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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Haiti Fundraiser Builds Workers Unity

NEW YORK CITY, March 24—“I come from Haiti, a country Donald Trump calls a ‘shithole.’ What he leaves out...is that Haiti was a rich and green island when Christopher Columbus arrived.” Thus spoke a Haitian immigrant at a fundraising dinner of over 100 guests. “But after the Spanish, French and U.S. came and went, Haiti looked totally different. Channeling Trump, maybe what I should have said was ‘after the shitheads came and went,’ Haiti was left in debt and had been stripped of its natural resources and left in misery. No resource was more affected than its forest cover: two-three percent of Haiti is green today; compare that to its nearest neighbors, the Dominican Republic at 28 percent and Cuba at 31 percent.”
Solidarity since 2010
A Haitian community group and a local church organized the fundraising dinner. It’s been eight years since the 2010 earthquake devastated the working class in Haiti. Every year since, we break bread and talk about building solidarity between workers in Haiti and those in the U.S. All funds raised go towards reforestation projects in small communities in Haiti.
Pointedly attacking the racist results of imperialism, we were a group of Black, white, Latin, Arab, U.S.-born and immigrant working-class people who mingled, sang inspiring songs in Creole, English and French, and laughed together, showing in word and deed how multi-racial and international unity can fight the bosses’ plans for our class.
More similar than different
One participant spoke about the current war in Yemen, supported financially by billions of U.S. arms dollars, and called on the audience to come out to oppose the visit of the Saudi Prince to get more money for bombs (see page 4). An Arab worker spoke poignantly about the cholera epidemic, showing how people from Yemen and Haiti, two countries in different parts of the world, are united in their common oppression by the profit system, whether by so-called “natural” disasters or expressly by war. “There is more that unites us than separates us,” he said, pledging an additional donation to fight the effects of deforestation in Haiti.
This event had a more political character than in the past, in part because of the reality of world events and the racist-in-chief in the U.S. White House, but also because of the influence of PLP’s ideas inside these organizations.
We have fought for our friends to understand why Haitian workers and other immigrants are forced to leave their homelands in an attempt to escape the super-exploitation of the capitalist system, whether looking for jobs or to get away from wars, as the imperialists fight among themselves to divide up the world for their own class interests.
We are clearly one working class, and should have no allegiance to anything but our class, our flag and the Party that represents it. On to May Day!

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