Press Conf - Bob Avakian to Speak at Cal

For Immediate Release Sept. 20, 2017

Contact: Reiko Redmonde / Larry Everest 510-507-8485
Revolution Books, Berkeley /

3:30pm Thursday, Sept. 21 
Sproul Plaza Steps, UC Berkeley

Sunsara Taylor, advocate of Bob Avakian’s new communism, writer for, co-initiator of Refuse Fascism
Reiko Redmonde, Manager, Revolution Books Berkeley
UC Berkeley faculty members
UC Berkeley students
Refuse Fascism representative
Other Speakers TBA
Bob Avakian, the most radical revolutionary alive, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, author of the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America, former student at Cal and an active participant in the Free Speech Movement, will be coming to speak on the UC Berkeley campus in April, 2018 about freedom of expression and communist revolution; and, as part of this, he will be exposing and refuting the lies and distortions of Chancellor Christ about the Free Speech Movement.

From their varied perspectives, speakers will address the importance of and why they support Bob Avakian being able to speak at UC Berkeley about freedom of expression and communist revolution, the dangers of the fascist onslaught against the University in the guise of “free speech,” and why it would be the height of hypocrisy, and do still further damage to the actual exercise of freedom of expression, if the UC administration were to be involved in any way in suppressing or placing obstacles in the way of Bob Avakian speaking on campus.

For more about Bob Avakian and his work, go to The Bob Avakian Institute

For Bob Avakian’s most recent writing on the battle to drive the Trump/Pence fascist regime from power beginning Nov 4, see “A QUESTION, A CHALLENGE FOR PAUL KRUGMAN, AND ALL THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY” and in “A Country Ruled By White Supremacists—Since When Is That Acceptable?

Bob Avakian will not be present at Thursday’s press conference.

Author Shanthi Sekaran presents her book LUCKY BOY 9-20-17 at 7pm

LUCKY BOY is the moving novel about two unforgettable women in Northern California: an undocumented Mexican woman, Soli Castro-Valdez, and an Indian‐American woman, Kavya Reddy, who longs to become a mother. Both are bound together by their love for the same child. Sekaran's vivid story – begins in Mexico, follows young Soli's perilous journey to El Norte, then to Berkeley where she manages to find work, and then, suddenly, trapped inside a nightmarish detention center. Ripped from her child, Soli must muster her daring and creativity to find a way out.

It’s also a story about California right now – who does the work and who has the power. With the regime of Donald Trump, and the increasing demonization of immigrants, Lucky Boy is a story that must be heard - a window into the hearts and lives of millions of people who live in the shadows, risking their very existence to survive.

A native of California, Shanthi was inspired by her own upbringing as a child of immigrants, by the news stories she was hearing about undocumented mothers losing their children when they were put into detention centers, and by living in Berkeley, a place that for all of its progressiveness is also incredibly privileged.

BA Speaks: Revolution--Nothing Less - film showing part 2, Sunday, 9-17-17, 6pm

Special 3-Part Screening of a film of a talk by Bob Avakian that can change how you see the world and what you do with the rest of your life...

6-8:30pm on:  
Sunday Sept 3 
Sunday Sept 10 
Sunday Sept 17
In the fall of 2012, Bob Avakian gave a series of talks in different cities. This is a 6-hour film of one of those talks.
"Those this system has cast off, those it has treated as less than human, can be the backbone and driving force of a fight not only to end their own oppression, but to finally end all oppression, and emancipate all of humanity." 
-Bob Avakian, from the film
"My dear brother Bob Avakian... is the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party... He is one of the few coming out of the 60's who never sold out, he never caved in, he never gave up, held on to his forging of a rigorous, scientific analysis of the objective realities that are driven by a revolutionary love -- because he has such a deep love for poor people, oppressed people, all around the world. Whether you agree or disagree with our brother, one thing you cannot deny: that he is the real thing. No doubt about it." - Cornel West
"Yes, this is a film, but that is not its essence. This is a daring, substantive, scientific summoning to revolution. 6+ hours that can change how you see the world and what you do with the rest of your life. Is this hype? No." 
-from one of the filmmakers

Film screening followed by discussion
Donations at the door 

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