Friday, March 31, 2017

On the "Driving Force of Anarchy" and the Dynamics of Change - Join the Discussion Sunday

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Discussion and Salon
Sunday, April 2
5 PM
2716 S. Vermont, #8 (upstairs)
 (just south of Adams)

The world is a horror because of the system of capitalism-imperialism. 
  • Is this true? Why or why not? 
  • What is capitalism? 
  • What are the dynamics of capitalism? 
  • Can capitalism be reformed? 
  • Can society be organized differently and why do we need a revolution to accomplish that?
We encourage everyone participating to read the entire article before the discussion.

"The world is a horror. More precisely, the world created and reinforced by capitalism-imperialism is one of unjust wars and brutal occupations, of life-crushing poverty and savage inequality, of the pervasive subordination and degradation of women. This is a world-and here it is proper to speak of the planet-on which accelerating environmental crisis is not only part of the warp and woof of everyday life, but threatening the very ecological balances and life-support systems of Earth.

The suffering of world humanity and the perilous state of the planet are, at their core, the outcome of the workings of the fundamental contradiction of our epoch: between highly socialized, interconnected, and globalized forces of production, on the one hand; and relations of private ownership and control over these forces of production, on the other. But locked within this contradiction is the potential for humanity to move beyond scarcity, beyond exploitation, and beyond social division-the potential to organize society on a whole different foundation that will enable human beings to truly flourish.

Which is to say, the world as it not the way it must and can only be."

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Building the Wall, interview with playwright Robert Schenkkan; Josh Willis, Climate Change in the Arctic; Brant Olson, March for Science

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This week:

Building the Wallan Interview with Playwright Robert Schenkkan 

Building the Wall, a powerful new play by Robert Schenkkan, is scheduled to play in six cities -- so far -- beginning with the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. It's the very near future, and the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. Now, a writer interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. 

We'll speak with Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the play in seven days last fall, as the election loomed. He'll talk about why he wrote it, and the effort to have it performed as widely, and as soon, as possible. Robert Schenkkan is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright, and an Academy Award nominated screenwriter.


Josh Willis on the Dramatic Melting of the Arctic

Since the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) study was launched in 2015, by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, scientists have made some dramatic, and disturbing, findings about the rate and mechanism of the melting, and its contribution to destructive sea level rises.

We'll speak with oceanographer and climatologist Josh Willis, the principal investigator with OMG, about their findings, and what it means for the future. 

The March for Science

Scientists and others in defense of science are scheduled to march in theMarch for Science
 on April 22 against the attacks on science and truth, and in support of the role of science in government and public policy, and for the very integrity of the scientific process itself. Along with a major march in Washington, DC, there are more than 400 satellite marches in cities across the country and the world. Tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, are expected on the 22nd across the country-and the world. We'll speak with Brant Olson, Executive Director, a group that helped organize the #StandUpForScience rally and is assisting in the March for Science. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Peter Gleick on the March for Science

and the Climate March 

Peter Gleick, a leading scientist on global water and climate issues, and co-founder of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, recently wrote about why scientists should be in the streets protesting the policies of the Trump regime, both in the Climate March on April 29, and the March for Science, April 22, Earth Day.

We'll talk to him about that, and about "the uninhibited use of lies, false statements, blatant and intentional misrepresentations of fact, and bad science," by Trump and many others in his administration. 



The Trump/Pence regime is moving quickly in its assault on immigrants, a key part of its fascist program. 
  • Trump has laid siege to immigrant communities, setting in motion attacks on immigrants whose only "crime" is being driven to this country, working, going to school, and trying to survive. 

  • The Trump administration issued a new order a Muslim ban, which would not only block hundreds of millions of Muslim people from immigrating, fleeing to, or even visiting the U.S., but also opens the door to including many more countries in the ban, as well as pointing a finger of suspicion at Muslims who have lived in the U.S. for decades, including citizens.
We'll hear from:
Matt Adams, legal director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NIRP) in Seattle, on the impact of the Muslim ban, and the fight against it. The NIRP was one of several immigrant rights groups who have sued to stop Muslim ban from taking effect.
Rachel Ida Buff, professor of history and comparative ethnic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has written about the terror created in immigrant communities from weeks of ICE raids, and the need for creating sanctuaries, and the need for collective resistance. Her new book, 
Against the Deportation Terror: Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the Twentieth Century, will be out later this year. 

