PSA'S. This meeting needs to get everyone's ideas on how to make October a powerful Month of Resistance in a way that the whole country has to know about, and get people organized to do that.

Meeting Hosted by Stop Mass Incarceration Network  
and USC United University Church

Some of the ways that you can be part of the movement for revolution this week:

July 26, Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
Monthly yard sale (rescheduled) to raise funds for Revolution Books. Volunteers and yard sale items needed. Contact us to sign up for a shift.

July 27, Sunday, 10 am
- Join a team at the Hollywood Farmers Market to reach out with Revolution newspaper and to introduce people to the bookstore. Meet at Revolution Books at 9 am or at the crossroad of the Farmers Market (Ivar & Selma) at 10 am.
- Or join a team going to talk to families of prisoners at the LA County Jail from 12 noon to 2 pm. Meet at Revolution Books at 11 am or meet at Vignes and Bauchet Street at the jail at 12 noon. Call 213.304-9864 for more info.
- Central Avenue Jazz Festival. Contact Revolution Books for booth details.

July 29, Tuesday, 7 pm
Revolution Books volunteer meeting. As the world burns in more ways than one, join the fight to save and grow this bookstore as the center for fighting the power, and transforming the people, for revolution!

July 30, Wednesday, 5 pm
Viewing of first Abortion Rights Freedom Ride live webcast from Texas. Followed by meeting to further plan the upcoming Break ALL the Chains celebration. For more info:(213) 304-9864 or

August 1, Friday, 8 pm
Group excursion to see The Brothers Size at the Fountain Theatre. Fundraiser for Revolution Books. Contact the bookstore for tickets.

August 2, Saturday, 12 - 4 pm
Launch Meeting for the October Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration.
United University Church, 817 W. 34th St., LA (Jefferson & Hoover on USC Campus). 213-840-5348

August 2, Saturday, 1 pm
Stop the U.S.-Backed Israeli Massacre in Gaza! Westwood Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., between Westwood Blvd. and the 405 Freeway.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thursday is a Day of Action for Palestine!
Window Rock, Arizona July 17: Dine (Navajo) activists protest at the Tribal Council against agricultural ties to Israel and to demand a tribal boycott against Israel. Photo: Terry Bowman

Protests are breaking out around the world (see slideshow).  And there needs to be much more.  Now is no time for silence, or silent complicity - including in the form of, or justified by, excuses that "the situation is so complicated."  No, it isn't.  (Read The Ongoing Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine - Stop Israel's War Crimes in Gaza!)  Join a protest or call your own!   Click here for a list of protests maintained by

Join Revolution Books at 4:30 pm at a Mass Die-In at City Hall - Thurs., July 24th at 5 PM, 200 Main St., LA 90012.  Click here for a description of the die-in, a collaboration by American Muslims for Palestine - Southern California and Jewish Voice for Peace-LA to put on a massive die-in street theater in front of the Los Angeles City Hall. City Hall East.  They are aiming for the numbers in the die-in to reflect the current death toll in Palestine, now over 500.

Pick up a stack of Revolution newspapers and flyers for the "Hot Topic" discussion on Stopping Israel's War Crimes in Gaza" at Revolution Books after the protests on Thursday.  

Take photos and send reports of protests to and

The Ongoing Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Stop Israel's War Crimes in Gaza!

Thurs., July 24, 8:30 pm
(changed from 7:30 pm)

Discussion at Revolution Books
We will start later so people can join the protests
and then head over to the bookstore. For those who come at 7:30, we'll listen to Michael Slate's interview with Ilan Pappe.

Rafah refugee camp in Gaza where five family members  
were killed by an Israeli missile on July 11. Photo: AP

Since July 8, Israel has been pounding the nearly two million Palestinian people locked down in the tiny, densely populated Gaza Strip with thousands of attacks by fighter jets, helicopters, missiles, tanks, warships, and drones. Over 500 Palestinians have been killed including many children, people living at a center for severely disabled people, and whole families. On July 17 Israel escalated the slaughter with a ground invasion. These are war crimes backed by the U.S.

Join us Thursday night to dig into the reality of this outrageous situation, including the role of the U.S. which provides massive backing to Israel, and what the people must do now.

Get these materials and more at Revolution Books - help spread them everywhere:

New issue of Revolution newspaper (   
Available at  
Revolution Books

Michael Slate's interview with historian Ilan Pappe: Author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine  and The Idea of Israel.  [Listen here

Special issue of Revolution: 
The Case of Israel - Bastion of Enlightenment or Enforcer for Imperialism?

New Communist Manifesto for the 21st Century in various languages:  
manifesto arabic manifesto - english manifesto - farsi

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Post on Facebook, Twitter, send to e-lists; download and print flyer below to spread the word. Come and bring others to this "hot topic" discussion:


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Protest Israeli Assault on Gaza - Sun., July 20

Protest the Israeli assault on Gaza
Sun., July 20th, 3 PM
Westwood Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd. 

