Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Back from Iraq—and Shot by the Police

(The Following article was published in Revolution #035, February 19, 2006, posted at revcom.us)

On January 29, Elio Carrion, a 21-year-old on leave from Air Force, was in a car being driven by his friend when they crashed into a fence in a neighborhood in Chino, 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

The two friends had just left a party celebrating Carrion's return from a six-month tour in Iraq. It is not clear what happened before the crash — but it is very clear what happened when a sheriff deputy arrived, because the late-night encounter was taped by someone that lives in the neighborhood.

In the video you see Carrion on the ground, his face illuminated by the flashlight of the sheriff hovering above him, just a few feet away, his gun pointed at Carrion. You can imagine a similar scene happening in Iraqi cities like Fallujah or Mosul. In fact, cable news channels have brought images like these to people all across the world: Images of heavily armed U.S. soldiers breaking down doors in the middle of the night, holding M-4 rifles above the heads of defenseless Iraqis.

According to the L.A. Times, the sheriff was yelling profanities at Carrion, telling him to "shut up." The sheriff then ordered Carrion to "Get up, get up." In the video you can see Carrion following the deputy's orders and hear him say that he was unarmed and in the military. At one point, Carrion says, "I'm here on your side." But his words, in this situation, meant nothing to the man holding the gun. In Iraq Carrion was part of the military that occupies an oppressed country and treats the masses of people as "the enemy"; and then he returned home to become the enemy.

"I'm going to get up," Carrions says in the video. But as he pushes himself up, the sheriff fires his weapon at him, striking him three times. Mariela Carrion, Elio's wife, later said that her husband was also kicked in the head, handcuffed and dragged after he was shot.

But this was not the end of the outrage. Elio Carrion was taken to the hospital as a result of three bullet wounds, one of which shattered his femur (the large bone extending from the pelvis to the knee). The day after he was supposed to be released from the hospital, detectives arrived to Carrion's parents' house without warning and demanded to know where he was.

And like in some other cases of police brutality caught on film, the man who taped the encounter, Jose Luis Valdez, is now sitting in jail, arrested days later after the shooting on an eight-year-old warrant in Florida. His fate is not yet known -- he is a Cuban citizen and was taken to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office after his arrest.

Meanwhile, the man who shot Carrion is walking around on paid administrative leave with no charges pressed against him, even though his murderous actions were caught on video.

The mainstream media has been doing their part to make sure the cop goes unpunished, putting on police officials and other talking heads to defend his actions with remarks like, "He was nervous" and "He really meant to say 'Get down,' not 'Get up,'" or that the deputy did what he did because he feared for his life (even though he was the one holding the gun).

Elio Carrion joined the Air Force straight out of high school and served obediently in Iraq. And, on that night in Chino, Elio Carrion did everything he was "supposed" to do in these situations--he obeyed commands, he didn't move without permission, and he told the deputy "I'm going to get up now," hoping that he wouldn't surprise or startle the man holding the gun. And he was shot anyway! Think about what this tells you about how this system views people, especially Blacks, Latinos, and other oppressed nationalities. This is a blatant and cold-blooded statement: "We'll shoot whoever we want, for whatever reason and in whatever circumstances we want, and there's nothing you can do about it."

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Nov. 2nd Introduction/ Interview

This is the initial coverage that I have written for November 2nd. First, is a short interview I did with this really cool young woman from Bravo Medical Magnet in East Los. She said some really good stuff and seemed like she had a good orientation going into Nov. 2nd. Following are short reports from different high school from throughout the L.A. County area. (The only thing is that they are listed here from last to first, so scroll down and read "Students, Not Soldiers" first).



N: My name is Natalie and I go to Bravo Medical Magnet in East L.A.,
Boyle Heights

NG: How did you find out about Nov. 2nd, and what kinds of things went on, on your campus to build up for it?
N: A week ago flyers were passed out. But at the last minute, a lot of people decided not to risk it--not to risk getting in trouble. We were getting threatened by the administration. And seniors, like myself, we would get graduation taken away, we would get all our senior activities taken away (which, actually they can’t legally do because we looked into it). It was supposed to be all these people, but only 15 or 20 people came. But the 15, 20 people that came, we feel like we made a difference.

NG: Were there individual people organizing on campus, or was there clubs on campus organizing?
N: There’s an underground club on campus, which means we’re not official. We tried organizing people to come, and a lot of people that are in this club came despite the consequences.