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Recommended, from Refuse Fascism:
Why the Trump/Pence Regime Is Fascist, Why It Must Be Driven Out

Refuse Fascism-LA hosts a viewing of a Teach-in 
originating in New York City

Friday, March 17 @ 7 PM
Peace Center in Culver City
3916 Sepulveda (between Venice & Washington Blvds.)

"The Trump/Pence Regime is a Fascist Regime. Not insult or exaggeration, this is what it is....Donald Trump and Mike Pence have assembled a vicious cabal that has put forth positions and begun initiatives which demonstrate that they fully intend to shred political and social norms with catastrophic consequence. Because Trump has his finger on the nuclear trigger, the Trump/Pence regime is more dangerous to the world than even Hitler..." (from the Refuse Fascism Call to Action)
Is this true?
What is Fascism?
How is the Trump/Pence Regime moving to institute a fascist form of rule? 
What will this look like and how fast could it happen?
Is there a way to stop it?
What does this mean for what each of us, and all of us together, must do?
Andy Zee of the Refuse Fascism Advisory Board will dig into these questions. His talk will go deeply into the Refuse Fascism Call to Action.

This is a live Facebook event so if you can't make it to the Peace Center, watch here at 4 PM Pacific Time. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Resist Muslim Ban 2.0 Thursday March 16! Refuse Fascism-LA Meeting Wednesday in Culver City

We received the following from RefuseFascism-LA:

The Trump/Pence Regime's new Muslim ban begins Thursday, March 16.  he Muslim Ban is inhumane, immoral, and racist.  It's a major move by the Trump/Pence fascist Regime, and whether or not it is resisted in a powerful way will set terms one way or the other.
This Muslim Ban must be resisted and it must be defeated.  Join us Thursday.  Spread this on social media.  Mobilize everyone you know. Drive Out the Fascist Trump-Pence Regime! 
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Come to the RefuseFascism-LA Organizing Meeting
Wednesday, March 15 @ 6:30 PM
Peace Center in Culver City
3916 Sepulveda (just south of Venice)
 We'll be planning resistance to the Muslim Ban 2.0 and continuing discussion of driving ICE out of Los Angeles as part of driving out the fascist Trump-Pence Regime.  You are needed.  See you there.
Contact us at 323.946.1742 or - to volunteer, get materials, hook up with us at protests and events, and  DONATE funds to support these efforts.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sunday - International Women's Day Celebration -Screening & Discussion

The L.A. Revolution Club invites you to 
Celebrate International Women's Day
Sunday, March 12
3 PM
MCAU Gallery
220 Glendale Blvd. (between Temple & Beverly Blvds.)
Los Angeles 90027 (Echo Park)

Break the Chains! Unleash the Fury of Women 
as a Mighty Force for Revolution

Screening and discussion of excerpts on the oppression and liberation of women from the film of  Bob Avakian's talk
BA Speaks: Revolution--Nothing Less 
If you are concerned about, and standing up to, the oppression of women... and outraged by the threat the Trump-Pence fascist regime poses to women and all of humanity...the most important thing you can know now is this. There is an answer to WHY this horrendous, ages-old oppression is still going on and intensifying. And there is an answer to HOW this oppression can be eliminated from the face of the planet. Bob Avakian, the architect of a new stage of communist revolution, and leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, has done the work of analyzing the cause of this situation... making that understanding available...and on that basis leading people to carry forward the revolutionary struggle to actually eliminate the oppression of women and all oppression. Don't you need to know? 

Come find out more. Be part of the viewing and take part in the discussion.    @revclub_la

Friday, March 10, 2017

Refuse Fascism Hits the Streets of LA This Weekend - Join Us!

