From a Reader from Iran:

An Internationalist Salute and Call to Donate to the National Revolution Tour



I want to send an internationalist salute to the National Tour to Get Organized for an Actual Revolution and call for everyone to support it, to get involved with this all out struggle for a better world.

The present social and economic system we live under has become totally unbearable for billions of people throughout the world. We are also at a stage of human development when every conscious human being needs to seriously ask if our survival could be sustained in this capitalist-imperialist world order.

The urgent question begging for an urgent answer is whether we can tolerate the cries of tens of millions of dying, exploited and disease-ridden children? Tolerate the rapid destruction of the environment? Tolerate past and continual genocidal wars (direct or proxy) of the imperialists—invasions, occupations, bombings and even the possibility of nuclear war? Tolerate the everlasting white supremacy, mass incarceration, police brutality and murder of Black and Latino youth? Tolerate militarization of the border, cries of tens of millions of refugees, children ripped from parents and put in cages? Tolerate the misogyny that crushes women’s bodies and dreams generation after generation? Tolerate the normalization of outright fascism with the Trump/Pence regime? Tolerate all this that non-stop victimizes millions of people every minute of every day? Or...

In his truly breathtaking talk Why We Need An Actual Revolution And How We Can Really Make Revolution, Bob Avakian (BA) keenly and seriously challenges those who are fed up with such monstrous capitalist-imperialist horrors to get organized and get rid of such a rotten and outdated system, to make revolution to replace it with a new and much better world—one dreamed and longed for by billions worldwide. There is no other way. I’ve watched this film many times and feel everyone should see it.

In a 2003 film, BA provides keen observation on why people come to the U.S. from all over the world. He points out that this country has fucked up the rest of the world even worse than what they’ve done here, making it impossible for many people to live in their own countries. I recall my own experience that forced me to leave Iran after the 1953 CIA coup that reinstalled the bloody rule of the Shah.

A couple of years into my stay in the U.S., I witnessed how Black people were treated by the police in this “land of the free, home of the brave.” Later, I felt compelled to go “tour” the bullet-hole-riddled house where the Chicago police had assassinated Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton. I would sell the BPP newspaper on the city’s subway train to support them.

I am proud to say that I encountered the young BA dozens of times—whether at demonstrations or conferences or hearing him speak at the historic Mao Tse Tung memorial—while he was also living in Chicago, which he recounts in his memoir From Ike to Mao and Beyond. I have been supportive of the RCP since those early days.

This world needs an overhaul and a radical change and we have the responsibility to get involved to bring this change about. We have to step out of our comfort zone and think of the billions of people around the world. We are fortunate indeed to have the leadership of BA, and the “blue-print” he wrote in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America. We have to seize the time to bring forward another way because a better future is hanging by a thread! The timely National Tour is carrying the hope of humanity for a better world on their shoulders and calls on us to join in to make sure this bold initiative can achieve greatness and success. Don’t hesitate, donate.

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