Thursday, July 27, 2017

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Carl Dix, Revolution Summer, Chicago; Birthright, A War Story, Women and Abortion; Sounds of #J15

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This week:

Carl Dix on Revolution Summer in Chicago
Carl Dix, a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, is in Chicago with the Revolution Club. All summer, the revolutionaries have been in Chicago with the message: 
This Summer in Chicago Will NOT Be a Bloodbath of Killing Each Other; This Summer Will NOT Be Free Rein for Police to Murder and Terrorize Black and Brown People; This Summer We Get Organized for Revolution to Emancipate All of Humanity.
The brutalizing,fascistic police have unleashed terror on the people, raiding holiday cook-outs, declaring a daytime martial law curfew, arresting revolutionaries, and threatening and harassing anyone who steps out to support them. People in the neighborhood have responded by blowing whistles, taking videos of the cops. The revolutionaries have vowed not to back down or turn their backs as people are terrorized -- and as the fascist Trump regime sends in more cops and continues to threaten the people. 

"Birthright - A War Story," Interview with Director Civia Tamarkin

BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a vicious anti-woman movement tightens its grip across America.

This is the real-life "Handmaid's Tale."

Civia Tamarkin is the Director, Writer and Executive Producer. She is an award-winning investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker and former former television news executive.

Voices from July 15, The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

We'll hear voices from several rallies around the country on July 15. Hundreds, in several major cities, took to the streets and raised a unified demand: THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! This signifies something new -- An organized force proposing a bold plan to demand that an entire regime be removed from power because it is fascist and what that would mean for the future of humanity and the planet.  

Saturday, July 22, 2017


"The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!" is the demand of nationwide protests taking place in towns and cities across the USA on Saturday, July 15. These protests are organized and supported by a broad coalition of groups. In several cities, including Los Angeles, they have been threatened by counter-protesters. 

 at Hollywood & Highland 
In Los Angeles, contact Refuse Fascism at 323.946.1742 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Science and The New Communism - Monday,June 5th, 3 pm @ The Black Forum, UCLA

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at UCLA on Monday, June 5th

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Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Concerts vs. the Trump Regime; Bob Avakian, "What if . . . ?"

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This week:

TEAR DOWN THIS WALL! A Dresden Orchestra Stages a Huge Happening at the US-Mexico Border

We'll speak with Sven Heinrich from The Dresdner Sinfoniker, a contemporary symphony orchestra from Dresden, Germany, who will stage a concert at Parque del Mar in Tijuana, Baja California, between 11 AM - 4 PM on Saturday, June 3. The location is right at the US border. 

The orchestra said, "With this happening we are not only protesting against President Trump's proposed border wall, but also against the isolation and nationalist policies around the world. Together, we will demonstrate that music knows no boundaries and art can help to build bridges across all barriers."


Grand Performances Summer Season in Los Angeles

At a time when the Trump administration is looking to disembowel the arts and deport immigrants, Grand Performancesis flying in the face of the attacks on immigrants and Muslims with eclectic programming choices representing immigrants from Columbia, Iraq, Iran, Mexico, the LGBT community and more. The series of free concerts takes place at the California Plaza in Downtown LA, from June 2 - September 23.

We'll be talking with Nurit Smith, Deputy Director of Grand Performances. She recently said, "In a world filled with uncertainty it's now more important than ever to have a safe haven, a place of refuge to make one feel uplifted."


Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, an Excerpt fromRevolution and Religion, the Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion, a Dialogue Between Cornel West & Bob Avakian
We'll hear Bob Avakian (BA), talking about "What if . . . ?" The times we're going through right now underline the importance of people getting into BA.

See below for an announcement of an important program this coming week at UCLA, "Science and the New Communism, Why Knowing What's True Has Everything to Do With Getting Beyond This World of Horrors, A Presentation and Exchange on the New Communism developed by Bob Avakian".

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Science and Revolution
Why Knowing What's True Has Everything to Do With
Getting Beyond This World of Horrors
A Presentation and Exchange on the New Communism developed by Bob Avakian
Join us for a discussion of what the breakthroughs in the New Communism have to do with getting beyond a world where "might makes right."

