Thursday, November 03, 2005



Editor's Note: The below op-ed piece was a late submission to the Final Call newspaper, and was not printed.

With all that's going down today, massive resistance is indeed urgently needed. George Bush and co. are inflicting untold horrors on the country and the world. And they have plans to enforce even more horrendous things if they're not stopped. Stopping them needs to begin immediately, and there's a call for the kind of resistance that's needed. There's call to mobilize massive resistance to everything the Bush regime represents on November 2nd. On that day, in cities across the country, people will take to the streets in determined action to drive the Bush regime from office.

There are many, many reasons why this is what urgently needs to be done today. Already the US is waging an illegitimate and immoral war and occupation in Iraq, and they're threatening war against Syria and Iran. The Bush regime has decreed that it has the authority to detain without charges or the possibility of review by any court anyone they deem a threat as an enemy combatant. They have also legitimized torture. And much more.

What happened in New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina underscores the horrors the Bush agenda have in store for Black people. 10,000's of people, most of them Black were left in the path of the hurricane without emergency evacuation. After it hit, they were left for days without food, water or message, and the authorities made no attempts to rescue them. Kanye West said that this showed Bush doesn't care about Black people. This is true, and it's even worse than that. Bus drivers from Houston organized a convoy of several hundred buses and came to New Orleans to bring food and water to people and take 1000's of them to safety. But they were stopped and sent back to Houston without being allowed to rescue anyone. Health professionals who volunteered to treat people were blocked from doing so. Companies that donated emergency supplies for people weren't allowed to
bring them in. And when the people of New Orleans organized themselves to get the emergency supplies they needed to save their own and others' lives, Bush called them "criminals" and "looters."

And I'm not hyping this one bit. Look at what Bush & co had to say about the situation in New Orleans. Bush told Michael Brown, the crony he appointed to head up Federal Emergency Management Agency, "Brownie, you're doing a hell of a job" while untold numbers of people were dying and suffering needlessly. Republican Congressman James Baker of Louisiana said: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did" The general in charge of the troops who came into New Orleans right after the hurricane when 1000's of lives were at risk from flooding and lack of food and water said: "This place is going to look like Little Somalia. We're going to go out and take this city back. this will be a combat operation to get this city under control." Bush's own mother had this to say about the horrendous conditions the survivors of Katrina faced in the Houston
Astrodome: "So many of the people in the arena here were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them." The genocidal implications of all this should be clear.

The events in New Orleans represent a murderous coming together of the oppression this system has forced Black people to endure since the 1st African was dragged to these shores in slavery's chains and the concentration and of that oppression that the Bush regime represents. Clinton contributed to the misery people faced in New Orleans thru his role in ending welfare as we know it. But it is real that Bush's agenda represented an intensification of all this. And his regime is moving to intensify it even further. Jeb Bush, governor of Florida and George's brother, has just received federal authorization to impose an annual cap on Medicaid payments. This means that more poor people will die from lack of access to medical treatment. We can't go thru 3 more years of this. New Orleans can't wait. Iraq can't wait. The World Can't Wait!

All this is why people need to join the mobilization on November 2nd. Our actions on that day must make it the beginning of the end for the Bush regime. Doing anything good for the people requires that Bush & co. be repudiated and driven from office. To get more information on the November 2nd mobilization, go to, or call (347) 693-3319.

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Carl Dix is the initiator of the statement--New Orleans - A Time To Resist. He is also a co-founder of the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation and the national spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

October 22, 2005 Message: 10th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality

Photo by October 22, 2005 National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality March in New York City

Editor's Note: This statement from Carl Dix, national spokesperson of the Revolutionary Communist Party; a co-founder of the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, and member of its national executive committee, was read at the New York City rally on October 22, 2005.
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First, I want to send Revolutionary greetings to everybody taking to the streets today on October 22, 2005, the 10th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. Can't be physically with you today because I'm involved in a hearing being held to determine whether Bush & Co. are guilty of crimes against humanity for their actions and inactions re Katrina. [Editor's Note: This is in reference to the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, which met at its first session from October 21st through 22nd. For information, go to]But rest assured, I'm with you in spirit.

In its nine years, our coalition has hammered home the fact that we're dealing with a nationwide epidemic of police brutality and police murder. In fact, we have documented this in the book, Stolen Lives. Our coalition has provided the victims of police brutality and police murder and their families a platform from which to speak the truth about how their lives have been devastated. And our work has helped bring forward allies from many different sections of society to stand together with those who live their lives under the guns and billy clubs of brutal murdering pigs.

This wasn't easy to do -- when our coalition was formed it had to contend with those who said you couldn't fight Police Brutality on a nationwide level. More recently we've had to go up against an atmosphere where the authorities have, in the name of their War On Terrorism, unleashed an all encompassing repressive clamp down. And a situation where even criticizing the actions of the police has become taboo.

Well that's a taboo that the October 22nd Coalition has never bowed down to, and must continue not bowing down to. The events in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane show how timely our coalition's themes remain. Police Brutality -- Again we saw it live and on video tape when the cops beat a 64 year old Black teacher in New Orleans. We've seen the militarization of the police big time as the cops there collaborate with an all out military occupation of the city. Criminalization--You had every level of government joining in the demonization of Black people who heroically took it upon themselves to get the emergency supplies -- food, water and medicine -- they and others needed to survive. Emergency supplies that the authorities refused to provide and even tried to stop others from providing.

It is more important than ever that the fight to stop police brutality, repression and the criminalization continues and even gets stepped up. The agenda of Bush & Co. -- an agenda that has at its heart a drive to impose a Christian fascist theocracy, where the bible as interpreted by assholes like Pat Robertson becomes the law of the land -- involves a whole lot of brutality, repression and criminalization. This must be fought. They aim to, and have gone a long way towards, putting in place so many foul things that people will never be able to reverse what they've imposed. We can't let that happen.

