Raymond Lotta, a contributing writer for Revolution newspaper and advocate of Bob Avakian's new synthesis of communism, speaks about a serious legal-political development involving the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). On May 16, a U.S. District Judge ruled on the constitutionality of certain provisions of the NDAA. The ruling was a mainly positive one, but also contains an erroneous and potentially harmful characterization of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP) and its Chairman, Bob Avakian. Raymond Lotta will talk about the significance of all this and why it's important for people to pay attention to it.
Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party and one of the founders of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, will talk about nationwide protests focusing on stop-and-frisk: September 13th -- Blow the Whistle on Stop-and-Frisk: A Call for Nationwide Resistance to Racial Profiling, Police Brutality and Murder and the Pipeline Leading to Mass Incarceration.
In New York alone, stop-and-frisk resulted in nearly 700,000 people being stopped in 2011. 80% were Black or Latino. One in five were brutalized by cops citywide, and this was concentrated in Black and Latino neighborhoods, where force was used in three out of five stops. Only 6% were even charged with a crime.
Stephen Sachs, director, and Morlan Higgins, actor, will join us to discuss Blue Iris, the newest work from South African playwright Athol Fugard, beginning its US premiere at the Fountain Theatre. Set in a burnt-out Karoo farmhouse ravaged by fire, a farmer and his housekeeper sort through the debris of their lives and find themselves confronting memories long thought dead. Fugard digs deep into the human heart, and the result is a love story full of tender, soul-touching and surprising revelations.