On March 3rd, Saturday afternoon, a handful of Trumpite thugs came to our bookstore, yelled and made threats “we're going to burn down your bookstore.”
They came to mark the anniversary of the first pro-Trump rally last year in Berkeley. Fueled and backed by the Trump/Pence regime’s hold over the government and society, including the intensifying attacks on immigrants, Muslims and people of color, and the regime's flagrant disregard for even a veneer of civil rights, these Brownshirts have repeatedly targeted our bookstore. We said before that these attacks are reminiscent of Nazi book burnings, of Kristallnacht. Now these fascists are actually threatening to burn the store down!
As we said in our statement last year,
“They have targeted Revolution Books because we are the intellectual center of a movement for revolution aimed at bringing into being a radically different and far better world, envisioned in a new communism. Revolution Books brings people together to learn about and engage the world in a deep, scientific, and revolutionary way. Revolution Books works to end white supremacy, emancipate women, and liberate all humanity. In opposition to narrow America-first chauvinism, we proceed from –and invite people to learn about – the interests of people all over the world.
“At the foundation of Revolution Books 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. The fascists – backed up and unleashed by the regime in power – hate all this and want to see it crushed and destroyed.”Threats like these must be taken seriously – this is not normal and must not be tolerated -- and we call on people to condemn these attempts to shut down our store as a part of their efforts to shut down critical thinking and radical ideas throughout society. We call on everyone to stand with and defend this important bookstore. On Sunday, March 4, we are showing a film of a talk by Bob Avakian on the roots of the Trump/Pence regime, the danger it poses to humanity, and the need for massive non-violent resistance to drive it from power. Later this week, on Thursday evening, we will celebrate International Women’s Day. And on Friday we will show the Iranian film about the oppression of women, The Circle. And all this week our store will be open, as a welcoming and lively space where people can find and engage with the literature, and each other, to understand reality we face, and how the world could be radically different.