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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Valve Turners - Climate Activists Acquitted; Continuing Fall Fund Drive - Send "Blood in the Water" to Prisoners

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Friday, October 12, 2018
10 - 11 AM - PDT
The Michael Slate Show


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The Valve Turners Acquitted after Civil Disobedience Against the Climate Cataclysm

We'll hear from Annette Klapstein, who together with Emily Johnston and others, closed valves on pipelines in Minnesota that carry tar sands oil into the US. A judge dismissed charges before their trial.

On October 11, 2016, five climate activists, The Valve Turners, determined to act in the face of unfolding climate cataclysm, closed safety valves on the 5 pipelines carrying tar sands crude oil into the United States.

This act of climate disobedience shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day - the kind of actions they say are necessary to avoid complete cataclysm. The five valve-turners are standing by their actions, saying that they are not only necessary, but morally and legally justified to avoid the catastrophic harm caused to humanity by unprecedented climactic disruption.

Before the charges were dismissed, they had planned to defend their actions as necessary to save future generations. Find out more at 350seattle.org


KPFK Fall Fund Drive Continues
Support KPFK and The Michael Slate Show and Keep the Show on the Air

Last week we had great beginning for the Fall Fund Drive. Thanks to everyone who stepped forward to support the show. We are again offering Blood in the Water as a thank-you gift. If you haven't given, call 818-985-5735 during the show. Give, and encourage others to give. Share this on social media. Tell your friends.

Blood in the Water is the first definitive history of the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising, the state's savage response, and the prisoners' decades-long struggle for justice.

This book is in high demand among the 2.3 Million prisoners of America -- and the authorities in one state, Illinois, have responded by banning the book from prisons.

We're giving you the chance to Break the Ban, to get this book into the hands of prisoners at a time when incarcerated people have just staged one of the largest prison strikes in US history. We are partnering with the Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund, who will facilitate getting the books to prisoners.

On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Prison in New York. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, the prisoners negotiated for improved conditions. But on September 13, the state sent hundreds of heavily armed troopers and correction officers into the prison. They killed thirty-nine men - hostages as well as prisoners - and severely wounded more than a hundred.

Blood in the Water breaks through 50 years of state cover-up -- the lies of brutal, murdering prisoners that have been used to justify greater and greater horrors.

FOR A CONTRIBUTION OF $100 OR MORE, YOU CAN REQUEST A COPY OFBLOOD IN THE WATER, BY HEATHER ANN THOMPSON.

FOR A CONTRIBUTION OF $150 OR MORE, YOU CAN REQUEST BLOOD IN THE WATER FOR YOURSELF -- AND ANOTHER COPY TO BE SENT TO A PRISONER. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday - Pack the Courtroom; then Discussion re Kavanaugh Battle, A Dangerous Fascist Supreme Court, and HOW we fight

Received from the Revolution Club - LA:Tuesday, October 9:  
Stand With & Support the UCLA ProtestersPack the Court Room
and Demand the Charges Be Dropped!

8-11 AM

Airport Courthouse
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90045

In Los Angeles, City Attorney Michael Feuer is currently criminally prosecuting 11 people for participating in or supporting such meaningful and much needed political protests against the Trump/Pence regime for its real crimes against humanity, including political protests which have been seen by millions.

Join us in packing the court room & demanding the city attorney drop all charges against ALL defendants.

The multiple misdemeanor charges stem from arrests originating from a public challenges to the fascist Treasury Secretary Steve "Mouse" Mnuchin as well as Rahm Emanuel (Mayor of Chicago) at UCLA.  These actions were sounding the alarm about a fascist regime, and aimed to build a movement to drive out the regime.

These prosecutions come at a crucial moment when millions are recognizing and are agonizing over the danger the Trump Pence regime poses to humanity, and are being challenged to step out of the normal channels of political action and act in meaningful ways, including, mass non-violent and sustained political protests in the face of the unrelenting, escalating actions including the existential threats to humanity and the planet from the Trump/Pence regime. The demand to stop these prosecutions is part of building the movement to drive out the Trump Pence Regime.