Andy Zee, spokesperson for Revolution Books, NYC, speaking on behalf of The Bob Avakian Institute

Andrew Apter, Professor of Anthropology and History, UCLA
Juan Gómez-Quiñones, Professor of History, UCLA
Monday June 5, 2017, 3:00 to 5:00pm
The Black Forum, Haines 153, UCLA

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday @ Trump Star in Hollywood - Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!

Received from Refuse Fascism - SoCal

To all who recognize the danger of the Trump/Pence Regime:

Last week, after learning that Trump had fired James Comey as Director of the FBI, Refuse Fascism issued a statement (updated on May 15) where we identified this as a "pivotal moment." Pivotal in the further consolidation of fascism by the Trump/Pence Regime - signaling to the world that this regime will disregard the rule of law as freely as they disregard the truth and that they will roll over any one not loyal to Trump and his regime.
We also said that this was pivotal for the people posing the question: 
Will we do everything now to lead masses of people who are alarmed and outraged to act with determination to take to the streets to demand that this regime be ousted from power?
Our statement puts before all that: 
"What matters right now is what masses of people do: acting together with determination and creativity, expressing outrage and anger, taking to the streets with the spirit of no business as usual and demanding that this regime be driven from power. In dealing with the extraordinary, we must rid ourselves of ordinary thinking. The RefuseFascism Call to Action needs to get before hundreds of thousands of people now. The RefuseFascism "NO!" already seen and photographed in protests around the country needs now to be everywhere - including everywhere right up in the face of the fascists and those Democrats who accommodate the regime.

We united with the spirit of a person who joined our protest and shouted out that people should be out against Trump: "every day until he's gone." This stand is still on the mark. Even as this need not mean that everyday Refuse Fascism should continue to call and hold the same protest. Everyday, we need to be finding the ways to organize and unite with more and more people, everyday spreading the RefuseFascism Call to Action in the tens and hundreds of thousands, on line and on paper. Every day planning creative actions that happen with more and more frequency so that soon they are everyday and everywhere with growing numbers and power leading up to the time when, as The Call to Action says: 
"when millions of people can be moved to fill the streets of cities and towns day after day and night after night, declaring this whole regime illegitimate - Demanding, and Not Stopping, Until the Trump/Pence Regime Is Driven from Power."
We recommend that everyone learn from the spirit and experience of ActUp as put forth in an article on Huffington Post by Michelangelo Signorile where he writes: "I'm calling for what ACT UP, the life-saving AIDS activist group with which I was involved, did in the '80s and '90s when our lives were at stake, when our people were dying all around us, and when the government allowed the deaths because it believed nobody cared about dying and dead queers. You don't need a large crowd, but you do need an idea that grips people, puts the target on notice, displays passion, makes a spectacle, and says, 'No more business as usual.'"
With orientation, we are proposing the following:
[1] Spread the RefuseFascism Call to Action (as well as the NO! Signs and banners) to every outbreak of resistance, and to every gathering where people are discussing what to do to stop the horrors of the Trump/Pence Regime.

[2] Get together in RefuseFascism chapters or with friends and colleagues and plan a creative action that disturbs the air, rouses the people, and puts the regime and all who are accommodating and conciliating with it on notice that we are going to fight to stop this fascist regime and drive it out.

[3] NO! Days: Pick one day a week where everyone RefuseFascism has been in contact with goes out everywhere - on public transport, at bus stops, campuses, hospitals, workplaces, and display the NO! - in big ways, and with masses of people wearing the NO! These NO! Days can become days when people start to gather and march together growing in strength.

[4] Anytime there are Congressional town halls - RefuseFascism needs to be there sharply calling out those who support the regime, and/or those who abet it with hand-wringing and go slow plans to let the normal workings of the system take their course - which will be too damn late!

[5] Unite with other organizations to plan larger and larger protests. For one example, go out to religious, community and political groups who have been active against mass incarceration, the war on drugs, and police brutality and propose taking action against The Trump/Pence Regime's attorney general Jeff Session's call for enforcing maximum prison sentences and propose protests under the broad slogan of Trump and Pence Must Go.

[6] Make plans to be at college commencements. Recruit students to spend their summer working with RefuseFascism! Summer RF Tours are being planned.

[7] Raise funds. Raise funds. Raise funds. Hold a fund-raising party and watch the National Teach-In video and the Battle for Berkeley video. Driving out a regime will take huge sums of money. Everyone can be a part of the fight to save humanity and the planet by contributing to driving out the Trump/Pence Fascist Regime.  To donate to Refuse Fascism LA for local materials and expenses go to:

Contact us in Southern California to join us and organize others in any and/or all of the above.  
323.946.1742                        @RefuseFascismLA

In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America.

