Emergency Press Conference at 6:30 / Speakout at 7pm
Fascists Assault, Threaten Revolution Books Berkeley:
“You Will Not Shut Down Revolution Books! Berkeley Will Be a Fascist Free Zone!”
Tuesday, September 26, 7pm
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Street, Berkeley
Sunsara Taylor, co-initiator RefuseFascism.org, Revcom.us contributor available for interviews
Four times in two days, Revolution Books was attacked and threatened by fascist forces who attempted to disrupt and shut down our bookstore.
Watch these videos: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1587338931305704&id=100000888363913
Revolution Books denounces this outrageous fascist attack, vows to remain open, and calls on everyone in Berkeley and beyond who cares about the future of humanity and values critical thinking to support of Revolution Books right now. Come or send statements to our Emergency Press Conference and public Speak Out on Tuesday night: “You Will Not Shut Down Revolution Books! Berkeley Will Be a Fascist Free Zone!”
Email statements of support to: firstname.lastname@example.org
After Milo’s appearance at Cal on Sunday, about 40 MAGA hat fascists descended on Revolution Books, pounding on the windows and trying to force their way into the bookstore.
This came at the end of a day in which hundreds of pro-Trump white supremacists, misogynists, xenophobes, and fascists rallied on campus, terrorizing students and the surrounding community.
These fascists threatened Revolution Books supporters and staff with rape and death, calling them “commie scum,” screamed about how the bookstore was allegedly supporting “white genocide,” and threatened to return—which they did several more times on Sunday and Monday.
Some of these MAGA fascists were participated in the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that led to the murder of Heather Heyer and injury of dozens of other counter-protesters. They livestreamed their menacing of Revolution Books to their fascist networks across the country, inciting others to violence against Revolution Books and popularizing this kind of thuggery to be unleashed elsewhere.
One supporter of Revolution Books observed that this has the odor of book burning and Kristallnacht.
Reiko Redmonde, manager of Revolution Books, said
“With fascist thugs stepping up their assaults on the street from Charlottesville to right at our doors, all given backing and encouragement by the fascist Trump/Pence Regime now in the White House who are themselves terrorizing Muslims, immigrants, the people of North Korea and more, the mission of Revolution Books is more important than ever.
We are a bookstore about understanding the world in order to change the world. At the heart of our store is the most advanced scientific theory and leadership for an actual revolution for the emancipation of humanity: the new synthesis of communism brought forward by the revolutionary leader, Bob Avakian. We carry literature, history, science, art, philosophy, and revolutionary theory... Revolution Books is a place of discovery and engagement.”
Redmonde cited the famous poem from Pastor Martin Neimoller who, after surviving Nazi concentration camps wrote, “First they came for the communists, but I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist.” She said, “Students, professors, clergy, activists, long time supporters and new friends, everybody who refuses to accept a fascist America, we are calling you to come into Revolution Books this week and beyond, stand with the store, be present and fill the space!”