-> Call the LA City Attorney at 213-978-8100 to demand ALL the charges against ALL defendants be dropped
--> Invite the defendants to speak in your school class, or to your organization, group, association or union.
--> Donate funds to help with legal expenses and to help notify millions of these cases and promote the demand to DROP THE CHARGES!  (donate.refusefascism.org/RefuseFascismSoCal)
For more information, contact the Revolution Club-LA at 323.424.6687 or revclub_LA@yahoo.com
 

Also on Tuesday, 6 PM - 9 PM
Discussion:  Kavanaugh Battle;
Dangerous Fascist Supreme Court; HOW we fight

Revolution Club Organizing Center 2716 S. Vermont, Unit 8 (upstairs)


DISCUSSION of the revcom.us article, The Importance of Protesting the Supreme Court Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh... and Doing So on the Right Terms

October 6—On Saturday afternoon, the full Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s fascist nominee, to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was sworn in a short time later. As this was taking place, hundreds angrily protested and denounced Kavanaugh’s appointment, including on the steps of the Supreme Court. In this light, we are reposting this article:

"Brett Kavanaugh represents a grave threat to the future of humanity, and his nomination to the Supreme Court should be thoroughly rejected. As we have written:

"Brett Kavanaugh has a long ugly history in both the executive and judicial branches of the U.S. government in pursuing a reactionary Christian fascist agenda. This proven public record is why his nomination to the Supreme Court should be and must be stopped. Kavanaugh played a thoroughly reactionary role in the Republi-fascist Starr Commission’s inquisitional attempt to impeach Bill Clinton in the 1990s. As a member of the Bush regime he justified torture. Later he said that the president should be immune from prosecution. And his judicial decisions in the last decade trampled on basic constitutional rights especially regarding women and LGBTQ people..."  Read full article HERE.

SHARE ON FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/313576649434043/
 

Saturday, October 13 @ 4 PM
Potluck Fundraiser for 11 Revolution Club and
Refuse Fascism Defendants
Trinity Episcopal Church
650 N Berendo St, Los Angeles 90004


Photo above:  Multiple misdemeanor charges stem from two courageous actions on the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles almost a year ago.

These charges against the #Freeway9 and UCLA protesters are greasing the skids for fascism.  Fighting these charges is integral to developing the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

ALERT! GoFundMe.com cancelled campaign to raise funds to promote new speech by Bob Avakian. This is unacceptable! Protest, Donate & Spread the Word

Just posted at revcom.us:
ALERT

GoFundMe.com cancelled the campaign to raise funds to promote the new speech by Bob Avakian
This is unacceptable! Protest, Donate and Spread the Word

October 5, 2018 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
We've just learned that GoFundMe.com cancelled the campaign to raise funds to promote the speech by Bob Avakian, "Why We Need An Actual Revolution and How We Can Really Make Revolution." This will premiere online on October 19 and needs to be seen by many thousands who hate the way people are forced to live under this system. Over $2,300 of the $5,000 goal had been raised which has now all been refunded to the donors.
GoFundMe has yet to give a reason for this, but we are waiting for their response. This is unacceptable! What's at stake here is whether or not people will be able to get a basic understanding of the truth that this system can't be reformed... the need and possibility for a radically different world, and how to fight for that world through an actual revolution... or even be able to debate this!
What you can do:
1. CONTRIBUTE funds to spread the word of the online release of this speech. This is all the more reason you are needed... to get word of this speech everywhere, up from the grassroots. Spread the message that the defenders of the old order don't want you to hear. Spread this trailer and ask others to donate. For now, contribute HERE.
2. Write to GoFundMe in protest. Contact them through their help page here: https://www.gofundme.com/mvc.php?route=contact/suggest or on social media. Demand they re-instate the campaign from RCP Publications!
3. Double down! We're now 10 days away from when our promotional campaign was going to start and just 14 days away from the online premiere. We had an initial goal of $5,000... let's double it! This message of real revolution is going up against the whole status quo... all the naysayers who tell you to accept the horrors of this system and confine ourselves to the margins. Say NO to this! Contribute generously, spread this message, organize a fundraiser or bake sale. If you already contributed, and your money was refunded, contribute again HERE and give more than your initial contribution. Don't let this message be suppressed!
Come back to this page, and @tuneintorevcom for updates of the situation. Write to revolution.reports@yahoo.com with your ideas and suggestions.
Two chances to view this film on Sunday, Oct. 7:

a)  Noon to 2:30 PM - Fundraising Salon hosted by The Bob Avakian Institute @ Café Tropical (back room)
2900 Sunset Blvd. in Silverlake, (corner of Parkman Avenue).  Come early and pick up lunch and great coffee at the Café.

b) 3 - 6 PM - Hosted by the Revolution Club at their organizing center @ 2716 S. Vermont Ave., Unit 8 (upstairs - enter in the back)
After the screenings we’ll hang out, share our thoughts about the film and the world around us, and brainstorm about ways that this film will be seen, discussed and debated among people throughout society. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Friday - The Michael Slate Show - Carl Dix, Justice For Laquan McDonald! Plus Fall Fund Drive - Break the Ban on "Blood in the Water" for Prisoners

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Friday, October 5, 2018
10 - 11 AM - PDT
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Carl Dix, Justice For Laquan McDonald! 

