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. The Revolutionary Communist Party endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
In July 2017, the Revolutionary Communist Party released a statement claiming responsibility for the creation of Refuse Fascism, arguing that capitalism is the same system as fascism and that the election of President Trump will lead the government to “bludgeon and eliminate whole groups of people.” The RCP is one of the main supporters of Refuse Fascism today, committing to contribute as many resources as possible to the organization.
Sunsara Taylor and Carl Dix are co-founders of Refuse Fascism, both radical left-wing activists associated with the RCP. Taylor is an avid supporter of the RCP platform advanced by party president Bob Avakian, which preaches the achievement of communist ideals through outright revolution.
Taylor is on the advisory board of World Can’t Wait, another communist organization aimed at exposing the “crimes” of the United States government which was originally initiated to drive President George W. Bush from office. Taylor is an outspoken pro-abortion advocate, leading the 2013 Abortion Rights Freedom Ride in order to claim the moral high ground for the pro-abortion movement.
Carl Dix is a founding member of the RCP who advocates for a full communist revolution in the United States.
2020 Leftwing riots
- See also: 2020 Leftwing riots
The Revolutionary Communist Party used the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police to call for “a movement for an actual revolution.” They issued communique #6 titled, “Police murder after murder after murder… To YOU who are sick and tired of the madness, and ready to be part of a movement for an ACTUAL REVOLUTION”:
“If you’re sick of watching video after video of these murders by police … you need to … join with a movement for an actual revolution, to prepare for a time when it will be possible to lead millions to bring this system down, and replace it with a new society based on the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America.”
“I don’t know if we took the meeting today. We were meeting with his main advisor on impeachment...Tom Steyer’s been retweeting some of our stuff."
Zee said the group was hoping to raise $2M to $5M to organize massive protests in major cities against President Trump. “You’re actually going to sustain millions of people, hundreds of thousands on the streets in certain cities,” Zee explained.
1992 Rodney King riots
On April 29, 1992 members of the Revolutionary Communist Party looted and trashed the downtown and government districts of Los Angeles, triggering the infamous Rodney King riots. The RCP is known as the premier Maoist party in the United States. During the days immediately preceding the violence, RCP, which maintained close ties to the L.A. gangs known as the Crips and the Bloods, circulated throughout South Central Los Angeles a leaflet featuring a statement by RCP National Spokesman Carl Dix, titled It's Right To Rebel, a quote popularized by Mao Zedong. Encouraged by Dix, RCP activists helped lead the riots that would leave 58 people dead and more than 2,300 people injured.
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- “Why We Have Taken Up the Fight to Build Refuse Fascism and to Drive Out the Trump/Pence Fascist Regime.” REVOLUTION. Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, July 24, 2017.
- “Who Is Sunsara Taylor?” Perma. Stop Patriarchy.
- [https://revcom.us/a/carldix/cd2.htm. ^“What Carl Dix Stands For.” REVOLUTION. Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.
- Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). Retrieved from dicoverthenetworks.org, March 8, 2010. In 1962 a group of Maoist radicals split with the Soviet sponsored CPUSA and formed the Progressive Labor Movement (PLM). By 1966, the PLM renamed itself the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) and joined forces with the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). PLP tried unsuccessfully to take over SDS's National Office, thereby pushing SDS even further to the left toward hard-line Maoism. Opposition to PLP tactics led to the formation of another Maoist faction, the Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM). The RYM eventually split into two factions, one the notorious terrorist group Weatherman; the other spawning a 1969 splinter group called the Bay Area Revolutionary Union (RU), co-founded by H. Bruce Franklin, Robert Avakian, and Charles Hamilton, which became the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) in 1974.
- 12 Years After the Riots, Rodney King Gets Along, J. Emilio Flores, The New York Times, September 19, 2004.