Poet Clint Smith reading from his debut book "Counting Descent" 10-15-16 at 7pm

Reading with poet Clint Smith at Revolution Books in Berkeley on Saturday October 15 at 7pm. 

Clint will be reading from his debut collection, Counting Descent.

So many of these poems just blow me away. Incredibly beautiful and powerful.
-- Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

Clint Smith is included in the new collection by Jesmyn Ward, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, a Cave Canem Fellow, and his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Guardian, and Boston Review. He teaches at Harvard and he grew up in New Orleans. 

In Counting Descent, Clint Smith soars and patiently walks between Harvard Square and New Orleans, between the gap in his father's teeth and Baldwin's conversation with the Protest Novel, between the movement of Drake's hands and joy of sliding down a slide with his mother. Nothing, not one word, verse or line feels forced. This is only important because though most of the book feels written in what artist call "the pocket," nothing here feels at all safe... Counting Descent is more than brilliant. More than lyrical. More than bluesy. More than courageous. It is terrifying in its ability to at once not hide and show readers why it wants to hide so badly....
-- Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division

Click below to check out Clint performing his poem challenging 5 slave-owning presidents:

Bay Area Launch of the Path-breaking New Book, THE NEW COMMUNISM 10-13-16 at 7pm

Thursday Oct 13th at Revolution Books Berkeley
6-7pm Open House
7pm Video Screening of
The Launch of the Path-breaking
featuring Cornel West & Carl Dix

The national launch for the pathbreaking book 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 will take place on Oct. 8th in Harlem, New York, featuring readings from The New Communism and commentary between CARL DIX and CORNEL WEST.

Revolution Books will have an Open House and a video screening to Launch the book locally Thurs. Oct. 13th at our store.

Thursday 9-29-16 MADE IN BANGLADESH-- film showing and discussion

7pm, Thurs, Sept. 29
Film showing and discussion:

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,100 people, injuring thousands more, most of them women who were working in the garment industry, producing clothing for export. The collapse of the building brought international attention, revealing the horrific reality behind the bright clothes marketed and sold everywhere across the U.S. and Europe. Many asked “How could such a tragedy happen?” The incident became emblematic of a world of inequalities. But what will it take to put an end to these global networks of exploitation?

To dig into this we will show the Canadian investigative news program documentary “Made in Bangladesh,” which won an international Emmy Award in 2014. The filmmakers traveled to Bangladesh with a former designer for Walmart, who is appalled to find out the conditions of the people who actually make the clothes he designed. They spoke with women who survived the Rana collapse who tell of the choices that they confronted in going to work in the Rana Plaza factory, and what it was like to be there.  They investigated the causes of the massive building collapse, as well as the conditions in the garment industry in Bangladesh overall which generates 80% of the country’s total export revenue.

What screams out is that the clothes we wear are soaked with the blood of the women, and children, who produce them.  And this is only one piece of a whole world of oppression under capitalism.

We will also screen an excerpt from “BA Speaks: Revolution – Nothing Less”, a film of a speech by Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party.  We will show the portion subtitled: “The Oppression of Women: Bound Up With This System...A Driving Force for Revolution” where Avakian starts with the fact that in this world a big part of the necessities of life are produced under conditions like those faced by the women in Bangladesh, and then lays bare how deeply intertwined the oppression of women is with all of the oppressive relations of capitalism, and how only the most radical revolution in human history can put an end to it.

Tuesday 9-13-16 Film showing to commemorate the Attica Rebellion

7pm Tuesday September 13 film showing - In commemoration of the heroic Attica Uprising we will show the segment A Nation of Law? from Eyes on the Prize, an award-winning documentary series. 
This September marks the 45th anniversary the most powerful and significant prison uprising in U.S. history — the Attica Rebellion. Over half of Attica’s 2,200 inmates, mainly Black but also white and Puerto Rican prisoners, seized control of large parts of the prison, taking 38 guards hostage in protest of horrendous living conditions, and the way people are treated by this system.
On September 13th, 1971  NY Governor Rockefeller, backed by the Nixon administration, sent hundreds of police and National Guard into the prison, machine guns blazing - they murdered 39 unarmed people. Attica was an important part of the Black Liberation struggle and revolutionary upheaval of the 1960s.  It speaks powerfully to us today – revealing a government that will murder dozens in cold blood to restore its illegitimate order, and even more, showing the capacity of those cast out and reviled by this society to rise up for liberation and emancipation. 

 “We are men. We are not beasts, and we do not intend to be beaten and driven as such... What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed...” L.D. Barkley, one of the leaders of the rebellion and one of those murdered 9-13-71. Click HERE for article from revcom series American Crime.

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