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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Sunsara Taylor; RNC 16, Flagburners at Trump's Convention, on Charges Dismissed; "La Razón Blindada"

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Friday, September 15, 2017
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This week:

Sunsara Taylor, Driving Fascists Off Campus, and the Shameful Attacks on Antifa

UC Berkeley has emerged in the cross-hairs of fascists. In particular, Ben Shapiro, an intellectual advocate for fascism, and Milo Yiannopoulos, an outright fascist provocateur, are scheduled to appear on campus this month.The fascists are saying this is only the beginning. Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter and others have reportedly been invited for several days of Nazi events in late September.

The UC administration and the Berkeley City Council have gone into full collaboration-with-fascism mode. The university has now officially "locked down" the campus to prevent protests against these fascists. Halls closed, classes rescheduled, IDs required. An "increased and highly visible" police force will enforce this "perimeter." The Berkeley City Council outrageously voted to give the pigs permission to use pepper spray, a chemical weapon banned in Berkeley since 1997, on the protesters.

This occurs at a time when Antifa has come under a sustained, many-sided and very dangerous political attack, including from liberal and some "progressive" voices. RefuseFascism.org issued a statement this week exposing these attacks, and upholding the legal and fundamental right to self-defense, for Antifa and anyone else.
We'll talk with Sunsara Taylor, writer for revcom.us/Revolution newspaper, and one of the co-initiators of RefuseFascism.org. She is currently in Berkeley, and will be participating in the Berkeley speak out: against white supremacy, misogyny & fascism



NEWS FLASH:  
Cleveland Prosecutors Drop Felony Charges Against the Republican Convention Flag-Burners!

We'll be talking with some of the RNC 16.

From press release:

"Big Defeat For Trump," Says Flag Burner Joey Johnson."

Cleveland prosecutors were forced to drop felony charges against Niko and Bo yesterday, after over a year of persecution. "Niko and Bo are free," said Joey Johnson, who won the 1989 Supreme Court case making it protected speech to burn the flag.

Johnson and the two defendants held a press conference today at the (IN)Justice Center Lakeside Entrance Cleveland, OH. Johnson would not say whether they would burn flags in celebration. "Just tell Trump, Pence and the rest of those fascists that we're just getting started. Wait 'til November 4!" said Johnson, referring to a day when daily mass demonstrations are planned to begin all across the country demanding the ouster of Trump and Pence.

La Razón Blindada ("Armored Reason") at the 24th St.Theatre

La Razón Blindada ("Armored Reason") is a witty and provocative play, written and 
directed by Argentine playwright Arístides Vargas. It was triply inspired by the classic novel El Quixote by Cervantes, The Truth About Sancho Panza by Franz Kafka, and testimonies from Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in Rawson Prison during Argentina's "Dirty War" of the 1970s. Jesus Castaños Chima and Tony Durán reprise their roles as political prisoners who are allowed to interact with one another for one hour a week - but must remain in their chairs and never stand. As they entertain each other with stories of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, we witness the power of the imagination to transport them, and us, despite repressive conditions and even as we remain bound to our seats. Now at the 24th St. Theatre.

We'll sit down with actor Jesus Castaños Chima to talk about the play. 

 


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The New Communism - What You Can Do

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How To Spread It Everywhere
The New Communism by Bob Avakian
THE NEW COMMUNISM
The science, the strategy, the leadership
for an actual revolution,
and a radically new society
on the road to real emancipation

eBook Now Available
 
 
1. Buy the book - eBook or Print - and get everyone you know to buy it. The print version is available at Revolution Books and other bookstores or on-line at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. The e-book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and other on-line retailers.
 2. Write a Review or comment on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other on-line sites. This is important. More reviews give the book more prominence. These can be written right on the page that advertises the book.
3. Get the book into local and campus bookstores and libraries. Patron requests can make a big difference in convincing bookstores and libraries to order the book. 
4. Spread awareness about the book. Get it out on social media. Distribute flyers at events, in neighborhoods and on campuses. Materials are available at Insight Press.
5. Pay special attention to getting the book out on college campuses. Submit articles and reviews to campus newspapers and blogs. Go to professors and get them to use the book in classes.   
Write us your experience & send pictures to info@insight-press.com.
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Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Bruce Cumings, North Korea and the Danger of War; Travis Morales, Hurricane Harvey, a Crisis of the System; "Nevertheless, She Persisted"

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Friday, September 8, 2017
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This week:

Bruce Cumings on the New Danger of War with North Korea

The interview with Bruce Cumings is rescheduled from last week. This week, North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile 1,700 miles into the Western Pacific Ocean. The missile passed over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, ratcheting up the threat of a war that would likely result in tens of thousands of deaths just in the first few hours. Trump declared that "all options on the table," which everyone understands includes the threat to use massive military force, including nuclear weapons. But who's threatening whom here? And what do people need to do?

