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The idea for the fundraising barbeque came around a dining room table as we discussed the new synthesis of communism and how to get BA Everywhere. The guy who suggested the barbeque saw it as an opportunity to spread the message of BA, raise the needed funds for the bus tour and get more people involved. This person said, “I buy copies of BAsics and I give it to people, because if people would just read this book, then they would understand things so much better.”
The plan was to get people to donate sides and then cook ribs and wings in the park. A number of people made sides to donate. A local well known restaurant who has hosted Cornel West and Tavis Smiley donated trays of green beans and corn muffins. A woman whose son was killed by the police and active in the campaign to get BA everywhere made potato salad. Other donated sides included baked beans, greens, coleslaw, mac and cheese, watermelon, and cookies and mini-cupcakes.
We decided to take pre-orders for plates and then have the barbeque in the park, fill the orders and deliver the plates and invite new people to come make a donation and check out BAsics, the displays about the bus tour, and this movement for revolution. While we were in the park, people checked out the displays and signed up to learn more and spread the word of BA Everywhere - this included two physics majors from universities who were very intrigued with what we were doing and a guy who had much to say about the situation of mass incarceration, police killings, and finding a way out of the madness.
The day before the barbeque, two artists from an old warehouse full of artists’ lofts bought meals because they really want to have connections with the more impoverished residents on this side of town. They were very happy to hear that people in the neighborhood were becoming part of a serious effort for the emancipation of all humanity. They said that even if they didn’t make it over to the park, they would come by Revolution Books.
During the barbeque, a team went to a local shopping area nearby to sell more plates. A couple of the storeowners who were fasting for Ramadan decided to donate to the barbeque. Two other vendors bought plates with wings and chips to show support.
As word of the barbeque spread, people phoned those on the job to get more orders. Family members contacted each other to come out and get a plate.
We set a goal of $1000 for this event which would include matching funds from people of means. We are pleased to announce that after expenses the barbeque raised $589. We are now seeking matching funds to meet or even exceed our goal of $1000 which is part of the reaching the national goal of $50,000 by August 1.
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