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!
In May 2012 the BAsics Bus Tour set off from Atlanta, GA to Sanford, FL to bring a message. Sanford is where 17 year old Trayvon Martin was murdered in a modern American lynching. This was printed on a banner in Spanish and English and taken throughout the region. Hundreds of people added their names and words of support. This was also done in cities throughout the country… as part of building the movement for revolution. This message is:
“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
An ugly outrage – an online gun store is selling out of “Trayvon Martin” shooting targets! This is the modern-day “selling postcards” of an American lynching. Watch “They’re selling postcards of the hanging,” a clip from Bob Avakian’s Revolution Talk. Share this online, and be part of a movement to spread BA and this revolution everywhere.