Carl Dix is in Chicago carrying out revolutionary work around the trial of the cop who murdered Laquan McDonald. He recently wrote: "The trial of the Chicago cop who gunned down 17-year-old Laquan McDonald four years ago is nearing the end. The cop’s lawyers have been allowed to parade witness after witness on the stand to testify about Laquan’s previous run-ins with police and any other conflicts with authority figures. The court is treating it like Laquan is the criminal who faces charges and not the murdering pig who shot Laquan 16 times as he walked away with his hands at his side.

"This trial is looking more and more like preparation to justify letting another killer cop walk free. Everybody who is tired of seeing this—cops who have stolen the lives of Black and Brown people walking free—happen again and again needs to prepare to respond to the jury’s verdict."

Carl Dix is a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party. For more on the trial, go to revcom.us


Support The Michael Slate Show and keep it on the air -- KPFK Fall Fund Drive

This is a critical time for humanity, a time that shows even more why The Michael Slate Show is crucial to the future. Call 818-985-5735 during the show. Share this on social media. Tell your friends.

For this first show of the fund drive, we're featuring Blood in the Water, the first definitive history of the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising, the state's savage response, and the prisoners' decades-long struggle for justice.

This book is in high demand among the 2.3 Million prisoners of America -- and the authorities in one state, Illinois, have responded by banning the book from prisons.

And we're giving you the chance to Break the Ban, to get this book into the hands of prisoners at a time when incarcerated people have just staged one of the largest prison strikes in US history.

On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Prison in New York. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, the prisoners negotiated for improved conditions. But on September 13, the state sent hundreds of heavily armed troopers and correction officers into the prison. They killed thirty-nine men - hostages as well as prisoners - and severely wounded more than a hundred.

Blood in the Water breaks through 50 years of state cover-up -- the lies of brutal, murdering prisoners that have been used to justify greater and greater horrors.

FOR A CONTRIBUTION OF $100 OR MORE, YOU CAN REQUEST A COPY OFBLOOD IN THE WATER, BY HEATHER ANN THOMPSON.

FOR A CONTRIBUTION OF $150 OR MORE, YOU CAN REQUEST BLOOD IN THE WATER FOR YOURSELF -- AND ANOTHER COPY TO BE SENT TO A PRISONER. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Friday - The Michael Slate Show - Hands Off Refuse Fascism & The Revolution Club; Defeating Kavanaugh -- On the Right Terms! + "Bisbee '17"

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Friday, September 28, 2018
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THIS WEEK:  Hands Off Refuse Fascism & The Revolution Club; Defeating Kavanaugh -- On the Right Terms! + "Bisbee '17"

Drop the Charges Against Revolutionaries and Refuse Fascism Activists in Los Angeles!

Los Angeles members of Refuse Fascism and the Revolution Club are facing serious charges for resisting the Trump/Pence fascist regime. Eleven people are now facing trial for blocking the 101 Freeway last November, and for speaking from the audience at a UCLA appearance of the fascist cabinet member Steve Mnuchin. We'll talk with some of the defendants about the important of their actions, the nature of the charges, and why people need to defend revolutionaries and anti-fascist resisters.

For more background, read new article HERE.

Sunsara Taylor: Defeating the Supreme Court Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh -- On the Right Terms

We'll speak with Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revcom.us/Revolution newsaper, and co-initiator of Refuse Fascism, on why the struggle to prevent Kavanaugh from being seated must not only continue but intensify, with the correct focus—on his thoroughly fascist history and what that portends for the future of humanity. Kavanaugh has done great harm throughout his life, and if given the chance to ascend to the Supreme Court he will do far far worse. Check out the recent article on revcom.us.

Bisbee '17 -- Disturbing Documentary Screening in Los Angeles
Armed men go house to house rousing people from sleep, dragging them and hundreds of others to cattle cars where they are jammed in to be deported to an unknown destination.

No, this is not Nazi Germany.  This is the United States of America - and this really happened on July 12, 1917 in the border town of Bisbee, Arizona.

One hundred years later, the town commemorates this mind-boggling act on July 12, 2017 - documented by filmmaker Robert Greene. The film BISBEE '17 raises important questions and leaves the viewer even more inquisitive and wanting to find more meaning and answers. We'll be sitting down with Robert Greene to talk about the film and its meaning in these times.

The film will open Friday, September 28 here in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Monica and the Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

THIS WEEK: Protest and resist the injustices of this system and organize forces FOR revolution!

Received from the Revolution Club-LA:
 
Thursday, September 27:
 

Justice For Laquan McDonald!
Convict Van Dyke and Throw Him in Jail—
The Whole Damn System Is GUILTY AS HELL!


