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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Mexico: Working-class mothers study sexism, pledge to organize against capitalist violence

Mexico—To celebrate International Working Women’s Day, PLP attended a conference on violence against women. It took place at a kindergarten in an industrial area where Progressive Labor Party has done political work for three decades, and where we are well known as organizers. The school’s principal sent out the invitations after a woman was killed nearby.
She invited the mothers of school families to the conference, which focused on fighting sexism.  About 50 young mothers between the ages of 20 and 25 attended.
During the meetings we spoke about the Party document: “Communism and the Struggle Against Sexism”, which notes that the key to ending violence against women is to struggle against capitalism. The other main discussion was around the book: Caliban and the Witch in which the writer Silvia Federici speaks about the division of labor between women and men in child rearing and earning wages. The discussions were well received by the women workers in attendance. While the questions asked were fairly timid, the women seemed to seriously identify with the Party’s explanation of how sexism functions under capitalism.
At the end, the principal invited us back for future talks, and issues of Challenge were distributed along with Road to Revolution IV and Communism and the Struggle Against Sexism.
It is important that all women and men to start organizing to defend themselves against the violence directed against women workers because it is an instrument of capitalism that terrorizes, and super-exploits this section of our class. The responsibility to change this unequal society lies in our hands. We must reeducate youth and workers to care for each other and see each other as true class sisters and brothers. This will guarantee that all families understand we must change this society for one that serves the interests of our class and not the interests of the rich. It is the ruling class that is guilty of all the violence, discrimination, murders, kidnappings, sexual assaults and super exploitation of women workers.
Join the international communist PLP and fight for an egalitarian society. Let’s get rid of capitalism and the traitorous rulers that are guilty of so much violence, unemployment, hunger and misery in Mexico and worldwide. Long live  communism!

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