Cornel West And Bob Avakian: Revolution, Religion And The Fight for Emancipation

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A Dialogue between Cornel West and Bob Avakian on Revolution and Religion: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion

When: Saturday, November 15, 3:00-7:00 pm (doors open at 1:30)

Where: The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York City

Why is one of the country's most esteemed, provocative and deeply religious intellectuals dialoguing with the world's most radical revolutionary and important communist thinker?  Why now?  And why are such prominent, diverse and unexpected voices supporting it?

“This dialogue is historic,” says Annie Day from The Bob Avakian Institute, one of the Dialogue's co-sponsors.  “It's a rare chance to see Avakian live and in person.  Bob Avakian is the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party and the architect of a whole new framework for the emancipation of humanity. This will be a chance to hear him speak on the prospects for revolution and what transformations have to be undertaken to truly get free.  Cornel West is an internationally recognized scholar and champion of the oppressed, unafraid to speak truth to power.”

With the fate of the planet in jeopardy, new fronts of war and crisis roiling, as the country awaits the grand jury verdicts in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and with millions in this country subject to mass incarceration, deportation, and the denial of fundamental rights, this is a  time for these two deep radical voices.  The subject of their Dialogue – Revolution and Religion – impacts the lives of billions of people across the planet.

Recognizing the import of Cornel West and Bob Avakian dialoguing at this moment on this topic, a unique Host Committee for the Dialogue of an incredibly diverse combination of people has come together.

This includes author and professor Kwame Anthony Appiah (NYU); former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass; Dr. Donald Shriver (President Emeritus of Faculty, Union Theological Seminary, NY); filmmaker Robert Young; actors Ed Asner and Peter Coyote; Grammy award-winning musician Arturo O'Farrill; Nicholas Heyward, Sr. whose son was killed by the NYPD in 1994; artist Emory Douglas, the former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party and Carl Dix, of the Revolutionary Communist Party and Stop Mass Incarceration Network along with many others.

Statements of support have been written by writers Alice Walker and Ngugi wa Thiongo, Harold Kroto FRS, Professor of Chemistry and Nobel Laureate, the abortion provider Dr. Willie Parker along with residents of Ferguson, Harlem and South Central LA. 



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