17-year-old Laquan McDonald was gunned down and killed in cold blood by white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014. Laquan was shot 16 times in 14 seconds as he walked down the middle of the street.   As the trial of murderous pig Jason Van Dyke enters the third week and the “defense phase” of the trial, now is NOT the time to be silent or “wait and see.” NOW is the time to act and draw the lines: WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON? Convict Van Dyke and Throw Him in Jail! The Whole Damn System Is Guilty as Hell—and Needs to Be Overthrown!  Read fact sheet HERE.
  • Make Thursdays “Laquan Day.” Take 16 minutes of action for the 16 shots. Hold a silent protest, organize a “die-in”, hold a speak-out, a walkout, or occupy a space for 16 minutes.
  • Take videos and pictures and spread them on social media. Share it with us on FB/TW:@revclubchi or revclub.chi@gmail.com
Noon - O.C. Protest
Fullerton College's Free Speech Area, followed by a march to the intersection of Harbor Blvd. and Chapman.
Like & Share on FB.

3 - 5:30 PM - L.A. Protest
Protest will begin at Manual Arts High School, followed by a march to the intersection of Exposition and Vermont.
Like & Share on FB.

6 - 9:30 PM - Open Mic - Break The Chains, Unleash the Fury of Women
2716 S. Vermont #8 (upstairs)

Come join the Revolution Club at our organizing center for a night of culture, a night of righteous rebellion against a society and a culture which degrades, abuses, and suffocates women in a thousand different ways. Bring music, bring poetry, or just come to unleash your anger on the microphone.

Come be a part of putting forward an alternative morality that rejects this putrid culture and come to a space where people can live as 'future people, people who represent a future society that we are fighting to bring into being where this shit is no more!
Like & Share on FB.

Sunday, September 30:
3 PM - Screening of Bob Avakian's New Talk - Why We Need An Actual Revolution and How We Can Really Make Revolution
(see trailer below)
2716 S. Vermont #8 (upstairs)

6 PM - HANDS OFF REFUSE FASCISM AND AND REVOLUTION CLUB POTLUCK AND FUNDRAISER

Join us at 6PM at the Revolution Club organizing center as a part of building support and mass awareness of the recent clampdown and wave of charges against Refuse Fascism activists and Revolution Club members as the Trump/Pence regime continues to undermine and destroy civil rights and liberties. Bring food, bring donations, bring lawyers & friends, bring ideas about how we can go on the offensive around these attacks.
 
Trailer: Why We Need an Actual Revolution & How We Can Really Make Revolution

 


THIS FILM PREMIERES ONLINE OCTOBER 19!
This fall there needs to be a mass movement around spreading this film. We don’t have this all figured out yet. The ways and means are there but it is going to take a movement of people going to work on this together, sharing their ideas, resources and stoking collective imagination to come up with ways to break the system’s sound barrier.
Here's how to help spread it everywhere!


For more information, contact the Revolution Club-LA at 323.424.6687 or revclub_LA@yahoo.com
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Tomorrow night, 9/22 - Why We Need An Actual Revolution-- BE THERE!

Received from the Revolution Club-LA and The Bob Avakian Institute:

Trailer!
WHY WE NEED AN ACTUAL REVOLUTION
AND HOW WE CAN REALLY MAKE REVOLUTION

a speech by Bob Avakian
Trailer: Why We Need an Actual Revolution & How We Can Really Make Revolution

BE THERE! *Special Preview Screening*
Saturday, September 22, 6-10 pm

In the park at Vermont Ave. & Exposition Blvd
.
Across the street from the Vermont exit of the Expo Metro Line

If you have agonized about the horrors of this society, but did not know why we face all this and thought there was no way out… this speech will reveal why those outrages go on and how they can be changed.

If you have thought that even if people could get together on it, revolution was not really possible up against the powerful repressive machinery we face… this speech will challenge you.

If you have hungered for fundamental change, but did not know where to begin… this speech will give you the map you need and the way to connect.

There has never been a speech like this on this topic before.

This leader, this film, this movement has answers—answers that could lead to a whole better future for humanity… to hope on a solid scientific foundation.


THIS FILM PREMIERES ONLINE OCTOBER 19!
This fall there needs to be a mass movement around spreading this film. We don’t have this all figured out yet. The ways and means are there but it is going to take a movement of people going to work on this together, sharing their ideas, resources and stoking collective imagination to come up with ways to break the system’s sound barrier.
Here's how to help spread it everywhere!

For more information, contact the Revolution Club-LA at 323.424.6687 or revclub_LA@yahoo.com
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SPREAD THE WORD
FORWARD THIS EMAIL