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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


Racist Murders Expose Face of U.S. Fascism

When the bosses’ mad-dog cops murdered Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the cause of death was capitalism.
Brown was shot six times by racist cop Darren Wilson for walking while black on a street in Ferguson, Missouri. Garner was killed by a chokehold by racist cop Daniel Pantaleo after trying to break up a fight on Staten Island, New York City. These are just two of many murders of black and Latin workers and youth nationwide. There are at least 400 police killings per year that are reported to the FBI by local police. These racist executions represent the rise of fascism —  capitalism in crisis, capitalism unmasked.  

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PL’ers Greet Rebels with Communism Ferguson — Workers Lead Antiracist Fight

Ferguson, MO, August 29 — During the recent rebellions here, a young multiracial team from Progressive Labor Party visited the area to support these antiracist actions and put forward the idea that communism is the only way to defeat racism and capitalism. Here is one account.
The bosses’ media keep spreading the lie that “outside agitators” aren’t wanted in Ferguson, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Hundreds of workers and students received CHALLENGE and a PL leaflet calling for more rebellion against racist police murders. They embraced communist ideas and calls for communist revolution. An older couple contributed to our lunch after a brief discussion on the history of racism in Ferguson and the U.S. and the lack of opportunities for working-class youth.

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‘What has to go? ‘The whole system!’

Chicago, August 29 — “I’ll go!” shouted a young woman near the end of tonight’s Fight Back Like Ferguson forum. She was responding to an appeal for volunteers to attend a rally in Ferguson, Missouri called for the next morning. The news of hundreds of workers violently fighting back against the racist police murder of a young black man in Ferguson has inspired millions of workers and youth, from St. Louis to Chicago to Palestine. As one speaker who had visited Ferguson shortly after the rebellion explained, “I’ve never been in a demonstration before where people were willing to die.” This fearless commitment to fighting racism deeply moved those who went to Ferguson. By the end of the forum, a new team of four volunteers was preparing to head out early in the morning.

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Demand Racist Cops Pay for Murdering Tyrone West

Baltimore, MD, August 27 — Supporters of justice for Tyrone West — 44-year-old black worker beaten to death while in police custody in July, 2013 — chanted, “Can’t stop! Won’t stop! Till killer cops are in cell blocks!” They also expressed anger about the police murder of Michael Brown. Solidarity was strongly voiced in support of the struggle for justice in Ferguson. There were frequent chants of “Hands up! Don’t shoot!”
Every week since Tyrone’s murder, family members and supporters have rallied, demanding prosecution of the Baltimore City police and Morgan State University police who took the life of another black man after what began as a traffic stop.

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Marchers Indict Racist NYPD Murderers of Eric Garner

STATEN ISLAND, NY August 23 — The ripple effect of the 10-day Ferguson rebellion over the murder of Michael Brown reached Staten Island today, both in good ways and bad. In fact, it was more like there were two rallies today, one inspired by the rebellion, and the other determined to make sure the rebellion will not be repeated.
The vast majority of the 4,000 workers, students and youth, women and men of all colors came inspired by, and in solidarity with the Ferguson rebellion. This was evident as thousands put their hands in the air and chanted, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” the rallying cry of Ferguson.

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To Murderers of Kyam Livingston: ‘My daughter died in a pen, you won’t pen me in!’

Brooklyn, NY, August 21 — It has been thirteen months since Kyam Livingston died in a Brooklyn Central Booking holding cell. Kyam’s mother, sister and other family members along with their supporters have vowed that Kyam’s death will not have been in vain. They vow to fight to change the conditions in Central Booking.
Family members had hoped to see politicians support the struggle and the newly elected Brooklyn District Attorney bring charges against those responsible for Kyam’s death. But they now view politicians as liars who will say anything to get elected and then do nothing for workers once in office.

