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!


« Catalonia: Identity Politics a Dead End for Workers | Main | Bolshevik Revolution Centennial Series: The Great Insurrection OF 1917 »

Students Shut Down Anti-Muslim Fascist Speaker

NEW YORK CITY, October 10—Over 300 Columbia University students and others held a militant protest against Tommy Robinson, who had been invited by campus Republicans. Robinson, who founded the English Defense League, violently opposes all immigrants, whom he calls criminals. It is Robinson who has been jailed for assault and mortgage fraud. It is ironic that Robinson entered the US from the UK using a stolen passport.
Students from the Muslim Students Association, Columbia University Apartheid Divest, Barnard Columbia Socialists, Student-Worker Solidarity (SWS), and Barnard Columbia Solidarity Network united against Robinson. Members of Black Lives Matter, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and several friends of PLP members, who take night classes and teach students by day, also came to protest, despite busy schedules.
Thirty students got inside the poorly attended event and interrupted the speech, holding up signs that read “hate speech = violence” and “Muslims are welcome here.”  Outside, other protestors chanted, made speeches, and marched. The following night a group of about 50 students met to plan actions against upcoming fascist speakers and to defend protestors who entered the hall and have been informed by the Columbia administration that they may be disciplined for their actions.
Liberal Institution Welcomes Racists
Robinson is one of a string of fascists and extreme racists who have been invited to speak at Columbia, including Charles Murray last year. They have been invited under the banner of free speech, which only gives them a platform from which to spread their lies about the working class. The hypocritical Columbia administrators oppose racism in words but in deeds facilitate racist organizing while threatening anti-racist protestors.
No surprise. Columbia is run by a board, 75 percent of which are bankers and corporate executives. They represent a capitalist ruling class whose profit-making requires keeping workers divided, weak, and fighting each other, through various forms of racism and sexism. For example, they need the University community to accept the displacement of mostly poor Black workers from Harlem in order to expand their campus.
Capitalism would have severe difficulty surviving in the U.S., or anywhere, unless the rulers keep wages and living/working conditions as low as possible. They succeed by creating inequalities that divide workers against each other—in particular by forcing non-white and women workers to accept roughly 75percent of the wages of white men on average, whether through lower pay for similar work or because they are forced into less valued jobs. Also the lower levels of health, education, housing and sanitation in Black, Latin, and immigrant neighborhoods save the bosses a bundle. But often unrecognized, these divisions, by severely hindering working class unity, also force down the wages and conditions for white workers, along with their non-white and immigrant sisters and brothers.
PLP members from the community and a nearby activist church in Harlem have been attending Columbia SWS meetings for five years. SWS organizes for better pay and conditions for campus workers, including student workers, and supports the unionization campaigns of adjuncts and graduate student teaching assistants. Almost all of these efforts have been successful because of the students’ militancy and persistence. All the members receive CHALLENGE, and several have attended and spoken at PLP-sponsored May Day marches in recent years. Although these students are very dedicated and pro-worker, we have yet to win them to see the possibility of, and need for, communist revolution. This is a long march, but we will continue to advance.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>