We are beginning a month of great promise. Suddenly, there are signs of life in America!
The Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading across the country....over 12,000 Californiaprisoners have joined an ongoing hunger strike....thousands demonstrated against the legal lynching of Troy Davis in Georgia...a major non-violent direct action against the racist NYPD stop-and-frisk policy is being planned in New York, along with demonstrations nationwide against police brutality on October 22...students at UC Berkeley staged a powerful protest against campus Republicans' racist attack on affirmative action...protests against theKeystone XL Pipeline were among the most determined environmental protests yet....in the midst of all this dozens have written Revolution newspaper, responding to the challenge issued in BAsics by Bob Avakian.
Join us Tuesday to discuss this "Autumn of Upheaval," and how the RCP's "On the Strategy for Revolution" (hyperlink: http://revcom.us/a/224online/Statement-on-strategy-en.html) can guide us in relating to all this upheaval -- and making big advances in hastening and preparing for a real revolution.
“Of course revolution cannot happen with conditions and people the way they are now. But revolution can come about as conditions and people are moved to change, because of developments in the world and because of the work of revolutionaries...as people come to see that things do not have to be this way...as they come to understand why things are the way they are and how things could be radically different...and as they are inspired and organized to join the revolutionary movement and build up its forces.
“Revolution will not be made by acting all crazy—trying to bring down this powerful system when there is not yet a basis for that—or by just waiting for “one fine day” when revolution will somehow magically become possible. Revolution requires consistent work building for revolution, based on a serious, scientific understanding of what it takes to actually get to the point of revolution, and how to have a real chance of winning.
“In order for revolution to be real there must be: a revolutionary crisis, and a revolutionary people, numbering in the millions and led by a far-seeing, highly organized and disciplined revolutionary party. Clearly, this is not the reality now. So, how can this come about? And what is the strategic plan?
Applying this whole strategy "can enable the revolutionary movement, with the Party at the core, to confront and overcome the very real obstacles in its path...to advance and grow, through ongoing work, and through a series of critical leaps in times of sudden breaks and ruptures with the “normal routine”...to prepare the ground, and accumulate forces, for revolution—and have a real chance at winning. It is how thousands can be brought forward and oriented, organized and trained in a revolutionary way, while beginning to reach and influence millions more, even before there is a revolutionary situation...and then, when there is a revolutionary situation, those thousands can be a backbone and pivotal force in winning millions to revolution and organizing them in the struggle to carry the revolution through."