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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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 Movie Review:

The Dark Knight Rises

The overarching message of the film is clear: revolutionary alternatives to capitalism are worse than the current system. According to the film, workers are essentially irrelevant and powerless. They are passive followers of either a madman or the bosses. Billionaire playboys, cops and fascist “caped crusaders” are the true heroes that will save our cities from “revolutionary” terror. 

 Progressive Labor Party on Race & Racism



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Eric Garner was murdered by the racist NYPD last Thursday. Choked to death by killer cop Daniel Pantaleo. Already, despite the assertions of Mayor DeBlasio that he was deeply disturbed by the video of the racist attack on an unarmed Black man, DeBlasio’s medical examiner(ME) is already leaking info to the NY Post trying to take the heat off the cops.

Any honest person who sees the video knows that Eric Garner’s murder was another continuation of the long line of people killed by the police for being Black or Latin.

When DeBlasio ran for Mayor he tried to get working class people out to vote for him by saying he was going to do something about there being two New Yorks, one for the rich and one for the poor. Well we see what he’s doing: first he hired Bill Bratton as Police Commissioner, the same Bill Bratton whose “Broken Windows” plan was nothing more than increasing police harassment and arrests of people in working class neighborhoods for any excuse possible.

Now DeBlasio’s ME office is trying to figure out how to get these racist murderers from the 120th Precinct off the hook. As if a man dying while being brutally strangled is anything but murder.

Pantaleo and the other racists from the 120th came out there looking to hurt someone. They were called because of a fight on the street, and when they didn’t get to hurt those guys, they went after Eric who had done the right thing by trying to break up the fight.

Yes, Pantaleo and the other cops who jumped on and then stood around while Eric garner died must be indicted and convicted of murder. However, if this was just an isolated incident, you could say that would be enough, but we all know it’s not. This is the NYPD doing their job.

DeBlasio and the ME and the Staten Island DA are all hesitant to go after the cops because they know the cops were doing what they’ve been conditioned to do, attack and terrorize Black and Latino workers in this city. That is a big part of how the wealthy, the capitalists that run New York, and this whole country stay in power and they are who these cops serve and protect.

Pantaleo must be brought to justice, but we will never be free of this racist police terror until we are free of the capitalist system. Freedom from police terror will only come from the working class taking power from the capitalists with communist revolution.      

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From Murrieta to Palestine — Smash All Borders

MURRIETA, CA, June 13 — “Stop racist deportations, working people have no nations!” “Las luchas obreras, no tienen fronteras!” Over sixty members and friends of Progressive Labor Party chanted loudly and carried red flags while marching through the heart of Murrieta, California, the site of a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center.
The situation in Murrieta is a product of U.S imperialism. U.S.-fueled political and economic instability has forced these children from their homes as the wars over oil in the Middle East have produced over 2 million displaced workers. For many, the choice is flee or die. As imperialist oil wars break out across the globe, the number of displaced workers will only grow.

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U.S. Imperialism Targets Children

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….

For the 57,000 unaccompanied child migrants caught by the U.S. capitalists’ border patrol since last October, the Statue of Liberty is the world’s biggest liar.
U.S. rulers have powerful reasons to take a hard line against these vulnerable children. First, granting them refugee status could alienate their home countries’ regimes and further open the door to China, the U.S. bosses’ top imperialist rival and Latin America’s second-leading trade partner. In January, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) established a China-CELAC forum

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While AFT Backs U.S. Imperialism: Teachers Must Fight for All Children

Los Angeles, July 14 — Hundreds of teachers and other education workers took thousands of leaflets and hundreds of CHALLENGEs at the biannual American Federation of Teachers (AFT) convention here. Opposing the leadership’s racist slogan, “Reclaiming the Promise,” members and friends of the Progressive Labor Party called on delegates to fight racist deportations and racism in education, and to turn the coming imperialist war into a war against the bosses. We helped organize two forums on these issues with the AFT Peace and Justice Caucus. We organized a rally inside the convention center for an end to racist deportations, with a call for education workers to join us in Murrieta, California, for a rally against the attacks on young undocumented immigrants from Central America.
From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, from Detroit to Newark, teachers report they are under attack. Thousands have been laid off. Teacher tenure is threatened. Schools are being closed. Teachers who have organized new caucuses, and in some cases won local leadership, are getting no AFT support in these struggles. Yet the AFT leaders and old-line local heads stand up one after the other and claim they are winning!
AFT Leadership Serves the Bosses
The AFT leadership has historically been part of the ruling class’s organizations, from the Council on Foreign Relations to the leadership of the Democratic Party. It has worked overtime to win education workers to vote for Democrats and support imperialist U.S. foreign policy.
But the leadership’s job is growing more difficult. Much of the rank-and-file knows that “Reclaiming the Promise,” with its implied reference to “the good old days,” is another lie. The old days featured 400 years of slavery, strike-breaking, war-making, sexism, anti-immigrant hatred and persecution, and the oppression of all workers. And what is the bosses’ promise to workers today? Words instead of jobs, wars instead of education and healthcare, poverty instead of housing — all in the name of patriotism for a ruling class that has never cared about anything but profits. That’s their only promise to the working class: to defend their system to the last drop of workers’ blood.
The response to PLP from many education workers at the conference was strongly positive. We were thanked for going to Murrieta. We were thanked for our demonstration. We were thanked when we brought a leaflet reporting on the rally in Murrieta to the convention the next day. We met militant educators from caucuses around the country, and several of them were involved in the Peace and Justice forums — the first on fighting back against attacks, the second on the need for school integration. Delegates responded warmly to the forums, and we’ll follow up on these new friends.
AFT “Democracy” = Extortion
While the AFT leaders talk about democracy, they enforce a rule on caucus members to refrain from criticizing or voting against the leadership. Anyone breaking the rule risks losing such perks as union jobs or free trips to the convention. New York’s United Federation of Teachers, which operates under the same rule, provides the “muscle” for the AFT leadership. These goons make it difficult to pass anything at the convention if it’s opposed by the leadership. More and more, however, this rule is being challenged by the new caucuses and local leaders.
But merely changing the AFT’s leadership will not change the nature of capitalist education. The bosses design schools to serve the needs of the ruling class — to create docile workers, willing soldiers, and unflagging allegiance to U.S. imperialism. As communists, our goal is to make a bigger, deeper change. We aim to put education in the hands of the students, parents, and teachers through communist revolution.


