Revolution #279, September 2, 2012

Take Out BAsics 1:3

Challenge the Elections Assault with Truth About This System

“The essence of what exists in the U.S. is not democracy but capitalism-imperialism and political structures to enforce that capitalism-imperialism. What the U.S. spreads around the world is not democracy, but imperialism and political structures to enforce that imperialism.”

BAsics 1:3 

As we go into September, it’s time to make plans to get this month’s quote from BAsics, 1:3, out onto campuses and broadly into society. Get together with others to think about and discuss this quote—and make plans to put it into the hands of many, many people.

The message of this quote goes right up in the face of the massive efforts by those in power who will be hitting people from every direction this “election season”—to corral people into choosing one or another top representative of this capitalist-imperialist system, which exploits and oppresses people here and around the world, causing much death and suffering. BAsics 1:3 lays bare the essence of the nature of this society...and the reality of what the U.S. does all over the world. It can be the focus of broad debate and wrangling of people in the neighborhoods, on campuses and wherever people are gathering over the Labor Day weekend. Especially look to distributing tens of thousands of BAsics 1:3 palm cards, along with many copies of BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian, at events like the Caribbean Day Parade in NYC and major September 16 Mexican Independence Day festivals and independence day festivals by Central Americans, which draw large numbers of people.

Each month the BA Everywhere campaign has featured a quote from BAsics. These quotes have touched and connected with people far and wide; many people have found their way into this campaign and the movement for revolution by engaging with the quotes and being part of spreading the quotes to others.

Very importantly, fundraising should run through all these efforts. The aim of the BA Everywhere campaign is to raise big money to get BA’s vision and works into all corners of society. A national movement is being born—as it grows, both the need and potential to raise money pose themselves in new ways. September should see new leaps in fundraising—ranging from those with little resources and means, to those with more ability to contribute. Let’s get out there in a big way and talk to people we know and those we’ve never met before. Let’s talk to people about the difference getting BA Everywhere can make in the whole social and political culture of this society.

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