NG: Why did you decide to come even when they made it seem like you had a lot to loose, especially since you’re a senior?
N: I’ve always believe that you can fight authority, you can break boundaries and make a difference. It doesn’t matter if you’re being told that you can’t make a difference, because you can. I mean, look at all these people here today. You think their administrators said, “Oh yeah sure go ahead.” A lot of these students decided to stand up for what they believe in.

NG: The people who have been organizing Nov 2nd have been talking about it like it’s not your usual protest where you go to a march and then go home. They’re talking about it like it’s the beginning of a movement. What do you think?
N: There’s a lot more protests coming up. I do see it like, it’s not just one protest and that’s going to be it. I think it’s going to be a lot more, and it does take a lot more to let your voice get heard.

NG: Did you decide on yourself that you needed to be here, or did you have some encouraging word from other people to help you decide?
N: No, I wanted to come. When there was a walk-out (against the war)three years ago when I was a freshman, I walked out. I really wanted to come to this and I don’t care what I have to lose. I rather know in my conscious that I did something right. I do have friends that came today, but it’s not because of them that I came.

NG: What about you friends? Did they need to see the importance of coming here?
N: Not really. Some of them were a little worried about losing their senior privileges, but in the end they were like, “Screw that. This is more important!”

NG: The way I look at it, is even if you do get a ticket for walking out or some kind of punishment, what’s that compared to what’s happening to the people of Iraq. Also, I think, people forget how much a walk-out can mean. The East L.A. high school blow-outs in 68 had a very big impact, as did the walk-outs against prop 187 did back in the 90’s.
N: These actions do make a difference. For people that backed down or didn’t come because they think it doesn’t make a difference: it does! People do remember and it will come up in the future. They will look back at history and say, “These people did it, why didn’t you?”

"His Lies Killed Thousands"

By Nikolai Garcia (based on interviews)


Over on the Westside a group of students from New Roads School, a small private school in Santa Monica, organized a walk-out. They met on their quad and left their school, from Olympic and Stuart, and marched to 3rd Street.

A group of young girls from the school said there was no trouble from administration and one of them said, "It's kind of unfortunate because it would've been nice to go against authority." They talked about walking out a couple of years ago against the war in Iraq and getting Saturday detention. Another girl said, "They told us, 'It's going to go on your record that you walked-out for peace,' which is okay beause I want people to know that."

They all had reasons to want to drive out the Bush regime. One girl who was worried that women would lose their right to abortion had a sign she made which said, "Keep your rosaries out of my ovaries." Another girl talked about how disgusted she was that the U.S. could just go over to another country and force a different government on them.

The call to drive out the Bush regime felt right to them. "Clinton got impeched because he had sex...and this guy's lies killed thousands and thousands of people and we can't impeach him? That's ridiculous," said one of them.

One of the girls who was aked why she thought Nov. 2nd was different from other protests said, "I've been to other protests before where you go, you state what you're there for, and then you just go home and don't really do anything about it. I really hope that this time things change...that every single day, whereever you are you go out and protest for this war to stop." One girl said, "we need a social revolution."

“Forget That, We’re Standing Up!”

By Nikolai Garcia (based on interviews)


As soon as they got to school, the students of Van Nuys High School knew they would have a battle on their hands as they noticed a larger police presence than usual around their campus. More and more police arrived as the time for the walk out approached.

During the nutrition break students gathered their friends to get ready to walk out. Administration locked all gates and worked to make it as close to impossible. One youth reported that after going into the main building he saw that the front doors were closed with a red rope. He said he and a friend opened the doors and let about 30 people out.

Cops were outside waiting for them threatening them with fines and arrests. The kids still went on and that’s when some youth were arrested or pepper-sprayed. Inside the school many hundred more students were being cornered by deans and principals. About 60 students decided that jumping over the fence would be their only way out-and they did it!

The first wave of students who went through the front doors was told that pictures would be taken of them and they would be expelled the next day. “They told us, ‘If you go to this protest you will get suspended and get expelled,’ but we were like, ‘Forget that, we’re standing up!’”

At first, some of the student organizers thought that the majority of students who walked-out were doing it just for fun, but were glad to be proven wrong when they recognized their fellow students at different rallies throughout the day.

