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Progressive Labor Party (PLP) fights to destroy capitalism and the dictatorship of the capitalist class. We organize workers, soldiers and youth into a revolutionary movement for communism.

Only the dictatorship of the working class — communism — can provide a lasting solution to the disaster that is today’s world for billions of people. This cannot be done through electoral politics, but requires a revolutionary movement and a mass Red Army led by PLP.

Worldwide capitalism, in its relentless drive for profit, inevitably leads to war, fascism, poverty, disease, starvation and environmental destruction. The capitalist class, through its state power — governments, armies, police, schools and culture —  maintains a dictatorship over the world’s workers. The capitalist dictatorship supports, and is supported by, the anti-working-class ideologies of racism, sexism, nationalism, individualism and religion.

While the bosses and their mouthpieces claim “communism is dead,” capitalism is the real failure for billions worldwide. Capitalism returned to Russia and China because socialism retained many aspects of the profit system, like wages and privileges. Russia and China did not establish communism.

Communism means working collectively to build a worker-run society. We will abolish work for wages, money and profits. Everyone will share in society’s benefits and burdens. 

Communism means abolishing racism and the concept of “race.” Capitalism uses racism to super-exploit black, Latino, Asian and indigenous workers, and to divide the entire working class.

Communism means abolishing the special oppression of women — sexism — and divisive gender roles created by the class society.

Communism means abolishing nations and nationalism. One international working class, one world, one Party.

Communism means that the minds of millions of workers must become free from religion’s false promises, unscientific thinking and poisonous ideology. Communism will triumph when the masses of workers can use the science of dialectical materialism to understand, analyze and change the world to meet their needs and aspirations.

  Communism means the Party leads every aspect of society. For this to work, millions of workers — eventually everyone — must become communist organizers. Join Us!

 

 

 

 

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Saturday
Feb092019

Venezuela caught between rival imperialists 

The economic and political crisis is rapidly intensifying in the resource-rich nation of Venezuela. As workers starve or die for lack of basic medical care, battle lines have been drawn between blocs of rival imperialists. The possibilities range from a CIA-inspired coup, to an all-out proxy war to a U.S. military intervention.  
On January 23, Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader and head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared himself interim president in open defiance of last spring’s contested national elections. His move was supported by the U.S. bosses and their allies in Latin America and Europe. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro shot back with a demand that all U.S. diplomats leave the country within 72 hours. Maduro has the backing of U.S. rivals Russia, China, and Iran.

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Saturday
Feb092019

Workers vie for power, battle racist housing

NEW YORK CITY, January 21—“Whose streets? Our streets! Whose city? Our city!” On Martin Luther King Day, these fierce chants set the icy streets ablaze as a multiracial and multi-generational battalion of nearly three hundred workers marching against working-class displacement. This rally exposed that under capitalism, housing is a commodity, not a basic necessity.

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Saturday
Feb092019

Newark rallies hit racist gentrification, and homelessness

NEWARK, NJ January 29—With three days of rallies on the steps of City Hall organized by the War Against Poverty Coalition (WAPC), the fight-back against mass homelessness in Newark has picked up!. These rallies demanded an end to homelessness, gentrification and racist unemployment. They came on the brink of an arctic blast of cold air and on the anniversary of the death of Carolyn Perry, a disabled Black worker who froze to death four years ago in a tent city in Newark. Even as we fight to save lives in the middle of this deep freeze, we must remember that capitalism has its fingerprints all over the crime scene surrounding our brothers and sisters who have died as the direct result of racism and poverty.

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Saturday
Feb092019

No free speech for racists! KCC fighters defend antiracist prof

BROOKLYN, NY, January 23— After months of asking, prodding, and at last threatening disciplinary action, the City University of New York’s (CUNY) interrogation squad finally got an anti-racist professor into a room to grill him!

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Saturday
Feb092019

Support the caravan, smash all borders

NEW YORK CITY, January 30–Tonight, the National Writers Union held a forum where volunteers reported on their experience at the Mexican/U.S. border as part of the New Sanctuary Caravan project, to stand in solidarity with workers who have traveled thousands of miles in a caravan from Central America, fleeing poverty and violence. These national borders are one of the great evils of capitalism. The capitalist bosses travel freely around the world seeking profits and destroying the lives of workers.
Attending the forum were union and immigration activists, journalists, teachers, and retired workers of all ages, including members and friends of the Progressive Labor Party. Two of the speakers were members of the National Writers Union, a local of the United Auto Workers (UAW), which has organized other UAW locals to provide money and volunteers for this project.

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Saturday
Feb092019

Oakland: Stop racist attacks on education!

The struggle in Oakland, California is heating up!  The last couple of weeks have been action packed as the multi-racial working class, students, teachers, parents and community supporters, has mobilized against on-going, racist plans to dismantle public education from k-12 to Community College.  In the following three instances, Progressive Labor Party members and friends are actively promoting communist ideas, as they fight for better schools.

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Saturday
Feb092019

D.C. Women’ March Union hacks promote voting, workers want to fightback!

Washington, DC, January 19 – At the third annual Women’s March, thousands of protestors gathered and marched down Pennsylvania Avenue past the Trump Hotel. Progressive Labor Party (PLP) members joined both the feeder rally at the New York City union headquarters of the AFL-CIO, and the main rally, getting our communist line out with sales of CHALLENGE and flyers inviting marchers to an event sponsored by Mass Liberation, a local anti-racist group on January 26.

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Saturday
Feb092019

Unemployment kills millions

The bosses’ media, and their two flunky parties are flooding us with glowing accounts about “low jobless” figures and rising prosperity for the working class. Yet this “prosperity” completely ignores the fact that every rise of 1.4 percent in the jobless rate leads directly to the deaths of over 30,000 workers in the following five years from stress-related ailments, suicide and homicide!

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Thursday
Jan242019

U.S. threatened by China’s growing imperialist clout, World War looms

As the rivalry between U.S. and Chinese capitalists intensifies, Canada is the latest country forced to choose which imperialist master’s orders to follow.

Since the December arrest in Vancouver of a top Chinese business executive, Meng Wangzhou, at the order of the U.S., tensions between China and Canada have been rising. After threatening “severe consequences,” China retaliated by arresting two Canadians for “harming national security” (code for spying) and sentencing a third to death for drug smuggling. The latest word is that the U.S. will escalate the fight by pressing Canada to extradite Meng for a criminal trial in the U.S.

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Thursday
Jan242019

LA STRIKE STUDENT-PARENT-TEACHER SOLIDARITY

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 23—Tens of thousands of education workers led a strike for six school days for the learning conditions students deserve. They called for reduced class sizes, more school personnel such as librarians, nurses, and counselors, to create “community schools” which serve the communities who have the most need, regulate charter schools, decrease testing, and pay teachers a living wage. Parents, students, and community members showed solidarity by joining picket lines, rallies and actions across Los Angeles for six working days.
As communists, we understand that class struggle is a critical aspect to winning the working class to have confidence that we can overthrow capitalism and replace it with a society that is run for and by the workers. With this in mind, we met to plan our involvement in this massive strike.
Progressive Labor Party here supported the picket lines at 10 different schools around the City. We distributed a PLP leaflet and CHALLENGE. We led militant chants and some scab confrontations. We also made dozens of new contacts with school workers and supporters. Strikers appreciated the contributions we made to the struggle.

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