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OUR FIGHT

 

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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Friday
Jun152018

Trump’s G7 blunder abets U.S. decline

as Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the main wing’s leading think tank, put it: “The United States has knocked itself off the pedestal”

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Friday
Jun152018

chicago kkkop MURDERS MAURICE GRANTON

CHICAGO, June 12—The racist Chicago Police Department (CPD) took the life of another member of our class. On the night of June 6, a killer cop shot 24-year-old Black father Maurice Granton Jr. in the back, killing him after a chase in the city’s south side Bronzeville neighborhood.
This blatant murder again demonstrates the role of the racist police under capitalism. Workers and community members have protested throughout the area since Maurice’s murder. Members of Progressive Labor Party (PLP) have joined them in their struggles and put forward communist revolution as the only solution to end these racist police murders once and for all!

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Friday
Jun152018

KCC students and workers fight racist Goldstein


BROOKLYN, June 7—Students, staff and faculty have been gaining plenty of experience in class struggle at Kingsborough Community College (KCC) this semester. With the leadership of a new student in the Progressive Labor Party and friends, our multiracial sanctuary committee has shifted gears from defending our working-class friends against racist attacks like those on our fellow cafeteria workers, to going on the offensive against an openly racist administrator.

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Friday
Jun152018

Teachers strike against education reform law, again!

MEXICO, JUNE 4—The teachers went on strike! Again! They were joined by rebellious teachers from Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacán, and other states throughout Mexicao. Again! They organized encampments in Oaxaca City and in Mexico City. Again! The capitalist state apparatus and media attacked them. Again!
 The battle for small victories for the working class is neverending. Only workers power through communist revolution can finally end capitalist exploitation.

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Friday
Jun152018

Fight Racist Disaster & Displacement in Puerto Rico

NEW YORK CITY, June 10—The normally festive Puerto Rican Day Parade was noticeably different this year as participants waved black and gray flags and wore t-shirts commemorating those who died in the 2017 Hurricane Maria. Thousands turned out, including a contingent of Puerto Rican families who have been displaced by the hurricane.  At the same time, there was celebration and recognition of the resilience and grassroots organizing efforts of the working class on the island. While U.S. capitalists have plans to maintain Puerto Rico as a playground for investors, bitcoin businesses, and real estate developers, workers have a different idea. Collectives have formed all over the island to reopen the schools, fight mass evictions of farmers, occupy spaces, and develop communities that rely on solar power rather than electricity.

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Friday
Jun152018

Colombia: elections only resolve fights among bosses

COLOMBIA, June 13—The Colombian ruling class finds itself in the middle of a historic election campaign between former member of leftwing rebel group and mayor of Bogota Gustavo Petro against Ivan Duque. Duque is “handpicked by ex-President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, a towering figure among the country’s conservatives for his staunch opposition to the peace deal signed between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group” (The Nation, 4/18).
Colombia, the U.S.’s closest strategic ally in Latin America, is dealing with a fractured ruling class that risks upending the peace deal. Volatility in Colombia means uncertainty for imperialist rivals U.S., Russia, and China.

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Friday
Jun152018

Santa Monica police racist to the core

SANTA MONICA, CA— The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is racist to the core.
It was April 21, 2015. Justin Palmer, 36-year-old, tried to use the electric car charging station in Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica, California, to have power to drive to work the next day. It was well before 11 PM, the closing time for the park. He waited his turn and when he pulled up to the station, it was slightly after 11 PM. A cop car arrived and told Palmer the park was closed. When he explained he had arrived before 11 PM and had to wait, the cops asked for identification. When he asked what he had done wrong, the father of four was thrown to the ground and handcuffed, and pepper sprayed in the face. Palmer suffered lingering back and shoulder injuries.

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Friday
Jun152018

Capitalism’s profit drive destroys transit

New York City, the wealth capital in the most powerful country, has the worst subway system in the world. Chronic breakdowns and track signal problems have caused the on-time train rate to plummet to 65 percent (NYT 11/18/2017).
Governor Andrew Cuomo said the MTA “estimates it will cost $43 billion and take about 15 years to turn around New York City’s struggling subway and bus systems…That comes in addition to the approximately $50 billion in capital improvements the systems are likely to need over the next 15 years (Wall street Journal, 5/23). As the politicians and capitalists hash out an MTA plan this week, we look at the racist profit motives of the subways.
MTA is an example of how the profit drive destroys even the useful things under capitalism. Infrastructure like the subway system is only built, maintained, and renewed when the bosses need it for profits or to fight their wars. The MTA, which is not profitable to run except to the banks, historically has been minimally maintained leading to succeeding crisis. Only a communist society will build an infrastructure system to serve the needs of the working class worldwide.

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Friday
Jun012018

Capitalist culture lethal for youth

On May 18, eight students and two teachers were shot and killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. Coming on the heels of the February murder of 17 people at a Florida high school, the latest massacre reflects a horrifying trend. Since 2000, more people have been killed or wounded in mass school shootings in the U.S. than in the entire 20th century (Science Daily, 4/18). In 2018, the shooting death toll in U.S. schools is higher than in the U.S. military (Washington Post, 5/18). As families and friends mourn the loss of young lives, it is time to hold accountable the rotting U.S. capitalist system that drives teenagers to become murderers.

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Friday
Jun012018

Iran deal exit U.S. splintered & exposed to Russia, China gains

The rivalry between top imperialists keeps getting sharper. This intensifying struggle pressures all local ruling classes and leads various factions to more openly fight it out. One clear example is the May 9 move by U.S. President Donald Trump to dump the Iran nuclear deal and escalate economic sanctions against the struggling country. Trump’s move reflects competing strategies within the U.S. ruling class, which is split into two camps: the dominant multilateralist wing versus a more domestic-oriented, isolationist wing.
In recent years, going back to the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, the multilateral imperialist U.S. strategy has been to keep control over Middle East oil by playing regional powers off against one another and limiting any one country’s influence. The Iran nuclear deal of 2015, in accord with Europe, Russia, and China, was designed  to keep Iran relatively stable by relieving economic sanctions.

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