Other students got really creative in escaping from campus even after
the school went on lock-down and teachers were forbidden to let students out of classrooms. One young women said she was able to get out of her P.E. class, found a fence to jump (with the help of two other youth) and hid inside a donut shop until her mom could pick her up and drive her to meet up with friends.

Military Horror at Jefferson High School

as told to Nikolai Garica (by a Teacher's Aid that works at Jeff)

"I went to school today and everybody was talking about the walk-out; there were stickers and flyers everywhere! There were a bunch of students who were walking out at noon and as we were walking into the quad we notice that there are military recruiters everywhere! It turns out they made today military recruitment day. The student--hundreds of students--were so afraid to walk-out of the school because they saw military everywhere!

"People were ready. Almost everybody had stickers on their clipboards and folders and everybody was talking about it in the hallway. 'Noon! Noon! Noon,' people were telling each other. But they saw the military recruiters and they went back into their classes. It got very quiet, people were just so dumbstruck at seeing so many military recruiters. There had to have been more than 50 recruiters from the army, the navy and the marines."

Students, Not Soldiers!

By Nikolai Garcia (eyewitness account)


Students Not Soldiers Struggle won out over spontaneity in Montebello on Nov. 2nd. Since no walk out was called for, a group of 30 plus students from Montebello High School decided to meet up at a burger stand near the campus to join up with actions along Wilshire Blvd. Not long after 8 a.m. the group got restless--wanting to hook up with other students--and decided to go to the bus stop, for the journey out of the Eastern suburb and into the Downtown L.A. area.

As the group walked towards the bus stop, cars started honking at them. It was clear that having some sort of march would make an impact. At the bus stop, the question was raised: Should they just take a bunch of buses downtown? Or would they march all the way to the busy East L.A. corner of Atlantic and Whittier and take the bus from there?

The majority of students agreed that if they took the bus, it would only mean that they ditched school that day. They saw that having a march, even if small in numbers, would make a bigger impact on the community. Indeed, people came out of their homes and businesses to see what the students were up to, grabbing flyers and cheering them on. One man even got out of his red pick-up to applaud the youth.

They marched down Whittier Blvd. for at least a mile, taking a small detour into a large shopping center with lots of people. They stopped only once when they saw a homeless man pushing around a shopping cart full of items, including an American flag, which the youth bought from him and “decorated.”

All through the march, the students were loud, their biggest chant being, “Students, Not Soldiers!” This was in part due to the intense actions at their school the past two weeks, which had been filled with organized protest inside the school against military recruiters. In fact, they got the administration to keep recruiters off campus for at least a month.

The highlight of their march came when they finally got to Whittier and Atlantic and hopped on the bus. As the bus driver was told where the group was going, she said, “Oh I know. My daughter is going to be down there too.” She didn’t charge them fare and the students cheered.

Friday, November 04, 2005

I'm baaack!

After a long hiatus, I have returned to the nether world of the internet. Very soon, I will post some very cool stuff about all the action here in L.A. in driving out the Bush regime! In the meantime, check out www.worldcantwait.org and look up the youth ans student section to see some of the cool and daring things that we have been doing on campuses around the country and plans for AFTER November 2nd.

Monday, October 10, 2005

3 illegal entrants, Katrina evacuees, could be deported

Not sure about the date on this, but damn, capitalism sure likes to kick you when you're down!


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - After heeding the Bush administration's call to seek help regardless of status, a handful of illegal entrants who fled Hurricane Katrina have been ordered to appear for deportation hearings.
Three undocumented immigrants were met by immigration agents at the El Paso airport when they were flown in from the Gulf Coast along with other evacuees, said Leticia Zamarripa, Immigration and Custom Enforcement spokeswoman in El Paso. A fourth person, a permanent legal resident, was questioned and released, she said.
The immigrants went through background checks and fingerprinting and were released with orders to appear for deportation hearings, Zamarripa said. They were allowed to go to other shelters in Texas, said Ouisa Davis, an attorney for one of the immigrants. She did not have details, including the date of the initial questioning.
In another instance, state troopers in West Virginia called in immigration agents on Sept. 4 when a woman alleged that she was sexually assaulted by another passenger on a bus carrying evacuees to Camp Dawson, agency spokesman Dean Boyd said Monday.
The accused passenger and a companion, both from Central America, were taken into custody, Boyd said. When immigration officials interviewed the woman, she refused to press charges or testify. The accused immigrant denied her allegations. He and his companion remained in custody.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Homeland Security Department encouraged storm victims, including illegal entrants, to seek help. The appeal was made in English and Spanish.
The agency stopped short of assuring that information about immigration status would not be shared with authorities.
The law enforcement actions have left at least one group concerned about lending its influence to the federal government's efforts to reach immigrants affected by the storm.
The White House was "actively communicating to us and the Spanish-language press that everyone could come forward," said Cecilia Munoz, a vice president for the National Council of La Raza, the largest U.S.-based Hispanic advocacy group.
"If federal authorities are using this as an enforcement opportunity, it creates a moral dilemma for us in how do we advise our constituents," Munoz said. "We are getting mixed signals."
Munoz said she supports law enforcement action when a crime has been committed.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Kanye West Rips Bush During NBC Telethon

