Alpha Bruton is an artist who attended the July 8 WE SAY “NO MORE !” benefit. She made the following comments about the significance of the evening and then posted her own words to her blog:
"I didn’t expect for things to be so heavy. I know about the societal issues that are going on, but as the night unfolded I think that everyone had a voice to speak on what was going on. I think that set the pulse for the revolution. I just came from a great art exchange in Maryland, I was there last week, and the artists there were doing the same thing, exchanging how they are dealing with the 99 percent and Occupy. I was there for my project that I am doing, "Critical Currency—Words to Live By." And I’m doing a Yard Sign project with other artists. I’m going to use the words that I heard here tonight. I wrote some of the words down that the poets were using onstage, and I’m gonna use them as part of my signage project. I’m going to blog on our blogspot what happened here tonight. Some of the words that struck me were—well, first of all, it was the musician that started the evening , I wrote down his script and how he talked why he wrote those songs and their history, you know, when the Polish revolted, and those things. So I just chose words that they were saying, some of the poets—I just chose some of their words and some of their topics, so I could use those as positive affirmations of what we need to do. And that’s what the signs are going to do. We’re going to use the signs during an arists month. I’ll repurpose them and put them out on the landscape."
This artist then went ahead and posted the following on her blog with a clickable link from the words WE SAY “NO MORE!” to the Chicago Revolution Books blog with more information about the BA Bus Tours and BAE Campaign:
“On Sunday I was invited to this event “We SAY “NO MORE”… It was very heavy for me, but it was a reason the universe took me there. Last week my oldest sister lost her grandson who was twenty, my nephew lost his first born, he was buried on Friday July 6th. He was shot in the back, while his younger 19 year old brother watched him bleed out. Gang, retaliation, girlfriend, words, he was lost, and caught up in the streets, born to two teenage parents, and buried by a Muslim tribe in Madera, California, he had joined only two weeks before the incident. My sister raised him Christian, but his body now points to Mecca, a land he will never see. Is this his obituary? No just a summation of his life at its end, not the twenty years in the heart of his grandmother, father, uncle, aunties, brothers, sister, and his 5 month old baby girl who will never know her father just of him.”
Bay Area, June 5: Boldly spreading “No more generations of our youth…” on the day of protest for Justice for Trayvon Martin
June 5 was a day of defiance and struggle for those standing up for justice for Trayvon Martin—-beginning at high schools during the day, carrying over to Oscar Grant Plaza at 5 pm and rolling back to the ‘hood’ where people of all ages joined in reading quote 1:13 from BAsics, marching for justice for Trayvon Martin, and finding ways to be part of the day even if they couldn’t stand out on the street corner.
“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
At the high school
At a high school in the ‘hood’ many students were wearing stickers for the June 5 Day of Justice: We Are All Trayvon Martin! Wear Hoodies Everywhere Day! A young guy came and stood by the banner for Trayvon which he had already signed earlier that week. A revolutionary urged him to step forward. He agreed to hold the banner but was silent. Then some young women students walked up and took charge. In a short time they had the situation under control, leading chants on the bullhorn: “Revolution is what we need, to liberate humanity.” “Justice for Trayvon Martin.” Three young women read the “No More generations” quote from BAsics on the bullhorn. Two other young women posted up in the street in front of the school, thrusting a flier with a picture of Trayvon and a card with BAsics and the quote “no more generations” into the window of every passing car. Soon there was a small protest of a couple dozen students, an adult who worked at the school, and a handful of revolutionaries. The people in the cars liked it.
