Bob Avakian

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Bob Avakian (born March 7, 1953)[1] is an American political activist and Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP).

Early life[edit]

Avakian was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Berkeley, California.[1] His Armenian father was a lawyer[1] and became a San Francisco, California judge.[2]


As a young man he became involved with the Students for a Democratic Society at Berkeley, the Free Speech Movement[2] and the Black Panther Party.[3] In 1968 he wrote articles for the Peace and Freedom Party's publications[4] and in July 1969 he attended the Black Panther conference held in Oakland, California.[5] In the early part of the 1970's he "fils served" time in jail for "desecrating the American flag" during a demonstration.[2] During that period, Avakian was a member of the Bay Area Revolutionary Union.[6]

Avakian was charged with assaulting a police officer in January 1979 at a demonstration held in Washington DC to protest Deng Xiaoping's meeting with Jimmy Carter[3][7][8] After receiving an "arrest warrant" Avakian "jumped bail" and fled to France.[2] He gave a speech to 200 protestors in downtown, Oakland, California in 1980[9] and his police assault charges were dropped a few years later.[1][3]

He went on a speaking tour in 2000.[10] and published an autobiography called: From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist in 2005.

Avakian has been the Revolutionary Communist Party's central committee chairman and national leader since 1979.[9][11]


Avakian and his philosophy have been criticized by Mike Ely[12] of the "communist project" Kasama[13] and Mark Oppenheimer of the Boston Globe.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Avakian, Bob (2005) From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist, Insight Press
  2. ^ a b c d Baum, Richard (2010). China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom (1st ed.). University of Washington Press. p. 241. Retrieved Sept 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Oppenheimer, Mark. "Free Bob Avakian!". Boston Globe. Retrieved Sep 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Werkmen, Dirk (March 10, 1968). "Freedom: The Birth of a Party, 1968" (page 5). Independent Star News. 
  5. ^ Benson, George S. (March 28, 1972). "Looking Ahead". page 11 (The Evening Independent). Retrieved Sep 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Baker, Ross S. (Nov 22, 1970). "A History of The Weathermen". Express and News. Retrieved Sep 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Avakian, "Bob Avakian Speaks on the Mao Tsetung Defendants' Railroad and the Historic Battles Ahead", Introduction and pp. 18--21.
  8. ^ Athan G. Theoharis, "FBI Surveillance: Past and Present", Cornell Law Review, Vol. 69 (April 1984); and Peter Erlinder with Doug Cassel, “Bazooka Justice: The Case of the Mao Tse Tung Defendants – Overreaction Or Foreshadowing?”, Public Eye, Vol. II, No. 3&4 (1980), pp. 40--43.
  9. ^ a b Unknown author (May 2, 1980). "Scores arrested, Injured In May Day Violence". Logansport Pharos-Triubune. UPI. Retrieved Sep 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ Buchwald, Art (August 12, 2000). "Leisure Will Kill You". Indiana Gazette (Indiana). Retrieved Sep 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ Unknown (Dec 6, 1979). "Communist s get year sentence for disruption" (page 2). The Daily Tar Heel (Chapel Hill). Retrieved Sep 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ Ely, Mike. "Letter 4: Truth, Practice and a Confession of Poverty". Kasama Project. 
  13. ^ "What Is Kasama". Kasama Project. Kasama Project. Retrieved Sep 5, 2014. 

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