Although Kanye is making hip-hop less and less about "gangsta" I'm not really a fan of his stuff. However this article and some of his recent comments on homosexuality in rap are making me want to give his work a second listen.


September 03, 2005, 11:50 AM ET
Kanye West Rips Bush During NBC Telethon

It began, fittingly enough, with jazz from New Orleans natives Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis. But "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," a heartfelt and dignified benefit aired on NBC and other networks last night (Sept. 2), took an unexpected turn thanks to the outspoken rapper Kanye West.
Appearing two-thirds through the program, he claimed "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible."
The show, simulcast from New York on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Pax, was aired live to the East Coast, enabling the Grammy-winning rapper's outburst to go out uncensored.
There was a several-second tape delay, but the person in charge "was instructed to listen for a curse word, and didn't realize [West] had gone off-script," said an NBC spokesperson.
West's comment about the president was cut from NBC's West Coast airing, which showed three hours later on tape.Comedian Mike Myers was paired with West for a 90-second segment that began with Myers speaking of Katrina's devastation.
Then, to Myers' evident surprise, West began a rant by saying, "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food."While allowing that "the Red Cross is doing everything they can," West declared that government authorities are intentionally dragging their feet on aid to the Gulf Coast.
Without getting specific, he added, "They've given them permission to go down and shoot us." After he stated, "George Bush doesn't care about black people," the camera cut away to comedian Chris Tucker.
Concluding the hour a few minutes later, host Matt Lauer noted, "emotions in this country right now are running very high. Sometimes that emotion is translated into inspiration, sometimes into criticism. We've heard some of that tonight. But it's still part of the American way of life."
Then the entire ensemble performed "When the Saints Go Marching In."In a statement, NBC said, "Kanye West departed from the scripted comments that were prepared for him, and his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks."
It would be most unfortunate," the statement continued, "if the efforts of the artists who participated tonight and the generosity of millions of Americans who are helping those in need are overshadowed by one person's opinion."

read the rest at: www.billboard.com/bb/daily/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001054572

Thursday, July 28, 2005

"It's A Long Way From Sweden to South Central"

Distasteful, ugly and cheap
That is how you make me feel
Capitalism stole my virginity

The L.A. Writers Collective (well, most of them) had an impromptu get-together last night when we found ourselves outside the door of the Poison Apple, a new punk club in South Central L.A., hoping we would ALL get in to see the best thing to ever come out of Sweden, The (International) Noise Conspiracy. Dozens of people were standing outside the door as 11 o' clock neared. The reason being that many were left without the opportunity to buy a wristband and gain entry to the show. And this happened because a) T(I)NC hasn't done a proper tour of the U.S. in at least two years; b) the show was only $5 (when it could've easily been $15 at any other venue) and c) T(I)NC is one of the best bands to see live! Knowing all this, I arrived an hour (6:30) before doors opened, (and even then there was still a big line), to get a wristband.

The same cannot be said about my comrades who called me an hour after the venue had stopped selling wristbands, while 50 other people stood outside hoping there was still a chance they could gain entry. I thought there was a better chance of running into a group of nonsectarian Trotskyites who don't liquidate the National Question, than of my comrades getting in. But, they came anyways, and they braved it out in the alley, (unlike MANY who had their hopes crushed and left), and ended up getting in while T(I)NC played their first song. And man, was it worth it!!!

