$50,000 in Five Weeks: Sustain Revolution!
What About You?
Revolution #036, February 26, 2006, posted at revcom.us
Revolution newspaper is in the midst of a sustainer drive to raise $50,000 in five weeks. Here are a few of comments we received along with donations and sustainer pledges in the last week:
Sorry I haven't been able to respond earlier. I am currently going through some personal crisis. As you are probably aware, I reside in [a city in Texas, the home state of] the Fuhrer, Gee Dubya, and obviously this area is full of fascists. I do however manage to hand out the Revolution to family friends and also leave copies at the food market that we frequent...
I currently draw 603$ a month SSI, but can pledge 10$ a month to help further the cause...
As a Vietnam draftee, I experienced firsthand the horror this system unleashes upon the people of the world. And, also, what it does to us and our psyches. At an early age, I saw through America’s veneer and realized that this society was empty and alienating and that I was just marking time. While trying to understand and challenge the world I was living in, I found Revolution. I have been reading it for the past 30 years, and doing what I can. It is the only serious analysis and opposition out there that points a road forward. You need to find a way to support this newspaper.
A reader in New England
Due to current policy [at a prison], we cannot send out donations to companies. The donation I tried to send – stamps – it was sent back to me. I will try to have my family from the streets send a donation to your address. Again I desire these Rev mags, comrade, you and I will be in touch."
A prisoner in New York
"I decided to both become a sustainer and buy a subscription for a prisoner because I want to support Revolution newspaper in as many ways as I can. I know that it changed my life, and I hope it can do the same for all of the people suffering the horrors of the prison system."
What about you?
Readers get from Revolution a perspective they can find only in a newspaper that represents the outlook of the class of people on this planet with nothing to lose, no stake in the present order, and no need or desire to pull punches or cover up the abuses of the system. From that perspective, Revolution readers also get exposed to a unique panorama of protest and rebellion from all kinds of people--from progressive clergy to rebellious artists, from the people on the bottom of society to defectors from the power structure.
Revolution newspaper reveals not just the atrocities and outrages that are covered up by the establishment media, and not just the scope and range of dissatisfaction and resistance in society, but also why things are the way they are, and how revolutionary change is possible. In that light, this paper connects hundreds of thousands of people, now, with Bob Avakian.
Bob Avakian is the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. And he is more than that: he's an innovative and critical thinker who has taken Marxism to a new place; he's a provocative commentator on everything from basketball to religion, doo-wop music to science; and he's a pit-bull fighter against oppression who's kept both his solemn sense of purpose and his irrepressible sense of humor. Revolution newspaper is proud to be an important way that people in this country and around the world connect with Bob Avakian.
A solid base of financial sustainers is especially important now, when so much is at stake, and when Bush--as a concentration of the horrors of this system--is steering a course with such dangers for the people but also with the potential to create openings for revolutionary struggle. With a sustainer base, we can expand and improve our coverage, dramatically increase our distribution, improve the look and accessibility of our print and web editions, fulfill the requests of prisoners for subsidized subscriptions, and radically increase our impact on society.
As we said when we announced this fund drive:
You rely on us, and we take that seriously. But we also rely on you.
We are asking every reader of Revolution, online and in our print edition, to sustain this paper on a regular basis in one of two ways: By going to revcom.us, clicking on the Sustain link, and then using your credit card to commit to $5, $10, $20, $40 a month or more. Or, for those who cannot contribute by credit card, send check or money order to:
RCP Publications Sustainer Drive
PO Box 3486 Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL 60654.
One form this could take is that groups of basic people, of all nationalities, collect a set amount each month and turn it in through their regular distributor, or send it to RCP Publications.
And, when you sign up to donate on line, or send us your check or money order, add a note telling us, and everyone else, why you sustain Revolution.
All sustainers who sign up to contribute $5/month or more online (or who make a single online credit card donation, or send a check or money order contribution for $60 or more) can get a copy of Bob Avakian's collection "The Coming Civil War and Repolarization for Revolution in the Present Era" free. If you send a check or money order, and want the pamphlet, let us know where to send it.
$10-a-month sustainers and above (or those of you who make a single online credit card donation, or send a check or money order contribution for $120 or more) can also receive the "Wanted Poster" t-shirt! If you send a check or money order, and want a free t-shirt, let us know where to send it, and indicate your size (S, M, L, XL, XXL).
$25 a month sustainers (or those of you who make a single online credit card donation, or send a check or money order contribution for $300 or more) can also receive the book of your choice from this list: From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist,A Memoir by Bob Avakian; Observations on Art and Culture, Science, and Philosophy by Bob Avakian; Preaching from a Pulpit of Bones: We Need Morality But Not Traditional Morality by Bob Avakian; Dispatches from the People's War in Nepal by Li Onesto; or Oil, Power, & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda by Larry Everest. If you send a check or money order, let us know where to send the T-shirt and book, indicate your book selection, and indicate your T-shirt size (S, M, L, XL, XXL).
Contributions or gifts to RCP Publications are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
At the present time, RCP Publications cannot accept any contributions or gifts from readers who reside outside the borders of the United States.