Revolution #208, July 25, 2010
The Campaign: Mid-Summer Report
The conferences held in late May to get into, and lay plans for, the campaign around "The Revolution We Need... The Leadership We Have" marked a turning point for this campaign. In just the past six weeks, there’s a greatly heightened feel of a national campaign around... and important new advances, building on the plans off the conferences.
- Several hundred thousand copies of the Message and Call of the campaign have gotten out. This happened through a concentrated effort in some major cities right after the conference (which got out nearly 200,000 in ten days), and then through teams of people fanning out into the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit in June, down to the Gulf Coast where the oil spill hit, on the Warped Tour (a tour of dozens of punk bands that gathers thousands of youth), and out into Arizona, where people are gearing up for a showdown over the new fascist immigration law. And the new image of Bob Avakian has begun to get out, intriguing people and stirring things up.
- The web-a-thon in late June marked an important new thing in raising money for the campaign (with nearly $10,000 in hand thus far), and popularizing what it’s doing.
- July 4 began to have a different ring this year: not only did the anti-4th of July picnics raise spirits (and money), but there was also an important step in breaking out Bob Avakian’s Revolution talk to a different level, with 3,000 on-line hits (triple the goal) for the part of the talk that draws on Frederick Douglass' "What To A Slave Is Your Fourth of July?" speech, and coverage on the Newsweek website.
Very importantly: all of this was done in conjunction with important struggles against police brutality and murder, against repression directed against immigrants, and around the environment.
A lot of this flowed directly out of plans made at the conferences. The percolation at the conferences on other projects will also be brought to bear in the coming weeks. Some of this was featured in the article "Report from the Conferences: Making Bob Avakian a Household Name," and some will come out in other ways. During these next few months, we will be putting out plans for really making an impact on the campuses... for getting the content and reach of this paper, Revolution, which is the hub and pivot of the revolutionary movement, onto a different level... and for really giving people who are coming forward the opportunity to dig very deeply into the thinking and plans this Party has for actually making revolution in the USA.
The plans for the next three weeks are laid out on this page. So, jump in... and stay tuned.
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