"The film brings you up close inside Cornel West's and Bob Avakian's dialogue: the passion, the audacity, the science, the morality, the revolutionary substance. Two courageous voices modeling a morality that refuses to accept injustice – pouring heart and soul into standing together challenging all of us to fight for a world worthy of humanity."

Andy Zee,
co-director of the film


BA Speaks

"No more generations of our youth, here and all around the world, whose life is over, whose fate has been sealed, who have been condemned to an early death or a life of misery and brutality, whom the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that."

BAsics 1:13

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A Notice to Our Readers

May 1, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


The developments today in Baltimore – the charges filed against the murdering pigs – in no way change the fact that the struggle must continue and revolutionaries need to work within (and on) this situation to build the movement for revolution we ARE building. Indeed, influencing the direction of the struggle to stop murder by police and building this nationwide movement is more urgent and necessary than ever.  Tomorrow’s demonstrations in Baltimore and other cities MUST go on and increasingly have a tone of refusing to go along with this shit and refusing to settle for justice as determined by what the powers-that-be say is justice.

THE REVOLUTION NEEDS TO AIM FOR NOTHING LESS THAN EXERTING A MAJOR INFLUENCE IN LEADING THE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT IN THE STREETS (AND BEYOND). As the letter we posted this week says:   Most critically and fundamentally: The masses who are now defiantly and courageously rising up in struggle, and the masses of people more broadly, need to be led to correctly understand – and act on the correct understanding of – problem and solution, and the fact that, through communist revolution, there is a way out of the horrors and outrages that they are rising up against and that this system forces them to endure every day.

The letter goes on to develop this thinking and urges all its readers to closely read this letter.  And specifically to dig into the work of Bob Avakian (BA); as the letter says: “…the leadership we need to make this revolution exists in Bob Avakian (BA) and the Revolutionary Communist Party he leads; that because of the work that BA has done over decades, there is the vision, strategy, and method we need for this revolution; that this revolution NEEDS THEM, that the masses of people broadly, can and must step forward and get with this revolution and the leadership we have for this revolution in BA and the RCP, as they are learning more about this; and that the most oppressed masses themselves can and must step forward to not only be part of this revolution but be the backbone of it.”

This letter also advances a number of critical ways and means that this revolution can be made known to people who are stepping out.  

Importantly, the work of revolutionaries means cohering and wielding, right away, an organized force of people, from Baltimore itself as well as from cities on the East Coast to represent in a visible and compelling way, for the revolution that is needed, while providing direction for the ongoing struggle. Even a relatively small number of people to begin with, who (for example) all wear Revolution--Nothing Less! T-shirts and act together in a cohesive and bold way, can have impact well beyond their numbers--and can draw to them new forces, to which they can provide leadership in basic terms. will be publishing more on the maneuvers and machinations of the ruling class in this country, as well as various forces who are, or who represent themselves as being, "friends of the people," challenging in compelling and effective ways their actions which serve to confuse, disorient, misdirect, derail and ultimately suppress the mass upsurge.  It will be important to boldly speak to, respond to and politically combat all the lies and rationalizations put out by the powers-that-be and the mainstream media. For the revolutionaries, this means leading growing numbers of people to break through this and broaden and deepen the struggle and their determination to keep building and strengthening it.

A very powerful and positive element within all this is the mass distribution of the Stolen Lives posters.  A new version of this poster is being posted at and, in addition to distributing the posters which have already been printed, the ways should be found to VERY QUICKLY print up thousands of these posters and put them in the hands of the people, especially in Baltimore and in cities across the country. Everyone has seen the marches where people are carrying this poster…and the pictures tweeted out all over.  And this needs to continue. Let’s get this poster way out there, and popularize!

Revolutionaries need to act to maximize the influence of the Revolutionary Communist Party, its program and the direction it provides--both in terms of the immediate upsurge and in terms of how this relates to the larger, overall problem and solution--to the movement that is rapidly growing, in various parts of the country, in support of and as an extension of what is taking place in Baltimore.  This means quickly mobilizing forces around the country to further develop and strengthen this phenomenon, while consistently following very closely how this is developing, with an eye to determining what might be crucial next steps--or leaps, looking to even more societal actions involving people all over the country which would represent a real leap in both the outpouring and mobilization of people from all strata.  This would impact the struggle around the murder of Freddie Gray and police brutality in Baltimore, as the latest in the continuing outrages of police brutality and murder and everything bound up with this. But it could and should go far beyond this. It will be important to send in reports to which scientifically sum up what people are thinking and feeling and proposals for how to take this movement even higher in the months ahead. The point is that there is great potential now to hasten the development of a revolutionary situation and a revolutionary people. There is great potential to bring to people broadly an understanding of what is at the root of the relentless police murder and other outrages here and around the world, the capitalist-imperialist system, and the revolutionary solution and as we do that, to accumulate forces for revolution. People throughout society are being awakened and stepping out, and the movement for revolution needs to set to work, now, to join with others and play a significant role in further spreading this struggle, developing it as a nationwide mass movement to stop murder by police and to increasingly build a current within this movement which is aimed to put an end to this – and the countless other horrific outrages this system gives rise to -- with revolution.  

The eyes of the world are on Baltimore and the people in cities across the country who are stepping up to fight murder and brutality by the police.  This is a moment when millions are asking big questions about why these cold blooded murders continue to happen and what can and must be done to stop this. This is a moment when the revolution and the movement for revolution needs to rise to the challenge and boldly put forward what is the problem and what is the solution, and accumulate forces for revolution. These are the kinds of situations, the moments, that revolutionaries should not only hope for but be actively preparing for and learning how to respond to and advance through, drawing forward, orienting and organizing NEW forces into the revolution.


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