Movie Nite: "Fruitvale Station" Tuesday 7.26.16

7pm Tuesday July 26
Join us for a film showing and discussion of Fruitvale Station

Powerful and passionate, Fruitvale Station (2013) portrays the last 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant, age 22. Police grabbed Oscar and his friends off a packed train of New Years revelers. Oscar was unarmed, shot in the back at point blank range while lying face down on a subway platform in Oakland, California.Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Feature and the Audience Appreciation Award for a Dramatic Film in 2013.  Starring Michael B. Jordan and directed by Ryan Coogler.

Fruitvale Station is a gut punch of a movie. By standing in solidarity with Oscar, it becomes an unstoppable cinematic force. --Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

DISCUSSION: Amidst great turmoil, great possibilities... 7pm, Wednesday 7-20-16

A Revolution Books political discussion

Amidst great turmoil,
great possibilities... 

Consider just a few of the things shaping this moment, here and around the world:
  • Cold-blooded police murder of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the necessary and powerful new wave of mass protests - which righteously continue after the incident where police were killed in Dallas.

  • The Presidential election of 2016, Trump vs. Clinton, with the Republican and Democratic conventions this week and next scheduled to legitimatize a fascist and a war criminal – the Revolution Club is in Cleveland raising “America was Never Great, We Need to Overthrow this System!”
It is very important that people rise up and refuse to accept the continual murder of people, particularly Black people as well as Latinos, by police—this, and the other outrages and atrocities continually perpetrated by this system (as concentrated in the 5 Stops), cannot go down without people fighting back and rocking back the powers-that-be. But this must be built toward revolution—an actual revolution that overthrows this system at the soonest possible time—because there is no solution to these outrages under this system, and as long as we live under this system, this will go on...and on. There is a way that we can make a real revolution— and bring into being a radically different and better society: we have the strategy, program, and leadership for this revolution, in the work of BA (Bob Avakian) and the Party he leads, the Revolutionary Communist Party. Everywhere we go, and in everything we do, even as we are continuing to learn more about it, we need to be spreading the word about this revolution far and wide, and organizing for this revolution, drawing people around and into the Revolution Clubs, on the basis of the statement from the RCP Central Committee.”,  A Basic Point of Orientation

 Come to Revolution Books, and let’s get into it. 

Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m. Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. @Telegraph, Berkeley, 510-848-1196

"The Central Park 5" Film showing & Discussion Tuesday 7-19-16

Showing & Discussion
Tuesday, July 19, 7pm

The film documents the story of five Black and Latino young teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly arrested and then convicted of beating and raping a white woman jogger in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. They were coerced by the NY Police Department into confessing to the brutal crime.  They were viciously attacked in the media nationwide as a “wolf pack.” 

Donald Trump took out a signed full page ad calling for their execution. “Bring Back The Death Penalty. Bring Back The Police!” said the ad, and above his signature, Trump wrote: “I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes. They must serve as examples so that others will think long and hard before committing a crime or an act of violence.” This ad campaign was an important part of creating an atmosphere that justified mass incarceration and the death penalty. 

The youth did 6-13 years in prison for a crime they did not commit, before they were exonerated.  This documentary is a must-see in the face of today's police terror.  Sarah Burns, her father, Ken Burns and her husband, David McMahon's film chronicles one major instance of racist injustice in the long and ugly history of this country. 

7pm Tues 7-12-16 Movie Night - "Mustang"

Mustang is a beautiful and deeply moving film about the irrepressible spirit of five young sisters coming of age in modern-day rural Turkey and fighting not to be crushed by the heavy weight of tradition’s chains on women. Mustang is at the same time filled with the exuberance and untamed spirit of youth. It makes you ache for the liberation of women and all of humanity from all forms of oppressive relations. “Mustang” is the debut feature by Deniz Gamze Erg├╝ven, nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film in 2015.

“Mustang isn’t about the girls’ oppression; it’s about their heroic response to it.” The Telegraph

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