Dear readers of REVOLUTION / revcom.us,
The Summer 2022 fund drive for revcom.us must raise $20,000 by mid-August to sustain this unique website. This is the website where people connect with the revolution, and the revolutionary thinker and leader Bob Avakian (BA). This fund drive takes place in a very rare time when revolution is (more) possible. And as we write you, this is a moment when a series of very vicious and slanderous attacks on BA have appeared in a range of publications (see Behind the Week of Internet Attacks on Bob Avakian and the Revcoms: Imperialist Fear Mongers and Their Servants). Those attacks are being answered at revcom.us and on The Revolution Nothing Less YouTube show; those refutations need to reach everyone who wants to know: what is this revolution all about.
The Revcom’s document Organizing for an Actual Revolution: 7 Key Points lays out why a revolution is needed, why these times pose not only acute danger but the possibility of making such a revolution, and what must urgently be done to build the movement of millions to make that revolution. That document puts it this way:
The crisis and deep divisions in society can only be resolved through radical means, of one kind or another—either radically reactionary, murderously oppressive and destructive means, or radically emancipating revolutionary means. And this resolution could quite possibly happen, one way or the other, within the next few years. This rare situation, with the deepening and sharpening conflicts among the ruling powers, and in the society overall, provides a stronger basis and greater openings to break the hold of this system over masses of people. In a situation like this, things that have basically remained the same, for decades, can radically change in a very short period of time.
The past weeks, months, and days have provided a glimpse of that. With the shockwaves set off by the reversal of Roe v. Wade (including protests that we have covered at revcom.us, but also even deeper and wider outrage), we’ve seen how what seemed improbable or even impossible yesterday can suddenly become a very palpable possibility. With multiple intensifying crises, with the increasing aggression of the fascists… how many more such jolts are in store? And even the spate of vicious attacks on Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, the revcoms, and BA are a “sign of the times,” that the question of living with this system or making revolution is coming onto the stage.
At a moment like this, your donation to the revcom.us summer fund drive enables us to be there for the thousands, and millions, who are beginning to question whether this system is really all there is. And, to connect people with a whole other way the world could be and how to get there; with the revolution and with its leader. In short, your donation now can make a world of difference.
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Dear revcom.us readers,
Internationalism—The Whole World Comes First.
Internationalism is why we feature work of BA that tirelessly, provocatively challenges the brutal and oppressive essence of every version of “America first,” revealing what U.S. capitalism-imperialism means to the children, and the people, of the world and the very planet itself...
“Why I Contribute...”
Donors and sustainers – from their own perspectives – on why it is important to financially support revcom.us.
Dear revcom.us summer fund drive team,
Why a group of us pledge to match all donations to the revcom.us summer fund drive up to $1,500.
Some of us have been talking among ourselves about what a hellish future this system has for the young generation, if there is a future at all. This is not something anyone with a heart should find acceptable. That is captured in this quote from BAsics, the handbook for the revolution, quotes from Bob Avakian (BA):
No more generations of our youth, here and all around the world, whose life is over, whose fate has been sealed, who have been condemned to an early death or a life of misery and brutality, whom the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that. (BAsics 1:13).
What BA is calling out has never been more true. Look around! From the children slaving in the mines of Democratic Republic of Congo for minerals for cell phones; to the girls and young women driven into the global supply chain of prostitution; to the desperate youth in the barrios, favelas, slums, and ghettos in the midst of or surrounding all the “great cities” of the world. And, as BA has pointed out again recently in An Open Letter to Theoretical Physicist Lee Smolin, “in the period of slightly more than 75 years since the end of World War 2, because of the way the world is dominated by the system of capitalism-imperialism, at least 350 million children in the Third World have needlessly died because of starvation and preventable disease!”
Let us emphasize: needlessly.
There are two problems we have to solve. One is that this system is hellish enough now and heading for much worse. The other is that those who are suffering and outraged do not know that there is a way out through revolution, the new communism, and the leadership of Bob Avakian, and are not connected with that.
The younger generation needs to know that a better world is actually possible, but only through revolution. Whether they know it or not, they are waiting for the revolutionary leadership of Bob Avakian to connect with and unchain them. When they open their eyes, as events are forcing them to do, they need to find that leadership, through The RNL Show on YouTube and through this website, revcom.us.
Your support for revcom.us helps make that possible. So, join us. Contribute to the revcom.us summer fund drive while our match is in effect, and we will match your donation.
Seize this rare time when the workings of this system have created conditions where revolution could be much more possible. And seize this moment to double the impact of your donation to revcom.us with a matching grant in place.
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July 30, 2022
From a Health Care Provider:
I just donated to the revcom.us Summer Fund Drive. Revcom is instrumental in popularizing The RNL Show, the work of BA and to respond in real time to the haters (ie: the rumor mongers and liars, the "Women's Movement" NGOs/poverty pimps) who attack RevComs as a "Cult". What is THEIR program for taking on the horrors of this system, and fighting for ALL of humanity?