LOS ANGELES, July 14 —  At the just-concluded convention of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Progressive Labor Party intensified its struggle to win masses of education workers to communist ideas.
The AFT has about 1.5 million members throughout the country. Its leadership, led by President Randi Weingarten, represents the interests of the liberal wing of the capitalist ruling class. This is apparent in the leadership’s consistent support of the Barack Obama administration. Union leaders invited charter school champion Bill Gates as a keynote speaker at the convention, and continue to pitch ruling-class initiatives like the Common Core standards to its membership. After a series of recent ruling-class attacks, however, the union’s rank-and-file has grown more open to left ideas and is starting to challenge the leadership. We in PLP hope to win many to the Party in this struggle by exposing the true nature of the AFT leadership and linking our school fights to the larger struggle against capitalism.
A Battle Over Ideas
The AFT’s loyalty to the ruling class came out most sharply after the Chicago Teachers Union proposed a resolution attacking the Common Core. Both its implementation and purpose. The resolution fell short of connecting the Common Core to the rulers’ need to discipline ruling-class forces at odds with the dominant finance capital wing, like the religious right — or to ideologically control working-class youth as the bosses drive toward a broader global war. Nonetheless, it represented an advance in the membership’s willingness to fight back against the bosses’ plans.
The AFT executive council countered with its own resolution to keep the workers in line. While critiquing implementation of Common Core, the resolution called for all teachers to work within it and “make it better.”  To that end, the AFT is issuing “innovation” grants to teachers out of money originally given to the AFT by Bill and Melinda Gates.
Another battle came over the AFT’s executive council resolution to attack Russia and call for U.S. economic and political support for Ukraine — a prime example of the leadership’s continued push for the bosses’ war plans. The Professional Staff Congress, which represents professors and adjuncts in the City University of New York system, countered a resolution that outlined the Ukraine government’s ties to right-wing oligarchs and neo-Nazis — forces that are racist and anti-union. While Weingarten kept trying from the podium to whip up imperialist, anti-Russian sentiments, it was clear that the membership stood against U.S. involvement in Ukraine. While the PSC resolution was watered down due to backroom politics, the AFT leadership had to compromise and agree to oppose intervention from all outside parties, including the U.S.
Fight-Back Forums
The AFT’s Peace and Justice Caucus, where PLP helps give political leadership, organized two well-attended forums around the fight back against education budget cuts and the increasing segregation of U.S. public schools.
The first forum included teachers and parents from New York, Los Angeles, Newark, and Chicago. One speaker addressed the international situation and in particular how workers in Mexico were resisting attacks against their schools. A teacher explained that school closings and mass layoffs were fascist because they aimed to discipline the working class for a future of low wages and wider war. Another teacher discussed the racist nature of attacks on her students and how the union is organizing students, parents, and teachers to fight back.
PL members in the audience connected the school struggle to the larger struggle against capitalism. They called on all those in the room to join them in Murrieta, California, where undocumented immigrant children were attacked by local racists (see page 1). They argued that these children in detention prisons are “our students,” and that teachers had a responsibility to confront the racists. Many in the crowd applauded. Some teachers were won to leave the convention and go to Murrieta with the Party.
The second forum addressed the fight against school segregation. Teachers from Minneapolis and Chicago explained how their schools were never truly integrated. A third teacher, a PL member from New York, told an inspiring story of how teachers, students, and parents had united to integrate the schools. She noted that integration was essential to the fight against racism and to unite the working class for the broader struggle to defeat the capitalist bosses.
Another forum, organized by the Chicago Teachers Union and the United Teachers of Los Angeles, dealt with social justice unionism. Local leaders from Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Paul, and Philadelphia, many of them members of dissident AFT caucuses, discussed how they fought back. They recommended working with the community, fighting for parents’ and students’ interests alongside teachers’ interests, and struggling around issues outside education, like the attacks on undocumented youth. With over 200 participants, the forum revealed a wave of new members who are ready for more militant fight back. Weingarten was forced to address them in another effort to control her membership.
Limits of Social Justice Unionism
Locals across the country are seeing the rise of “social justice” caucuses. The new movement has won many teachers, young and old, to fight back against the bosses. It often focuses on student–parent–teacher unity. It also addresses topics outside of education and attempts to raise class-consciousness. It has constrained Weingarten and company, forcing them to criticize Common Core (if in a limited way) and the Obama Administration.
But despite the positive aspects to this movement, we must also understand its limits and the need to maintain and spread our communist analysis even as we participate in the union. At the forum on social justice unionism, there was no criticism or even a mention of the capitalist system. The speakers all focused on various reforms, many of them related to their contract. Without a communist analysis and communist leadership to guide workers through these struggles, they are being set up for disappointment and cynicism. Reform victories are always temporary, and reform movements are inevitably taken over by the bosses.
Weingarten and her fellow liberals plan on doing just that. Yes, she’s been forced to make some concessions, but the AFT remains firmly in the bosses’ hands. We see city after city under attack. Even in Chicago, where social justice unionism has been reborn, teachers and students still face school closures and cutbacks. The AFT leadership will hold up liberals like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka as examples of how the working class can “win” within the capitalist electoral system. They will pay lip service to members’ needs by critiquing the implementation of standardized testing while ignoring how it relates to imperialism and war.
This is not an argument for communists to leave the unions — just the opposite. We must with our brothers and sisters to fight back against the bosses’ attacks. There is growing resentment toward the AFT leadership. We can win many teachers to see the connection between school closures and the bosses plans for fascism and war. If we stick with these education workers, we will win many to dedicate their lives to the working class and to fight for a communist world.


