Revolution #231, May 1, 2011
"It was great; it was beautiful. I really liked the eclectic mix of different types of art, different types of artists, different types of expression; I especially liked the saxophonist [David Murray] going crazy, almost blew my brains out. It was amazing, it was a beautiful show of revolutionary artists and revolutionary expression out here, definitely a motivating night. Keep moving forward in the struggle." (A young Black man, artist/police brutality activist/educator interviewed in Revolution about the April 11 event: On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics: A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World).
April 11 was a night that punctured the air with a radical celebration of a whole other way the world could be. As evidenced in the interviews excerpted in Revolution newspaper, the mix of performers and Bob Avakian's words moved the audience in different ways: feeling a sense of "immense hope," wanting to engage Avakian's work further, feeling "really, really motivated ... to take responsibility myself to get active..." and more. This was a night that will stay with people.
Right now there is an important challenge to meet: While the night was an overwhelming success, it did not fully pay for itself. Revolution Books is approximately $4,500 in debt. And, event organizers are aiming to raise at least $10,000 for a high-quality film of the event.
If you've been moved by the coverage of this event and want word of this celebration of revolution and the vision of a new world to spread... Please give generously and encourage others to do so as well!
Send contributions to: Revolution Books, 146 West 26 Street, New York, NY 10001 and earmark it for the April 11 event. You can also give online at revolutionbooksnyc.org.
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