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The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (or the RCP) is a communist party in the United States founded in 1975 and led by its chairman Bob Avakian. Coming out of the New Left, the party organizes for a revolution in the United States.
The RCP is notable for its various coalition groups, such as the World Can't Wait, Stop Patriarchy, October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and Refuse Fascism.
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In the 1960s, Avakian along with H. Bruce Franklin and Stephen Charles Hamilton formed the Bay Area Revolutionary Union (BARU), which was subsequently able to absorb a series of similar local collectives which had developed out of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The new nationwide structure allowed BARU to change its name to simply the Revolutionary Union (RU). The RCP claims that of the various groups coming out of SDS, it was the first to seriously attempt to develop itself both at the theoretical level, with the publication of Red Papers 1.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the RCP was a part of the now-defunct Revolutionary Internationalist Movement (RIM), an international grouping of Maoist parties. The RIM published A World to Win news service from 1981 to 2006, but since its dissolution the publication is now updated on the official website.
After major splits in the party, some ex-members and other groups have alleged that the RCP has a cult of personality around Bob Avakian. Mic has called it "a communist doomsday cult that is obsessed with Avakian". Alternately, San Francisco Chronicle has written of Avakian as “the marathon man of the international anti-imperialist struggle".
The party has responded to these allegations, calling them "lies and slander" and "complete and utter nonsense," saying "Bob Avakian and the RCP are the exact opposite of a cult."
The RCP releases daily updates online and a periodic print edition of its weekly newspaper, Revolution (formerly called Revolutionary Worker, 1979–2005) which is published in English and Spanish and has been published continuously since 1979.
In December 2016, party members and others co-initiated Refuse Fascism, a coalition group opposed to the presidency of Donald Trump. The statement was used by InfoWars and other far-right conspiracy theory websites to claim that RCP and Refuse Fascism were organizing a military overthrow of the government on November 4, 2017. Several anti-Trump protest marches were organized for that day, which passed without incident.
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