I want to bring to everyone's attention a CALL aimed at doing just that -- the call FOR a massive mobilization on November 2nd -- The World Can't Wait -- Drive Out the Bush Regime! This day must mark the beginning of the end for the Bush regime. And everybody who hates the war on and Occupation of Iraq, who hates the USA PATRIOT Act and sees the many other foul things Bush & Co. have inflicted on the people here and around the world needs to be out in the streets on November 2nd. As a revolutionary communist, I am working to mobilize people to be out on the streets on November 2nd working to drive out the Bush regime as part of building toward being in position to seize any chance that arises to go on to rise up and make revolution and end once and for all the rotten capitalist system that is responsible for police brutality and all the other foul things that people are forced to endure here and around the world.

In closing, let me say again that the work out coalition has done -- in making October 22nd the day to take to the streets, to organize in our communities, schools and work places, to hold teach ins and cultural events--all aimed at building resistance to police brutality -- is very important. It saves lives today, and it can be part of the work that needs to be done to put the people in a position to seize a bright future out of the madness of today.

Stop police brutality, repression and the criminalization of a generation!
The capitalist system is the problem, and revolution is the solution!

[For more information on the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Police Brutality and the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, go to, and to]

Sunday, October 02, 2005

As a matter of record...

Akil Bomani was, for a certain period time, part of the Revolutionary Commust Tour as a member of the Chicago Revolutionary Writer's and Artists Collective. However, after a certain point it became clear that Akil Bomani actually has very significant disagreements with the viewpoint and aims of the Tour and of the RCP, and since early October 2005, he has no longer been a part of the Tour and has had no political association with the Tour or with the RCP or Revolution newspaper, nor does the Tour or the RCP have anything to do with any artistic or other endeavors Akil Bomani may have undertaken.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Letter from Carl Dix: Support Carl Dix and Clyde Young's Trip to Gulf Coast Area

September 14, 2005

Dear friend,

I have embarked on a very important trip, along with Clyde Young – another of the comrades in the "Revolutionary Communist 4 Speaking Tour" currently underway. Clyde and I are going to the Gulf Coast areas of Louisiana and Texas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The situation there continues to be very critical. New Orleans and other areas are under military occupation – nothing can be done without the okay of the military or the police. People are being stopped from providing desperately needed food, water and other forms of relief if they don't have approval from the authorities. And the authorities and their mouthpieces in media continue to
demonize people as "looters" and "thugs" when they take things into their own hands to get what they and others need to survive.

Clyde and I will take the message of the statement: "New Orleans: A Call To Resist!" to the people who were and are in the eye of the storm--that it was the Bush regime's criminal actions (and inaction) that is responsible for the death and suffering people have endured in the wake of Katrina. As the statement says, “New Orleans is an extreme example of what the Bush regime has meant for Black people in this country. This can't be tolerated any longer.”

"New Orleans: A Call to Resist!" calls out the government for its more-repression-less-relief actions. It demands that the government not only meet the needs of all those displaced, but also calls upon the government to cease its criminalization, arrests and roundups of survivors seeking relief and sustenance in New Orleans and other devastated areas. The statement also calls for political action to "drive out the illegitimate Bush regime."

While we're down there, we will link up with the people who bore the brunt of the storm and are still bearing the brunt of the authorities' attacks. We will find out what's really going down on the ground. We aim to help break through the media whitewash of the situation and spread the stories of the heroic efforts people have made to meet their own and others' needs. And we will join with people in building resistance to the many ways the authorities are continuing to put people in harm's way. This kind of resistance will dramatically change the situation.

For this trip to be a success, I need your involvement and assistance. First off, it would be great if any of the signers or supporters of the statement could join us down on the Gulf. (Please contact us by email at If you can't make the trip down there, you can still help. We need people to contribute money to offset the cost of this trip. (Airfare alone will cost $2,000. On top of that, it will cost hundreds more for living expenses, traveling around the area, producing materials, etc.) We also need you to continue and escalate spreading the statement to others and encouraging them to get involved in this effort. The hearts of millions go out to the people who were trapped in New Orleans and other devastated areas. People hate the way many thousands were put in harm's way and then demonized by the Bush regime. Our statement provides an avenue for people to express their concern and join the fight for what the survivors need to survive. Our demands speak to the actual situation people have been forced into, and what’s needed to help ensure their survival. Our call for resistance is right on time. It is turning out that it takes a fight even to get food, water and other necessities to people who desperately need them.

I want to be in touch with as many of you as possible while we're down on the coast. Feel free to give me a call to talk about how things are going, what we're finding out and what kind of mass resistance we're involving in unleashing. Keep me up on what you have been able to do with the statement, what kinds of people you're getting it to, what they think about it, and what media you've been able to get to cover this effort. What are your ideas on how to take this effort to a much higher level?

This battle has just begun, and we need all that everyone can do to make our efforts a success. You can get copies of the statement and the cover letter by writing us via e mail at: You can also write to us at P.O. Box 941 Knickerbocker Station, New York, NY 10002.

If you want to support the trip Carl Dix and Clyde Young are making to the Gulf Coast you need to contact us by email at

Friday, September 09, 2005


Note: "New Orleans: A Call to Resist!" was initiated by Carl Dix. For a complete list of signatories, please write to < >.

New Orleans: A Time to Resist! P.O. Box 941 Knickerbocker Station, New York NY 10002
Telephone: 866-482-2539 * Email:

September 9, 2005

Dear Friend,

We are writing to ask you to add your name to the signatories of the statement below and circulate it to others and encourage them to sign and circulate it.

The actions and inactions of the Bush regime have been criminal. They are responsible for the many lives that have been lost and the suffering that 100,000's of people have been subjected to in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. To add insult to injury, the very officials whose actions put peoples' lives at risk
demonized people as "looters" and "thugs" when they took it upon themselves to get the food, water and medicine they needed to survive. People are rightly angry at all this.

Think of the difference it will make if thousands of people who have histories of fighting against the oppression of Black people and other injustices people have been forced to endure here in the US and around the world join together to condemn the criminal actions of Bush & Co. And if they're joined by many other people who burn with hatred at the actions of the Bush regime.

