Revolution in the Air: A Book Talk and Discussion
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April 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a book talk with author Max Elbaum on the re-release of his book, Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che. Max will joined for a discussion by leaders and scholars Willie Baptist and Darryl “Waistline” Mitchell.
The first in-depth study of the long march of the US New Left after 1968, Revolution in the Air tells the story of the “new communist movement,” which in the 1970s and ’80s was the most dynamic and racially-integrated trend on the U.S. left. Thousands of its young activists, looking to the ideas of Lenin, Mao, Che, and Amilcar Cabral for inspiration, foregrounded internationalism and anti-racism and rooted themselves in workplaces and working-class communities.
Despite its early promise, by the end of 1980s the new communist movement had spent its force. Yet numerous lessons, both positive and negative, can be drawn from its rich experience. Taking issue with the idea of a division between an early “good sixties” and a later, overly Marxist, “bad sixties,” Revolution in the Air is especially valuable in reclaiming those lessons for today’s new generation of activists who are searching for a 21stcentury path to revolutionary change.
Max ElbaumMax Elbaum has been involved in peace, anti-racist and radical movements since joining Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1960s. Through the 1970s and 1980s he was active in then-widespread efforts to build a new U.S. revolutionary party as a leader of one of the … Read More ›
Willie BaptistWillie Baptist is a formerly homeless father of three who came out of the Watts uprisings and the Black Student Movement. He has 50 years of experience educating and organizing amongst the poor and dispossessed including working as a lead organizer with the United Steelworkers, as an educator and organizer with … Read More ›
Darryl "Waistline" MitchellDarryl "Waistline" Mitchell is a founding member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, a former union rep of the UAW, and a founding member of the Communist Labor Party. He is the author of the pamphlet "Detroit: A History of Struggle, A Vision of the Future" (2010), and the … Read More ›