From RefuseFascism

Urgent Appeal from Michael Slate + Carl Dix, Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews

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An Urgent Appeal from Michael Slate:
Dear Sisters and Brothers, Friends and Supporters,
I write to you today with an urgent appeal.  This Friday The Michael Slate Show will air at its normal time. The station is in the middle of a fund drive and we will be raising money to support KPFK so that it can continue to carry out the mission of the station in these very dangerous times. However, we have been given a monetary goal that we are required to reach if we are to continue to present the show during the remainder of the fund drive. We need to raise between $2000 and $3000 this Friday if we are going to continue to be on the air for the remainder of the fund drive - however long that may end up being.
This is a terrible dilemma. The times demand that we continue to bring you the kind of shows that you have come to expect from us - the kinds of shows that need to be aired these days on KPFK and many other outlets across the country. Our show is known for the voices and perspectives we bring to you each week. When you tune in to our show you know that you are not going to be hearing an endless remix of Democratic Party Lite. We are committed to airing the voices who can help us understand the world we live in, the crimes of this system, the ideas, art and voices committed to fighting for a better, fundamentally different, liberating world. Yes, we bring you the voices that are so often suppressed in every dimension of human life in this society. The voices and people we need to hear. And most importantly, we bring you the people, ideas and movements committed to getting rid of the hellish conditions billions of people live, suffer and die under all over the world.
There is no show like The Michael Slate Show anywhere else in this country. And as we've learned over the last period of time with the Trump/Pence regime quickly working to consolidate their monstrous Nazi rule, we - and people everywhere - need this show more than ever.
Andy Zee, one of the Initiators of RefuseFascism and a Spokesperson for Revolution Books in New York City, said this recently:
  • "I want to recommend to all of your listeners, how important your show is. It's very, very rare. There's nothing even like it in New York, a show where people can get a tremendous breadth of cultural programming, political programming, from a wide range of people. And at the same time, at the heart of the show is revolution, a new synthesis, a new method for understanding the world and an actual revolution. There are very few places, if any places with the reach of your show, that people can hear all that. It's unique and people should support you and support the show and understand what they've got."
As an example, this Friday we will open the show with Carl Dix speaking about the scene in Chicago. Carl recently wrote, "Black People Killing Each Other in Chicago, Carl Dix Says: Get Out of This Insanity and Get Into the Revolution."
We will also play excerpts from a recent interview I did with Neil deGrasse Tyson on his new book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. We will be offering the book as a thank-you gift as well and every penny of your donation for this book will go directly to The Michael Slate Show, thanks to the generosity of W.W. Norton publishers.
It is in your hands, sisters and brothers. We are committed to continuing to be here and to carry out the mission of the show as long as we can. But again, you, our listeners, have something to say about how long that is. Think of what it would mean if the voice of The Michael Slate Show was silenced over these next few weeks because we were not able to raise the money we have been assigned to raise during this fund drive. Sisters and brothers, we cannot allow this to happen.
Contribute to the KPFK fund drive as generously as you can. Contribute based on your support for our show and our commitment to make the contributions of this show even more important going into the future.
Make a contribution to the show Friday between 10-11 AM PacificTime. Call818.985.5735 and donate to keep this show on the air. You can also go online at Use this link to go to the Michael Slate pledge cart. 

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Carl Dix on Chicago - Black People Killing Each Other While the Fascist Trump Prepares to Bring Down the Hammer

Carl Dix recently wrote, "Get Out of This Insanity and Get Into the Revolution"

"In South Shore twelve hours, seven people shot to death within four blocks of each other. Chicago goddamn! This is fucking crazy. Stop doing what the enemy wants you to do! This system that has created the conditions and the values that have our people destroying each other. Trump is planning to bring down the hammer on Black people in a way far worse than you can imagine. You are helping that happen." 
But Carl Dix will also talk about the work being done by the Revolution Club and other revolutionaries since this April to turn all this around. He'll be speaking in Chicago this Saturday, May 20. Carl Dix is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. 

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, an Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Michael Slate recently interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, author and director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, about his latest book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

The book addresses: What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? Neil deGrasse Tyson goes from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.