Israel Mimics U.S., Kills Kids 

Israeli bosses, with U.S. money and guns, are once again murdering children and workers in Palestine. Thousands of working-class Palestinian youth, on both sides of the apartheid wall, have taken to the streets, spontaneously rising against the Israeli regime’s racist repression.

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South Africa: Workers Strike Blow Against Big Auto

In the world’s most economically unequal country, 220,000 South African metal workers of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) have taken a swing at one of the most powerful auto companies on Earth — GM.
The sheet metal workers’ strike that started over two weeks ago has shut down and seriously curtailed production for GM, Ford, BMW and many other corporations throughout South Africa. This strike comes on the heels of last year’s four-week NUMSA strike of 30,000 and a recent five-month long strike in the platinum mining sector.

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Unitarian Youth Tackle the Need for Violent Revolution

Providence, RI, July 1 — Over 30 people participated in Progressive Labor Party’s forums at the Unitarian Universalists (UU) convention. For most, it was their first PL event. A few rejoined us from last year’s convention. Most were high-school students or young adults. The positive response to the forums and to CHALLENGE demonstrates the potential for building PLP among UUs.

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The Communist Fight for Sustainable Development

This article is the latest in a series written by a comrade who grew up in China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR). The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the fledgling Progressive Labor Party were fraternal parties at the time. The GPCR marked a turning point in China, as more than 40 million workers, peasants, soldiers and youth fought to defeat the “capitalist roaders” and protect the dictatorship of the proletariat.
The GPCR and socialism were ultimately defeated, in part out of a failure to break with the CCP, as PLP ultimately did, and form a new communist party. But mainly socialism was defeated because it maintained too many aspects of capitalism. In particular, the use of money and wages helped sow a division between workers and peasants on the one hand, and professionals and intellectuals on the other. After the defeat of the GPCR, China went full speed ahead down the capitalist road. Today it has emerged as the main imperialist challenger to U.S. imperialism.
This article reflects the tremendous gains made by the Chinese revolution, as well as a glimpse of the material incentives and wage differences that ultimately undid those historic advances.

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Imperialist End Game: World War


The so-called Great Powers have long been exploiting and enslaving a whole number of small and weak nations. And the imperialist war is a war for the division and redivision of this kind of booty.
—Vladimir Lenin, State and Revolution, 1917

The escalating crisis in Iraq signals the sharpest threat yet to U.S. control over Middle East oil — to the point where the U.S. ruling class is more openly acknowledging the prospect of the next world war.
The last two weeks have seen the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, sustain its advance toward Baghdad from northern Iraq. ISIS forces now occupy one-third of the country and are laying siege to Baquba, just 30 miles from the capital. They have obliterated the border between Iraq and Syria and overrun a crossing between Iraq and Jordan, one of the very few reliable U.S. allies in the region. The region’s national boundaries, drawn to divide the spoils between imperialist powers Britain and France after World War I, are being erased before our eyes.

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Hospital Workers Gear Up for Contract Fight

Brooklyn, June 18 — Hundreds of angry healthcare workers, mainly women from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 East, picketed on their lunch hour outside Methodist Hospital. They were protesting against a proposal by the racist hospital bosses for massive cuts in benefits. Their union contract is due to expire on July 15. Workers came from every department.

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