Revolutionary Communist Party
The Revolutionary Communist Party led by Bob Avakian is a Maoist political party in the United States. It was formed in 1976 from the Revolutionary Union which was one of several factions that emerged from the New Left when Students for a Democratic Society fractured in 1969. The RCP is known for loud, obnoxious protests in which they try to incite riots. Bob Avakian has been living in exile in France since 1980. The RCP's newspaper was originally called the Revolutionary Worker but they recently shortened the name to Revolution, coinciding with an attempt by the RCP to superficially overhaul their image. The RCP does not run candidates in any election and opposes voting. They believe that only guerilla warfare and armed revolution can overthrow capitalism.