The widespread promotion and popularization of the new synthesis of communism that Bob Avakian has brought forward, and what is embodied in his leadership overall, is a crucial part of preparing minds as well as organizing forces for revolution. In this period BA Everywhere is the concentrated focus of the work to carry out that promotion and popularization.
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For people who have never seen or experienced Bob Avakian and the impact of his words, this film is an inspiring introduction. In the documentary, jazz composer and musician Matthew Shipp comments: "Avakian talks a lot about revolutionaries having a poetic imagination, so it was really good to see that idea within the context of an event that has to do with the political or philosophical idealism of revolution."
On December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. In the coming period, revcom.us/Revolution will have more reporting and analysis of the significance of the struggle against the brutal racist apartheid regime in South Africa with which Mandela was so closely associated, Mandela's role in that, and the nature of South Africa today.
In the barrage of self-congratulatory eulogies for Nelson Mandela, spokesmen and ideologues for the rulers of the United States have conveniently whited out two things: 1) The ghastly horrors of the apartheid system that enslaved black people (and other non-white peoples) in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s; and 2) The fact that the apartheid system was backed by, and served the interests of, the rulers of the United States all this time—a source of massive profits, and a strategic bulwark of empire.
At the latest UN climate conference, which ended in November, the delegates gave a standing ovation to Yeb Saño, who declared he would go on a fast until there was a real agreement to stop climate change, which poses an emergency threat to ecosystems and life itself on earth. Then the conference proceeded to do absolutely nothing to seriously address the climate emergency.
From a recent article by Raymond Lotta, "On the 'Driving Force of Anarchy' and the Dynamics of Change: A Sharp Debate and Urgent Polemic: The Struggle for a Radically Different World and the Struggle for a Scientific Approach to Reality."
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In all of our work, it has been very important to emphasize that we ARE building a movement for revolution, and that all that we do must proceed from the strategy for revolution that the Party has put forward. In line with that strategy, it is also decisive that we build the Party as the leading core of that movement for revolution.
The short answer to this question is: Be scientific. Examine the evidence, and examine the methods and criteria being applied.
Also in this issue
In the U.S., 49,000 prisoners are serving life-without-parole (LWOP) sentences—told they will live in prison until they die. As of 2012, 3,278 of these prisoners are being punished for non-violent drug and property crimes in the federal system and in nine states.
After 18-year-old Luke "Sasha" Fleishman, who is agender (gender neutral), was set on fire while sleeping on a bus in Oakland, California, there was an outpouring of support—including at the college prep high school Sasha attends, and at Oakland High, the school that Sasha's alleged attacker attends.
On Friday, November 22, the National Black Theater of Harlem hosted a benefit, featuring Grammy-winning jazz musician Arturo O'Farrill, to raise money for the STOP Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN).
A reader shares some ideas for getting out the Revolution special issue "The Communist Revolution and the REAL Path to Emancipation: Its History and Our Future" out on campuses in the remaining days of the academic calendar.
Ju Hong, a 24-year-old student, disrupted a recent speech by Obama in San Francisco's Chinatown to demand a stop to the massive deportation of immigrants—which has soared to record levels during Obama's presidency.
On November 25, a university "rally" of hundreds was held in response to a racist hate crime on the San Jose State University campus. Some students wore duct tape over their mouths as a symbol of their protests against racism being repeatedly ignored, as well as the fact that no students had been scheduled to speak at this rally!
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