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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Protest Trayvon’s Murder: ‘Tear down whole damn system!’

WASHINGTON, DC, April 9 — “Racist murder — tear it down! The prison system — tear it down! The justice system — tear it down! THE WHOLE DAMN SYSTEM — tear it down!”

These chants echoed from Howard University students marching through the community to join over 300 anti-racist marchers protesting the racist murder of Trayvon Martin. It followed two weeks of organizing that began on March 24 when over 2,000 people mobilized in response to a social networking call for action from three Georgetown University students, assembling in front of the District Building that houses the corrupt City Council.

The speakers at that initial rally, while emotional and passionate, were generally disappointing politically. Five deejays from local radio shows spoke along with several ministers, representatives from other organizations and the corrupt chair of the City Council. None had a plan of action.

At the end of the rally, PLP members and friends spoke on their bullhorn and attracted about 200 people. We called on people to come to an organizing meeting at a local church the next day. We addressed revolution, communism and the link between the racist injustice system and capitalist exploitation. Many participants cheered, others nodded in agreement and 20 people signed up to be organizers.

Twenty-three people came to the organizing meeting the next day and planned a major community event for April 4, the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose murder sparked widespread rebellions throughout black communities across the U.S. These rebellions won jobs for black workers, but have been largely eroded ever since. Over 150 people came to April 4th event, marked by strong speeches and a commitment to action.

The following Saturday, April 7, over 300 people marched as part of the “million hoodies” march. A highlight was the feeder march of over 40 Howard University students who took to the streets in the community with bold chants and banners on their way to the main event. It was then that residents and passers-by cheered the students’ “tear-it-down” chant and gave clenched-fist salutes to these young activists.

At all these events, PL’ers distributed hundreds of CHALLENGES and PLP flyers analyzing the murder of Trayvon as a product of capitalism’s racism and its criminal Injustice system. PLP looks forward to bringing more of these new young organizers into the revolutionary movement.

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