West Los Angeles
Over 300 Palestinians have been killed in the last 2 weeks 
in Gaza, the world's largest outdoor prison camp, and the horror is escalating.  This is a war crime by Israel, 
the U.S. imperialists' attack dog in the oil-rich and 
strategic Middle East. Raise your voice against this outrage. Pick up a stack of the new issue of Revolution 
newspaper at Revolution Books to get out at the demonstration. Or connect with us at our booktable 
at the protest.

Silence is Complicity
Emergency discussion on Gaza at Revolution Books
Thursday, July 24th, 7:30 pm

Join us in digging into the reality of this situation, including the role of the U.S. which
provides massive financial backing to Israel, and what the people must do now.

Check Revolution website regularly for updates, and check out the resources below for
background and analysis.  Share widely!

* Michael Slate's  hour-long interview with anti-Zionist Israeli historian Ilan Pappe on
July 19th. 

* Special issue of Revolution: 
The Case of Israel - Bastion of Enlightenment or Enforcer for Imperialism?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 31 Screening of "Scientific Communist Leadership - The Rosetta Stone We Need"

Thurs., July 31st, 7:30 pm
Join us for the screening and lively discussion of a chapter from the dvd BA Speaks: REVOLUTION - NOTHING LESS! Bob Avakian Live
at Revolution Books every 1st and 3rd Thursday.
We'll focus on a chapter from disc 3: "Scientific Communist Leadership - The Rosetta Stone We Need" continued discussion on this important section.

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.

Revolution in the City!
Contact us to join our booktables at these summer cultural events
and reach thousands of people:
Friday, July 18th, 8 pm - Chop & Quench at the California Plaza in downtown LA.
Join the Fela! Band Broadway cast, including Tony-nominee Sahr Ngaujah, for a history-making live performance of Fela Kuti's influential "69 Los Angles Sessions" in its entirety.
Friday, July 25 & Saturday, July 26 at 8 pm - Roger Guenveur Smith's monologue Rodney King at the California Plaza in downtown LA. "History, poetry and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King."
Saturday, August 9th, all day - Leimert Park Village Book Fair.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ArtWalk - Thursday; Book Club - Saturday

Get Ready for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: GROUND ZERO TEXAS
Click on image above
Join us at the Downtown LA Artwalk
Thurs., July 10th, 7 pm at 6th & Spring (NE corner)
taking out word of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride
(set for August), Revolution newspaper, and BA Everywhere,
raising funds to get the works, vision and strategy of Bob Avakian
(BA) for a radically different and far better world out in society!
and a Monthly Book Club Discussion this
Sat., July 12th, 2 pm of This Common Secret:
My Journey as an Abortion Doctor by Dr. Susan Wicklund
Fight the Power, and Transform the People, For Revolution!
Be part of radically changing the world!
Check Revolution Books blog daily for developments

Monthly Book Club Discussion
Sat., July 12th, 2 PM @ Revolution Books
This month we'll discuss the memoir by 
courageous abortion provider, Dr. Susan 
Wicklund. In This Common Secret: My 
Journey as an Abortion Doctor she chronicles 
her emotional and dramatic twenty-year career 
on the front lines of the abortion war. Growing 
up in working class, rural Wisconsin, Wicklund 
had her own painful abortion at a young age. 
It was not until she became a doctor that she 
realized how many women shared her ordeal of 
an unwanted pregnancy - and how hidden this 
common experience remains even after Roe vs Wade. This is the story of 
Susan's love for a profession that means listening to women and 
helping them through one of the most pivotal and controversial events 
in their lives. Hers is also a calling that means sleeping on planes and 
commuting between clinics in different states-and that requires her to 
wear a bulletproof vest and to carry a .38 caliber revolver. This is also 
the story of the women whom Susan serves, women whose options are 
increasingly limited.
Revolution Club Summer Party Fundraiser
Sat., July 19th (rescheduled from July 12)
7 - 10 pm at Revolution Books

Come to the fundraiser party and chill with the Revolution Club Summer 
volunteers, as we play music, dance, hang out, and talk about what 
this group of volunteers has dedicated their summer to. There will be an 
asking donation of $5 to fund the Revolution Club Summer to fight the 
power, transform the people -- for revolution!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Reading of "The Time of Our Lies", a play about Howard Zinn - Sun., July 13

Sunday, July 13th, 3 PM
Special Reading of "The Time of Our Lies," a play 
about Howard Zinn by Bianca Bagatourian
$10 suggested donation to support 
Revolution Books
$100 premium tickets include 
A People's History of the U.S. 

The provocative story of renowned US historian, educator and
activist Howard Zinn, author of the bestselling and highly influential
book A People's History of the United States, as a young bombardier
in World War Two. This important piece, choreographed through
song and rap, challenges the dominant narrative of U.S. history.
Catch this play at Revolution Books before it premieres in Scotland
at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

See youtube clips at here.

Exec. Producers: Viggo Mortensen, Jon Bernthal, Myla Kabat-Zinn 
Producers: Fringe Management
Written & Produced by Bianca Bagatourian
Directed & Composed by Josh Chambers
Antonio Anagaran
Jorge Castañeda
Natasha Tina Corinne Alford
Charlotte Di Gregorio
Dana Wilson
Movement Consultant: Maureen Fleming
Costumes: E.B. Brooks
Production Designer: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew