Carl Dix became a revolutionary in the 1960s when he straight-up defied the U.S. military machine at the height of the Vietnam War. After being drafted in 1968, he refused to be deployed to Vietnam to take part in the unjust imperialist war—and spent two years in the Leavenworth penitentiary for his principled stand.
Carl says his first meeting in 1974 with Bob Avakian—at the time the leader of the Revolutionary Union, forerunner of the RCP—was a "turning point in my life." They wrangled passionately for hours over how Black people could really get liberated and other key questions. Greatly influenced by that struggle, Carl had the courage to follow his convictions, break with nationalism, and become a revolutionary communist, dedicating his life to the cause of liberating all of humanity.
From then up to right now, Carl Dix has time and again been in the forefront of the struggles against the brutal crimes of this system against the people and the efforts to bring forward the movement for revolution.
When the Philadelphia police, with the approval of the whole power structure, bombed a house of Black radicals in 1985 and burned a city block to the ground, killing 11 people including five children, Carl Dix stepped forward to sharply challenge EVERYONE to take a stand—initiating the "Draw the Line" statement that was published in newspapers around the country. In 1992, when the people of LA rose up after the outrageous acquittal of the four cops who were caught on videotape viciously beating Rodney King—Carl Dix went to LA to stand with the righteous rebellion, oppose the vicious retaliation by those in power against the people, and to spread revolution. And responding to the great need to resist the horrendous epidemic of police brutality and murder across the country, Carl Dix co-founded the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation in 1996.
When Obama was elected, and many people got swept up in the illusion that there were going to be big changes, Carl Dix engaged in a series of dialogues around the country with Cornel West that unflinchingly told the truth: "In the Age of Obama… Police Terror, Incarceration, No Jobs, Mis-education: What Future for Our Youth?"
In a situation where the slow genocide—which could become a fast genocide—of Black people under this system is continuing and even intensifying in many ways—Carl Dix is playing a leading role in the urgent resistance against this. He was crucial in initiating the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. And in November 2011, he and Cornel West kicked off a campaign of civil disobedience determined to STOP the NYPD's racist, unjust, and illegal practice of stop-and-frisk—and they, along with others, put their bodies on the line by sitting down in front of a Harlem police precinct and getting arrested. Earlier this year, Carl Dix and Cornel West made a call for people broadly to act this October in a powerful Month of Resistance Against Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and Criminalization of a Generation. 
Malcolm X conference
A conference, Malcolm X: Radical Tradition and a Legacy of Struggle was held in New York City, November 14 1990.
Resistance Against the Racist War Machine
- Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
On August 18, 2014, when the Missouri police arrested 75 people during a night of defiant protest in Ferguson, they singled out Carl Dix, Travis Morales, and Joey Johnson. Some so-called "community leaders" acting as the "peace police" worked with the official police to get the three communists arrested. One of these people, St. Louis politician Antonio French, physically attacked Joey Johnson and punched him in the face—and then bragged about having Carl Dix arrested. Carl Dix and Joey Johnson were singled out by Capt. Ron Johnson, front man for the violent repression of the protests, for additional, higher charges (so far those charges have not materialized).
Initiators include (list in formation):
- Bill Ayers, activist, educator
- Herb Boyd, activist, author, journalist and teacher
- Isabel Cardenas, Salvadoran-American activist, Los Angeles
- Carl Dix, founding member, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
- Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist
- Charles Gaines, visual artist
- Henry Giroux
- Chase Iron Eyes
- Everett Iron Eyes, Sr., Water Administrator, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
- Robin D. G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA*
- Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance, Multicultural Feminist Radio at WBAI
- PZ Myers, evolutionary developmental biologist
- Arturo O’Farrill, composer and musician
- Milton Saier, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology, UCSD*
- Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five
- Ted Sirota, jazz musician
- Sunsara Taylor, writer, Revolution Newspaper
- Cornel West, writer, professor
- Michael A. Wood, Jr.
- Rev. Frank Wulf, United Methodist minister
- Andy Zee, spokesperson, Revolution Books
- David Zeiger, filmmaker
- RWOR website, accessed December 6, 2010
- Revolution, Who Are the Communist “Outside Agitators” in Ferguson REALLY? And Who Are the Bootlickers Attacking Them?August 24, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
- [http://revcom.us/a/350/who-are-the-communist-outside-agitators-in-ferguson-really-en.html. Revolution, Who Are the Communist “Outside Agitators” in Ferguson REALLY? And Who Are the Bootlickers Attacking Them? August 24, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us]