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The Revcoms at LA Book Festival

Every year the Los Angeles Times puts on a massive book festival, with tens of thousands of people attending. This year the festival took place in the midst of an accelerating U.S.-backed genocide in Gaza. And it was hosted by USC, right after the university canceled the graduation speech of valedictorian Asna Tabassum, supposedly for “safety” concerns but in reality to try to silence the voice of someone critical of Israel. For more on what’s been going on at USC, and Bob Avakian’s analysis of why this kind of repression is happening at college campuses around the country, watch last week’s RNL Show dispatch.

It is a howling contradiction that the LA book festival—an event that is celebrated as an open exchange of ideas—happened on a campus that suppressed their own valedictorian because she expressed ideas they didn’t approve of. 

Protest at USC against removal of valedictorian


Protesting the cancellation of USC valedictorian speech.    @therevcoms

We kicked off the book festival Saturday morning by disrupting the welcome address from USC senior vice president of university relations, Sam Garrison.

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When we went into the crowd with a big sign saying “stop the repression of pro-Palestinian voices,” we were constantly approached by people shocked and outraged by what’s going on, wanting our flyers and stickers, thanking us for taking a stand on this, and even joining our team as we marched through the crowd.

Taking revolutionary message into Book Fair at USC


Taking revolutionary message into LA Times book festival at USC.    @therevcoms

"Let Asna Speak" - USC


"Let Asna Speak"    @therevcoms

Throughout the weekend, we got out thousands of our statement: Stop the Silencing of Pro-Palestinian Speech! Stop the U.S.-Israeli Genocide Against Palestinians! Anti-Zionism Is Not Antisemitism. Asna Tabassum Must Be Heard at USC Graduation!

We distributed more than 1,500 stickers to people all throughout the crowd, including speakers at the festival and vendors—people were eager to let their stand be seen. And we raised funds for the materials, and the work to build this revolution. 

Most importantly, we sold 176 copies of the new compilation from The Bob Avakian Institute, Israel and Palestine, the Middle East and U.S. Imperialism, the Revolution Humanity Needs: A selection of writings from Bob Avakian. We would engage people over the question of why Biden and the U.S. keep backing Israel and why this repression is happening. People often didn’t really know, or their answers were surface level, so we would challenge them to go deeper by getting into this pamphlet. There was real appreciation and curiosity—with people looking over the table of contents and wanting to dig further. We talked to people about who Bob Avakian is—a revolutionary leader who’s developed a new communism aimed at getting beyond this horrific capitalist-imperialist system. And in that context, the importance of BA’s analysis on these key questions about Palestine, the Middle East, and revolution.

Revcoms at the LA Times book festival at USC.


Revcoms at the LA Times book festival at USC.    @therevcoms

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From the genocide in Gaza, to the growing threat of world war between nuclear powers, to escalating environmental devastation… the capitalist-imperialist system ruling over us is a horror for billions around the world and is tearing up the fabric of life on earth. Now the all-out battle within the U.S. ruling class, between fascist Republicans and war criminal Democrats, is coming to a head—likely during, or before, the coming elections—ripping society apart unlike anything since the Civil War. 

Bob Avakian (BA), revolutionary leader and author of the new communism, has developed a strategy to prepare for and make revolution. He’s scientifically analyzed that this is a rare time when an actual revolution has become more possible, and has laid out the sweeping vision, solid foundation and concrete blueprint for “what comes next,” in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America

The website follows and applies that leadership and is essential to all this. We post new materials from BA and curate his whole body of work. We apply the science he’s developed to analyze and expose every key event in society, every week. posts BA’s timely leadership for the revcoms (revolutionary communists), including his social media posts which break this down for people every week and sometimes more. We act as a guiding and connecting hub for the growing revcom movement nationwide: not just showing what’s being done, but going into what’s right and what’s wrong and rapidly learning—and recruiting new people into what has to be a rapidly growing force.

Put it this way: there will be no revolution unless this website not only “keeps going” but goes up to a whole different level!

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