Cleveland: A Cultural Celebration to Raise Money for the BAsics Bus Tour.
On June 7 as people walked in the door at the Grog Shop, a club in Cleveland Heights, you could hear the smooth and deep sounds of Art Blakey II on the electric guitar, along with a bass guitar and percussion. Then Al Porter, vice president of Black on Black Crime Inc. , a Black community organization, and founder of the Hip Hop Workshop, opened the program with “This is not a party, this is an event!!” He said this event should be a life- changing experience because we are raising money to spread BA’s revolution throughout society. Holding up BAsics, he twice read, “You can’t change the world if you don’t know the BAsics.” Then he said, “To bring a change for the better,” and read “An Invitation” by Bob Avakian, dramatically and with conviction, to set a wonderful tone for the benefit, “Let’s go on a crucial journey together—full of unity against oppression and lively struggle about the source of the problem and the solution….”
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.
Statements of Support from Cleveland Community Organization
Statements of support for the BAsics Bus Tour traveling to Sanford, Florida.
From members of Black on Black Crime Inc, a Black community organization in Cleveland, OH.
BAsics. The future of revolution has evolved through Bob Avakian and the BAsics Tour. Come our way and onto Sanford for Justice.
BAsics-This is not only a local movement but an international movement and this bus tour is going to all the hot spots as injustice is burning out of control and we are smoldering for real change. Thank you Bob Avakian for real courage and the courage of the Bus Tour for going to Sanford. Thank you again 4 this Bus Tour.
— Alfred Porter Jr., Vice President of Black on Black Crime Inc
To the new freedom fighters;
Greetings. I would like to let you all know that I think that what you are aiming to do and the messages that you are conveying is very important and very much needed and you are all on a great journey in the troubled areas in the South, or the lynching belt dubbed as the bible belt. I only wish that I could’ve been there with all of you, but I am here helping to raise monies and awareness to the cause, and hopefully the message will be heard and there will be more freedom caravans in the future in all areas of the South and all other places where the “Stand your ground” law exist, which is a law that is made from bias politicians and is the reason that the murder of Trayvon is allowing his murderer to be free on bond, and is possible he won’t see the inside of a courtroom.
Anyway, as I said, what you all are doing is very important, much needed, and hopefully more people will open up and be in the mindset to think critically to what is happening in our society and not no long turn a blind eye to the way this nation is at the present time, with injustice, oppression, racism, and a government that is set on instilling fear and telling lies to the people. I sincerely hope that you will find more people to join the cause for revolution and instill the hopes that we can all change things in this society and rid us from all the digressions of this government that is motivated by greed and instills fear and control upon the people with their so-called law enforcement that incarcerates and kills millions without provocation for Uncle Thomas Sam for many decades. The time has come to stand up and count ourselves…a revolution is needed and the machine and regime must be broken.
Here’s wishing you all on the tour a safe journey, and I am with you all in spirit. Blessing to you all!
Power to the people,
A jazz musician in Cleveland
Be a part of a movement to spread revolution and the work of Bob Avakian, everywhere.
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: