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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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Friday
Jun112010

Wells Fargo Pushed Racist Subprime Loans and Sponsors Juneteenth  

Wells Fargo, an official sponsor of Juneteenth in most cities, systematically sold racist subprime mortgages to black workers. “Subprime loans” became well known in 2007. Tens of thousands of workers were duped by banks to buy a house at low interest rates while never being told that the rates would skyrocket.

A New York Times study found that black households that made more than $68,000 a year were five times as likely to receive a subprime loan as whites with similar or lower incomes. For Wells Fargo borrowers, this disparity was even greater with whites in that income group holding two percent of the subprime loans compared to 16.1 percent for blacks. Mortgage lenders at Wells Fargo
often referred to these subprime loans as “ghetto loans,” referring to the black working class they targeted. Wells Fargo specifically targeted black churches, hoping church leaders could help convince their congregation to take out thse loans.
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Friday
Jun112010

Ignore Nazis? No, Attack Them Head-on  

GETTYSBURG, PA — The Neo-Nazi Aryan Nations are planning a rally here June 19, to try to recruit to their extremely racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic fascism.

The local YWCA is planning a “celebration of diversity,” to pull people away from attacking the Aryan Nations, saying it is better to not call attention to them. But PLP knows from decades of experience fighting groups such as the Aryan Nations and the KKK that the only way to defeat them is to attack them head-on. PLP has a long and successful history of smashing the ruling class’ thugs.

The Gettysburg Police Department (GPD) has already announced that they will be providing security for the Aryan Nations, at a high cost to local taxpayers. In addition “the majority of everything involved is going to be taken care of by the National Park Service,” said Chief Dougherty [of the GPD], adding that federally-trained officers are attending the event.

The ruling class will always send their cops to protect racist groups’ rallies. Racism is a necessity of capitalism, needed to break working-class unity and keep all workers’ wages lower. The bosses and politicians are the biggest perpetrators and benefactors of racism.

PLP will always confront and smash Nazis and fascists in the streets, and will be in Gettysburg to show that the working class cannot ignore an attack on black, Latino and immigrant workers.

Ultimately, the only way to end both the racism inherent in capitalism and to smash these gutter racists is to fight for multi-racial working-class unity. Join PLP in Gettysburg, and build the anti-racist fight for communist revolution. J

Friday
Jun112010

MUNI Drivers Lead Battle vs. Boss-Union Hacks’ Gang-up  

SAN FRANCISCO, June 7 — As CHALLENGE reported in March, MUNI (SF mass transit) drivers rejected a “concession package” recommended by their TWU Local 250a Union leadership. This put a wrench in corporate SF’s plan to solve the transit deficit by cutting labor costs. Recently, Mayor Newsom said: “It’s critical that TWU step up and join every other labor union…by ratifying the $14 million in labor concessions their leadership agreed to…. These…would immediately reverse nearly three-quarters of the $28.8 million in service cuts.” (SF Chronicle, 5\21)

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Friday
Jun112010

U.S. Imperialists’ Attack on Haiti Spurs Worker-Student Fight-back  

PORT-AU-PRINCE, May 19 — At a three-day teachers’ union forum here about the government and imperialist donors’ reconstruction plans for Haiti, teachers and students blasted the plans to “reconstruct” neocolonial capitalism in Haiti. The forum was organized by UNNOH, the National Union of Teachers’ College Graduates of Haiti, along with CTSP (Confederation of Workers in the Public & Private Sectors).

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Friday
May282010

Transit Workers Fight Racist Attacks: Bankers Squeeze Billion$ from Debt Scam

NEW YORK CITY, May 24 — Transit workers, students and other riders are under attack from MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) bosses:

• They’re cutting train and bus service;

• They laid off 250 station agents in early May despite a court injunction to delay layoffs until the MTA holds public hearings;

• They’ve announced over 3,000 more transit worker layoffs; and 600 non-union administrative employees have already received buyout offers;

• They’re threatening to eliminate student Metro Cards (free fare cards)

• They’re threatening to eliminate workers’ raises;

• Their CEO Jay Walder and the bosses’ media have labeled transit workers’ hard-won benefits of overtime pay and sick days as “abuse.”

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Friday
May282010

BP Oil Spill Kills Workers, Environment: Bosses’ Energy Rivalry Murdering Millions

British Petroleum’s (BP) bosses murdered 11 workers and caused untold ecological damage when a BP oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico last month. As usual in industrial disasters, profit-driven cost-cutting proved the immediate cause. Texas A&M drilling expert Gene Beck “said BP’s encasement design called for only partial coverage of casings deep in the well. Cement did not reach the bottom of the next-largest casing in high-pressure areas, a decision Beck called ‘shocking.’” (Los Angeles Times, 5/23)

But the blowout highlights only one of the dangers to our class from the oil barons’ reckless pursuit of maximum profits. The very existence of BP’s Gulf rig stems from U.S. imperialism’s need to control world energy supplies by force in the face of increasing competition. Millions of working-class Iraqis and Afghans have already been killed in the capitalists’ struggle over oil and gas. Expanding offshore drilling, however, signals U.S. rulers’ plans for far deadlier conflicts.

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Friday
May282010

Colombia May Day: PL’ers Expose Union Hacks, Defy Cops’ Attacks

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, May 2 — Colombians celebrated the International Workers’ Day with huge demonstrations in the country’s most important cities. They were larger than in previous years. Seventy thousand people marched here and more than two million marched nation-wide.

As usual, PLP carried our communist message to workers and political fighters, trying to develop closer ties, selling CHALLENGE and distributing more than 2,000 Party leaflets. We started the march chanting our slogans: “Who are we? Working class! What do we want? Solutions! What will we do? Revolution!” “Down with sexism, long live communism!” “One working class, one communist world, one Progressive Labor Party!” and many others against racism, wage slavery and the upcoming electoral farce. PLP led these chants.

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Friday
May282010

Bosses Profit While EMS Workers Battle Burnout by Racist FDNY Brass

NEW YORK CITY, May 17 — Recently members and friends of our PLP club distributed 100 CHALLENGES over a three-hour period at a city hospital here at the Emergency Department entrance’s ambulance bay, and in the patient waiting area. We sold several copies to hospital workers changing shifts and taking breaks. Some of our best discussions occurred with the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics bringing patients into the hospital.

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Friday
May282010

Times Square Bombing: Another Cover for Wider Wars?

The Times Square plot strangely resembles the “underwear” bomber attempt over Detroit last December 25. Both “masterminds” had upper-class backgrounds in their home countries. NYC terrorist Shahzad’s father was Vice Air Marshal in Pakistan, where the military rules. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, of Christmas infamy, is the son of Nigeria’s leading banker. Neither was seriously injured. Both sang like canaries when apprehended, fingering U.S. foes, the Pakistani Taliban and Yemen’s Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula, respectively, as their backers. Both prompted U.S. military action and a media blitz. Thus, the possibility that Washington somehow aided their efforts arises.

A Century of U.S. Invasions

While PLP completely opposes terrorism as a working-class weapon, there are millions across the world who justifiably hate U.S. imperialism. Historically, the U.S. ruling class has fabricated numerous false attacks in order to justify its wars:

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Thursday
May132010

Imperialists are the Biggest Terrorists: Rulers Use Times Square Bomber to Expand War and Fascism

U.S. rulers are seizing on the failed May 1st Times Square car bombing to widen their overseas energy wars and wield harsher police powers at home. On May 9, Obama ordered a drone missile strike that killed at least 10 “suspected militants” in Pakistan’s Waziristan region, where bungling bomber Faisal Shahzad said he had received training from the Pakistani Taliban. Just before the raid, Hillary Clinton warned Pakistan’s leaders of “severe consequences” if a successful terrorist attack on the U.S. should originate from their country (CBS 60 Minutes, 5/9/10).

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