We received the following from organizers in Los Angeles:
A banner to support the BAsics Bus Tour began as a quote taped on a whiteboard in a Pico-Union area classroom: “No mas generaciones de nuestra juventud, aqui o a traves del mundo, cuyas vidas se acaban, cuyo futuro ya esta sellado, que han sido condenados a una muerte temprana o a una vida de miseria y brutalidad, que el sistema ha destinado a opresion y al olvido incluso antes de que nazcan. Yo digo no mas de esto.” A classroom of not quite 20 students, all children of immigrants from Mexico and Central America. As the Revolution talk from Bob Avakian played on the projection screen about the history of lynchings in this country, students who’d had their heads down when the lights went off were suddenly sitting straight up. When the clip ended and the guest speaker asked them to respond, a hand shot up. “What happened to Trayvon Martin is just like what happened to Emmett Till!” the young woman exclaimed. At the end of a discussion that ranged from what is revolution to how do you make real change to the significance of people fighting the power like the rebellion in that area the year before after the police murder of Manuel Jaminez and the importance of people knowing they have this leader, Bob Avakian, a volunteer read the quote on the board in Spanish aloud to the class and students were asked to give it some thought and send their messages to the BAsics Bus Tour. Students took the markers and grouped together around the banner. “I wish the best for your revolutionary movement…” begins one message. One student draws a heart. Another writes, “Stay safe.”
“Let’s Go”—Report from the BAsics Bus Tour
“Let’s Go” was the spirit of the first hours of the BAsics Bus Tour two-week pilot project. The atmosphere changed as the 30-foot RV rolled out, covered from top to bottom with huge front and back covers of the book BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian—in Spanish and English—you can’t change the world if you don’t know the BAsics—with the Revolution talk, the online speech by Bob Avakian, on the top of the cab for all oncoming traffic to see….pumping music from a special on-the-road mix CD and “All Played Out” and other audio pieces by BA….and most important, inside were people, of all ages, with the ability to reach out in Spanish and English, filled with the desire to change the world and seeing that getting this book into the hands of many, many people and BA known by thousands more being key to that…and, yes, filled with boxes of the book BAsics and the ability to set up an on-the-spot showing of the film Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About.
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The Bus Tour has launched!
Today the BAsics Bus Tour was launched! Early in the morning we went to the Pico Union neighborhood. The Bus, with its sound system blasting revolutionary music, parked and immediately drew a lot of attention.