Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade

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The Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade is the former youth group of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. Founded originally as the Attica Brigade, it became the Revolutionary Student Brigade. The RCYB uniform included T-shirts with a large red star superimposed with the silhouette of a young person raising a rifle. Some of these T-Shirts included the message, "I was born in the sewer called capitalism but now I'm living for revolution!"

The RCYB's founding conference was held in 1977 and the key speech was given by the chairman of the RCP, USA, Bob Avakian. In later years the RCYB attempted to form alliances with anarchists and other radicals. These efforts were met with mixed reactions on the left. [1] [2]

During its existence, the most famous member of the RCYB was Gregory Lee "Joey" Johnson. During the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas, he burned the United States flag to protest the policies of the Reagan administration. Johnson was arrested and convicted, but had his conviction overturned on appeal. The State of Texas then appealed that ruling all the way to the Supreme Court. In his case, Texas v. Johnson, a five justice majority held that Johnson’s act of flag burning was protected speech under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The RCYB no longer exists. Young supporters of Bob Avakian now join Revolution Clubs.


  1. ^ Cemendur (9 October 2006). "What you should know about the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP)". What you should know about the RCP and World Can't Wait. Portland Independent Media Center. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
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