Anti-4th of July picnic organized by Revolution Books Honolulu
About 25 people came to the anti-4th of July picnic organized by Revolution Books Honolulu. The day was gorgeous, a tent was set up, the BBQ was lit, a beautiful display of BAsics and the Bus Tour was centerstage, and shouts rang out from the groups competing in friendly games of horseshoes, baci ball and croquet. There were people we hadn’t seen for many years along with some we had met more recently, and many people meeting each other for the first time.
Under the tent and surrounding trees small groups of people talked story. Laid back conversations about pets intermingled with animated debates about the nature of capitalism and human nature, organic farming and sustainability, and whether revolution is really possible. People who had been following the bus tour more closely introduced others to the tour. Several people had undertaken the time-consuming task of canning mango chutney and sold jars of chutney to raise funds for the tour. 16 jars were sold and plans were made to make some more batches to raise money for the tour.
A young guy riding by on his bike spotted the banner with the BAsics 5:7 quote and wheeled up to the tent to check it out: “I didn’t expect to find consciousness on the 4th! That’s what I’m all about!” After checking out basicsbustour.tumblr.com and the table display he took a stack of palm cards to distribute at the another picnic where he was headed, exchanged e-mails, and put a photo of BAsics 5:7 up on his facebook on the spot.
After talking with people about the impact of our BAsics 1:13 banner when it was taken to the streets and how it had become part of the national campaign, plans were made to paint another banner featuring BAsics 5:7 and 5:8. How we can be a part of the national campaign, without ourselves being able to individually cross the ocean and be part of the actual BAsics Bus Tour on the ground, has really inspiring people and is beginning to provide a glimpse of how building a revolutionary movement can actually happen under the leadership of a revolutionary party.
One thing was clear throughout the day. Most who came to THIS 4th of July picnic were thoroughly disgusted by the crimes of this system and were sick of talking about it endlessly, and welcomed the opportunity to get down around what it is going to take to build a better world.