To Our Readers:
Seize the Moment!

November 25, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


Something very important and special is happening right now. People are rising up against the oppression of Black people, in many different ways. And this upsurge is taking place at a time when the rulers of this system—that brings so much misery and death to humanity—are up against a whole set of problems here and around the world.

It is on those of us who see revolution as the solution to unite with and push on this struggle, standing with the people, connecting this with the movement for revolution, taking this uprising as far and as high as it can go. And as part of that, we also have a responsibility to lead people to call out and resist the fascist polarization against this. White racists are threatening and shooting at protestors in Minnesota who are demanding justice for Jamar Clark; Donald Trump had his followers assault a Black protestor at his rally; and so on.

The statement “On the Strategy for Revolution” from the RCP speaks to the challenges posed to revolutionaries at a moment like this:

Such “jolts” in the “normal functioning” of things, even if they do not develop all the way to a fundamental crisis for the system as a whole, do create situations in which many more people are searching for answers and open to considering radical change. The work of building the movement for revolution must be consistently carried out at all times, but in these situations of sharp breaks with the “normal routine” there is greater possibility, and greater potential, to make advances. This must be fully recognized and built on to the greatest degree possible, so that through such situations, leaps are made in building up the movement and the organized forces for revolution, creating in this way a stronger basis from which to work for further advances. (The entire statement is available at and in BAsics from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian.)

Everyone reading this message to readers of needs to jump into the fray with both feet, and challenge others to join us. Most important of all, this means bringing Bob Avakian (BA) into the mix as you are uniting with people to fight the power. BA has not only brought forward a whole pathway on how to understand and transform the world and actually make revolution in this day and age…and make it a revolution worth making—but in particular he has worked long and hard on the particular question of the relationship between ending the oppression of Black people in the U.S. and revolution (as expressed in a very concentrated and poetic way in the new quote).

We, and everyone else who is at all interested in getting out of this mess should be getting out BA quote cards, T-shirts with the BA image, BA Speaks: Revolution—Nothing Less shirts, and posters and banners with, driving people to get with BA and The statements by Carl Dix are also important in this light—they connect BA and what he represents with all this in a living way.

In all this, either during pauses in the action or while getting out palm cards, Revolution, and other BA materials, seize every moment to bring people the problem/solution, which is crystallized in BA and what he’s brought forward.

We have to let people know: there IS a way out! This means everyone being OUT in the streets this weekend, especially on “Black Friday,” taking BA into the mix. Sometimes this will mean taking literature, sometimes it will mean being right in the fray up against the pigs or reactionaries and then later getting down with people. But even when right up in the fray, find ways to represent—like with oversized Revolution—Nothing Less or BA image shirts over jackets—so that people can see who we are and get into BA (including those who see us in mainstream and social media coverage). Take signs, posters, and banners speaking to what is going on, with large, highly-readable WWW.REVCOM.US.

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