So sign this statement. And get it to others and encourage them to sign it, circulate it more broadly and promote it in any and every way they can. Many, many people in the devastated areas are still at risk. One of the things they need is broad condemnation and massive resistance to the crimes of Bush & Co.


Carl Dix, National Spokesperson, Revolutionary Communist Party
New York, New York

Nicholas Heyward Sr., Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. Foundation
Father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr. -- killed by NYPD, September 1994
Brooklyn, New York

Yuri Kochiyama, Long Time Political and Social Activist
Oakland, California

Rev. Lawrence Lucas, Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church*
New York, New York

Efia Nwangaza, Nat'l Co-Chairperson of the Jericho Movement to Free U.S. Political Prisoners
Greenville, South Carolina

Juanita Young, October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality (New York Committee)*
Mother of Malcolm Ferguson -- killed by NYPD, March 2000
Bronx, New York

* for identification purposes only.

The actions of the Bush regime in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast amount to mass murder, whether by incompetence or design. This is an urgent situation, calling out for urgent action.

We remind all people that this regime illegitimately came to power in the first place through the disfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of Black voters. We remind all people that this regime contains highly placed officials and
influential supporters with histories and viewpoints that are not only racist, but in some cases downright genocidal.

What happened in New Orleans indeed calls into question the whole history and nature of America and the national debate on this needs to rage. At the same time, New Orleans is also an extreme example of what the Bush regime in particular has meant for the masses of Black people in this country. None of this can be tolerated any longer. There can not be three more years of what happened in New Orleans.
There cannot be one more day. WE CANNOT WAIT!

The initiative of ordinary people in rescuing and supporting people at risk has been heroic. The outpouring of support from all walks of life shows where people?s hearts are. But we also need, very badly, RESISTANCE.

Therefore, we call on people to mount a massive movement to politically drive out the illegitimate Bush regime. We call on people everywhere to bring this demand out wherever you go, to build and support all actions aiming to do this, and in this way to not only defend the people from even worse horrors but to begin to build a movement that can change the course of history.

At the same time, we call on all people to support and mount actions around the following demands on the government in the current crisis:
1) Intensify the rescue operations. Stop the repression of those volunteers who are attempting to rescue people.
2) Immediate and safe evacuation for all who want it. Provide support for all those wishing to remain in New Orleans. Stop the forced dispersal of people from the New Orleans area and provide assistance to people who wish to return.
3) Stop the killing and shooting of people attempting to meet their basic needs. Stop the demonization of Black people as "looters." Stop the aggressive actions of the National Guard and Police. NOW. And an immediate apology from Bush for
his "zero tolerance for 'looters'" remark which lent force to all this repression.
4) Stop the censorship of the people of the affected areas. Bring out the full truth of what is happening, what did happen and how this came to be. And hold those responsible for this criminally accountable.
5) Immediately end the racist slander coming out from politicians and the media.


____ Add my name to "New Orleans: A Time to Resist!"

____ Contact me immediately, I can help get this initiative out there.

Name ______________________________ Address ____________________________
City ________________________________ State _______________
Zip ____________
Email _______________________________ Phone/Fax __________________________

New Orleans: A Time to Resist! P.O. Box 941 Knickerbocker Station, New York NY 10002
Telephone: 866-482-2539 * Email:

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The initial signers of this statement are:
Carl Dix, Nat'l Spokesperson,Revolutionary Communist Party; Robin D.G. Kelley, Columbia University; Yuri Kochiyama, long-time political activist; Rev. Dr. Earl Kooperkamp, Pastor, St. Mary's Episcopal Church; Father Lawrence Lucas, Our Lady of Lourdes Church*; Efia Nwangaza, Nat'l Co-Chairperson of the Jericho Movement to Free U.S. Political Prisoners; Rev. George W. Webber, Professor Emeritus, New York
Theological Seminary*, Cornel West, Princeton University; Juanita Young, mother of Malcolm Ferguson, killed by NYPD; Nicholas Heyward Sr, father of Nicholas Heyward Jr, killed by NYPD; Rev. Luis Barrios, St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

From Slave Ships to the Superdome in New Orleans

Revolution #13, September 4, 2005, posted at

New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. People trapped amidst squalor and chaos in the official shelters. People facing death from starvation and disease on the streets.

Most of the people trapped in the misery and chaos of post-Katrina New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast were Black. When people took what they needed to survive, they were condemned as animals and dangerous criminal gangs by the authorities. What were they supposed to do -- just die quietly?

This is what the authorities must have thought. In a hundred thousand ways Katrina laid bare the unequal and oppressive relations Black people are forced to endure under this system.

Why are the two major oil pipelines running out of the New Orleans Gulf area called the Plantation line and the Colonial line? This underscores the reality confronting Black people in this country. Black people remain concentrated on the bottom rungs of this society. This is the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow segregation and continuing oppression of Black people as a people. The sight of thousands of Black people packed into sports arenas brought back haunting visions of the holds of the slave ships which forcibly dragged millions of Africans to the shores of the New World in chains.

But the masses weren't going out like that. They defiantly went into the streets to see to their survival. Some organized efforts to meet not just their own needs but the needs of groups of people trapped in the mass shelters like the New Orleans Convention Center.

The New York Times reported that: "On Friday morning, some young men broke into the kitchen of the Marriott Hotel, across the street from the center, fixed a gigantic batch of scrambled eggs, grits and bacon and served it to storm victims." A retired teacher at the Convention Center praised these youth as "Robin Hoods" -- bringing food to the people.

It is especially outrageous to watch federal and state officials threaten people who were put in this desperate situation by government inaction with imprisonment and even death. The Governor of Louisiana said, "I have one message for these hoodlums. These troops (being sent into New Orleans) know how to shoot and kill, and they are more than willing to do so if necessary." The Mississippi State Police Chief promised to deal ruthlessly with any looters. This is Mississippi, where the police used to arrest people and hold them for the KKK to lynch—where sheriffs and judges and preachers would often join lynch mobs in carrying out murderous deeds. And this is New Orleans, where a person's racial ancestry was calculated down to great-great-great grandparents. Being found to be even 1/32nd Black would subject someone to a life as a second class citizen.

