quote of the day: "Look at all these beautiful children who are female in the world."
"And in addition to all the other outrages which I have referred to, in terms of children throughout the slums and shantytowns of the Third World, in addition to all the horrors that will be heaped on them—the actual living in garbage and human waste in the hundreds of millions as their fate, laid out before them, yes, even before they are born—there is, on top of this, for those children who are born female, the horror of everything that this will bring simply because they are female in a world of male domination. And this is true not only in the Third World. In 'modern' countries like the U.S. as well, the statistics barely capture it: the millions who will be raped; the millions more who will be routinely demeaned, deceived, degraded, and all too often brutalized by those who are supposed to be their most intimate lovers; the way in which so many women will be shamed, hounded and harassed if they seek to exercise reproductive rights through abortion, or even birth control; the many who will be forced into prostitution and pornography; and all those who—if they do not have that particular fate, and even if they achieve some success in this 'new world' where supposedly there are no barriers for women—will be surrounded on every side, and insulted at every moment, by a society and a culture which degrades women, on the streets, in the schools and workplaces, in the home, on a daily basis and in countless ways."
included in BAsics, from Talks and Writings of Bob Avakian
but the world does NOT have to be this way.
join us "On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics, A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World." Monday, April 11, 7pm at Harlem Stage
an evening of music, poetry, readings, dance, visual art.. from different spheres, and different views but all determined to break open the atmosphere, change the conversation and envision a whole other way the world could be. with Ruby Dee, David Murray, Matthew Shipp, reg e. gaines, Maluca, many more, find out here
“...I am heartened to see that the social idealism that I once considered and still consider quintessentially American lives on in full force through people like Bob Avakian. For him, hope is not just a campaign phrase, and never will be.”
from Emory Douglas, Revolutionary Artist,former Minister of Culture, Black Panther Party:
“Bob Avakian continues to Educate to Liberate."
from John Santos, musician:
“…'On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics: A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World,' will be a major step towards the free and open exchange of ideas and real alternatives that merit the consideration of the greater international community of working class citizens and those of conscience who know that a systemic change is necessary and long overdue.”
from Matthew Shipp, musician:
“…in times like these the ideas of someone like Bob Avakian must be studied... we need voices like Bob to let youth know there are alternatives within this system that is corrupted to the core."
from Cornel West, Professor of Religion, Princeton University*:
“…, this is the occasion of BAsics, which is a celebration of revolution and a vision of a new world… You're gonna see an alternative to a world in which we live.”
from David Zeiger, film maker:
“The great revolutions of the last century have themselves become, in the minds of most people, the best arguments against communist revolution. How can that be overcome? I'm honestly not sure it can. But one thing I know is that without the profoundly new work that Bob Avakian is doing, it never will. And without that work being in the mix of debate in this world, it never will.”
from Elaine Brower, National Steering Committee of World Can't Wait* and anti-war military mom:
"On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics: A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World" is one of these events when the seriousness of the situation gives us pause to re-think the present and change the future. Anything is possible if we make it so."
from Richard Brown, Co-Founder, The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, founded by the SF8:
"I have spoken with all members of the SF8, and because of the respect that we all have for Bob Avakian, we would like to be listed as a whole, and not just me as an individual. And I am very excited about this book coming out."
from Carl Dix, founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party:
Bob Avakian, with the work he has done to advance the science of communism, and the breakthroughs he has made in the theory, method and strategy of revolution, provides a source of hope and daring on a solid, scientific basis.”
* for identification purposes only
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Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution Newspaper, a host of WBAI's Equal Time for
Freethought, and sits on the Advisory Board of World Can't Wait. She has written on the
rise of theocracy, wars and repression in the U.S., led in building resistance to these
crimes, and contributed to the movement for revolution to put an end to all this. She takes
as her foundation the new synthesis on revolution and communism developed by Bob
Avakian. You can find her impressive verbal battles with Bill O'Reilly and various
political commentary on things from abortion to religion to cultural relativism by searching “Sunsara Taylor”