October 24 and Preparing for Revolution

July 20, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


The Revolutionary Communist Party is taking part in, and helped initiate, October 24 for two big reasons.

First, because every time one of these cops murders someone in cold blood... every time we hear of yet another young life flushed down the drain of prison... we HATE it down to the soles of our feet. We hate it because of its cruelty and because it is absolutely needless at this stage of history—absolutely unnecessary, happening only because it serves a worthless and outdated economic and political system and, all the while, there is actually a different way things could be, through a revolution that cries out to be done. And we HATE it when masses of people are told to shut up, to blame themselves, to eat their anger and swallow it, to play by the rules of the biggest exploiters, robbers, kidnappers, and rapists who ever walked the planet: those who rule the USA. We hate it and we want to unite as broadly as we can to take this on and not let this shit go down—as it does, time after time. We hate it, ironically enough, out of a deep love.

Second, and this ties very much into the first reason, because such fights are essential to actually and finally getting rid of this system, as soon as it can possibly be done: an actual revolution. Not in a direct one-to-one, right-then-and-there kind of way, but as part of changing the way that millions of people think about the society we live in and building up the political and organizational “muscles” to have a real chance at winning when the potential opening for revolution arises. All along the way, we work to accumulate and wield forces FOR that revolution, learning how to influence millions today and then, when the time is right, lead millions in the all-out struggle for power.

There’s a lot more that could be said—and will be said, as the summer and fall go on—about how the intense and politically explosive polarization in society around mass incarceration and police murder—and around the oppression of Black people more generally—could relate, in connection with other developments, to the development of an opening for revolution. But for now, to get a sense of the process we’re talking about—what we’re doing—read BAsics 3:30, which we are including here (at right). If you can, talk about it with someone who supports the Party, or write us about it.

But in everything we are doing, we are proceeding from—and bringing out—the roots of the problem and the character of the solution. To do that, in everything we do we’ll be promoting BA—Bob Avakian—his leadership and his work, most of all the scientific method he’s further developed—because BA has actually done the work to deeply analyze the roots of the problem and to show the way out of this—the revolution we need and how to make that revolution. This sets the context and framework for everything we do. Why? Because without this, then the struggles of today – no matter how hard they shake the system – will never break out of the framework of this system and we will be fighting the same battles years from now – and humanity just cannot have that. So we’ll be getting out and showing his videos, getting out BAsics, the handbook for revolutionaries, wherever and whenever we can. Our supporters (and many, many others) will be wearing T-shirts saying “BA Speaks: Revolution—Nothing Less!” all the time, and will also come together some days specifically to promote THIS.

Even as our Party will be throwing in deeply on October 24, we’ll also be working on BA Everywhere in its own right—the specific campaign to raise big money to get that word out and to win people to defend this precious revolutionary leader. And we’ll be selling our newspaper REVOLUTION and letting everyone know about our website, REVCOM.US. We’ll be working to open the new Revolution Books in Harlem. Some of our comrades will be focusing on building the fight against the enslavement and degradation of women. In every case, taken together, the point of everything we do is to advance as fast as possible to revolution and emancipation... prepare the ground, prepare the people and prepare the vanguard—get ready for the time when millions can be led to go for revolution, all-out, with a real chance to win.

And as we do this, in this summer and fall that builds to a massive show of defiance against police terror against Black and other oppressed peoples on October 22-24, we’ll be grounded in and spreading the orientation and outlook of this recent quote from BA:

There is the potential for something of unprecedented beauty to arise out of unspeakable ugliness: Black people playing a crucial role in putting an end, at long last, to this system which has, for so long, not just exploited but dehumanized, terrorized and tormented them in a thousand ways—putting an end to this in the only way it can be done—by fighting to emancipate humanity, to put an end to the long night in which human society has been divided into masters and slaves, and the masses of humanity have been lashed, beaten, raped, slaughtered, shackled and shrouded in ignorance and misery.

Bob Avakian, Chairman, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA


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