Changing the World with BAsics 1:13… and Getting Ready for the Next Leg of the BAsics Bus Tour
This is reposted from Revolution newspaper, http://revcom.us:
Over the next several weeks, be one of hundreds taking part in the fundraising for the BAsics Bus Tour and distribution of many, many, many tens of thousands of copies of this quote from Bob Avakian:
“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
There is a great power in this quote… a deep truth-speaking from Avakian on the brutal history and present-day reality that has been faced, and is being faced, by generations of our youth, as he says, here and around the world. It lays the blame for this where it belongs—not because of human nature, and not because of “personal choices” but because of a system of capitalism-imperialism that plunders the globe for profit above all else, exploits and oppresses whole peoples all around the world and casts them off when it finds other sections of people to more profitably exploit. This quote taps into and draws forward something very deep from people—their outrage at things as they are, and their hopes and aspirations for a world where youth do have a future, where they can lift their heads and straighten their backs. It connects up a life experience people know—in this country, the particular oppression of Black and Latino people—with their common oppression with generations around the world… whether it be young girls from Moldova or China sold into sex slavery; children working in sweatshops in Bangladesh or Vietnam; or youth in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan facing U.S. bombs raining from the skies.
What happens when you are part of raising funds for and distributing BAsics 1:13:
- You raise people’s sights on a critical question—both enabling and compelling people to confront how bad things really are (there is denial, even among those who are being crushed by this system from all sides) and planting the pole of refusing to accept that things will continue to be this way. This is part of fighting the power and transforming what people are thinking about and debating with each other.
- You introduce people to Bob Avakian—the leader who has developed a way out of all this madness. Through his own words, people begin to learn about this leader who has developed the scientific theory and strategic orientation for how to actually make the kind of revolution we need, and who is leading the Revolutionary Communist Party as an advanced force of this revolution. BA is a great champion and resource of the oppressed worldwide, and his leadership means that millions and millions of people can rise to their full potential and play the world-historic role of being emancipators of humanity.
- You give encouragement to others who are taking up or checking out BA and this revolution. Too often people who are daring to lift their heads and dream and fight for a better world run into cynicism and the millions of reasons why “fundamental change is not possible.” When they see this quote around, they start to know they are not alone. Plus, others who may dismiss this the first or second or even third or fourth or fifth time will keep on seeing this in a way that gives them more than one chance to lift their heads and join in. The more that people see not only the words and leadership of BA, but also signs that others are taking this up, the more seriously they take all this and the more they are willing to let themselves consider that maybe there is a way out of all this—the more they feel compelled to engage and to take responsibility for being “part of the solution.”
- You join with others to have an impact that is much greater than anyone can do on their own—acting as individuals, there is no way we can change the conditions of our enslavement. But, with leadership, and acting together with thousands of others, even small things we do can be part of having a huge impact on the whole political and ideological terrain throughout the country and part of how those thousands learn and build up their capacity and grow their numbers to do even more.
Getting Down to BAsics With the People of Sanford, part 1
This is reprinted from Revolution newspaper, http://revcom.us:
Part 1: “I Couldn’t Put It Down”
by Michael Slate
In late May I joined the BAsics Bus Tour as it rolled into Sanford, Florida, the town where Trayvon Martin was killed. The tour brought the work and vision of Bob Avakian and his book BAsics into Sanford and I spent my time in the Black neighborhood of Goldsboro talking with the people about their lives and digging into the deep questions of how to change things. This series is dedicated to the people of Sanford and to the crew of volunteers on the tour, whose enthusiasm for spreading the work and leadership of Bob Avakian and for fighting to build the movement for revolution inspired everyone they encountered.
As we begin projecting BA Everywhere in June, and gearing up for the next leg of the BAsics Bus Tour… get deeper into Avakian’s work. Check out the full talk, Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About.
The theme and the message this month — a message being taken up and spread by hundreds across the country is quoted from this film: “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
Watch the full Revolution talk at http://revolutiontalk.net/films. Watch and discuss with friends, and share this online.
In 2003 Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA delivered an historic talk in the United States. This talk, followed by questions and answers, is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey, covering many topics. It breaks down the very nature of the society we live in and how humanity has come to a time where a radically different society is possible. It takes us deep into the heart of the horrors we see around us – from the oppression of whole peoples and parts of the world to what underlies brutal wars of domination – and why we live in a world where profound poverty, starvation and exploitation co-exist with unprecedented wealth. From the American nightmare to a sweeping vision of a whole new world, he breaks it all down, and shows how and why a radically different world can be brought forward. This film is full of heart and soul, humor and seriousness. It will challenge you and set your heart and mind to flight.