Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 New Year’s Message From Carl Dix

December 31, 2010

Dear Friends,

Heading into the new year, there is much to reflect on and great challenges ahead.  Last year we saw wars for empire; drone attacks destroying villages in Afghanistan , Pakistan and Yemen ; government spying -- all things people hated Bush for -- continuing under Obama.  A year of continued economic dislocation that has left millions out of work and millions more losing their homes.  A year of subjugation of Black people and other oppressed nationalities.  And there's the Tea Party phenomena -- a rising fascist movement aiming to enforce a nightmarish vision of the country's past.

The challenge we face isn't just maintaining the status quo or making minor changes around the edges of this horrific set up.  We can't leave this imperialist system intact, crushing spirits and grinding up bodies of the people.  Instead we must radically transform this society and the world.  To meet this challenge, we in the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) are building a movement for revolution -- a movement spreading the message that things don't have to be this way, that through revolution, Communist revolution, we could bring a totally different, and far better, world into being.  A movement that builds resistance to the ways the system comes down on people -- that "Fights the Power, and Transforms the People, for Revolution."

I've been pouring all my energy into this.  I continued my campus tour -- "From Buffalo Soldier to Revolutionary Communist" -- bringing it to Howard University in the spring.  On the heels of that I was in Chicago for Tavis Smiley's "The Black Agenda is the American Agenda," spreading the message that revolution is the real way to end the brutality and misery imperialism inflicts on Black people and everyone else on this planet.

I spent several weeks this summer in Detroit, building resistance to the police murder of 7 year old Aiyana Stanley-Jones and taking the message of revolution to people on the mean streets of that city's east side.  I was also part of a crew of revolutionaries that went among the thousands of activists who gathered in Detroit for the US Social Forum.  To their slogan of "Another World is Possible," we added the truth that revolution is the only real way out from under the rule of this bloodsucking system.

On October 29th, I had a second conversation with Cornel West on the campus of the City College of New York .  Before a standing room only crowd, we dialogued over, "In the Age of Obama Part 2:  Police Terror, Incarceration, No Jobs, Mis-Education; WHAT FUTURE FOR OUR YOUTH?"  Cornel urged the youth not to become "titillated by commodities" or "adapted to indifference."  I spoke to how the problems youth and others face are built into the very fabric of the system and that revolution is the only way to end them, once and for all.  These two deep and radical thinkers engaging over this crucial question, expressing a lot of unity and taking up differences over religion and Obama, electrified this packed theater.

And this fall, the RCP issued a "CONSTITUTION For The New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal)".  This is a huge deal!  This Constitution breaks down what a revolutionary society would look like, how the government would be organized, how the economy would work, the media, education, health care, the arts -- everything.  Anybody who wants to know 'what the revolutionaries' are for needs to read this.  I've been promoting the Constitution in the media and in other ways and getting it to everybody I can. (If you want to read this Constitution, go to the web site:

Looking to the year ahead, I plan to continue working to put revolution on the map, introduce people to the leadership we have for this revolution in Bob Avakian and rally a core of people out to make this revolution real.  I'll be 1) Continuing to promote the Constitution.  2) Preparing for the release of BAsics, a book of quotations from the writings of Bob Avakian, by the spring. And 3) Taking my dialogue with Cornel West on the road, hitting college campuses, bringing this electrifying engagement to young people, and others, all across the country.

What I'm writing you about here isn't just a spectator sport -- There's a role for you in all this.  For starters, get a subscription to Revolution newspaper (  It'll bring you developments around the world from a revolutionary perspective, and it'll connect you to this movement for revolution.  And I need you to support my efforts to spread the message of revolution so that I can continue to do things like going to conferences in different parts of the country or rolling up to Detroit, or wherever determined resistance to the system's attacks is going on, with a crew of revolutionaries:  Make a contribution – do it online at my blog:; and/or help to set up campus speaking engagements.

Revolutionary Greetings,
            Carl  Dix

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