A commentary about getting BA Everywhere out broadly:
I picked up a copy of BASics for a friend of mine I work with. I kept asking if he read it and he’s always like, “I know you say I can skip around and read quotes, but I like to read a book cover to cover and I’m reading a novel right now.” He does read Revolution each week, though, when I finish reading it and give it to him. Anyway, so I see him one day, and he’s like, “I was riding on the subway back to Brooklyn and there’s a girl across from me reading BAsics, and so I tell my girlfriend, ‘Hey, there’s that book our friend keeps telling me to read.’”
NYC BAsics Bus Tour send off
Bring yourself, your friends and your kids. Bring your hopes, dreams and ideas. Bring your music, your words and your contributions of funds, food and hugs to send off the BAsics bus tour volunteers who have arrived from all over the country to take the movement for revolution and the leadership of Bob Avakian — especially the book BAsics — to connect with the people of New York’s abandoned, locked down neighborhoods and to nearby cities.MONDAY ** 10AM ** 123rd & Morningside Ave. (corner of Morningside Park). A, B, C, D train to 125th Street - walk west on 125th Street 1 block to Morningside, turn south and walk two blocks to 125th. #1 train to 125th Street - walk east on 125th Street to Morningside, turn south and walk two blocks to 125th.DROP-OFF & ORGANIZING CENTER IN THE BRONX MONDAY-SATURDAY 5-6pmMothers on the Move 928 Intervale Ave. in the Bronx (next to Rainey Park).Train Directions: Take the #6 train to Hunts Point Avenue stop, walk 4 blocks east on 163rdStreet, turn left on Kelly one short block, then right 20 feet on Intervale Avenue.Or take the #2 or #5 to Intervale Avenue, walk 1 block south.The BAsic bus tour volunteers need:1. Housing for the volunteers for parts of the next 2 weeks2. Donations of food3. Volunteers to help prepare displays, visuals and materials 4. Volunteers for shopping, driving, picking up equipment and more.If you have an hour, a day, or two weeks — if you can make peanut butter sandwiches, make a dinner, bring cases of water or apples or a tune or a poem — there is a place and a need for you and for your contributions.Come to the drop-off organizing center at Mothers on the Move 5-6PM Monday through Saturday or call us at 718.664.4164, or email to email@example.com. FOLLOW THE TOUR AT: basicsbustour.tumblr.comThe BAsics bus tour features these quotes from Bob Avakian’s book BAsics:BAsics 5:7
American Lives Are Not More Important Than Other People’s Lives.BAsics 5:8
Internationalism—The Whole World Comes First.BAsics 1:13
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, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
the volunteer send-off fundraising dinner held on July 9th.
Here are some additional quotes from people in response to the BAsics quotes of the month (these are in particular responses to BAsics 5:7):
From a Black musician and jewelry artist:
Every time I hear Obama say “America is the greatest country in the world” I feel like running to the bathroom, sticking my finger down my throat and trying to throw up - hoping the bile comes out. How do you think people around the world feel when they hear that. I’ve seen pictures of kids with their arms blown off by American bombs. And we’re fighting for their “democracy and liberation.” American democracy and liberation really worked out for the American Indians, didn’t it?
From a Black veteran of the war on Afghanistan:
The American Dream is the world’s nightmare. It’s everyone’s nightmare. How egotistical can you get? Why should someone from the Congo be less important than an American, just because they happened to be born there instead of here? When I got back from Afghanistan, I had had it with America. All I wanted to do was bring it down.
It’s summer in New York City and things are heating up as the BAsics Bus Tour is set to roll through in just a few days
Article by Alice Woodward- Building support for the BAsics Bus Tour beginning this Monday in New York City
Greetings fellow bus riders around the country, all those who know about this movement for revolution and are finding out about it, contributing, working on it in so many ways, becoming part of the campaign to get BA everywhere. It’s summer in New York City and things are heating up as the BAsics Bus Tour is set to roll through in just a few days. Seriously hot, like you’re covered in sweat in a few minutes kind of hot, like the sun sets and it still feels like there’s a damp towel wrapped around you. It’s a blazing July in the city.
If you traveled through the city on a late afternoon when the streets bustle and you might by chance catch a cool breeze, you’d find in several locations large public pools with long lines snaked around the block as people wait to soak up the cool relief. Ice cream trucks and bicycles, fire hydrants that kids mess with spraying cars as they go by, basketball courts where the heat somehow loses out to how good it feels to play a game of ball. Think of the millions of people, many without air conditioning, packed in together in housing projects and apartment complexes, sometimes families of immigrants living together, many to an apartment. It was not the heat itself, but it mixed with the smoldering contradictions in a society where the masses of people are kept down and pit against each other, that first compelled the city to open up large public pools decades ago. Today those same contradictions among the people and even more so, the systemic overt racism and fear of Black people that gets whipped up, came to the surface when one of these pools reopened this summer in a recently gentrified neighborhood in Brooklyn. The NY Times has contributed to this dynamic with reports on “complaints” about youth coming there from “other neighborhoods”.