BA Everywhere Fund Raising Action Report From September 22, 2012
Around noon Saturday, as one of the BA everywhere actions in the northern west coast, a couple of revolutionaries stopped by an outlying neighborhood where we’re known. We took our bucket, BAsics palm cards, copies of the book BAsics, and went knocking on doors in apartment complexes. After a friendly greeting, we just said straight out: “We’re not religion. We’re not here about the elections. We’re here about revolution!” and then handed them the BAsics card with the Bob Avakian quote “No more generations of our youth, here and all around the world, whose life is over, whose fate has been sealed, who have been condemned to an early death or a life of misery and brutality, who the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that.”
We let them check it while one of us read the quote (1:13) from the book BAsics. We’d give people some space to share their thoughts on these words, and then did some interchange on this big campaign to get the work of this revolutionary communist leader out into the public discourse, so people know there is actually a way out of this mess that is the world today. Then we’d ask “Want to put a donation to this campaign in our bucket?”, and also, depending on what directions the discussion was going, asked “Do you know other people we can bring this to?” and “Do you want to come with us?”.
The first complex we went to was largely Hispanic. Every person who opened their door donated! We also got out Spanish editions of Revolution newspaper, and handed people Lo BAsico (the Spanish edition of BAsics) to read the quote directly. The words got reactions, heads nodding and people saying things like “Yes, that’s what it’s like!” The next two complexes were a mix of immigrants such as Burmese and Somali, and also white, native American and African American nationalities. The reception was similar. Not all, but most people donated! And we made some new connections. There were some language barriers with new immigrants, but once we told people up front what we were about, they were usually very open.
Tho donations were mostly not large, but numerous. In a couple hours, we found $47 in the bucket! And a good part of this time of course was spent talking with people and making connections. A young man who’d heard us talking to folks on the walkway, came out and said “Oh yeah, this is the book I need!” and bought a copy on the spot. When we asked him “Do you know other people we can take this out to?” he said many people he knew were talking about real changes being badly needed in this world, and the conversation concluded with us agreeing we meet up in the nearby park the next Saturday for a barbecue or pot luck, and get a session going where people can really get into the things being talked about. And so that’s what’s happening NEXT Saturday!