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Turn Antiracist Rebellion into Class War

Los Angeles, CA — Weeks after the racist NYPD cops choked Eric Garner to death, their equally racist west coast buddies the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) beat to death Latin worker Omar Abrego, and killed 25-year-old black youth Ezell Ford here. Abrego was a 37-year-old shipping worker for OnTrac. Hundreds have protested and marched every day in front of the police station where cops shot Ezell Ford. Ezell’s brother said he was “shot in the back and murdered like an animal!” The cops claimed he made “suspicious” movements.
For decades, the U.S. ruling class has intensified it’s attack on mostly black and Latin youth with the so-called “War on Drugs”, incarcerating over two million workers, mainly black and Latin, leading to the largest prison population in the world! That population doubled under President Clinton and President Obama has deported over 2 million of our undocumented brothers and sisters, more than all presidents in the U.S. for the last 100 years combined! 
From our immigrant brothers and sisters being held in concentration camps, to our black youth targeted by the police, these racist attacks are part of a much larger attack on the entire working class!
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We need more rebellions because they are not just against the racist police murders.  The justified anger beneath these protests is also directed at the racist unemployment, poor quality of education, and health care that black, Latin and all workers face. Meanwhile, trillions of profits that our class produced are spent on oil wars in the Middle East!
Rebellions alone are not enough.  The root cause of this oppression and murder is an international capitalist system that needs racism to divide our class and keep us separated by terrorizing some with assassinations on the streets and others with deportations in order to maximize their profits. Remember, the same U.S.-made weapons that the cops carry are the same that the Israeli troops carry to murder our Arab and Muslim brothers and sisters in Gaza.
We need to turn antiracist rebellions of mostly black youth into breeding grounds for communist revolutionaries. This could inspire the whole working class into fighting for a communist future: without money, profits or any need for racism, nationalism, sexism or imperialist world wars.
Join PLP as we unite with all workers oppressed by capitalism, and fight for a new system that really works for the working class: communism!
Start by joining us as we march in solidarity with the families of Ezell Ford and Omar Abrego on September 13 at 7 pm on 65th and Broadway in Los Angeles, CA.


Protests Sweep D.C.

Washington, DC — Since the racist murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by racist killer cop Darren Wilson, workers and students in Washington have been on the move. Three hundred people, black and white, from many organizations attended a vigil on Thursday, August 14 at Malcolm X Park.
The PLP distributed dozens of CHALLENGES and over 150 flyers calling for a rally on Saturday to reach out further to the community to mobilize. The flyer was based on the lead article in CHALLENGE attacking racist police murders from Ferguson to New York City and noted that the murder of Miriam Carey in D.C. one year ago had not led to justice but to the exoneration of the police who killed her.

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Racist SWAT Killings: The War Comes Home

The racist murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is no accident. It is part of what an American Civil Liberties Union report, “The War Comes Home,” labels “The militarization of American policing….policies, practices, and weaponry [which]…have turned…many…neighborhoods into war zones” (Report, page 3). And it is racist to the core. The battleground is “disproportionately… in [black and Latin] communities” (p. 2). “The majority — 79 percent — of SWAT deployments…studied were for…executing a search warrant, most commonly in drug investigations.” And 61 percent of all people subjected to these SWAT raids were black and Latin (p. 31, p. 36).  The Report depicts a typical scenario:

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The cold-blooded racist police murders of Eric Garner and Michael Brown were not isolated events; the cops killed them, and continue to target black workers and youth because the vicious racist ruling class needs to terrorize us into accepting a future of poverty and imperialist war. We don’t accept it!

We don’t accept a life where being black means you can be gunned down at any moment with little to no consequence. We don’t accept a system where the lives of Shantel Davis, Kyam Livingston, Kimani Gray, Eric Garner, Rhamarley Graham, and Michael Brown mean nothing to these killer kkkops; this system doesn’t deserve to exist! We call on everyone to build support for the rebellion started in Ferguson, at your schools, at work, in your churches and in your unions.

The anti-racist rebellion in Ferguson shows us that when push comes to shove, the racist police are no match for a united and fighting working class. Lead mostly by unemployed youth, the rebels have basically foiled the Ferguson and St. Louis County police and the black State Police Captain; they broke the curfew and forced the Governor to call out the National Guard – showing us all what's possible when workers fight back! Not only did they stand up to tanks, tear gas and riot cops, but they defied Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama, who all rushed to put out the fire. We have a lot to learn from them.

Politicians, preachers, cops and the media all labeled the militant youth everything but what they are — they are rebels that lead a powerful uprising; they are not looters, rioters or misguided. On the whole the youth targeted the racist bosses and their goons.

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