Screening of the Academy Award nominated film 13th 3-1-17 at 7pm

7pm Wednesday March 1

13th: From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment
by Director Ava DuVernay
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary

7pm Wed. March 1 at Revolution Books

13th reveals how the U.S. "justice system" has been driven by racism from the days of slavery to today’s era of mass incarceration. The film, "13th," is named for the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery with the exception of punishment for crime. The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. In 2014, more than 2 million people were incarcerated in the United States—of those, 40
percent were African-American men. According to the Sentencing Project, African-American males born today have a one-in-three chance of going to prison in their lifetimes if incarceration trends continue.

Ava DuVernay’s brilliantly analytical and morally passionate documentary traces the current-day mass incarceration of black Americans to its historical origins in the Thirteenth Amendment, which banned slavery and involuntary servitude “except as punishment for a crime.” -New Yorker

The “Alternative Facts” of Donald Trump vs. the Truth 2-16-17 Thursday 7pm

A discussion drawing on Bob Avakian's work on questions of method and science, particularly "A Leap of Faith" and a Leap to Rational Knowledge: Two Very Different Kinds of Leaps, Two Radically Different Worldviews and Methods

Donald Trump has been going after the truth.  He lied about Mexicans.  He lied about Black people.  He lied about immigrants.  The list goes on - he lies about matters big and small; he tells hard cold lies in the face of evidence.  There is a method that runs through this – it works to inculcate in his followers the conviction that the phony, upside-down version of the world that Trump creates is actually real and worth fighting for.  And to raise doubts among those not his followers as to whether reality is even knowable.

But there is a “real world out there” and it can be measured, probed, tested analyzed and understood.  There is a process of observation, study, testing of ideas, summing up evidence and discovering the patterns within that and why they happen that contributes to real knowledge.  There is a way to find out what is true and what is false – the scientific method.  With this method, and the truths it reveals about reality and the possible pathways through which it can be changed, humanity’s horizons open up, a better world IS possible.

What is Fascism? 2-13-17 Monday 7pm

Angry and agonizing over what is happening and why?  Come, bring your friends, confront what America is becoming, join the discussion.

WHAT IS FASCISM?

Fascism is the exercise of blatant dictatorship by the bourgeois (capitalist-imperialist) class, ruling through reliance on open terror and violence, trampling on what are supposed to be civil and legal rights, wielding the power of the state, and mobilizing organized groups of fanatical thugs, to commit atrocities against masses of people, particularly groups of people identified as “enemies,” “undesirables,” or “dangers to society.”

At the same time—and this can be seen through studying the examples of Nazi Germany and Italy under Mussolini—while it will likely move quickly to enforce certain repressive measures in consolidating its rule, a fascist regime is also likely to implement its program overall through a series of stages and even attempt at different points to reassure the people, or certain groups among the people, that they will escape the horrors—if they quietly go along and do not protest or resist while others are being terrorized and targeted for repression, deportation, “conversion,” prison, or execution.   -www.revcom.us

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