Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Earlier this month I had an amazing Dialogue with Cornel West before a standing room only crowd of more than 1800 people on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. Our theme was “In the Age of Obama … Police Terror, Incarceration, No Jobs, Mis-education: WHAT FUTURE FOR OUR YOUTH?”
I’m writing you about this because you will soon have a chance to experience this conversation. C-SPAN recorded this Dialogue and has plans to air it during the holiday break in Congressional proceedings. They haven’t yet developed their schedule for this period because they don’t yet know when Congress will adjourn. I will send out when the broadcast is scheduled as soon as I find out.
The conversation covered a range of topics including why the world is like it is, what’s the significance of the Occupy Movement and where do things need to go from here. We exchanged perspectives over religion, the role of love in developing and sustaining a movement for radical change, the importance of dreaming. And we argued over a few things to, among them religion and how to assess previous revolutionary societies.
Cornel was in his usual rare form, imploring the mostly youthful audience to not become “… adjusted to injustice …” or “… adapted to indifference …” He said the way people were beginning to stand up in the Occupy movement was important because “… once you stand up, people can no longer ride your back.” And he urged the audience not to aim to be the smartest person in the room but without any concern for poor and working people. My message was that the world is a horror, but it doesn’t have to be that way; that thru revolution we could bring a totally different and far better world into being. And I urged people there to get with the movement for revolution and to engage in resistance to the injustice being rained down on humanity by this system, whether or not they agreed with me about the need for revolution.
In short, this is a Dialogue you don’t want to miss. Look for my follow up note on when it will air on C-SPAN. You could also go to C-SPAN’s web site for their schedule. And as always, I’d like to hear from you. Let me know what you think of the conversation Cornel and I engage in at Berkeley.
Warm Revolutionary Greetings,
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Carl & Cornel: Go to indiegogo.com and Support the Making of "On the Occasion of the Publication of Basics: A Celebration of Revolution & the Vision of a New World."
On the evening of April 11th, 2011 hundreds of people experienced something incredible at the Harlem Stage, a cultural event so unique in spirit, diversity, imagination, and inspiration that many who attended walked into the Harlem night afterward aching to share what they had just been part of. Many said in one form or another, “If only ___ had been here.” Leaving the event, one student described it this way, "It feels like hope. That’s honestly what it feels like..."
The world can soon experience the hope and vision of On the Occasion of Publication of BAsics: A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World in the form of a film being made of the event with the potential to reach, challenge, and inspire millions. You can help make that happen.
House parties are being hosted this weekend across the country to raise $23,000 for the film by December 12th.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
|Occasioned by BAsics: A Celebration of |
Revolution & The Vision of a New World
|On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.|
April 2011 marked the release of BAsics, a book by Bob Avakian, the revolutionary leader who has developed a new synthesis of communism. This book of quotations and essays speaks to essential questions of revolution and human emancipation. On this occasion, a range of artists, musicians, dancers and actors from a diversity of perspectives came together in a unique cultural event to celebrate revolution and the vision of a new world.
This film will tell the story of what those artists did and why they did it. It will bring a taste of the remarkable connection between these artists and the hundreds in the audience that night.
For everyone who has dreamed of a different and better world or wondered how art and culture can be part of creating it, this is a film that needs to be seen.
But it won't be made without your support.
Contribute toward the production and release of the upcoming full length film about this event (currently set for late winter). Be part of something that can be a source of great inspiration, enabling imagination to take flight with revolution and envisioning a whole other way the world can be.