George Bush said there should be zero tolerance for any lawbreaking. What about zero tolerance for a system that has not and cannot end the oppression of Black people? Or a system that now threatens people facing starvation and disease with official violence for trying to feed themselves and others? These rulers have shown what they and their system are capable of in how they dealt with this hurricane. As long as power is left in the hands of these capitalist exploiters, we’ll continue to see the kind of suffering seen in New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta area in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

It's Way Past Time To Throw Off the Chains of Oppression and Get With the Emancipators of Humanity!

Monday, August 01, 2005

On the RC4 Tour: An Interview with Carl Dix by Michael Slate, KPFK-FM

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Beneath the Surface, KPFK, July 19, with Michael Slate

Michael: You know that there's a lot of people, especially when you're going out among a lot of Black people, and a lot of Black people one way or another, they're going to be saying things like, 'You know what? "We’ve got to take care of Black people first."' There's Black nationalism. There’s a basis for it, and people arguing that. How do you answer this? It's a leap to go from fighting against the oppression of Black people to fighting for the emancipation of all humanity. It's much easier to get people when police brutality comes down and people will stand up and fight against that. Then when you start talking to them about, 'Look, we're talking about going up against the whole thing,' then that’s a whole other leap that's required.

Carl: We say two things to that. The first thing we say and the basis for getting into that, is, 'Look, what's the fundamental problem in this society? Where does everything else flow from?' That fundamental problem is the fact that millions of people all around the world gotta work together, labor in common to produce everything that society needs. In fact, they can produce enough so that everybody in the whole could have enough food, clothing, shelter, medicine, everything they need for a decent way of life. But what stands in the way of that is that there's a handful of capitalists who own and control the means to produce wealth when the overwhelming majority of people around the world work together to produce this stuff, it belongs to these capitalists.

They use that power to determine the way the whole world runs. And that's where everything flows from. Even the oppression of Black people fits into that in terms of, it's a way in which the imperialists, the capitalists get extra profits from the super-exploitation of Black people and they brutally suppress them to maintain those profits coming in. So we're going to situate that oppression of Black people in the context of the fundamental problem of capitalism and say that what needs to happen is, we need a movement that can aim to get rid of that fundamental problem, that can take care of the source of this problem, and that that's what we need to do. On that basis, we're challenging people to become emancipators of humanity.

Then what we say to people who want to come at it like, 'Well, look, I can see the need to fight to get my people out of this,' we say, well, look, what's the way to do that? How can that happen? We think that we need to unite everybody and bring forward and emancipation movement that is aiming to emancipate all of humanity. If all you're looking at doing is liberating your people, you've still got to say how's that going to come about? Is it going to come about by in some way trying to patch up this system, and get your piece of it, or trying to set up another system which would fundamentally work like this? Or does that exploitation and oppression that's characteristic of capitalism need to be done away with?

So that's how we would come at that, and we would engage in a lot of debate and discussion around it and we've been doing that through the course of this tour because. While it's going to take a big leap when we actually have the event this Saturday, we've already begun that conversation and that discussion. We've been meeting with people. We met with a couple of dozen people just a day or two ago and we had a lot of this debate. We've been meeting with people in different cities across the country, and there are even people who are coming at it from the thing of, 'I want to liberate my people,' but are seeing that the kind of struggle and debate, the kind of questions that are going to be gone into and struggled around, and the challenge that’s going to go out to the masses to get up out of stuff like being all about bling-bling and 'gettin' rich or die trying,' or representing 'your hood,' in struggle against another hood that's made up of oppressed people just like you who've got everything in common, whether that's a rival gang set or whether that's conflict between Blacks and Latinos, getting out of the stranglehold that religion has on too many oppressed people. That kind of struggle and challenge to break out of that would be a positive thing that they want to see even though they don't embrace the entire revolutionary communist message we bring down.

Note: For more information about the RC4 Tour, please write to

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Report from the LA Stop of the RC4 Tour

The following report on the first stop of the RC4 Tour is from the Los Angeles Writers Collective via the Revolution newspaper:

A brief look into the first stop of the RC4 tour:

Los Angeles Saturday, July 23rd -- The RC4 tour hit the ground running this week in Los Angeles.

Stirring controversy wherever they spoke -- on the airwaves, in house meetings, and at a full panel discussion at Cal State Dominguez Hills -- the RC4 kicked off their visit here, bringing straight to the people the compelling vision of the communist revolution developed by Bob Avakian.

The RC4 made a deep case as to why people have no interests in protecting or putting up with this rotten system. And they challenged people to take up the fight for the emancipation of all of humanity through communist revolution.

They spoke to the need --and the real possibility -- for the masses of people in the ghettos and barrios, the factories and neighborhoods -- the masses of oppressed and proletarian people -- to rise to the challenge of leading millions and millions of people in this country to break the chains that are literally choking this planet and keeping people all over the world trapped in a horrible life.

In a word they challenged all who heard them to become the emancipators of humanity. And they struggled hard -- and with a lot of love -- for people to cast aside the mental chains that hold them back from fulfilling this great need.


At the Cal State panel, Akil Bomani spoke passionately and powerfully about how he gave up religion to take up communism after reading Bob Avakian's Preaching From a Pulpit of Bones that contrasted Biblical morality and communist morality: "I was introduced to the revolutionary vision of communism, and this all sparked my criticism of the world and the way out of all of this madness.

"It was when I myself took to doing something that the Bible and Christianity explicitly forbids -- that is questioning reality and asking why and how -- it was then that I was able to take a critical look at the world, at this system and at the immense and unspeakable anguish it has caused billions to this day.

"I was able to take a critical look at the prospects of actually overthrowing this system and end all the forms of exploitation and oppression attached to this system, forms of exploitation and oppression that the Bible does not denounce but upholds in many ways. I was able to take a critical look at how that could actually be done and at the writings of Bob Avakian."


