WILLIAM PARKER, jazz musician, composer, author and theorist, is one of the important leaders of the current avant-garde scene in jazz. He has composed and performed music inspired by, and used as an accompaniment to "All Played Out," a spoken word piece by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party. Listen [here].
William Parker's work spans four decades and includes dozens of albums, several books, and a huge repertoire of works. Read [more] on his website. He will be performing April 11, at "On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics, A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World," in Harlem, New York. BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian, will be released in early April. See below.
JEFFREY HAAS, author of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther. Fred Hampton was the Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party when he was assassinated December 4, 1969. The assassinartion of Fred Hampton is attorney Jeffrey Hass' personal account of the thirteen-year legal saga in which he and partner, Flint Taylor, pursued Hampton's assassins, ultimately prevailing over FBI stonewalling and unlimited government resources bent on hiding the conspiracy that led to Hampton's death.
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Sunday, March 27th, 2 pm, at Revolution Books / Libros Revolución, 5726 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 90028, $10 donation requested; $5 for students / unemployed.
Monday, March 28th, 12 noon to 2:30 pm, at Cal State University at Northridge (CSUN), Lake View Terrace Room, University Student Union (USU), sponsored by the CSUN Pan African Studies Department.
Get Ready for the Publication of
BAsics - From the talks and writings of Bob Avakian
In Harlem, New York City:
A Celebration of Revolution and the
Vision of a New World
April 11, 7pm
Harlem Stage at Aaron Davis Hall
on the campus of the City College of New York
An evening of music, visual art, poetry and readings, occasioned by the release of BAsics.
Bob Avakian is a serious revolutionary leader and wide-ranging thinker. He is the leader of a party and a movement aiming to make revolution when the possibility opens up. He is someone who, in the words of Cornel West, "is a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism."
The host committee, in association with Revolution Books, includes Aladdin, actor and playwright; Paul Von Blum, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, African American Studies and Communication Studies, UCLA *; Herb Boyd, journalist and author; Elaine Brower, National Steering Committee of World Can't Wait* and anti-war military mom; The Committee For the Defense of Human Rights, founded by the SF8; Carl Dix, founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party; Jessica Green, media maker and co-director, Maysles Cinema*; Nicholas Heyward, Sr., father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr. (murdered by the NYPD in 1994), Russ Jennings, theatre producer and writer; Erin Aubry Kaplan, journalist and author; Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, St. Mary's Church, Harlem*; Mike Ladd, mc and poet; Philip Maysles, visual artist, co-director, Maysles Cinema*; Matthew Shipp, musician; Cornel West, Professor of Religion, Princeton University*; Robert M. Young, film maker and David Zeiger, film maker.
(* for identification purposes only)
Initial list of event participants and performers include musician Guillermo Brown, Richard Brown, co-founder of The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, founded by the SF8, Ruby Dee, poet and playwright reg e. gaines, Moist Paula Henderson, baritone sax player and composer, jazz musician David Murray, Outernational, Abiodun Oyewole from The Last Poets, Ted Rall, cartoonist & author and jazz musicians Matthew Shipp and William Parker. The night will also include readings of letters from prisoners responding to Avakian's words, and the ideas of revolution and bringing into being a new world. These will be interspersed with people's own reflections (from the stage or via video) of what it means to them to celebrate revolution and the vision of a new world and readings of quotes from BAsics. Click for more details.
BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian
A very accessible, and concentrated, selection of quotations and short essays laying out some of the essential building blocks of Avakian's thinking and his path-breaking leadership. You can't change the world if you don't know the Basics! The author will not be present.
Pick up copies of the book ($10 each) and bring your favorite BA quote to share, open-mic style, as we celebrate revolution, the contributions of Bob Avakian, and the vision of a new world.