Progressive Labor Party on Race & Racism



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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Anti-Racists Cheer PLP’s Call for Communist Revolution

CHICAGO, March 24 —  Events and circumstances change if we are prepared, bold and militant! To support the call for justice for Trayvon Martin, twenty Progressive Labor Party members and supporters joined a rally of 300 people at Daley Plaza. The outraged participants demanded that the racist George Zimmerman be arrested for the murder of Trayvon in Sanford, Florida. Speakers called for everything except a communist revolution. Some wanted a U.S. Justice Department investigation, while others took the opportunity to vent about all sorts of past grievances. Only the PL’ers came there to build a movement to end this racist system with communist revolution. To that end, we circulated among the crowd and sold CHALLENGEs and distributed a Party leaflet. 

After the initial rally, the organizers called on everyone to march to a second rally in Millennium Park. During this march, the PL’ers adopted a bold stance and chanted for communist revolution as the only solution to racism and racist killings. We came prepared with our bullhorn, and soon most of the marchers and many bystanders were joining our chants. 

Upon our arrival at Millennium Park, we seized the momentum and drowned out the empty speeches of the organized speakers and called for communist revolution. The crowd gathered around our bullhorn and listened intently and cheered our speeches. We explicitly exposed Barack Obama and the imperialist wing of the U.S. ruling class, along with all of their racist attacks on the working class, from Chicago and Detroit to Baghdad. All the while, we were distributing leaflets and selling CHALLENGEs as fast as we could. The scene was electric and we were unprepared for what followed. The organizers of the event asked our comrades to lead the march back to Daley Plaza. They literally handed over the demonstration to PLP!

We took up the charge and led about 100 protesters back through downtown Chicago with communist chants and speeches. It was reminiscent of our actions in the 1980s, when there was still a shadow of a class movement. The young Party leadership changed the character of the march, arming the workers with a communist analysis and militancy.  People along the march joined our chants with great passion. When we reached the Plaza, we held what was essentially a PLP rally! We gathered information from 20 contacts and are currently pursuing them.  

The events of the day demonstrated that we must be bold and militant when putting forth the Party’s politics.  We should be confident that the working class is ready to embrace our revolutionary communist analysis and plan of action. Death to the racist profit system, power to the working class!

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