The RC4 confronted the nationalism and identity politics that are so prevalent among the masses -- and struggled with people to look at things from the point of view of how we're going to free all of humanity -- a communist viewpoint -- and not from the viewpoint of freeing "my nation, my people" -- and ultimately the "me first" mentality.

Revolutionary leadership and what qualifies someone to be a leader was a hot question. Some people made the argument that they don't want to follow a "white man." Carl Dix said that the caliber of a leader should be judged by the content of what they are bringing forward, not by their nationality. If people were locked in a horrible prison for life and someone came along who knew the way out, would the prisoners say, well I don't want to know how to get out of here because you are the wrong nationality!

"Look, here's the deal. There is a leader who has come forward, who is pointing to the way out of this, who is pointing to a future that we can get to, and is showing us the way to get there.

"The challenge for people is to look at the content of what the leader is bringing forward. That's what we gotta grab hold of. Because if you want to get out of all this mess the criteria for leadership is not, what nationality is the leader, what race, or what gender. But instead, what is the content of the vision that leader is putting forward, and, what is the program they're putting forward to realize that?

"You see, that is the challenge. We are not saying, 'follow Bob Avakian blindly' or 'follow the RCP blindly.' We're saying, grapple with the content of the vision of the future society being brought forward. And grapple with the program that's being brought forward to realize this."

Clyde Young came at this same question from a another angle. He said when a leader of the caliber of Bob Avakian comes forward, that is something to celebrate. He said that Bob Avakian is the flower and fruit of the struggle of the masses during the 1960s, but he's much more than that. Bob Avakian is someone who has gone on to develop the revolutionary science of communism -- critically building on the achievements of the past, re-envisioning socialist society under the dictatorship of the proletariat, and taking up problems of how to build a revolutionary movement of millions and millions of people that can actually transform dreams into reality.
"Leaders like Bob Avakian are very rare and special leaders. When an outstanding leader comes forward like this I think it is very important for people to recognize that leader and to learn as much as they can from that leader, to promote that leader, and to defend that leader?

"Some people have said to us: 'This is just going to mean we just have to go along with everything he says and it leaves no room for us to contribute and for us to be part of the revolutionary struggle and to bring our ideas, and creativity to the table.'

"But I think that it is important to recognize that when revolutionary leaders like this come forward -- it opens up the possibility for the masses of people's creativity and the masses of people themselves to come forward and contribute on a whole other level, in a whole other way than they can under this system.

"That is, unity between people coming forward and learning from leaders, but at the same time contributing as much as they possibly can to the revolutionary struggle --contributing their understanding and contributing all they can to the revolutionary struggle as well -- there is that dialectic, back and forth?"

In short, Clyde made the point that when a leader like this emerges they are inextricably linked to the masses realizing their revolutionary potential -- and ultimately the people of the world realizing the potential of moving to a communist society.

Many questions popped from the audience: A Black youth wanted to know "What is the proletariat?" He also asked, "So how you gonna reach the majority of proletarians when most of them are all religious and it's clear to me that none of you guys are religious, so how are you gonna sway them to be communists?"

Another person focused on the question of the proletariat in power and wanted to know how the RCP would not allow "power to corrupt," but instead stay on the road to communism.

Later, someone else asked about the role of immigrants in the revolution given that many of them are undocumented.

Joe Veale told Revolution what this tour is aimed at trying to bring forward: "Look, the problem in the world is that there is all this wealth, all this technology that's controlled and dominated by a class of capitalists.

"All this technology and all this human wisdom could be used to benefit the masses here and all over the world.

"Everybody on this planet could have a decent life: no one has to go cold during the wintertime, no one has to go hungry, no one has to die for lack of water, everybody could read and write and be enriched in sports and culture.

"And the only thing standing in the way of that are these capitalists who rip off all this wealth, and use it to enrich this system.

"We need a revolutionary communist movement that is in the struggle and knows that this is the problem -- we need millions and millions of people who realize that if the masses could take power and come together to share in all of this wealth and knowledge in a collective way -- this represents the solution and the way out. So this is a part of what this tour is about: to begin to build the kind of revolutionary communist consciousness out here now that can prepare to lead the masses to change the world."



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Friday, July 15, 2005

LAPD Murderers Strike Again! They Had To Kill The Baby To Save The Baby!

Photo: Raul Pena and his daughter, Suzie Lopez

A baby? Yes, a baby! On Sunday, July 10th, an LAPD SWAT team ended what they called a hostage situation by storming an office in a car dealership and firing dozens of shots into a small room. When the smoke from the more than 60 shots had cleared, Raul Pena and Susie Lopez, his 17 month old daughter, lay dead, both shot
multiple times by police bullets.
The authorities were quick to blame Pena for everything that happened on that day. First they claimed that maybe Pena had shot Susie. Then after the coroner's examination proved that police bullets had killed Susie, pig chief Bratton insisted police had no choice but to storm the building to 'try to save Susie's life' and that his cops had every right to defend themselves when Pena fired on them. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called on the public to await the outcome of the police investigation. He also said: "...we do know this: There was a man with a firearm shooting at the public, shooting at officers." In other words, the people should cool out while the authorities try to cover up their horrendous crime, but
he's not going to wait for the outcome of any investigation before he blames the man the police killed for his own and his daughter's deaths.
We don't need to wait for their investigation/whitewash. What happened is clear. The cops showed a callous disregard for the lives of both Susie and Raul. In the middle of the afternoon the police received a report that a man was firing random shots. When they came into the area they encountered Raul with Susie in his
arms. Shots were exchanged and Raul went back into the office of his auto dealership. Several of Raul's family members begged police to let them go in and talk to Raul because they felt they could talk him into surrendering, but the police refused. 80-100 cops came into the area and laid siege to the place. Raul was on
the phone with family members and people in the neighborhood during the three hour siege. He was also negotiating with the cops by phone.
Two hours into the standoff, a police sniper spotted Raul at a window of the office and fired at him. Raul didn't shoot back, and the cops thought he was wounded and maybe disabled. This is when they decide to storm the building.
The cops say Raul fired at them as they rushed his office and wounded one of them. They stormed in with their guns blazing, firing more than 60 shots into the tiny office. Susie and Raul were both killed by police bullets.
Police chief Bratton and mayor Villaraigosa are doing a two-step dance in the wake of what we can only call cold blooded murder. Step one: blame Pena for everything that happened. Step 2: shed crocodile tears of sympathy for the family. Bratton has even said that some of the SWAT members wish they could trade places with
Bullshit! When they stormed the office on Sunday, the cops showed whose lives they cared about and whose they didn't. They said they were being fired at by Pena and had no choice but to defend themselves--by finishing him off. They fired 60 rounds into a tiny office they knew little Susie was in. Are these the actions
of people who were concerned about her well being? No, they are the actions of people who didn't give a damn about her!
In commenting on the police murder of Tyisha Miller, (Tyisha was a young Black woman who was shot 12 times in the back by 4 white cops as she lay passed out in a locked car in December of 1998. None of the cops were ever charged in her killing.) Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, said the

