Carl Dix

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Carl Dix (born 1948) is a founding member, and a representative, of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP).[1] He is a regular contributor to Revolution newspaper and a longtime associate of Bob Avakian.

In 1996, Dix co-founded the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. Dix along with Cornel West was 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.

Dix is also a member of Refuse Fascism, a coalition group co-initiated by the RCP in 2016 to drive out the Trump administration.[2]

Early life[edit]

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 GIs who refused orders to go to Vietnam.[3] This was the largest mass refusal of orders to Vietnam during the war. Dix was imprisoned for two years in Leavenworth Military Penitentiary. It was during his incarceration that he became a revolutionary.[4] After his release from Leavenworth, Dix returned to Baltimore, Maryland, and worked and organized at the Bethlehem Steel plant.

Political activities[edit]

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".[5] 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"[6] 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.[7] Earlier that day Dix posted an article on The Huffington Post about why he was going to participate in the protest.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carl Dix, National Spokesperson for the RCP,USA"
  2. ^ Provenzano, Brianna (August 14, 2017). "Hundreds rally outside Trump Tower to protest white supremacy". Mic. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Lewis 6 Refuse Vietnam Duty" Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine, Ft. Lewis Free Press, No. 1 (1970)
  4. ^ "Revolutionary Worker Interview: Carl Dix: Days of Resistance. Part 1: The Fort Lewis 6", Revolutionary Worker no. 1188, February 23, 2003.
  5. ^ Revolution no. 242, August 9, 2011.
  6. ^ Revolution no. 246, September 25, 2011.
  7. ^ "Harlem, October 21: An Audacious Start to the Movement to STOP Stop and Frisk", Revolution no. 248, October 23, 2011.
  8. ^ Dix, "Why I am Getting Arrested Today", The Huffington Post, October 21, 2011.