We received the following from RefuseFascism-LA:

All this weekend Refuse Fascism LA will be stepping up its effort to "organize new organizers" to take up the need to drive the fascist Trump/Pence regime from power bring this message and challenge to thousands throughout Southern California. You are needed  to take up Refuse Fascism's Call to ActionIn The Name Of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept A Fascist America and NO! posters and banners in multiple languages: English, Spanish, Farsi and Arabic - to accomplish this!   Also your donations are needed for these efforts.  Click HERE
Just these past several days the fascist Trump-Pence regime has brought forward Muslim Ban 2.0 and continued its attacks on immigrants, with ICE arrests, and more... This fascist onslaught must be fought as part of the building up the strength to drive this fascist regime from power.  This is the message we will be taking out to the people: 
No! In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America.
No Human Being Is Illegal! No Ban, No Wall, No Raids, No Deportations!
Drive ICE Out of LA! Drive Out the Trump/Pence Fascist Regime!
Contact Refuse Fascism LA at 323.946.1742 to join a team for these events:
Friday, March 10, 11 AM - 5 PM #No DAPL #NoKXL
Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
Refuse Fascism will be joining with this protest - Join us at 10 AM at 1st and Hill Metro Train stop to gather together, get organized with our banners, posters and materials and march into the protest or look for the NO! Signs at the protest.
Friday Night, March 10; 6 - 10 PM, ARTNIGHT PASADENA (Music + Art)
ArtNight Pasadena, a free night of art and music at 18 cultural institutions throughout the city. Join Refuse Fascism in reaching out to the hundreds with the No! Posters, stickers and calls.
Saturday, March 11 @ 1:30 PM.  The ACLU is organizing "People's Power", a grassroots effort to "organize volunteers to fight the abuses of the Trump administration." We are aiming to organize as many teams of 2 Refuse Fascism activists will attend as many "Resistance Training live stream events" as possible throughout the city of LA, bringing Refuse Fascism's Call to Action and uniting with the thrust of fighting the Trump/Pence regime in the courts, yes, but "also in the streets" as the ACLU puts it. We will be gathering Saturday morning for orientation and to get materials Saturday morning if you want to be part of these teams.
Saturday, March 11, 12 - 8 PM. NOWRUZ FESTIVAL (Iranian New Year) UCLA Campus
This year, the 9th annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Festival moves from LACMA to UCLA . It's a day long festival to reach out to the Iranian community (Iran is one of the countries listed in the Trump-Pence Muslim Ban)
Saturday, March 11 @ 5 PM. Wilshire & Pico Blvd/ Going out to Pico Union neighborhood LA
Join us in taking the NO! In the Name of Humanity We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America posters into the Pico Union neighborhood -a neighborhood with large concentrations of people from Central America and Mexico.
Sunday, March 12, 8-9 PM. Pussy Riot at The Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
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Next Refuse Fascism LA meeting - Wednesday, March 15 @ 6:30 PM
The Peace Center 
3916 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City 90230
Located just south of Venice Blvd. 
Free parking behind the building. 
Contact us at 323.946.1742 or - to volunteer, get materials, hook up with us at protests and events and  DONATE funds to support these efforts.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Friday - The Michael Slate Show with Margaret Regan on Deportations and Sunsara Taylor on Trump's War on Women, Plus International Women's Day Celebration Sunday

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Trump, and the Beginning of Mass Deportations, with Margaret Regan

In the wake of rule changes for deportations issued by Trump, 
Margaret Regan wrote, "
Under the new rules, 'deportable' criminal aliens are not just those who have been convicted of a crime. Now, undocumented people who have only been charged with a crime are priorities for deportation. Even worse, agents, acting as cop, judge and jury, could round up immigrants who the officers believe committed some undefined act that could warrant charges. This marks a breathtaking expansion of police powers and abandons the hard-and-fast American principle of innocent until proven guilty." We'll talk about these and other ominous changes.
Margaret Regan is a longtime journalist in Tucson, Arizona, and the author of 
Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire.

Sunsara Taylor: Trump and the War on Women

The fascist Trump/Pence administration has already begun to carry out their threats against women's rights and women's lives: the global gag order, plans to defund Planned Parenthood, and other threats to women's health care.

We'll talk to Sunsara Taylor about this, and the resistance that's necessary. Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution/, and an initiator of Refuse Fascism. She is currently part of the Refuse Fascism Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime National Tour.
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