Members of Bob Avakian’s Revolutionary Communist Party, who have been accused of trying to hijack the Black Lives Matter movement, were planning June 12th “protest” marches across the country to promote their plan to literally overthrow the US government, and to replace America with a New Socialist Republic built on “New Communism”.
RevCom is the vanguard of an armed militant group who gathered in Oklahoma in May to honor the victims of the 1921 Tulsa race riots by pledging to take “a life for a life”, and to start a “real revolution” — when they “defend” themselves — by killing, “… every white cracker in sight … kill ’em, bury ’em, dig ’em up, and kill ’em again!” They also implied that they were prepared for martyrdom, stating that, “You can kill a revolutionary, but you can’t kill a revolution.”
On June 1st, and with short notice, President Biden held an event in Tulsa to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Greenwood Massacre… inadvertently thwarting whatever plans the group may have had for the day.
Later that same evening, RevCom’s political leaders met in New York to promote their June 12th March for a Real Revolution in the cities of Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Harlem. They expressed that they aimed for global attention, and that they will be marching to police stations with willful intent to “agitate, instigate, and provoke” law enforcement personnel. Their internet audience was encouraged to recruit as many young people as possible for confrontations in their own cities.
RevCom’s President, Bob Avakian, was not present at either event, but their vanguard meeting was live-streamed from his bookstore in Harlem.
Fortunately, things did not go as well as they would have liked.
Their L.A. “March for Revolution” was disrupted by local activists who forced them to disperse, and a key organizer ended up spending most of his time on a bullhorn trying to explain why people should follow Bob Avakian, even though he’s white.
In Chicago, local residents shut them down by confronting organizers with accusations of trying to incite a riot, while planning to be somewhere else “sipping Sangria” when the violence starts.
In Milwaukee, things were shut down before they even started. Known organizers were confronted, in front of their own homes, by activists who accused them of corruption.
In Harlem, they were overshadowed by competing events and demonstrations.
Social media efforts to rally the public to march with them were also greatly hindered by a spontaneous flood of competing hashtags calling for revolution in Nigeria the same day.