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July 25, 2022
A Matching Donation Challenge from a Mental Health Professional supporter of the Revolution:
To All of You Who Are Heartsick at Where the World Is Today…
I am making a $1,000 challenge to all of you who are heartsick at where the world is today and horrified that women and girls are living a “handmaid’s tale” real-life scenario in this country. I am appealing to you, who realize the planet is burning up; that mankind may soon be on the brink of nuclear war and that billions of people around the globe are squashed beneath the parasitic boot of this system without mercy. We must have the courage and conviction to fight for BA, a precious leader who has devoted his life, using science, to locate the problem of this world, capitalism/imperialism, and has the only solution, revolution. Revcom.us is the critical source of information to analyze the world and learn what it will take to change it. We must strengthen and sustain this website to fight back the heinous attacks on “Rise Up” and on BA. Now is the time to bring forward the funds needed and the spirit needed to expand our forces and prepare the ground for a desperately needed communist revolution.
(This $1,000 match was met! Thanks, generous donors.)
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July 25, 2022
I am a retired proletarian. It is with profound confidence, that I have contributed to such a great cause, as the emancipation of all humanity. While it is beyond my fixed ability to contribute even more, I implore any & all, with the vision & heart, & more means to step up, & kick it up a notch, & do so with great joy.
JB. Retired Proletarian.
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July 23, 2022
A new sustainer in Oklahoma:
I'm donating because I'm tired of the endless *thoughts and prayers*. We are dealing with a very real fascist take over and can't afford to be caught off guard in this moment. RNL and the revcoms provide the perspectives and information that we need to meet the challenges before us so that we don't fall into the pitfalls and traps that could distract those who want to see a better world for everyone.
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July 24, 2022
From a supporter who recently retired from her job:
This [donation] is gifts was given to me at my work retirement party. It’s from people, some who surprised me, who appreciate in different ways what I’m about, with the understanding that I would donate it as I decide.
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July 23, 2022
A medical professional sent this statement with her donation:
In light of the total shit show that's going on in this country and the world, no one else except BA, the RevComs have an analysis of what is going on in the world and in this country and how it doesn't have to be this way. I am totally enraged by the assholes who attack BA, Sunsara, the RevComs & RiseUp4AbortionRights who have been doing the hard work of organizing people to defend Roe & to lay out a program on how things can be different under a different system.
None of these NGOs/ poverty pimp types tied to the Democrats are serious about doing the work which needs to be done, cuz they have staked out their "piece of the action" under this system. It's really like "living in the house of Tony Soprano," and I think that the Democrats have squandered any possible opening to keep fascism from being consolidated (not that I expected them to do so), but the responsibility lies with us to change the dynamic. I think that the outpouring of thousands of people in outrage over first the leaked draft opinion of the fascist Alito and the rest of the fascist Supremes and then their actual slap in the face of millions of people when Roe was actually killed, showed millions of people the reality of this system and why it must go. I think that there is a lot of hope in these outpourings, especially amongst the youth, many of whom are increasingly beginning to see that there must be a better way. I do think that the recent decisions by the Supremes show that they are losing legitimacy and loyalty amongst the people. I think that similar cracks are starting to show amongst the Democrats, with Biden constantly conciliating to the fascist Republicans and saying nice words to people and saying that we have to go and vote. I think that Biden will be rendered a lame duck (if he isn't one already) by the mid-terms in that the Democrats are going to go totally down the toilet because they are unable to come up with a program to get this system out of its crisis. This is why I'm making this donation now.
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July 23, 2022
I have donated to Revcom for several years now. I do so not because I am in love with Bob Avakian, the man, although I esteem him because he has been a warrior for decades in making the American shadow visible and in pointing a possible way forward. I am grateful to him and the organization for that. I donate because people like Sunsara Taylor, and other Revcoms, transform words into action. My response to the Intercept article is mainly puzzlement. Why is this fellow, Robert Mackey, kvetching so much about the fact that Revcom and RiseUp4AbortionRights are getting uncomfortable realities in front of American citizens? Why is it of any matter whatsoever that Revcom's approaches are somewhat “theatrical’—as if sincerity were inevitably tied to flat, boring blather? The work of Revcom and RiseUp4AbortionRights is crucial, a precious resource in a darkening world. I ask myself (as I sometimes ask myself about the existence of Pacifica radio, which annoys me half the time): where would we be without these voices?
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June 29, 2022
A donation from a friend in California:
I donated $140 to the RCP because the world situation is so serious that not getting involved in any way I could is irresponsible. A growing conflict in Ukraine that could escalate into a World War and then a nuclear war, resulting in the deaths of millions or even the planet itself, resulting in a reversion to the Stone Age or even non-existence. The reactionary demands from the Republicans to institute a Fascist dictatorship where women, African-Americans, laboring people, and Chicanos are enslaved to a system that openly evokes the morality and social systems of medieval Europe to justify naked exploitation. Rule by open force and embodying the worst aspects of mankind, dragging man down into becoming a mere beast. These things are unacceptable and have to be stopped.
BA is a true freedom fighter and the RCP are heroes to stand up to all this. They have a willingness to fight for social change and freedom, not being curtailed to the fake liberal electoral politics of the Democratic Party.
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