Responses to two quotes from BAsics
1. “Even though some Americans think they themselves are superior and treat people in other countries, including immigrants, as second-class people, that’s wrong. Because America oppresses other countries, people there have no way to survive except to come here to find jobs. I think everyone’s life is precious and everybody should be equal, and there should not be someone’s life being more important than others’… In Mexico, the country where I came from, people have no work in the fields and they’re forced to go to the cities. But they cannot find jobs in the cities. That’s why they risk their lives to cross the borders. I fully agree that the whole world should come first – that’s a very good orientation. Only 1% of the American people are rich and they control everything, even other countries. I used to have dreams when I first came here, but after my son was killed, I’ve lost my dreams…. Revolution here? Yes…but there needs to be revolution in Mexico, too.”
–a middle-aged unemployed Mexican immigrant worker whose son was murdered by police a few years ago
2. ”It’s really wrong for the US to oppress other countries for the sake of making money. It’s really wrong for the US to wage wars to dominate other countries. They do air-strikes and kill people. US rulers are the real terrorists!”
–a black man in his 50’s who attended a meeting in the ‘hood about the BAsics bus tour to NYC
3. “People need jobs but the government has not provided that. Instead, wars and wars have been waged on other countries. We need to do something – we need revolution. But we cannot let leaders got killed like what happened to Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and MLK.”
– Black woman in her 40’s met inside a laundry mat
4. “I absolutely agree with these quotes. I’m against ‘my country first’ mentality. It’s a class and social problem we are dealing with. Some people would say that their class is first and their country comes first, but poor people have nothing and so they have nothing to say about being first or better. For poor people, yes, the whole world should come first.”
–Black woman in her 30’s met in a pizza joint
5. “I agree with the quotes and I think we have to educate people and children about how the system works in oppression, like how the police murder people and how they carry out the ‘Stop and frisk”. We also need to educate people on how the system carries out wars against other countries in order for the US to be number one. I really think every person’s life should be equal.”
–Black woman in her 40’s met at Walmart
6. “I like these quotes. The President says ‘God bless America and nowhere else’. That’s selfish! The US does many, many bad things to people of other countries. Like wars. The US does these to keep its power over others. No more of this.”
–Middle-aged Black man met at Walmart
7. “America is the real terrorist. America hits you with a bat and then gives you some crumbs.”
–immigrant in his 30’s met at Walmart
8. “The American-trained troops killed my grandfather in a village of 3200 people, in my country. Then after they burned his corpse, they hanged it on the tree.”
– a young man from Central America
Prisoner Letter #3 on BAsics 1:13
B.A.’s Basics 1:13 should be Given an Award for The Quote of the Year. It doesn’t MATTER How many Times I READ It, It always Does Something for me. Bob Avakian Is Saying “NO MORE Of THE BullSHIT”, and I am Definitely Riding With Him. If you consider yourself To Be A “REAL” Individual, WHO IS conscious of the Games that are Being played by the Ruling Class of this System, Then I know you feel the Same as I Do. We Say NO MORE, NO MORE, NO-Mutha-fuc’n-MORE!! We Are Tired of Being trapped In this vicious cycle. We Are Tired of Not Living lives Worthy of Human Beings. We Are TIRED of Not MATTERING. Bob Avakian Teaches us that there IS No Permanent Necessity, AND that things Don’t Have to Be this way.
A Prisoner Writes on July 4th: “What BAsics 1:13 ultimately means to me”
Reposted from Revolution #275, July 22, 2012
The following letter was written by a prisoner in the Midwest, July 4, 2012
To Whom It May Concern,
Even though this is more coincidental than conscious on my part, the fact that today is the 4th of July brings out a certain irony to all my below comments as they relate to the true realities of America and her bourgeois illusions. So, hey…I’m going to let the fireworks begin as I celebrate what this day actually means to me. Cool?
Over the past several months, I’ve been following the BAsics Bus Tour in earnest and watching how the tour has connected with the various communities it has come across as it has traversed the country. One way it’s done so has been by making themes out of certain quotes, such as BAsics 1:13, which says:
“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 and early death or a life of misery and brutality, whom the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that.”
A Poem- inspired by Basics 1:13
Here’s a poem a long-time supporter of RB Berkeley wrote as part of the Poetry night they did inspired by Basics 1:13
Poem on BA’s 1:13 quote from BAsics
We overcame anxiety and took responsibility. We heeded BA’s call to give the whole of it, our all.
We fought, refused to fall, instead stood tall, yes, and had the gall to build a wall between ourselves and the hideous ghastly past, eons of early death and misery for all humanity, perplexed by humbug and religion’s full insanity.
For the rich, parasitic excess, drunkenness, the fog of doubt and aching loneliness, of mass confusion.
For the poor, the endless scrape and scramble through the flesh-tearing bramble of lightless days and harrowing nights, replete with countless frights.
We overcame anxiety and took responsibility to rip the veil of ignorance, and armed with science, we overcame oppression and oblivion, misery and brutality, and through a labyrinth of grinding torment inflicted by the ignorant, did finally wrench humanity from darkness into light, and at last we overcame the night.
Weekend of 23rd and 24th
On Saturday, we had an open mike/fundraiser for the BAsics bus tour in a historic Black community in Houston. Inspired by quote 1:13 by BA, five people performed spoken word or sang songs they had written. Some of it was written specifically off the quote, and others were more inspired by the theme of the quote. One young woman said that she was so moved by what she was hearing, that she wrote a poem on the spot and shared it with us. I can’t quite capture the emotions that were being expressed by the artists about the life this system has for youth. Some of them also spoke to the mental shackles that are keeping people from rising up, and others spoke to their hopes of how the world should be.
Interview: Going Out Boldly and Broadly to Raise Funds for the Bus Tour
Reposted from Revolution #269, May 20, 2012
Revcom.us recently posted a correspondence from a reader who wrote about going out to some professors and others for donations to the BAsics Bus Tour, and raising $1,200 in a concentrated period of time (“Going All Out to Raise Funds for the BAsics Bus Tour Through the South”). Revolution felt it was important talk to this person about how they approached people in taking out the Bus Tour and BA, how people then found their way to expressing their support, what was found out about people’s thinking—AND how a significant amount of money was collected. There’s a lot for everyone to learn from this experience as people go out to take the BA Everywhere campaign even higher and raise big money to project BA’s voice and work into every corner of society.
Q: What was your approach in doing this fundraising?
A: First off, I realized that we had to go raise money for this—it was so critical for this bus tour to happen. When I asked for money, I asked for big money, especially from people who can afford it. I asked several people for $1,000—I didn’t get that, but I got some donations and pledges that were large.
Announcing: The Next Leg of the BAsics Bus Tour… Kicking off from New York City… Reverberating Across the Country
The BAsics Bus Tour… fresh off completing its second leg, through the South, will be heading out in mid-July from New York City. Right now, $30,000 to $50,000 and hundreds of volunteers are needed to make this happen—contributing funds, volunteering for the tour itself, and throwing in in whatever ways they can to get this tour on the road and having an impact across the country.