"If you can't handle this situation differently than this, then get the fuck out of the way. Not only out of the way of this situation but get off the earth-get out of the way of the masses of people. Because, you know, we could have handled that situation any number of ways that would have resulted in a much better outcome,
and frankly if we had state power and we were faced with a similar situation, we would sooner have one of our own people's police killed than go wantonly murder one of the masses. That's what you're supposed to do if you're actually trying to be a
servant of the people. You go there and you put your own life on the line, rather than just wantonly murder one of the people.

"Fuck all this "serve and protect" bullshit. If they were there to serve and protect, they would have found any way but the way they did it to handle this scene, they could have and would have found a solution that was much better than this. This is the way the proletariat, when it's been in power, has handled and would again handle this kind of thing-valuing the lives of the masses of people-as opposed to the bourgeoisie in power, where the role of their police is to terrorize the masses, including wantonly murdering them, without necessity, because exactly the more
arbitrary the terror is, the more broadly it affects the masses. And that's one of the reasons why they like to engage in-and have as one of their main functions to engage in-wanton and arbitrary terror against the masses of people."

This speaks volumes about the role of the cops in this capitalist system--front line enforcers for those who exploit and oppress the people. As do other events like the pig killing of Devon Wilson in LA and cops firing of more than 100 shots at Winston Hayes in Compton. This kind of brutality and even murder is built into
the very nature of this system. And cops are almost never punished when they abuse the people. The 100's of people who've taken to the streets in the wake of this foul murder and protested in other ways are doing the right thing. We have to fight for justice everytime the pigs brutalize and murder. To stop this and everything else foul this system perpetrates on people here and around the world, we have to go beyond resistance. Doing that is going to take masses of people rising up in revolution and going on to build a whole new society on the ashes of this messed up one.


Saturday, April 09, 2005

On the Wrong Side for Humanity--Again! Jesse Jackson and the Schiavo Case

From Revolutionary Worker #1274, April 10, 2005, posted at

"Antiabortion conservative Randall Terry emerged from a session with Jackson in tears, saying the former Democratic presidential candidate discussed Jesus Christ's resurrection with Terri Schiavo's parents before hitting the phones.

"'I just had one of the more profound moments in my life in that room,' said Terry, who has become a spokesman for the Schindler family and has long been known for confrontational tactics at abortion clinic protests. 'May God bless Jesse Jackson.' "

from the Boston Globe, March 30, 2005

Jesse Jackson swooped into Florida near the end of March to stand beside the parents of Terri Schiavo. He came because he said that keeping Terri alive was "one of the profound moral issues of our time." He also said this was a transcendent moment and an opportunity in which conservatives and liberals could find common ground.


And Jesse, I have to say that after this latest performance in Florida, the hours you would have to spend doing self-criticism for the crimes you have perpetrated on the masses just went into triple overtime!

And here is a newsflash: The people you are trying to find common ground with are none other than extreme right-wing fundamentalist forces who aim to do nothing less than impose a Dark Ages morality and world view on U.S.society. They didn't care about the medical facts of this case—that Terri Schiavo's brain was virtually liquid, or that she was incapable of thought or emotion and without hope of recovery. It didn't matter to them what Terri or her husband, Michael, wanted, or what most people in the country thought about this case. To them Terri Schiavo was just an opportunity to step up their drive to impose their brand of fundamentalist religion as the law of the land. One that they seized on big time.

There is no finding common ground with this.

Face it, Jesse, the only reason you were given the limelight in this case was to help disarm people to the reactionary thrust of the politics being advanced. Just like in the 1980s when you declared yourself a "general" in the system's war on drugs, which was really a war on the people.

Now your mission in this holy crusade seems to be to fly into the bible belt—which just also happens to be the lynching belt—and lull people to sleep about what the Christian fascists have in store for the people. And what morality is that? People deprived of scientific knowledge about how the world really is, people enslaved by ignorance and superstition, women abused by husbands and fathers who think they have a god-given right to dominate, women thinking that their value to society is to be making babies, more punishment, prisons and executions, more deaths from AIDS because of a cruel "abstinence-only" approach to sex, people blaming themselves for how the system forces them to live.

Jesse, to put it plainly, you and those Black preachers who are linking up with the CF's to spread a lot of poisonous nonsense against gay marriage and abortion are just scouting out the road to the death camps.

And I want to shout out to all the thinking people who are still expecting people like Jesse Jackson to represent them—everyone has to WAKE UP!

Where do our interests lie?

Not with the people who want to take science away from the masses.

And not with Jesse Jackson.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Ossie Davis -- A Life Lived for the People

Updated: February 13, 2005

I imagine a deep rich voice commenting on the life of Ossie Davis, speaking to the majesty of his presence and the depth of his commitment to the struggle for justice. This voice asks me, "Did you ever meet Ossie? Did you ever see him on stage or screen, I mean really see him? Did you ever talk with him? Did he ever smile at you?"

