Program: Vaccinations—A Decisive Means to Deal with COVID, Not a “Plot”
Where: Revolution Books
437 Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Ave. @132nd St
212-691-3345 Price: Free
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“VACCINES ARE A DECISIVE MEANS FOR DEALING WITH COVID—THEY ARE NOT A ‘CONSPIRACY’ OR A ‘PLOT’ BY THE GOVERNMENT AND BIG CORPORATIONS”
The Importance of a Scientific Understanding and Approach
A Panel Discussion inspired by 3 articles by Bob Avakian,* architect of the New Communism and leader of the revolution to emancipate humanity (articles available on www.revcom.us and in print at Revolution Books)
– Carl Dix, long-time revolutionary leader and follower of Bob Avakian*
– Dr. Phil Rice, Chair, Emergency Medicine, Mass. General Brigham Salem Hospital (by Zoom)
– Reports from the Field from medical professionals and community and social justice advocates fighting for COVID vaccinations
– Followed by audience Q&A
NOTE: Proof of vaccination will be required to attend inside the bookstore. Outdoor seating will also be available (program will be shown on large outside screen)
Covid-19 is a massive-global public health crisis. Some 4.5 million people worldwide have died from the virus. In the U.S., 600,000 have died from it–and the new Delta variant is driving a new wave of hospitalizations and death. The toll of suffering has been disproportionately higher in communities of color.
“There is no good reason NOT to get these vaccines—and refusing to do so not only puts those refusing at risk of serious illness and possibly death, but also exposes others to the same risks.” — Bob Avakian*
Safe, well-tested, and effective vaccines are available. But almost half of the U.S. population has NOT been vaccinated. Too many people are buying into anti-scientific conspiracy theories and “me-first” individualism (“it should be my choice whether to get or not get the vaccine”). Think about the insanity of many Black people and other progressive people aligning with genocidal racists/fascists in opposing vaccination efforts — aligning with Trump-ites who are quite happy to see people of color perish from COVID.
Wednesday’s program will address scientifically:
…why the vaccine is not a government plot to control or surveil people or a modern-day genocidal Tuskegee experiment
…why it IS a public health necessity
…what underlies the intense conflict at all levels of society, with some in power advocating for vaccination and the fascists violently opposing it.
“It is true that, because their system is based on exploiting and oppressing people, the governments of capitalist countries want and need to control the people. But, first of all, these governments do not need something like vaccines to do this—they already have many means of doing so… [And] the role of capitalist governments is not simply to control people, but more fundamentally it is to ensure the firm foundation and stability of capitalist rule and the more or less orderly functioning of this system, particularly in the ‘home’ countries (such as the U.S., Germany, Russia, Japan, China, etc.) where the major economic and political institutions of the different capitalist-imperialist powers are ‘anchored’…” — Bob Avakian
“[T]he fascists are determined to sabotage and undermine the ability of Biden and the Democrats to govern effectively—this is more important to the fascists than dealing with the COVID pandemic and achieving some kind of relative ‘stability’ and ‘normal functioning’ of the economy and the society overall.” — Bob Avakian
The program will challenge people to stop thinking only of themselves… (“Well, I haven’t gotten COVID,” or “I had COVID and got over it” or “I have antibodies and don’t need the vaccine”) …and start thinking about humanity.
We will address: How would the revolution and a new liberatory socialist society be able to address such a crisis in a profoundly different way, putting humanity first?
“The way forward—the only way forward—out of this madness is revolution: a real revolution to overthrow this monstrous system of capitalism-imperialism, and bring something much better into being. It is this, ever more urgently needed, revolution that all those who hunger for a world without all the unnecessary suffering to which the masses of humanity are subjected under the domination of this system must work for tirelessly, on a consistently scientific basis—seizing on this rare situation where such a revolution becomes possible, even in a powerful country like this.” –Bob Avakian
Come and get into it. The health of humanity hangs in the balance.
*Bob Avakian is the architect of a whole new framework for human emancipation. He is the leader of the revolution. Read more.Buy tickets/get more info now