Dix has long been associated with Bob Avakian.
In 1996, Dix co-founded the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of Generation. Most recently, Dix has been a central figure in the campaign to Stop "Stop and Frisk" aimed at opposing the New York City stop-and-frisk program to stop hundreds of thousands of people in New York City and frisk them for weapons, drugs or other items.
Early political life
Dix grew up in an African-American working class community of Baltimore, Maryland. While attending college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War. In 1970, he was one of six GI's who refused orders to go to Vietnam. This was the largest mass refusal of orders to Vietnam during that war. Dix served two years in Leavenworth Military Penitentiary. It was during his incarceration that he became a revolutionary. After his release from Leavenworth, Dix returned to Baltimore, Maryland, and worked and organized at the Bethlehem Steel plant.
Dix wrote "Thoughts on The Color Purple", a review defending the movie and book of that name. In his review, Dix took on those who said "The Color Purple" spread negative stereotypes of Black men. Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple, wrote: "One shining example of criticism by a black man with love is the review of The Color Purple, the movie, by Carl Dix that appeared in the Revolutionary Worker."
In 2011 Dix played a key role in initiating the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and wrote "Taking the Movement of Resistance to Mass Incarceration to a Higher Level Thru Unleashing Determined Mass Resistance". Dix, together with Cornel West, author and journalist Herb Boyd, Efia Nwangaza of the Malcolm X Center in Greenville, North Carolina, and Rev. Omar Wilkes, issued a statement "From Up Against the Wall to Up in Their Faces: STOP – "STOP & FRISK" calling for a campaign against at the New York Police Department's "Stop and Frisk" program. On October 21, 2011, over 30 people, including Dix and West, were arrested at the NYPD's 28th Police Precinct in a mass act of non-violent civil disobedience. Earlier that day Dix posted an article on The Huffington Post about why he was going to participate in the protest.
Media and politics
Dix has done dozens of TV, radio and print interviews and engaged in debate and dialogue with media pundits and a variety of radical figures, around the country and also in significant international events. Dix appeared on CNN’s now defunct Crossfire, where he debated Pat Buchanan and Joseph Rauh.
In 1983, Dix debated Elombe Brath, of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition, over the role of the Soviet Union in Africa at "The Soviet Union: Socialist or Social-Imperialist?", an international conference in New York debating the role of the Soviet Union. Dix argued that the Soviet Union had become a "social-imperialist" oppressor in Africa, and that its aid and assistance in Africa had to be understood in the context of the struggle for power and influence between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
Dix joined with other representatives of Maoist parties and organizations from around the world to denounce the Chinese government’s attack on protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989. At this press conference in London, Dix described the current rulers of China as “…typical of the very capitalist roaders Mao Tse-tung fought against all his life.
Dix continues to speak on campuses and doing radio and TV appearances.
- "Carl Dix, National Spokesperson for the RCP,USA"
- "Lewis 6 Refuse Vietnam Duty", Ft. Lewis Free Press, No. 1 (1970)
- "Revolutionary Worker Interview: Carl Dix: Days of Resistance. Part 1: The Fort Lewis 6", Revolutionary Worker no. 1188, February 23, 2003.
- Alice Walker, Living by the Word. (Mariner Books; October 23, 1989) ISBN 978-0-15-652865-8.
- Revolution no. 242, August 9, 2011.
- Revolution no. 246, September 25, 2011.
- "Harlem, October 21: An Audacious Start to the Movement to STOP Stop and Frisk", Revolution no. 248, October 23, 2011.
- Dix, "Why I am Getting Arrested Today", The Huffington Post, October 21, 2011.
- More on Dix's media appearances here.
- Colin Harding, "Maoists put blame on 'capitalist' Deng", The Independent (London, UK), June 15, 1990.