I've heard this voice before. It was the voice of Da Mayor in Do The Right Thing. Of Elder Johnson in Let's Do It Again. Of Reverend Purify in Jungle Fever. I heard recordings of this voice delivering the eulogy for Malcolm X. I heard it deliver a challenge to the young generation in the mid 1990's to find its mission, to take up the fight to stop the execution of Mumia Abu Jamal and free him from prison. The voice was Ossie Davis himself, and I was only hearing it in my head. Because Ossie Davis passed away earlier this month.

Speaking of Paul Robeson, Ossie once said: "What was the assignment of the black actors who came along when he did? We had to present a face of our people in an effort to reinstate our dignity and to establish an identity that said to the world, we are human beings." Ossie took up this assignment with an unmatchable determination. This accounted for the dignity you recognized in characters he portrayed that you didn't even like. He created great beauty as an actor, a playwright and a director. And his eloquence in addressing the injustices of today and challenging people to join in resisting it was inspiring.

In displaying this eloquence, he had to withstand tremendous pressure and vicious attacks. During the 1950's he and Ruby Dee (his wife for more than half a century) stood firm in defense of people like Paul Robeson when the McCarthyite which hunts for communists and their sympathizers among artists and thruout society. In describing this period, Ruby Dee said they didn't work for long periods, but you couldn't tell if it was because they were blacklisted or because they were Black, since there was so little work for Black actors and actresses at that time.

Ossie continued that kind of stand down to today, in the face of the great and rising pressure on artists to avoid enlisting in the fight against injustice. He no doubt played the role of walking point for many in the arts, creating space for others to themselves stand up for what's right.

The great revolutionary leader Mao Tse-tung once said a life lived for the people is weightier than Mount Tai. Ossie Davis' life was quite heavy indeed. He will be missed by all who stand against injustice and strive to bring a better world into being.

Carl Dix on the Conviction of Attorney Lynne Stewart

February 12, 2005

Lynne Stewart's actual crime was aggressively defending a client who was on the wrong side of the US' "war on terrorism." Her conviction underlines the ugly reality the rulers are determined to
create--one where any opposition to their aims has been criminalized. This represents a dangerous legal precedent that must be opposed.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

A Report from DC: The Battle for the Future is ON!

The Battle for the Future is ON!
Jump into the fray!
Come join us in DC!

As protesters converge from all over the country to disclaim and denounce the re-coronation of the Christian Fascist George Bush, the revolutionary communists have hit the ground running!

Efforts to distribute 50,000 copies of the statement "The Battle for the Future Will Be Fought From Here Forward", 3,000 copies of the Revolutionary Worker, DVD's and NO posters are off to a great start! Teams are distributing the new Memoirs from Avakian! Carl Dix and Sunsara Taylor are speaking out in the media across the country! The urgency of history is upon us!

Because of the very promising initial responses, and in order to really
maximize the impact of our unique revolutionary leader - Bob Avakian - in the midst of this very dangerous moment in history - WE ARE CALLING ON MORE VOLUNTEERS TO COME TO DC FOR AS MANY DAYS AS POSSIBLE THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 23.

Contact Revolution Books: 212.691.3345 to volunteer or email

1. Kick-off orientation meeting with Carl Dix and Sunsara Taylor
2. Volunteer Highlights; DC PROLETARIAN'S MEMORIES OF BOB AVAKIAN!, Setting up DVD Showings and Getting out "Revolutionary Organizing Kits"
3. Making a splash in the media
4. The Insight Press Volunteers Touch Down with Avakian's New Memoirs!

1. Kick-off orientation meeting with Carl Dix and Sunsara Taylor

Saturday, January 15, RCP National Spokesperson, Carl Dix and Sunsara Taylor led an orientation kick-off meeting for DC volunteers. They laid out where we are at in the goal to distribute millions of the RCP's statement, what difference this will make, and some of the line questions which needed to be struggled out to make a further break-through and really max out during the blood-soaked, gloat-fest of Dubya's re-coronation.

Volunteers dug into the historic crossroads our country and our planet are in the midst of, and why the Party's statement says there are two visions of the future that could win out: that of George W. Bush and that of Chairman Bob Avakian.

We got clear on the BIG QUESTIONS that are up for millions, and all the complexities of a increasingly intertwined and globalized world, and how this is propelling millions towards a reactionary Christian fundamentalism that goes against the interests of most caught up in it - and propelling others into action against it. Through struggle, we all got a better sense of how people are looking for answers on the level of a worldview, how should we relate to the planet and to each other, how to make sense of our lives in these wild and dangerous time in history - and how people need to know that there is a leader, Bob Avakian, who concentrates and is developing a whole different way the world could relate, that mounts a realistic and comprehensive challenge to George Bush that no one else has. We got clear on why it is not a pre-requisite to unite with people about how extreme the Christian Fascists are before talking to them about Avakian, but how this should be the first place we step off.

One example we kicked around was a group of lower income white religious people folks had taken the statement to who scorned evolution and even put forward that AIDS originated from interracial sex. These are folks who are caught up in beliefs that go against their own interests and the interests of the planet - but in order to really break them free of this, it is essential to struggle with them over Avakian's vision of a totally different society - where we don't have to fear the truth about how human's evolved, where we can understand the real cause of disease and apply that understanding to solving such problems, and how that kind of racist thinking is both based on falsehoods about the world and complicit with great horrors and thoroughly unnecessary. We discussed how this approach, challenging their whole framework and offering another one based on the real world and the real interests of the people of the world, is the only way we are going to "peel away" some of these people from the reactionary thinking they are caught up in.

