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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Retirees support immigrant workers, fight nationalism

Washington, DC, 7/23 - Worker’s struggles have no borders! That was the sentiment that led members of NYC’s District Council 37 Retirees’ Association (including a Progressive Labor Party member) to bring a strong resolution of support for immigrants facing “racist, cruel and uncaring” policies to the nationwide retiree council of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The world’s capitalists are ramping up racism and nationalism in preparation for more and bigger wars. Workers all around the world must sharpen our efforts to smash all borders with multiracial unity as we build a revolutionary movement for communism.
At the retiree association meeting, our more immediate and limited goal was to encourage each of the council’s participants to “join efforts, with others in the labor movement as well as with community and religious partners, in support of immigrant rights.” 
We pointed out in our motion that immigrants around the world are forced to migrate “due to a combination of political and religious persecution, government repression and narco terrorist gangs and the lack of jobs and economic opportunity…” We also argued that these problems were based on the history of colonialism and imperialism around the world. That’s why, as we fight to support our immigrant sisters and brothers, we must build the understanding that the entire worldwide imperialist system has to go.
Prior toa the vote most of the voting representatives were spoken to and were supportive of our intent. The motion passed overwhelmingly, reflecting the disgust felt by most at the treatment of immigrants and their children at the southern U.S. border.
  Our actions in Washington grew out of the “Lights for Liberty” rallies held on July 12th. In NYC, there was, at best, modest participation from organized labor.
This raised the issue of trying to bring support for immigrants into our unions. The following week, at a small gathering of retirees of one city union, an immigrant from El Salvador was invited to explain this issue. He told of his forced migration to the U.S. He had been on a death list in the late 1970s. His story personalized the general story of the dangerous but necessary trip many are taking today.
 He galvanized the resolve of several retirees who would be attending the retiree council to take action there. Prior to going to Washington for the AFSCME retiree council meeting, a member of PLP joined with other retirees to craft a resolution to present there. We understood that a resolution wouldn’t by itself change much. Nor would AFSCME likely act on the resolution. We felt that local union chapters, however, could cite this resolution in calling together union and community coalitions.
If actions like ours were replicated in other mass organizations, then demonstrations like those on July 12th would take on a different character. We could raise the ideas of smashing all borders, of fighting racism with multiracial unity, and of building a revolutionary movement for an egalitarian communist world. Today, facing a “dark night” of limited class struggle, a lot of work must be done to win workers to these communist politics of the Progressive Labor Party.

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