Juneteenth at Richmond CA, and connecting folks with Bob Avakian and the revolution
Richmond, California drew thousands for the annual Juneteenth festival last Saturday. The legendary musician George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic was the highlight of the day. It was a scorching hot day. At the end, the combination of clouds rolling over and the soothing voice of George Clinton brought some relief and brought the mostly Black participants to their feet.
The Juneteenth Festival commemorates the end of the civil war and the end of legal slavery in Texas. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the slaves were free.
It was in this setting that a crew of revolutionaries set up a table under the shade of a huge tree and decorated the area with displays of quotations from Bob Avakian (BA), and enlarged covers of BAsics. Our focus was on the BAsics 1:13 quote, “No more generations of our youth…” We had a large banner for people to sign to support the BAsics Bus Tour - we talked about the trip through the South to Sanford, Florida and were calling for donations for its just-announced upcoming mission to the Greater New York City area!
The BAsics Bus Tour has its last day in Atlanta… Back in the neighborhood, reading BAsics with people and getting into serious talk about Bob Avakian and the strategy for revolution.
In an Atlanta Neighborhood with the BAsics Bus Tour by Sunsara Taylor
This is an article from Sunsara Taylor about the beginning of the BAsics Bus tour in Atlanta, GA.
The neighborhood has been completely abandoned. Expanses of lumpy shrubs and deep grass surround it on three sides. On the fourth side, the sun glints off razor wire, row after row of it surrounding a federal prison; men inside are forced to live in captivity, routinely brutalized, insulted and humiliated and forced to do backbreaking labor, often on chain-gangs in the Georgia sun. Across a busy street from the lone apartment complex, a tiny parking lot hosts three little shops. No fresh fruits or vegetables are available, but liquor is in abundant supply. Despite the luscious green that surrounds almost everything down here in the South, many of the courtyards of the apartment are filled only with brown dirt. This is where the children play.
The first time we visited this neighborhood, I didn’t make it fifteen feet out of our car before a young Black man who had been sitting in the shade on the curb pointed at the poster I carried “That was me,” he said. The first time he was beaten by police he was just fifteen years old. They held him up against a wall by his neck, hanging and choking him before they worked his whole body over with their fists and batons. “Over there,” a slightly older man added as he pointed toward one of the nearby fields. Someone had been killed by police over there just a few months ago.
I told them that I was part of the BAsics Bus Tour, a group of revolutionaries who had come together from across the country to live and travel on an RV through the South to connect people up with Bob Avakian, the leader who has re-envisioned revolution and communism, and to bring people like them into the movement for revolution.
“Next Stop… Revolution!” captures the scenes when Bob Avakian’s Revolution talk hit the streets on L.A. city busses. Get a taste of the impact BA makes.
TUESDAY: Watch this video with a special video from the BAsics Bus Tour, released online along with a special announcement about the Tour. You’ll hear first-hand and in some depth about the progress of the Tour thus far, what the volunteers are learning and what the response has been up to this point. This is an opportunity for you to come together where you live, bringing in people in your neighborhood, people you know, etc. Gather in people’s homes or a local community center, church, barber shop, housing project’s rec room or restaurant. Be part of a multitude of collective and informal gatherings across the country.
Stay tuned for the the special update and announcement video to be uploaded Monday night. Share this widely online today, and download from Vimeo.