"It's nice to see you all dressed up," said Dennis Lyxzen, T(I)NC's singer, who then warned everybody that by the end of the night we would all be just a "sweaty mess." (Indeed, as it must have been 90-something degrees in the small, packed venue with no air conditioning). The crowd grooved to some of the bands less popular material, but then got really into it when they heard the familiar first notes to Smash It Up: "I wanna smash it up for the workers/ who spend hours into nothing/ I wanna smash it up for my sisters/ who got caught up in this funky system."

"It's along way from Sweden to South Central," said Dennis, and everybody cheered! He talked about the difference and importance of being able to play at this small all-ages club in South Central, as opposed to some big venue on the Sunset Strip. The last time I saw T(I)NC play, (about two years ago at the Glass House), they were matching outfits and everything. This time, however, there was no time to worry about mod fashion, as the singer took off his shirt almost as soon as he got on stage. It was so hot inside that a group of people who had been near the front of the stage ended up rushing out of there during the middle of the set to get some air outside.

Not only does T(I)NC have good political stances, but they also have a good stance on supporting the local music scene. When most big bands tour, they usually bring along bands that their labels are trying to promote. But, in this case, they consciously made sure that all the bands that played before them (Holy Hydraulics, the Divided Lines, The Tender Box) were all local bands.

Their set was only 45 minutes long, and it only ended because of the heat. "I don't want you to die [because of the heat], and I know I don't want to die in South Central one way or another," said the singer before announcing their last song, (which they dedicated to all the bands that played that night and the people who put on that show), a song called Capitalism Stole My Virginity--and then the room exploded!

Robbed out of our bleeding hearts, smashed our illusions, tore them
all apart
Now we are unsentimental and unafraid to destroy this culture
that we hate
Tired of being nothing when we should be everything
And on every forehead of every little whore there's a sign that says:
Baby, we're all born to die
Distasteful, ugly and cheap
That is how you make me feel
Capitalism stole my virginity

Monday, July 25, 2005

RC4 TOUR HITS LOS ANGELES

Revolution #010, July 31, 2005, posted at revcom.us

Revolution received the following correspondence from the Los Angeles Writers Collective:

A brief look into the first stop of the RC4 tour:

Los Angeles Saturday, July 23 rd --The RC4 tour hit the ground running this week in Los Angeles.

Stirring controversy wherever they spoke--on the airwaves, in house meetings, and at a full panel discussion at Cal State Dominguez Hills--the RC4 kicked off their visit here, bringing straight to the people the compelling vision of the communist revolution developed by Bob Avakian.

The RC4 made a deep case as to why people have no interests in protecting or putting up with this rotten system. And they challenged people to take up the fight for the emancipation of all of humanity through communist revolution.

They spoke to the need--and the real possibility--for the masses of people in the ghettos and barrios, the factories and neighborhoods--the masses of oppressed and proletarian people--to rise to the challenge of leading millions and millions of people in this country to break the chains that are literally choking this planet and keeping people all over the world trapped in a horrible life.

In a word they challenged all who heard them to become the emancipators of humanity. And they struggled hard--and with a lot of love-- for people to cast aside the mental chains that hold them back from fulfilling this great need.

LIBERATION WITHOUT GOD
At the Cal State panel, Akil Bomani spoke passionately and powerfully about how he gave up religion to take up communism after reading Bob Avakian's Preaching From a Pulpit of Bones that contrasted Biblical morality and communist morality:

"I was introduced to the revolutionary vision of communism, and this all sparked my criticism of the world and the way out of all of this madness.

"It was when I myself took to doing something that the Bible and Christianity explicitly forbids--that is questioning reality and asking why and how--it was then that I was able to take a critical look at the world, at this system and at the immense and unspeakable anguish it has caused billions to this day.

"I was able to take a critical look at the prospects of actually overthrowing this system and end all the forms of exploitation and oppression attached to this system, forms of exploitation and oppression that the Bible does not denounce but upholds in many ways. I was able to take a critical look at how that could actually be done and at the writings of Bob Avakian."

REVOLUTIONARY LEADERSHIP
The RC4 confronted the nationalism and identity politics that are so prevalent among the masses-- and struggled with people to look at things from the point of view of how we're going to free all of humanity--a communist viewpoint--and not from the viewpoint of freeing "my nation, my people"--and ultimately the "me first" mentality.

Revolutionary leadership and what qualifies someone to be a leader was a hot question. Some people made the argument that they don't want to follow a "white man."

