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.
People across the country are supporting — and acting together with — the BAsics Bus Tour… from Seattle:
People gathered at Revolution Books in Seattle for a BAsics Bus Tour kick-off party. A nicely decorated table in the center of the store welcomed everyone with flyers, cards and papers and a sign inviting people to take stacks to help spread the movement for revolution. There was food and celebration of the potential for what the Bus Tour can change in the South and nationwide. People were moved and inspired by the video messages from the tour that we watched online-by the bold projection of BA and communist revolution and by the support for the Tour voiced by youth in Atlanta who had just encountered it.
Through the party, personal donations and money contributed from students in a college classroom, $240 was raised to support the BAsics Bus Tour. An additional large and very generous donation came from a woman and her husband. She shared her thoughts about why they had donated, saying she loves the RCP and cited BAsics 4:21, the analogy that reality is like a burning object, and if you want to move it, you need an instrument. She said she believes the masses can take up revolutionary theory…that people need an instrument to handle fire and Bob Avakian’s new synthesis is that instrument. She expressed a lot of hope in the Bus Tour’s ability to reach people who’ve never heard about this movement for revolution and need to understand how the world can be radically changed.
People created and signed a banner with BAsics 1:13 on the spot. Plans were made take it out to a large street fair over the weekend to spread word of the Tour, as well as gather people to watch video messages from the Tour on May 22nd. The whole idea and reality of the Bus Tour has struck a deep chord with people who are looking for a force to challenge “the way things are”. The Bus Tour has made very real for those who are looking for this and have heard of the Bus Tour, that there is a living force for revolution that is growing.
Join us, send in your photos, reports, and statements of support to baeverwhere [AT] gmail.com