Wednesday: Aaron Leonard Presents "Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists"

Dec. 9

Formed in 1968, The Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party, the biggest Maoist group to emerge in the United States, immediately were investigated heavily by the FBI and infiltrated in all the ways that were common then under COINTELPRO and are now quite predictable or expected, though no less devastating and horrifying: apartments and phones were bugged and wiretapped, offices were raided to obtain membership lists and information, supposed "journalists" were in fact informants, and much more. All of that, along with the complex history of the group, which broke into factions following Mao's death, is covered in Aaron J. Leonard and Conor A. Gallagher's book "Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists," published by Zero Books, one of the most consistently challenging publishers around right now (earlier this year, it published "Resilience & Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism" which is so great, go read that). Join Leonard at Red Emma's where he will discuss the book and history of The Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party. 7:30 p.m., Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., (443) 602-7585, redemmas.org, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

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