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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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May052019

Delivery workers demand Sage restaurant serve justice

BROOKLYN, April 30 – Early this month delivery workers made a brave decision to stage a protest and work stoppage against their racist bosses at Sage, a Thai restaurant in the Williamsburg neighborhood. These mostly Latin and immigrant workers had been meeting with a Bushwick-based community organization, in which Progressive Labor Party (PLP) is active. The racist bosses at Sage have stolen $500,000 in back pay from their workers (Eater New York, 4/3). The workers are also seeking paid overtime and sick leave. Capitalism exists to extract profits from all workers, and superprofits from our class’ most vulnerable members. These working class fighters are starting to realize they have the power to change their condition. PLP is working to move them even further, to fight for a world free from all exploitation—communism.
Racist owner panics
The protesters were chanting both inside and outside the restaurant as delivery workers spoke and publicized their demands. The owner, who had been absent up to this point, was forced to come in and cancel all deliveries. We rallied for about three hours. While the scared owner was talking to the lawyers, we forced him to agree to sit down with the workers and their lawyers at a later date to discuss the demands.
We also warned the owner he could not take reprisals against any of the workers, including those inside the restaurant, such as the cooks and busboys,  who also joined the stoppage.  
Reclaiming the fightback
The event’s success speaks to a resurgence of militancy in the organization. In recent years, liberals have infiltrated and transformed the neighborhood organization into a political lobbying group, pushing a legal strategy in the state legislature and backing certain politicians.
In the past, PLP members and their friends were able to fight for, and organize, direct on-the-job protests. Then, organization members had a place to come to discuss their workplace problems, ask for help and make a plan of action. They  would organize rallies and make demands of the owners/bosses of the workplace, threatening to take them to court if they didn’t pay back stolen wages to the workers.
Nowadays, the only actions that get done are when the organization’s lawyers file cases with the Department of Labor. These can take years to get solved. Sometimes they go nowhere. Liberals talk a big game about workers’ rights, but they’re toothless when it comes to real action.
In the last year, we have demanded that the leaders of this community organization take direct action again,  and actually confront the owners/bosses like before. This push resulted in the April 1 action.
Reflections
 Workers were excited and pleased with the action. We discussed the need to continue to raise workers’ consciousness in the fightback against the bosses. Actions like these when multiplied are what prepare the working class  for the most important  fight ahead of us: communist revolution.

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