► Sunday, Jan 21, 4pm
Bob Avakian (BA) dissects that the election of Donald Trump signals that we are being confronted and now ruled by a fascist regime; why people voted for Trump and how things came to the point; and the need for mass and defiant, sustained and nonviolent action to drive the regime from power. And BA takes on the common arguments against doing this.
► Wednesday, Feb 7, 7pm
Kevin McGruder teaches history at Antioch College.
► Thursday, Feb 15, 7pm
An Oprah Book Club pick, this absorbing debut novel tells the story of Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant to America, along with his wife Neni and their six-year old son Liomi. It takes place in NYC during the financial meltdown of 2007-09. "No false notes here, no narrative shortcuts, and certainly no manufactured happy endings"—National Public Radio.
► Thursday, Mar 1, 7pm
Chokehold: laws and practices that treat every African American man like a thug. In this explosive new book, an African American former federal prosecutor shows that the system is working exactly the way it’s supposed to. Black men are always under watch, and police violence is widespread—all with the support of judges and politicians.
Paul Butler teaches at Georgetown University Law School. He provides legal commentary for CNN, MSNBC, and NPR and has been featured on 60 Minutes and profiled in the Washington Post. He was nominated for this year's NAACP Image Award.
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RB's Top 15 Picks from 2017
Sing, Unburied, Sing—Jesmyn Ward. The most celebrated novel of 2017. Spins poetic and haunting tales linking slavery and Jim Crow to the present. Set in Mississippi.
Exit West—Mohsin Hamid. A chilling dystopian novel of refugees and collapsing societies. "Evokes the dreams and disillusionments that follow Saeed and Nadia….and peels away the dross of bigotry to expose the beauty of our common humanity." —O, the Oprah Magazine
Locking Up Our Own—James Forman, Jr. How the call by prominent African Americans in politics and the legal system to crack down on drug dealing and gun violence contributed to the horror of mass incarceration. In the tradition of The New Jim Crow. A NY Times 2017 best book.
The Water Will Come: Rising Seas and the Remaking of the Civilized World—Jeff Goodell. How global warming is causing rising sea levels and threatening cities around the world. Special focus on the impact on the world's poor of the Third World.
And For Young Readers
Wonder—R.J. Palacio. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial difference that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. Includes full-color photos from the movie it inspired. For 10 and older.
The Hate U Give—The uneasy balance between two worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. For 13-year olds and up.
Three Key Points on the Imperialist — and Fascist — Logic of the Trump Tax Bill
The new tax law is NOT principally a handout, motivated by corporate greed—although greedy hands are seeking to maximize and game its benefits, which are utterly skewed to the wealthy. This tax bill is a conscious and strategic move to deal with economic contradictions and imperialist great-power needs.
Yes, the tax bill will accelerate the upward redistribution and concentration of income and wealth. The Tax Policy Center has calculated that by 2025, the top one percent of households would receive nearly 85 percent of the total tax reduction.
This upward redistribution and concentration of wealth is a phenomenon, a pattern, of the last few decades. Countless studies on inequality (most famously Thomas Piketty's work) have demonstrated this trend in the imperialist countries, with the U.S. the leader in inequality.
But the tax bill is not in essence a con game to rob the poor and large sections of the middle class, although people will suffer greatly. There are larger economic pressures and compulsions at work. And there are imperialist great-power needs, specifically the Trump/Pence regime's global agenda.
On Sunday, October 15, Revolution Books hosted the debut this NEW, timely film featuring BOB AVAKIAN
A Night of Readings, Performances & Solidarity with the people from countries Trump calls "shitholes."
A reading for young adults by Tochi Onyebuchi from his new fantasy novel "Beasts Made of Night"
"The Night Language" with novelist David Rocklin in conversation with Garrard Conley author of "Boy Erased".
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