Revolution #245, September 11, 2011

Call to Readers: Contribute to
Special October 3 Issue of Revolution

A special issue of Revolution, coming out on October 3, will feature responses to the quote from BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian, “An Appeal to Those the System Has Cast Off.” We want to hear from those to whom this appeal is made—especially prisoners, but also many others this system has cast off. And we invite many other people to contribute—students, teachers and professors, people from all different parts of society. You can send in letters, poetry, drawings, photos, and any other kinds of creative writing and visual art.  Email to or send by U.S. mail to RCP Publications, PO Box 3486, Chicago, IL  60654.


An Appeal to Those the System Has Cast Off

Here I am speaking not only to prisoners but to those whose life is lived on the desperate edge, whether or not they find some work; to those without work or even homes; to all those the system and its enforcers treat as so much human waste material.

Raise your sights above the degradation and madness, the muck and demoralization, above the individual battle to survive and to “be somebody” on the terms of the imperialists—of fouler, more monstrous criminals than mythology has ever invented or jails ever held. Become a part of the human saviors of humanity: the gravediggers of this system and the bearers of the future communist society.

This is not just talk or an attempt to make poetry here: there are great tasks to be fulfilled, great struggles to be carried out, and yes great sacrifices to be made to accomplish all this. But there is a world to save—and to win—and in that process those the system has counted as nothing can count for a great deal. They represent a great reserve force that must become an active force for the proletarian revolution.

BAsics 3:16 




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