Carl Dix said that the caliber of a leader should be judged by the content of what they are bringing forward, not by their nationality. If people were locked in a horrible prison for life and someone came along who knew the way out, would the prisoners say, well I don't want to know how to get out of here because you are the wrong nationality!

"Look, here's the deal. There is a leader who has come forward, who is pointing to the way out of this, who is pointing to a future that we can get to, and is showing us the way to get there.

"The challenge for people is to look at the content of what the leader is bringing forward. That's what we gotta grab hold of. Because if you want to get out of all this mess the criteria for leadership is not, what nationality is the leader:what race:or what gender. But instead, what is the content of the vision that leader is putting forward, and, what is the program they're putting forward to realize that?

"You see, that is the challenge. We are not saying, 'follow Bob Avakian blindly' or 'follow the RCP blindly.' We're saying, grapple with the content of the vision of the future society being brought forward. And grapple with the program that's being brought forward to realize this."

Clyde Young came at this same question from a another angle. He said when a leader of the caliber of Bob Avakian comes forward, that is something to celebrate. He said that Bob Avakian is the flower and fruit of the struggle of the masses during the 1960s, but he's much more than that. Bob Avakian is someone who has gone on to develop the revolutionary science of communism--critically building on the achievements of the past, re- envisioning socialist society under the dictatorship of the proletariat, and taking up problems of how to build a revolutionary movement of millions and millions of people that can actually transform dreams into reality.

"Leaders like Bob Avakian are very rare and special leaders. When an outstanding leader comes forward like this I think it is very important for people to recognize that leader and to learn as much as they can from that leader, to promote that leader, and to defend that leader:

"Some people have said to us: 'This is just going to mean we just have to go along with everything he says and it leaves no room for us to contribute and for us to be part of the revolutionary struggle and to bring our ideas, and creativity to the table.'

"But I think that it is important to recognize that when revolutionary leaders like this come forward-- it opens up the possibility for the masses of people's creativity and the masses of people themselves to come forward and contribute on a whole other level, in a whole other way than they can under this system.

"That is, unity between people coming forward and learning from leaders, but at the same time contributing as much as they possibly can to the revolutionary struggle--contributing their understanding and contributing all they can to the revolutionary struggle as well--there is that dialectic, back and forth:"

In short, Clyde made the point that when a leader like this emerges they are inextricably linked to the masses realizing their revolutionary potential - and ultimately the people of the world realizing the potential of moving to a communist society.

Many questions popped from the audience: A Black youth wanted to know "What is the proletariat?" He also asked, "So how you gonna reach the majority of proletarians when most of them are all religious and it's clear to me that none of you guys are religious, so how are you gonna sway them to be communists?"

Another person focused on the question of the proletariat in power and wanted to know how the RCP would not allow "power to corrupt," but instead stay on the road to communism.

Later, someone else asked about the role of immigrants in the revolution given that many of them are undocumented.

Joe Veale told Revolution what this tour is aimed at trying to bring forward:

"Look, the problem in the world is that there is all this wealth, all this technology that's controlled and dominated by a class of capitalists.

"All this technology and all this human wisdom could be used to benefit the masses here and all over the world.

"Everybody on this planet could have a decent life: no one has to go cold during the wintertime, no one has to go hungry, no one has to die for lack of water, everybody could read and write and be enriched in sports and culture.

"And the only thing standing in the way of that are these capitalists who rip off all this wealth, and use it to enrich this system.

"We need a revolutionary communist movement that is in the struggle and knows that this is the problem--we need millions and millions of people who realize that if the masses could take power and come together to share in all of this wealth and knowledge in a collective way -- this represents the solution and the way out. So this is a part of what this tour is about--to begin to build the kind of revolutionary communist consciousness out here now that can prepare to lead the masses to change the world."



The RC4 TOUR WILL BE IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA THROUGH THE END OF JULY.
NEXT STOPS: NEW YORK AND CHICAGO.

WATCH THE RC4 WEBSITE www.rc4tour.info FOR NEWS.

E-mail: rc_speaks@yahoo.com

SUPPORT THE RC4 TOUR: send checks and money orders to:
"RC4 Speaking Tour"
and mail to
P.O. box 941
Knickerbocker Station,
NY, NY 10002-0900

Phone/FAX: 866-841-9139 ext 2670

Also contact Carl Dix at comradecarl@hotmail.com



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