Revolution #175, September 6, 2009

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Re: "Brutal Police Raid on Home of Juanita Young"

I went to the rally for Juanita Young and I was impressed by the young people from the revolution party who came in support of her. I was disappointed in one of the supporters who attacked the youth. Their feelings were the youth would make it harder for blacks and they would go back to their community.

My son was one of 158 murdered and like the rest who didn't come out to support Mrs. Young, I understand fear of losing employment, limbs and possible life. Besides from physical weakness, I have an overwhelming fear that all the cops have to do is stress me with the tactic they are using with Mrs. Juanita Young and the system would just completely deny medical help. As it stands they are doing the wait and see game and even though I pay for medical coverage I'm tagged as high risk.

It didn't take 50 bullets for me to lose someone who was irreplaceable and it takes all I have to try and reach one person and talk about change. The so-called assimilated blacks and whites feel that Carl Dix and his members just want to stir up trouble. I lose my breath every time I hear someone saying that as if all is right with the world.

Sorry I can't be as mentally, physically and spiritually as strong as Juanita Young.


Re: "The Revolution We Need...The Leadership We Have"

Revolution? I'm in. I understand the urgent need for a revolution and believe that the people need to break the physical and mental chains this capitalist society creates. Growing up in this society we're taught to accept the lies about communism, that it is a totalitarian state. I recently (within the past few years) started seriously questioning this world, about what can be done to fix these problems and what is causing all these problems. In that quest I learned what capitalism actually was and all the problems of this system. I realize it's main purpose is the bottom line, money/power, and to exploit anyone or thing to gain more capital. Using up people and the earth to expand their power and tyranny. Meanwhile brain washing the masses into believing this government is for the people, by the people. What a joke that is. The masses of people do not have a real say in what goes on. Only a very small percentage control everything. That small percentage is the ruling class, manipulating the masses into thinking they have a true say in the workings of this government, instead they're exploited in every way. Everything that is sold to us is at the expense of someone else who reaps no benefit from their labor. We are treated like work horses that are abused and oppressed until we can't produce anymore, then we're abandoned with no remorse or even gratitude for the work that has been done. Our lives are supposed to be committed to this system that steps on anyone or anything in its way. You can't even go to the store and purchase goods for survival without contributing to the oppression. These are the very things that sicken me. The more I learn the true meaning of capitalism the more it angers me.

A few years back, at the beginning of my quest for what's real and what isn't, I wanted to support the anti-war movement. Seeing the lies and tricks the Bush administration committed for an imperialist agenda. At a rally in Los Angeles I picked up the 4 DVD set of talks by Bob Avakian, and watched only a little. At that time I was still confused about what was right, trying to shake an entire life of force fed propaganda from the capitalist system. It wasn't until recently I saw what communism is really about. After learning more about the history of capitalism and it's imperial agenda I decided to check out more of what Bob Avakian had to say. After listening to him speak it all dawned on me, the truth. It was like all the questions I had were answered. Realizing the importance of a communist revolution. He explains very well the history of communism and his ideas of what it's about. Explaining the contradictions of a society and a ever evolving revolution for the people. He debunks the pro-capitalist propaganda that has been shoved down our throats. Helping to realize what a peoples revolution is really about. I also understand the need for leadership if this is to actually happen. The need for organization and education and the fact that it can't be done without leadership. In listening to Bob I can see a real dedication for the people and a revolution. I see his compassion for the movement and the work that goes into it. Bob Avakian is a leader who understands the needs of people and a society. In his words "we need to get with this."

Finally I would like to express how relieved I am to have found the revolution. Without this type of leadership and organization we are lost, regardless of our beliefs.

Thank you.


Re: "Paris, Texas—Modern-Day Lynching, Age-Old Outrage"

I just read the article about poor Brandon McClelland who was cruelly murdered in Paris, Texas. I was feeling a lot of emotions while reading this. I guess what saddens me the most about your well written article is that your writer shows historical continuity, not just with the gruesome crimes done to James Byrd in Jasper, Texas and with the lynchings that began in the late 19th century.

I miss bringing your paper to work and reading it during coffee/lunch breaks. I love it when even the democrats (fat cats) get upset and yell "bullshit!" I am going to give something up so I pull together sub money again.


Re: Revolution #173, August 16, 2009

In the health care debate, John Mackey (CEO of Whole Foods) raised up a storm among liberals last week with his op-ed column in the Wall Street Journal. Among Mackey's cold-blooded comments, he pointed out:

"Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This 'right' has never existed in America."

The liberals are offended, but it sounds like another reason for revolution.


Re: Revolution #173, August 16, 2009

I was having a discussion with a friend of a friend around spirituality and religion, and she was coming from the standpoint of 'what's so bad about people feeling good through religion'? She was also grappling with the way in which poor people in the third world, where she has traveled, despite their real poverty, seem more 'content' or 'happy' than so many people in the U.S.

The next day I sent her BA's article, "Can we do without myth?" and she responded:

"Dude, this article is so provocative and is leading me to your world. So much in it and so many questions....when is 'article club?'"

She's in her late 20's, and a middle school English teacher, with a strong 'social justice' orientation about her work. She has been very influenced by 'American Buddhism'.

The whole exchange was just another example of the way Bob Avakian can really speak to people's biggest questions, and draw them to this line.

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