We'll hear from Dr. Bruce Cumings, the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History, at the University of Chicago, and author of many books, including The Korean War, and Inventing the Axis of Evil, the Truth about North Korea, Iran and Syria (contributor). 


Hurricane Harvey: A Natural Disaster, the Crisis of a System
On August 25, Hurricane Harvey tore into the Texas Gulf Coast. This storm, and the unprecedented deluge of rain, brought a catastrophe of mammoth proportions. Thousands of homes were destroyed or severely damaged, along with crucial infrastructure. Millions of people's lives have been thrown into a desperate struggle for survival. Many of these people are poor Chicano, immigrant, and Black people who have worked on the docks and refineries of the area, or toiled in the rice, cotton, and cane fields, or been relegated to dilapidated urban slums and unincorporated rural colonias. Or, people already living on the edge in Houston, including thousands of homeless people. 

Travis Morales, a writer for Revolution/revcom.us, has been in Houston since before the hurricane began. He'll talk about why this is a crime of the system, what's going on among the people, and how a socialist system would respond to natural disasters. 

Nevertheless, She Persisted
 at the Echo Theatre
Nevertheless, She Persisted is a collection of five world-premiere short plays by five female writers that explore the treatment of women in today's political climate. It is a devastatingly deep examination of the lives and oppression of women. 

We'll speak with one of the playwrights,  Jacqueline Wright.




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THE NEW COMMUNISM Is Now Available as an e-Book


THE NEW COMMUNISM
Now Available as an
eBook
Insight Press announces that in addition to the print book, THE NEW COMMUNISM is now available as an eBook at Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble and other retail and library websites, and at some sites as a PDF.
 
 
For anyone who cares about the state of the world and the condition of humanity and agonizes over whether fundamental change is really possible, this landmark work provides a sweeping and comprehensive orientation, foundation, and guide to making the most radical of revolutions: a communist revolution aimed at emancipating humanity - getting beyond all forms of oppression and exploitation on a world scale. 
The author, Bob Avakian, is the architect of a new synthesis of communism. This new synthesis is a continuation of, but also represents a qualitative leap beyond, and in some important ways a break with, communist theory as it had been previously developed. Avakian has written this book in such a way as to make even complex theory accessible to a broad audience. In this book, he draws on his decades of work advancing the science of communism and his experience as a revolutionary communist leader, including leading the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, as its Chairman since its founding in 1975. 
This is a pathbreaking work, one that scientifically analyzes the system of capitalism-imperialism and its unresolvable contradictions; confronts the challenges facing the movement for revolution; and forges a way forward to making an actual revolution in this country, as part of contributing to communist revolution internationally.
 
 
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Carl Dix on Trump's Violent Reassertion of White Supremacy - September 7 UCLA

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Carl Dix on Charlottesville; Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe on Nat'l Climate Assessment; Persecution of J20 Defendants

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Friday, August 18, 2017
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This week:

Charlottesville, Virginia and the Aftermath:
Confronting Racist, Murdering Nazi Thugs






Carl Dix, Representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and co-initiator of Refuse Fascism, joins us to talk about the Clash in Charlottesville and the aftermath. For a night and a day, Nazis, KKK and other White Supremacist and Fascist scum were in the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting Nazi slogans as well as racist and anti-LGBTQ chants, and attacking courageous anti-fascist protesters. One of them rammed his car into a crowd, murdering Heather Heyer, a life-long fighter for justice.

These extreme reactionary forces have been encouraged and emboldened by the Trump/Pence Regime, and they've been increasingly active across the country. But what we saw in Charlottesville was a major leap. And it was welcomed, supported and encouraged by Trump himself.

This demanded a response, and thousands have taken to the streets in city after city, condemning the White Supremacists and remembering the example of Heather Heyer. We'll talk about all this and where to now, with Carl Dix. 

National Climate Assessment, a Conversation with One of the Authors, Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe, one of the lead authors of the National Climate Assessment, has summed up its 600 pages in one sentence: It's real . . .It's us . . . It's serious . . . And the window of time to prevent dangerous impacts is closing fast. Some scientists have worried that the Trump regime might try to suppress or force changes in the report. Indeed, Scott Pruitt, a science denier who is the head of the EPA, has already attacked its conclusions. Katharine Hayhoe will talk about what the report says, what's happening with the planet, and why it's so important. 

 

The Continuing Persecution of the Inauguration Day (J20) Protesters

We'll hear from Stephanie Lacambra, Criminal Defense Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontiers, joins us to talk about what they have called the unconstitutional methods being used by the prosecution against those who protested on January 20, Inauguration Day, and are facing long years in prison. The latest government move is a search warrant demanding detailed information on everyone who visited a protest website. 


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