June 28 there was a memorial in a park for two young lesbian women brutally shot in Texas (one is dead, the other severely injured). It was a sad and solemn event, with various speakers from the LGBT community. Revolutionaries participated and lay a sign on the grass saying, “No more Tyler Clementes, no more Trayvon Martins.” People took and read the “No more Generations…” palm cards, and many said the words were very relevant to this tragic crime. Afterwards, there was a separate event, a march in memory of Stonewall and protesting violence police violence against LGBT people. A banner with the full BA quote, “No more generations…” in small letters and “WE SAY NO MORE” in big letters was unfurled, and diverse people read it and signed it (see attached photos). During a march, it was hard to get into all the different levels of this powerful quote and to explain fully about the Bus Tour and do fundraising, but still some dollars found their way into our BAsics Bus Tour bucket.
Bay Area, June 5: Boldly spreading “No more generations of our youth…” on the day of protest for Justice for Trayvon Martin
June 5 was a day of defiance and struggle for those standing up for justice for Trayvon Martin—-beginning at high schools during the day, carrying over to Oscar Grant Plaza at 5 pm and rolling back to the ‘hood’ where people of all ages joined in reading quote 1:13 from BAsics, marching for justice for Trayvon Martin, and finding ways to be part of the day even if they couldn’t stand out on the street corner.
“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, whom the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that.”
— Bob Avakian, BAsics 1:13
At the high school
At a high school in the ‘hood’ many students were wearing stickers for the June 5 Day of Justice: We Are All Trayvon Martin! Wear Hoodies Everywhere Day! A young guy came and stood by the banner for Trayvon which he had already signed earlier that week. A revolutionary urged him to step forward. He agreed to hold the banner but was silent. Then some young women students walked up and took charge. In a short time they had the situation under control, leading chants on the bullhorn: “Revolution is what we need, to liberate humanity.” “Justice for Trayvon Martin.” Three young women read the “No More generations” quote from BAsics on the bullhorn. Two other young women posted up in the street in front of the school, thrusting a flier with a picture of Trayvon and a card with BAsics and the quote “no more generations” into the window of every passing car. Soon there was a small protest of a couple dozen students, an adult who worked at the school, and a handful of revolutionaries. The people in the cars liked it.
Getting Down to BAsics With the People of Sanford, part 1
This is reprinted from Revolution newspaper, http://revcom.us:
Part 1: “I Couldn’t Put It Down”
by Michael Slate
In late May I joined the BAsics Bus Tour as it rolled into Sanford, Florida, the town where Trayvon Martin was killed. The tour brought the work and vision of Bob Avakian and his book BAsics into Sanford and I spent my time in the Black neighborhood of Goldsboro talking with the people about their lives and digging into the deep questions of how to change things. This series is dedicated to the people of Sanford and to the crew of volunteers on the tour, whose enthusiasm for spreading the work and leadership of Bob Avakian and for fighting to build the movement for revolution inspired everyone they encountered.
June 5: WE ARE ALL TRAYVON; THE WHOLE DAMN SYSTEM IS GUILTY!
I just got back from Sanford, Florida, where I spent the weekend standing together with people there, speaking bitterness about Trayvon’s murder, and about all the other Trayvon’s; and taking to them a message of No More — “No more generations of our youth, here and all around the world, whose life is over… who have been condemned to a life of oppression and oblivion, even before they are born.” [BAsics 1:13]
I’ll write more about that trip soon. Right now I’m writing you about June 5th, which is 100 days since the vigilante murder of Trayvon, and the call to make that day a day of Justice for Trayvon; a day to wear hoodies and say defiantly “We Are All Trayvon.”
Whether or not people act on June 5th matters.
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:
Build on the momentum of the BAsics Bus Tour — Attend and Build for Report-Back Celebrations in Your Area!
Over the past few weeks, many hundreds of people across the country have stepped forward to make something very important happen… the second leg of the BAsics bus tour which went through parts of the South and delivered a message from those hundreds to the people of Sanford. In accomplishing this,people around the country, the volunteers on the bus and those that the Bus Tour met in the South have been part of cohering a national movement around the mass fundraising campaign to project Bob Avakian’s vision and works into every corner of society, BA Everywhere…Imagine the Difference It Could Make! More than $30,000 has been raised, to pay for this leg of the Tour and for materials and initial seed money for the next leg of the Tour.
Come to the report back in your area or write us so we can put you in touch events in your area or near by. (See below for celebrations in New York, Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Cleveland.) And find out other ways, where ever you are and whether you only have a couple of hours a week or the whole summer (!) to build on the momentum created by the BAscis Bus Tour in the South. Write baeverywhere [AT] gmail.com to volunteer to work with press, social networking, developing a web site and much more! And to let us know of other events.
Bringing a message to Sanford with BAsics and 100s of voices from across the country
This following piece has been reposted from Revolution newspaper. It was first published HERE.
by Sunsara Taylor
Down in Sanford, Black people are still seething over the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26 on his way home from a 7/11 convenience store. It is NOT “old news.” Neither is the fact that the police refused—for 45 days—to arrest his killer, George Zimmerman. More, they are following the case closely and recognize the preparations underway to exonerate Zimmerman.
When we rolled in on the BAsics bus, projecting the leadership of Bob Avakian and calling on people to get into the movement for revolution to put an end to the system that has foreclosed the lives of so many generations of Black youth through the entire history of the USA and of millions more throughout the world, it didn’t take any work to get people to open up with their outrage or their own bitter experience at the hands of the police, in the prison system, or in their dealings with the thick white supremacy which permeates the entire country but is more openly trumpeted in this part of the confederate-flag-waving South.
Black mothers told of having had to bury their teenage sons due to violence the police didn’t even bother to investigate, of having lost their sons to police murder where there was never even a case opened up, of struggling to be strong for other sons as they were sentenced by racist judges for crimes they didn’t commit or which were too petty to merit years of hard prison time, and of fearing for the indignities and brutality that was destined for the grandbabies they were now raising whose fathers had been stolen.
Everywhere we went, outrage poured forth. Bitterness. Anger. Heartbreak. Fear for the future. What took work—in many cases it took repeated and sharp struggle—was for people to really hear and get the meaning behind the word REVOLUTION. Not just protest. Not just “marching till our feet bleed” or “screaming until our voices are hoarse,” which is what many people told us was good but would never change things. But REVOLUTION. An actual victorious struggle for power and the defeat and dismantling of the oppression institutions of the old state power, when the time for that is on the agenda—when the system is deep in crisis, when millions of people are ready to put everything on the line to bring the system down and with the necessary leadership and strategy.
Carl Dix at a speak out in front of the Sanford, FL police station on May 25, 2012.
Sanford is where 17 year old Trayvon Martin was murdered in a modern American lynching
This is what was delivered to people throughout Sanford. These photos are representative of hundreds of people across the country coming together to send a message to the people of Sanford: “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, whom the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that.” - Bob Avakian, BAsics 1:13
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