Revolutionary Communists Target UCLA Campus, Call for Overthrow of Government

Revolutionary Communists Target UCLA Campus, Call for Overthrow of Government
UCLA campus, Royce Hall in the background. (Janss Steps/Wikimedia)

Members of the Revolutionary Communist Party of America organized a promotion campaign promoting their ideology and recruiting new adherents on UCLA campus in early May, Campus Reform reported.

The group set up whiteboards, handed out flyers and manifestos, and chalked battle cries on the pavement of the campus dorm’s area known as The Hill. They also invited students to speak out, while calling for the overthrow of the United States.

They continued unhindered, even though Sections D3, D8, and D10 of UCLA’s On-Campus Housing Regulations forbids using housing spaces without permission, along with chalking and signing on the pavement without UCLA approval. However, according to UCLA’s On Campus Conduct Policy, there exists no process for sanctioning non-resident violations.

Campus Reform reported the group spread flyers calling for the “actual overthrow” of the government, eventually, but not “at this stage.” Instead, it advocated the formation of “organized fighting forces.” The group said it has to prepare itself to “continually train and deploy new forces and leaders” to eventually forge a “New Socialist Republic of North America.”

“We are going for an actual overthrow of the system and a whole better way beyond the destructive, vicious conflicts of today between the people,” another flyer stated.

In the group’s Manifesto, it states clearly what its objectives are: “The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA has taken the responsibility to lead revolution in the U.S., the belly of the imperialist beast, as its principal share of the world revolution and the ultimate aim of communism. This is a great and historic undertaking—and all those who yearn to see this happen should rally to and support this vanguard, working together with the party, building support for it and, on the basis of taking up the cause and outlook of communism, joining it.”

Knowingly advocating for the destruction of the U.S. Government, including forming groups and spreading information for that purpose, is a crime according to “18 U.S. Code §?2385, Advocating overthrow of Government.”

It is unclear if the FBI is monitoring the RevCom. According to its founder and leader, Bob Avakian, he’s been eyeballed and harassed by federal officials since the 1970s.

Even on the predominantly left-leaning university campus, the group received plenty of criticism.

“I’m a Democrat, and I absolutely cannot stand the Trump/Pence administration, but these people are out of their minds!” Jenai Blazina, a second-year Biochemistry major, told Campus Reform. “The United States is a democracy, and if they truly want them gone, they should be advocating for impeachment or helping candidates that align with their own values. I’m not an expert in politics but this kind of sounds like treason.”

“I want to think they’re harmless fools, but they keep recruiting more and more people, and now I don’t know,” Blazina continued.

On November 5, 2017, a group called The Ohio Liberty Coalition posted to its Facebook page:

“Yesterday’s Antifa protests staged around the country are lead by a guy named Bob Avakian. Bob started website. Bob Avakian is the founder of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.”

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