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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
Apr202019

China’s cyber fascism

Having state power means controlling the government, military, police, schools, and other institutions. It also means controlling mass technology—as China’s capitalist bosses are now demonstrating as they implement full-blown fascism. From artificial intelligence to various phone apps pushing ruling-class ideas, the Chinese bosses are both attacking and mobilizing workers to serve the bosses’ interests while crushing dissent within their own ranks.

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Saturday
Apr202019

There’s nothing socialist about Venezuela

In flagrant violation of the Donald Trump administration’s threats, the Venezuelan oil bosses are planning on welcoming two more Russian imperialist military planes with supplies to support the government of Nicolas Maduro (Buzz Feed News, 4/15). The latest  support for the desperate Maduro government comes after the Russian bosses already sent supplies and 100 troops aboard two Russian military planes to Venezuela late last month(CBS News, 4/4).

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Saturday
Apr202019

Puerto Rico trip affirms working-class solidarity

PUERTO RICO, April 15 —Two years after Hurricane Maria, the capitalist disaster that ravaged Puerto Rico’s working class, six young Progressive Labor Party (PLP) members from New York and New Jersey returned to the island earlier this month (see letter on page 6).
The trip was organized as a follow up to last year’s summer project, the Puerto Rico Brigade, with the purpose of reinforcing our bonds of solidarity, and delivering PLP’s internationalist message to our working-class brothers and sisters surviving there.

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Saturday
Apr202019

Grad students expose rotten university system

CHICAGO, April 5—Graduate workers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) along with their supporters gathered for a rally on campus today to mark the end of their three-week strike against the racist university administration. The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) Local 6297 union, representing some 1,600 workers, secured a tentative contract guaranteeing annual raises and a decrease in parasitic university fees.
The strike has been instrumental in further exposing the exploitative working conditions for graduate and teacher assistants, which inevitably translate into inferior learning conditions for the university’s predominately Black, Latin, and international student population.

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Saturday
Apr202019

NYPD targets antiracists, workers expose liberal fascism 

THE BRONX, April 15—The police picked on the wrong family when they arrested Yajaira Saavedra. She and her family own La Morada restaurant, a place of antiracism and fightback for undocumented and immigrant workers. As racist cops carried out business as usual in the South Bronx, terrorizing Black and Latin workers, our class was ready to fight back.
The family called a community press conference. Progressive Labor Party particiapted and recognizes it as part of a bigger fight against capitalism and racism. “I was under the impression that I was in a sanctuary city, but more barriers are being placed by the mass policing that targets unjustly the working class like my family and local street vendors,” Natalia Mendez, the mother of the family, told the press (Civil Eats, 1/18). Clearly, sanctuary is no protection for workers.

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Saturday
Apr202019

Transit workers and riders unite!

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) controls all of New York City’s public transportation. Over a year ago it proposed a 15-month complete shutdown of the L train subway line, in order to complete much needed repairs. Just four months before the repairs were to begin, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo played the hero role and announced a new plan so as not to “inconvenience” the riding public. That’s a big lie, typical of all politicians. The transit system was built to get workers to work. The trains function for the “convenience” of the bosses not the workers.

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Saturday
Apr202019

Free Ramsey Orta, working-class hero! Jail racist murderer Daniel Pantaleo

STATEN ISLAND, NY, April 16— On May 13, a phony NYPD departmental “disciplinary” trial will be held for Daniel Pantaleo, the racist cop who murdered Eric Garner on July 17, 2014, using a banned chokehold. While Eric was being murdered, Ramsey Orta, a neighborhood resident, turned on his cell phone and took a video of the murder of his friend. Ramsey filmed the killing while seven other callous cops and Emergency Medical Techincians watched and did nothing as Eric said, “I can’t breathe” eleven times.

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Saturday
Apr202019

Turn collective reforestation into communist revolution

In 2010 a terrible earthquake killed 3,000 workers in Haiti. After years of U.S.,Canadian, French and other foreign corporations exploit Haiti’s resources, the workers of Haiti were left vulnerable to this capitalist-made disaster. Every year since then the Haitian non-profit FEDASE, along with members of our church, have been organizing an annual fundraising dinner to support the efforts of grassroots organizers in Haiti.

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Saturday
Apr202019

Ilhan Omar woos liberals into capitalists arms

The U.S. bosses are succeeding, at the moment, with enamoring young antiracists, Muslim workers, and pro-Palestinian activists with one of the recently elected U.S. congresswomen: Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar recently critiqued the powerful American-Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC), a racist pro-Israel lobbyist group which steers large donations to U.S. politicians. Now, Omar and her recently elected “democratic socialist” colleagues are accused by pro-Israeli Zionists and racist pro-cop tabloids like the New York Post of anti-Semitism, in response to suggesting that Israel’s disproportionate influence in U.S. politics is due to money.However, their analysis of AIPAC’s role is fundamentally flawed–because it’s backwards. Omar and her “socialist” colleagues say Israel is controlling U.S. foreign policy through financial contributions.However, as history teaches us over and over, politics are primary over economics. No matter how many “Benjamins” may change hands through AIPAC, it’s U.S. imperialism that uses on the Israeli state to project power through the Middle East, and it’s Progressive Labor Party that’s building the only solution to end this imperialist nightmare once and for all: communist revolution!

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Friday
Apr052019

U.S. imperialism battered by Brexit

The political sideshow of Brexit, Britain’s chaotic divorce from the European Union, reflects the international crisis of capitalism. In Britain, as elsewhere, masses of workers have lost all confidence in the institutions that have sustained the bosses’ profit system since World War II. Prime Minister Theresa May is a dead woman walking. In the latest poll, only 7 percent thought the government had handled the Brexit negotiations well (Guardian, 3/26). Upon resigning last November, the British transport minister called the Brexit mess “a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the [1956] Suez crisis” (Reuters, 11/9/18). That was when the fading British Empire was forced to withdraw its troops from Egypt by a newly dominant U.S. imperialism.

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