Extended One More Week…
Revolution Sustainer Drive: $50,000 / 500 Sustainers
Revolution #039, March 19, 2006, posted at revcom.us
For the last several weeks, readers of Revolution newspaper have been challenged to commit to sustain this paper financially. After five weeks, we've achieved approximately 40% of our goal. The testimony of readers around the country (see sidebar by Toby O’Ryan) has been inspiring, and gives a picture of the potential for Revolution to reach, and be the hub of a revolutionary network from coast to coast, border to border, and from diverse walks of life.
Building on the network of those who have already sustained, we are calling on all our readers to dig deep, to reach out more broadly, and to put us over the top in a final push. Those of you who can donate by credit card, go to revcom.us, click on the sustain link, and sign up now. Those of you who cannot sustain by credit card, send donations to:
RCP Publications Sustainer Drive
PO Box 3486 Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL 60654.
Subscriber coupon books are available at Revolution Books locations, and from Revolution distributors. We encourage groups of basic people, of all nationalities, to 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.
Contributions or gifts to RCP Publications are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
Why Revolution is So Important
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.
Change the Equation in a Revolutionary Direction
In reading the letters that have poured in from readers, I am struck not only by the ongoing importance of Revolution newspaper, but even more by its great potential. Here is a paper which every week brings both the incredibly pathbreaking analysis of Bob Avakian applied to the challenges, new and old, facing the communist movement as well as up-to-the-minute analysis of the events that are boiling and bubbling up from the "cauldron of contradictions" that is imperialism today. Here is a paper which, with its terribly limited resources, speaks to and connects the prisoner and the professor, the atheist in West Virginia and the Latina file-clerk in Chicago and Bush opponents everywhere. Think about it--but then think even more about the possible impact of this paper if it had the resources both to send its reporters to many more hot-spots and to build its circulation to the tens and soon hundreds of thousands--and yes, this is overwhelmingly a question of resources. Think about thousands of new Willie "Mobile" Shaws being able to come into contact with this paper, taking it up, and becoming "seeding machines" for revolution. Think about how that could change the equation in a revolutionary direction--in this country and in the world! Think about it. And then give everything you possibly can to make that happen.
Toby O’Ryan, Revolution correspondent
Bob Avakian's analysis of the situations currently at hand are not addressed lightly, which makes it considerably different than left wing publications. His product of thinking not only addresses world-wide situations of oppression, but deeper truths and theories to support it.... The people rely on the paper for truths that we can not necessarily find as easy otherwise. I have seen positive reactions from first time readers. Some people are perplexed by what they learn through paper's publications that they are not exposed to through mass media. But that is a whole 'nother story. The people's reliance on the paper for deeper understanding of current situations is a definite.
A youth sustainer in Kansas
i like what you stand for.and i hate corporate b.s.!!!!!!!!!the system is shit, anything to chip away at those motherfuckers suits me. the sustaining amount ain't much but that is all i can afford right now.
A sustainer in North Carolina
Revolution is a truly unique newspaper. No one else brings to light the grotesque injustices the system brings on the masses of people like this paper. Revolution is a newspaper that represents the interests of the proletariat and this is why it is so important. Nowhere else will you find a publication that reports the news, culture, Maoist theory. This is an inspiring paper that has your back."
A RCYB member in Tucson who is sustaining at $5/month
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