A Yard Sale at a Progressive Bookstore
A progressive bookstore in a changing neighborhood of the city where lots of artists live and show their works dug the idea of doing a BA Bus Tour yard sale to raise money for the New York leg of the tour. They put lots of materials from the basicsbustour.tumblr.com website on their website, inviting people to the garage sale. Lots of people brought things to sell, more than we could sell there. It was hot and slow, not a lot of traffic but people working the sale were determined to stick with it and raise hundreds of dollars.
As people came up to check out the sale, we gave them palm cards and told some of them about BA, his leadership and the new synthesis. One young woman said, “He sounds like a real leader.” By the end of the day, $670 was collected, people felt it was a victory given the heat and the fairly slow periods, an important day for the Basics Bus Tour.
Correspondence from the South West
On August 18, several dozen people participated in a Night of Revolutionary Culture to Welcome Back the BAsics Bus tour volunteers and Raise Money for the Tour. And what a night it was! Inspired by various BAsics quotes, especially those that have been the themes of the bus tour, and by the tour itself, every one present in that diverse assemblage that night─audience and performers alike─walked out of there inspired and uplifted─with a deepened sense of hope for the future.
BAsics quotes alternating with scenes from all three legs of the bus tour flashing in a loop on a back wall set the stage for a what was to be, as BA calls for, “a radical revolt against a revolting culture.”
The evening opened with a one-man band of guitar, voice and keyboard. Introducing his performance with “Internationalism—The Whole World Comes First” (BAsics 5:7), he delivered a somewhat understated, yet beautiful performance of songs in the “nueva trova” tradition from Latin America.
Reposting this video. Show this video to friends and family, co-workers, etc. Encourage people to contribute to the BAsics Bus Tour - basicsbustour.tumblr.com and the BA Everywhere… Imagine The Difference It Can Make! Campaign and to involve everyone in building this movement for revolution. There have been three BAsics Bus Tours now — all spreading the vision and works of Bob Avakian — the revolutionary leader who has developed a new synthesis of communism and involving people in this movement for revolution. BAsics is a book of quotations and essays which speaks to the essential questions of revolution and communism in this millennium. This video is of the May leg of this Tour which traveled from Atlanta to Sanford, FL. and the national movement which supported the tour and it’s goals. Find out more and contribute at basicsbustour.tumblr.com.
Interviews from the NY BAsics Bus Tour Nicky: A Life of Abuse and Pain Connects with the Revolution
Reposted from Revolution #278, August 19, 2012
by Michael Slate
Michael Slate is a revolutionary communist and host of The Michael Slate Show which airs weekly on KPFA every Friday at 10am Pacific time and is rebroadcast on a number of stations around the country at different times throughout the week. Here’s a transcript from his August 3, 2012 show. You can listen to his show online.
I first met Nicky in a Harlem park where the BAsics Bus Tour volunteers were having a send-off breakfast on the first day of the “New York and Beyond” leg of the tour. We all chowed down on food and drink donated by people in the projects in Harlem and other parts of the city. A supporter who had helped organize people in the ‘hood to support the tour talked movingly about how street corner tables were set and that as people learned about the tour and what it’s doing, they gave with all their heart. Now these are people who don’t generally have a whole lot of anything extra hanging loosely and pockets that have little more than holes in them. But they gave with their hearts and their brains. They dug deep and gave what they could and went to their neighbors and friends, to their churches, tenants’ associations, schools and buildings, to do the same. All told, $450 and a whole lot of food was contributed to the tour in a neighborhood where people often have to choose which meals they need to skip in order to stretch the food out to the end of the month. These were people who were eager to be part of this movement for revolution in whatever way they could.
At a Report Back from the New York leg of the BAsics Bus Tour August 11th (see more info in post below) — towards the end of the picnic there was a special surprise when the dj began spinning Too Short’s ‘Blow the Whistle’ inspired by the call to Blow the Whistle on ‘Stop & Frisk’ on September 13, Nobody gets stop-and-frisked in silence. In fact, the cook himself began rapping “revolution’s in the house, revolution’s in the house.. Blow your whistle blow your whistle!”
Snapshot from a park in the hood: August 11th
Report Back from New York Bus Tour
On Saturday, August 11th, an enthusiastic gathering of 40 people came to hear a Bus Tour volunteers talk about the impact of BA Everywhere in stories about the New York leg of the BAsics Bus Tour. This was in a neighborhood park that has hosted previous revolutionary events like an anti-July 4 picnic; and increasingly it has been the neighborhood people themselves, including those in a new Revolution Club, who are taking up the tasks to make these events happen.