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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
Feb052010

D.C. Metro Bosses Hike Fare, Kill 2 Workers; PL’ers’ Target: Capitalism  

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27 — Tonight Metro bosses held public hearings, asking the public to comment on whether the transit system should raise fares, reduce service, or transfer funds from the maintenance budget into operations. Some choice! All of these actions would harm workers and intensify racism.

PLP’ers testifying at the hearing condemned the “choice,” demanding no cuts in service, no fare increase, and no attacks on workers, calling instead for a mass militant movement led by labor to fight for proper funding (from the bosses who have made billions from the transit system). Another person declared that these cuts were fundamentally racist because of their disproportional impact on black and Latino workers. But today’s capitalist system in crisis is unlikely to respond favorably even to the most militant actions of workers, making a revolutionary organization critical to the future.

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Friday
Feb052010

PL’s Ideas Catching On: Airport Cleaners Vote Strike vs. Bosses’ Racism  

MID-WEST AIRPORT, February 1 — At the packed SEIU union hall, metro area and airport cleaners voted unanimously to strike against the racist bosses. The metro area cleaners are preparing  to fight against unfair labor practices, contract give-backs and racism. Meanwhile,  janitors in a downtown office building filed two formal complaints  against the cleaning bosses for blatant racism. New black cleaners are forced to wear different uniforms from the Latino cleaners at $2.50 less pay!

This racist super-exploitation is designed to increase the bosses’ profits and maintain a racially-divided work-force. But this divide-and-conquer attempt failed — all the black, Latino, white and Asian immigrants and citizens voted not to clean one single building until our demands are met.

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Friday
Feb052010

Mass Anger Erupts Over Bloomberg’s Racist School KKKlosings  

BROOKLYN, NY, January 26 — Billionaire mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Panel on Educational Policy voted to close twenty “failing” NYC schools today, some time after 3:00 am following nine hours of testimony from staff, students and parents at these schools protesting such a decision. Two thousand angry workers and youth drowned out NYC schools’ Chancellor Joel Klein with chants during his entire opening remarks. Through long-standing ties at one of the twenty schools, three PLPers managed to gain early spots on the speakers’ list. We used these opportunities to broaden out the already sharp attacks on Klein and condemn the overall racist nature of these school closings and education under capitalism in general.

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Friday
Feb052010

Chicago PL Youth Tie Haiti, Katrina to Capitalism on King-Day March

CHICAGO, January 16 — “We know what we’re fighting for!” echoed down 63rd Street in Englewood, drawing people out to watch the multi-racial group of youth and adults march, chanting “No more rich and no more poor!” The march, hosted by a church in Hyde Park, was against poverty and for equality, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, but the tone turned militant when youth around PLP, mostly Englewood residents, took over the chanting.

We distributed a flier connecting the capitalist-inflicted poverty and the devastation in Haiti following the earthquake to the similar economic-related Hurricane Katrina disaster. PLP’s “Fight-Back!” chant had people dancing in the streets, at the bus stops, raising their fists and chanting. It was a welcome change from the usual gang members walking down 63rd Street!

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Friday
Feb052010

The Great Train Robbery: Bosses Destroying Transit Jobs, Service  

“Public-Transit Passengers Face Rough Ride.”  This is the happy New Year message from the Wall St Journal (WSJ) (Jan. 2, 2010). As spokesperson for the big financial capitalists like Goldman Saks, Bank of America, and Citibank, the WSJ only confirms what we transit workers already know about the destruction of transit jobs and service in our own particular cities.

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Friday
Feb052010

AIDS Protesters Picket White House, Slam Obama’s Racist ‘Freeze’  

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27 — PLP joined several friends in public health  as well as 40 other AIDS activists as they picketed the White House on the afternoon of Obama’s State of the Union address. Chanting, “Money for AIDS, Not for War” and holding signs saying, “Frozen AIDS Budget Means Waiting Lists for AIDS Housing and Treatment,” we protested Obama’s racist and sexist proposal to freeze federal spending on domestic programs for three years. These are areas where mostly black, Latino and female workers need services the most: public health, housing, literacy, and transportation.

As one activist wrote in her call to action, “This is a nightmare scenario. We’re in the middle of an economic crisis, and people are losing their jobs, their homes, their healthcare. This budget freeze would devastate efforts to address HIV in our communities, and around the world. Waiting lists are growing every day for housing, and AIDS treatment and care. Syringe exchanges can finally get federal funding, but now there’s no new money to fund them. We have to push back!”

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Friday
Feb052010

France: Undocumented Workers’ Strike Shows Need to Smash All Borders  

PARIS, January 27 — Class struggle sharpens contradictions and reveals the truth, proven again by the undocumented workers’ strike here, now in its fourth month.

Riot batons, tear gas and rubber bullets for the workers, and kid gloves for their bosses. Why? Because the racist bosses here want and need a permanent mass of super-exploited undocumented workers.

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Friday
Feb052010

Algeria: Pro-Boss Union Hacks Bust Autoworkers’ Wildcat Strike  

ALGIERS, January 18 — The SNVI autoworkers ended their nine-day wildcat and street protests yesterday as the UGTA union misleader, Sidi Saïd, succeeded once again in rapidly stifling worker protests.

The SNVI workers almost walked again when a UGTA communiqué said they’d have to make up the work-time their boss lost in the strike! “How can it be that the union is taking the place of management?,” a group of workers told the press. There should be discussions with the rank and file…before anything is decided.”

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Friday
Feb052010

Seizing Opportunities 2: Mobilizing Hundreds to Link War to Budget Cuts  

NEW YORK CITY, February 6 — After the successful, but small, rally in front of our school (as reported in a February 3rd CHALLENGE article) planning for another rally took place on two levels: the union leadership and the rank and file. The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) was fully in support of having the rally, yet they wanted to make sure that the rally was within the narrow confines of their own political demands.

The union is not fighting the budget cuts, but instead pushing the misleadership of “fair budget cuts.” The union’s narrow politics might have dominated the rally, led to a small number of teachers that would have weakened everyone’s confidence, and discouraged a lot of angry students who increasingly are seeing that the school system isn’t working for them. None of this would bother a UFT that does not want to unite parents, teachers, and students in any case.

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Friday
Feb052010

Chicago PL’ers Lead Fight vs. Razing of Healthcare System  

CHICAGO, February 1 — For three years now, the Cook County healthcare system — serving over 80% black, Latino and immigrant workers — is being deliberately dismantled in one of the most heinous racist attacks in recent history. Once a “safety net” for those without the ability to pay, it is becoming increasingly privatized and downsized. Besides hundreds of layoffs, the new governing board aims to shut two of three South Side hospitals which service primarily black workers segregated by the city’s racist gentrification. There are now one million uninsured workers here, more than the entire population of San Francisco!

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