Revolution #288, December 16, 2012      Click for current front and back page

Cornel West Interviews Bob Avakian

How You Can Spread the Cornel West Interview with BA Far and Wide

As part of holiday plans: now is the time to get this interview out all over the place—and raise money to project BA Everywhere throughout society at every turn! Here are some ideas....

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Letter from a Reader: A Reason to Hope

Letter from a Unitarian Universalist minister, ecofeminist and animal rights activist.

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Propaganda Instruments of the Ruling Class... And the Railroad of the Central Park 5

Excerpt from a recent talk.

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Central Park 5

Raising the Roof to Support the New Freedom Fighters in the Battle to STOP "Stop & Frisk"

A diverse gathering of all ages, ethnicities, and cultures joined together to honor those standing up against stop-and-frisk. A good time was had by all and $1,600 was raised for the legal defense of the Freedom Fighters!

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Thomas Jefferson: "Flawed Giant" or Hardcore Defender of Slavery?

Updated December 16, 2012

Publication of the book Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, by Henry Wiencek, has sparked a heated controversy among scholars, journalists, and others.

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Escaped Slaves

BAsics 3:2

Murder by Drone

Barack Obama has continued—and expanded—the Bush regime's wanton violation of the imperialists' own international and domestic law by escalating drone attacks in which the U.S. acts as judge, jury, and executioner. Over 2,500 people have been murdered in these drone attacks over the past decade.

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Villagers look at the body of a victim of a U.S. drone attack in December 2010, in a Pakistani tribal area along the Afghanistan border.
AP Photo

 Also in this issue

Jordan Davis

ANOTHER 17-Year-Old Black Youth Gunned Down

A Modern-Day American Lynching

Jordan Davis was shot dead by a white man who supposedly felt threatened by loud music played by Davis and his friends. In response, there's a call to "Turn Up the Music" in honor of Jordan Davis, and other signs of outrage and resistance.

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From a Reader

Anti-Thanksgiving Fundraising Dinner at LA Revolution Books

Under a banner reading "Revolt Against a Revolting Culture!" people came together to enjoy a delicious pot-luck dinner and a growing community taking up the BA Everywhere campaign.

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Prisoner Writes to Gregory Koger: From One Wretched of the Earth to Another

Letter from behind bars to Gregory Koger, an ex-prisoner and revolutionary facing a 300-day sentence for unjust convictions.

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Immigrant Prisoner Writes on BA and Revolution Newspaper

"I have been receiving your Revolution Newspaper for a little over four months now and I thank you very much indeed for them. Because they had help me find hopes and some answers that I have been looking for so many years."

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Seattle: Killer Cop Assigned to Track Down Victim of Police Brutality

At this year's October 22nd National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality in Seattle, the speakers included family and friends of Jedidiah Waters and David Young, who were both murdered by the same Federal Way, Washington cop.

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The Police Killing of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams by 137 Bullets

That's Why We Call Them Pigs!

November 29, after a 25-minute chase, Cleveland police shoot 137 bullets into a car, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, a Black man and woman. This has sparked outrage and protests.

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Update on STOP "Stop & Frisk" Trials in NYC

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One Month Anniversary of Police Murder of Dakota Bright

Justice for Dakota!

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From a prisoner:

“This New Synthesis of Communism is really our only option...”

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Reflections on What Humanity Needs: Revolution, and the New Synthesis of Communism
The Critical Importance of Leadership

I recently went back over the interview with BA… I started this particular reading of the interview with an intention to deepen my grasp of its sweep and depth "in its own right." But as I read, I was struck by its direct relevance to some particular problems that the movement for revolution (and those working to lead it forward) confront right now.

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Reporter's Notebook In the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: How the Other Half Lives in the Jacob Riis Projects

Part 2: What About the Desperately Poor?

Part 1: Searching for Water


New and Breaking News...

From the Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund:

DONATE NOW to Get Revolution and BAsics into Prisons

Your financial support is urgently needed to fill increasing requests to send Revolution newspaper, BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian, and other literature to prisoners in 43 states across the U.S. 

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From A World to Win News Service:

Turkey: major attacks on alleged MKP supporters

December 13, 2012

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Taking Revolution to a Harlem Showing of The Central Park Five

December 13, 2012

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Two Funerals, God's Plan, and Outrage

December 13, 2012

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At a Critical Time… Sustain Revolution!

In a world of vicious exploitation, brutal oppression, and environmental devastation, a new stage of the communist revolution, based on Bob Avakian's new synthesis of communism, is fighting to be born. One essential component of this is that Revolution newspaper and have the financial resources to survive!

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For the 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade
Come to DC January 20-26 for a WEEK OF ACTION

We Won't Go Back!
Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!
Defeat the War on Women!

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