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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DC transit workers protest racist working conditions

WASHINGTON, DC, January 23—For two hours a multiracial group of 50 Metro transit workers and supporters, including members of Progressive Labor Party, held a picket line in front of Northern Bus Garage in Washington, DC.   With chants of “Workers united will never be defeated!” and “If we don’t get it, Shut It Down!,” Amalgamated Transit Union 689 workers upped the ante in their contract struggle. Capitalism leaves workers no choice but to strike, even to keep gains that we had already won in the past, let alone to win new improvements. Only a communist system run by the working class would remove that necessity by ridding the world of bosses who profit from our labor.
The workers of the Metro Transit system have been without a union contract for over 18 months. Management wants to impose a three-year wage freeze, increase our contribution to our health insurance, and eliminate Metro’s contribution to pensions for new employees. They hope to get away with this outrage by relying on racism directed against the largely Black workforce. But many white workers are also affected, and multiracial unity can defeat this attempt.
The Washington regional transit system serves DC, Maryland, and Virginia and needs a major overhaul. Years of deferred maintenance have caused breakdowns, deadly derailments, and smoke incidents. The local governments refuse to tax the businesses that rely on transportation of their employees to pay for this maintenance, and instead cut workers’ wages and raise fares to make the working class pay.
The action at Northern Garage is the first in a series of coming actions to prepare the members to fight back. The traitorous union leadership has assured management that this action would not lead to a strike. But the picketing rank-and-file workers sent the opposite message, which is taking hold throughout the system.
Following the action, the workers debated whether to rely on local politicians to protect our interests (always a losing proposition) or to rely on ourselves, on other workers, and the riding public by organizing militant actions. PL’ers plan to increase the distribution of CHALLENGE among these groups to build the PLP at Metro and throughout the area. This will help answer this question in favor of a grassroots fightback and direct action. These are the building blocks of a revolutionary change to abolish capitalism and put the working class in the driver’s seat of a worldwide communist system.

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