We also focused in on the need to have a societal impact with the Party's statement, the Chairman's DVD, the Revolutionary Worker, and Avakian's new memoirs. Many are agonizing about the dark turn being taken by our country under Bush's leadership and wonder whether anyone will step forward to lead in a different direction. The NYTimes even ran a major editorial on MLK day stating that this is a dark moment in US history and we need an effective leader "who can come from anywhere at anytime" to express the needed moral outrage, to challenge this direction, and to call forward the best in people. The moment is NOW, in the "shadows" of the blood-soaked inaugural ball, to make great leaps in making Chairman Bob Avakian a reference point in society, for millions, to have his vision and his leadership circulating in people's minds as the situation intensifies.

The tone of the meeting was sharp at times, in order to really fight for unity on a correct basis, but non-judgmental and everyone felt invited and eager to put questions or doubts on the table, and to join in struggle to answer them. In the end, everyone agreed, and some talked about it on into the evening, that this had been a communist - unleashing a lot of initiative among the volunteers through struggling for a correct understanding of the world and of the great needs which communists and others are being called out to filled.


Already, on the first day out, teams ran into two Black proletarians who asked how Bob Avakian, the revolutionary, is doing. It was clear that the experience of one of these proletarians with Chairman Avakian had gotten deep inside him. Nearly 25 years later, he recalled sections of Avakian's speech calling for the celebration of May Day 1980, when the RCP put this revolutionary holiday back on the map in the U.S. The proletarian talked about the plan to not go to work or school or business as usual and remembered how the state came after the revolutionary leader. He recalled how the whole city and beyond had come to know that Bob Avakian was under attack and eagerly asked what had become of him.

Several of the volunteers this week were part of the DC volunteers those many years ago and this brought back stories and experiences, some of which hadn't been shared in decades. The young volunteer who talked to these proletarians took the time to fill them in on how for the last couple decades that revolutionary leader they remembered so fondly had deeply studied and interrogated the experience of socialist societies, and of human societies more generally, and had advanced the science of revolution in world-historic ways. The volunteer gave them a sampler of Avakian's talk called, "Revolution, Why Its Necessary, Why Its Possible, What Its All About," stacks of the statement, the Revolutionary Worker newspaper, an ways to get further involved.

Also, among the new communities of DC, like the growing numbers of
immigrants from Africa and Central and Latin America, a Spanish speaking team met a restaurant owner who wants to host a screening of the DVD, Revolution, for their customers and another store that donated to get the first "Revolutionary Organizer's Kit" which features hundreds of statements, a short-term subscription to the RWOR, a DVD sampler, and several copies of the current RW-OR. Both places were eager to be part of introducing to many others the prospect of a revolutionary leader with a vision of a better world.

3. Making a Splash in the Media

Carl Dix, National Spokesperson of the Revolutionary Communist Party, is on the ground in DC speaking on behalf of the RCP and seizing the microphone to let people know about the leader we have in Chairman Avakian, what he has done that is so new and essential to achieving a better world and giving people a taste of how Avakian and his Party approach the Battle For The Future and their vision of a new society.

Sunsara Taylor, a young revolutionary communist writer, is also on the ground in DC seizing the mic to hound George Bush for his declaration that the "accountability moment" for any mistakes or misjudgments in entering the war on Iraq was "called the 2004 election" and pointing out how we could achieve a world where those who run society don't have such contempt for the people and their views, but foster dissent and involving people in administering society, with the leadership of Chairman Avakian.

During one joint interview, a listener called in to thank the radio host for having them on, saying they were absolutely right in what they were saying, calling them "beautiful people." Another caller tried to jam them with the claim that Stalin and Mao had murdered many millions, but became flustered and aggressive when they responded with a very forthright answer boldly defending the actual experience of socialism in China and the Soviet Union while at the same time boldly criticizing the actual shortcomings in those societies. The caller tried to throw them off by making crude sexist comments to Sunsara, and they proceeded to both continue to talk about how Avakian has re-envisioned socialism to go beyond Mao Tse-Tung and to come back to speak about how this revolution will be in large part fueled by the struggle against the oppression of women and will finally make good on completely liberating women and all people from the chains that bind us today.

After another interview, a listener told them that they appreciated and were motivated by the seriousness of the situation which they conveyed - but also the optimism, that we could do something about this. She said if she hadn't been sure she should be on the streets before listening, she would be after hearing them.

Carl and Sunsara are both popularizing Avakian's approach to the world and to a new society and the plans underway to take this leader to the people by the tens of thousands on the streets of DC throughout the week as well as the need for everyone to take part in issuing a BIG NO to Bush during his inaugural frenzy, when the whole world will be watching. So far, they have appeared on half a dozen radio programs across the country and a press team is working energetically and creatively to line up further interviews and stories in the national and international press.

4. The Insight Press Volunteers taking out Avakian's Memoirs Touch Down

A team of young volunteers delayed their arrival to DC to take a last-minute detour up to a conference of librarians in Boston. Many of the librarians leafed through the new memoir from Bob Avakian, From Ike To Mao, and Beyond, and spoke openly about their deep concern at the direction this country is going in and were excited to talk to these young volunteers who were determined that we could bring into being a better world. Several were refreshed to have a radical and unapologetic voice from the 60's and one commented about how important books like this are right now when the "government is trying to tell people how to think."

Beginning Tuesday morning the team will be taking the new book out to bookstores, college campuses and clubs, to protests and all around the city.

Surely some of the proletarians who ask about how Avakian's been will be thrilled to get this chance to get to know this revolutionary leader in a very intimate and inspiring way.


Anyone who wants to turn on a light, to offer people a glimpse of future and a way out of this madness and the leader who knows how to get there - anyone who wants to steel the smug triumphalism from the Bush program onslaught - should find a way down to DC as soon as possible. History is being made!

We all have something to say about how it will turn out.

The basis exists and the experience is making this even more evidence, for Bob Avakian to emerge as the leader who will be embraced, referenced, and looked to by millions who can't bear to think of the future with George Bush at the helm, but who don't yet know that there is a way out. Our approach and our plans enable each volunteer to make a qualitative impact, increasing the reach of this revolutionary answer to thousands more.

Come to DC today! Call Revolution Books: 212.691.3345 or email

Come down, donate money or offer help in other ways!