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.
On Memorial Day three supporters of the BAsics Bus Tour went to a popular beach park carrying our beautiful BAsics 1:13 banner, copies of BAsics, “Twelve Ways That YOU Can Be Part of Building the Movement for Revolution – Right Now” and Revolution newspaper.
The park was filled with clusters of people barbecuing , talking with each other, or just enjoying the day. Most were proletarian: Filipinos, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. There were obvious gatherings of military guys and church groups. Entering the park the first group we saw was a huge church group where homeless were being given lunch while a preacher carried on nearby. We spotted individuals from other conservative churches leafleting amongst the picnickers. We felt a little awkward getting into the mix with our own banner and wondered what the reception would be.
Children from the first family group we approached stepped up to read the banner while their parents watched skeptically. As we got into it with the kids, their young parents perked up and began asking their own questions. “What’s this all about?” “What do you want us to do?” We introduced them to the Bus Tour and BAsics. They talked about their dreams of a better world for their kids, signed the banner, and invited us to share their lunch. Their welcome erased any misgivings we had about wading into the park and inviting people to discuss, debate, sign the banner, and get down around BAsics.
We went from group to group, standing quietly while they read the banner. When we explained that this quote was being taken out to parks and gatherings across the U.S. on Memorial Day, and that the quote was the focus of the Bus Tour that was in Sanford FL, the town where Trayvon Martin was murdered, people began seeing that we were part of something larger and many stepped forward to sign the banner. Some wanted to share their own experiences. A few disagreed but almost everyone agreed that there should be more discussion and debate like the ones we were having. Most took materials about the BAsics Bus Tour and we observed several young people lying on the grass studying the pages of Revolution newspaper soon after we left their group.
Here are a few snapshots of our conversations:
Kick-Off Parties in Atlanta and nationwide this Friday!
Taking REVOLUTION, COMMUNISM, and BOB AVAKIAN to the South! The official Kick-Off Party to send the BAsics Bus Tour on the road!
7-10pm, Friday, May 18th
Little 5 Points Community Center
1087 Austin Ave. (at Euclid)
Join the celebration and excitement, see the decorated RV, meet the volunteers and all those supporting this, listen to live music and poetry, watch videos documenting our efforts so far and clips of Bob Avakian, bring a dish to share, and more. $10 suggested donation.
Kick-Off Parties all across the country this Friday to celebrate this Tour heading further South: