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Get Ready for the Special Revolution/ Issue: 10 Years Since Katrina and 60 Years Since Emmett Till

August 17, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


Coming up in the last weeks of August are two important anniversaries of major crimes by the system:

*In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans—and the people in the poorest sections of the city, mainly Black, were not only abandoned and given zero help from the government, they were treated like criminals. More than 1,000 people died in the hurricane and its wake, and hundreds of thousands suffered greatly.

*In August 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black youth from Chicago visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, was kidnapped by white racists because he had whistled at a white woman. A few days later, Emmett Till’s body was found in a river. He had been lynched—beaten and shot to death.

Emmett Till and Jim Crow: "Black people lived under a death sentence" - clip from "Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About, a film of a talk by Bob Avakian" given in 2003 in the United States. Bob Avakian is the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. This talk, followed by questions and answers, is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey, covering many topics. It breaks down the very nature of the society we live in and how humanity has come to a time where a radically different society is possible. It is full of heart and soul, humor and seriousness; it will challenge you and set your heart and mind to flight.

The print and online issue of Revolution/ coming out the week of August 24 will be a special issue focusing on these two horrendous crimes. The basic themes of the special issue will be: How long will these crimes go on? There IS a way out! REVOLUTION—NOTHING LESS!

This will be a very powerful, timely issue of Revolution/, with sharp exposures of these and other crimes of the system and making the connections to the movement for revolution today. And it urgently needs to get out broadly to all corners of society, to all kinds of people. So we’re calling on all our readers—whether you’re new to Revolution/ or have been following us for a while—to be part of getting this out in a BIG way.

Here are things you can do right now:

* DONATE so that we can do a big printing of this issue and so that teams of volunteers can go to key places to get this issue out. Make your donation here and call on others to donate.

* Start organizing people to get this issue out. Contact people to let them know about this issue, get commitments from people about going out with a team, ask people to take time off from work if they can, and strategize about what are the key places/events to get to with the special issue. If you’re not near a Revolution Books store or a Revolution distributor, contact RCP Publications to get issues of the paper (, 773-227-4066 ) and email us at to let us know of your plans.

* FOR PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH: There are plans being made to take Revolution out in a major way in Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans on the weekend of August 29-30. Be a part of these teams—getting the special issue out will have major impact on the political terrain in those places and around the country, and it’ll be very exciting!

If you want to join the Jackson team, contact: Atlanta Revolution Books, 770-861-3339;

For the team going out to New Orleans, contact: Houston Revolution distributors, 832-865-0408,



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