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OUR FIGHT

 

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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Wednesday
Mar312010

France: Multi-racial Action Backs Undocumented Strikers

PARIS, March 25 — Today a well-coordinated united, multi-racial action of militant trade unionists and undocumented immigrant strikers enabled the latter to occupy the former Galeries Lafayette warehouses here for six hours.

At 1 p.m. a “commando” team of 20 trade union activists walked quickly up the Rue Blanche. At the signal “Let’s go!” they ran to the renovation site and quickly broke open the gate. Then 63 undocumented workers invaded the site under the stunned eyes of the construction workers inside. The latter then left as the 63 undocumented workers settled in.

At 7 p.m., the police, without any court order, evicted the occupiers. The 63 workers marched out, chanting slogans from the construction site to the subway station.

The aim of the action was two-fold. First, it united the undocumented strikers, who work in small groups for many different subcontractors, allowing them to form a “critical mass” and realize their strength when unified into a larger force.

Secondly, it aimed at putting pressure on Bouygues Construction — which is renovating the warehouses — and is one of the big companies that employs undocumented workers and is blocking the across-the-board “legalization” of all undocumented workers. Worldwide, Bouygues Construction employs 52,600 workers and netted over one-third of a billion dollars profit in 2008.

It also exposes the international and racist super-exploitation of the mostly North African undocumented workers since the U.S.-based Carlyle group owns the warehouses. (Former president George H.W. Bush is one of its principal directors.) Carlyle invests in buyouts, growth capital, real estate and leveraged finance on six continents. Since 1987, it has invested $59.6 billion of equity in 952 transactions for a total purchase price of approximately $233 billion.

While capitalist bosses set up national borders and use them to divide workers and super-exploit immigrants, they have no hesitation to cross these borders themselves in their drive for maximum profits. Still another reason for workers to unite worldwide to destroy this thieving system and replace it with one run by and for the working class — communism. 

Wednesday
Mar312010

The $2.5 TRILLION Swindle: U.S. Rulers Plunder Workers’ Social Security to Fund Wars

In one of the U.S. ruling class’s biggest swindles in history on the backs of the working class, the rulers have plundered Social Security (SS) surpluses of $2.5 TRILLION and used the swag to finance every U.S. imperialist war from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Now they want to plunder it still more.

A recent NY Times front-page article (3/24) reported that for the first time in decades the annual money being paid out in Social Security (SS) checks will exceed the amount coming in from current SS payroll taxes. It said that continuation of this trend will cause the SS Trust Fund to go broke, on “a long, slow march to insolvency.”

Already Alan Greenspan, “architect of the plan to rescue” SS 27 years ago, is saying, “When the level of the trust fund gets to zero, you have to cut benefits.” (NYT, 3/24) Actually it was Greenspan’s“rescue plan” that helped steal the $2.5 trillion from SS’s surplus.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

Palestine: Strikers’ Solidarity Bucks Bosses At Every Turn

YERUCHAM, ISRAEL, March 25 — Late last year, workers at the Ackerstein factory — one of Israel’s largest construction material manufacturers — in this southern town decided to stand up and fight their boss’s terror by establishing a democratic and independent union. Their struggle culminated in a strike and occupation of the factory, demanding union recognition and a union contract. Yerucham is located in Israel’s “deep south,” where most residents are low-wage Jewish workers, as well as super-exploited Bedouins. Their multi-racial unity carried the day.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

PL’ers Honor Fallen Haiti Comrade: ‘You Can Kill A Revolutionary But You Can’t Kill The Revolution!’

PORT-AU-PRINCE, MARCH 16 — As we gathered to mourn a fallen comrade in Haiti, Janil Louis-Juste, the famous cry of IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) “Wobbly” rebel Joe Hill, before the bosses executed him in 1915, came to mind. “Don’t mourn; organize!” Janil was a leader of students and faculty at the State University of Haiti in their militant 2009 campaign against cuts and in support of the Haitian workers’ struggle for a livable minimum wage.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

Philly Bosses Are the Real ‘Flash Mobsters’

PHILADELPHIA, March 29 — Communists in PLP want a world where our children are collectively nurtured regardless of the color of their skin. Racism is not human nature, but is a creation of capitalism. Racism allows the bosses to make billions in extra profits by paying lower wages to black and Latino workers, dragging down the wages of all workers. Communist revolution will get rid of the capitalist profit system that must use racism.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

Workers + Students + Red Ideas Unite vs. Transit Bosses

NEW YORK CITY, March 4 — Over 3,000 transit workers and nearly a thousand students protested in front of an MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) hearing to oppose a wave of MTA’s proposed racist cuts. The agency claims an $800 million budget deficit and is demanding student payments for metrocards, layoffs and a possible fare hike in 2011. It also appealed a legally-binding arbitration award for city bus and subway workers, denying raises for six months.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

Transit Workers’ Class Unity Backs Students’ Free Passes

SAN FRANCISCO, March 29 — Capitalism thrives when the workers think of themselves just as individuals. But when workers view themselves as a class, that the struggles of one person or group are more similar than different from others, and that an attack against one worker is an attack against our class — then the capitalists see this as a potential danger for their class.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

Japan: Youth Shift to Left Needs Real Red Leadership

The capitalist crisis that hit Japan in the early 1990’s has sharply increased unemployment and homelessness, forcing many workers into “Capsule Hotels.” The deepening global financial crisis has worsened this situation, leading to a staggering 25% unemployment rate, but also to an emerging fight-back by workers, teachers and students. In a country once boasting to be the stronghold of economic equality, now over one-third of Japan’s workers are hired on “flexible” and temporary contracts. Over 200,000 have been laid off since October 2008.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

‘Jobs, Not Jails!’ Baltimore Youth Blast School-to-Prison Pipeline

The following is an interview of a friend of PLP about the protests in Baltimore on March 4.

Q. What is the school-to-prison pipeline?

A. School-to-prison pipeline is the need for our youth, especially minorities, to not be able to go to school because the system profits more if they end up in the juvenile justice system. 

Q. You took part in the March 4th events in Baltimore.  Can you tell us a little about what happened?

A. It was a really inspirational day. We started in downtown Baltimore at Camden Yards where we waited for students to arrive and listened to speeches about the importance of why we were marching. Next we started the march past the state school board building where we met up with more students and let the people inside know we were serious. In the following events, we marched to the juvenile justice center [and] we chanted different things such as “Jobs Not Jails.”

Q. What exactly is being demanded, and what did it feel like to be part of that major protest?

A. They are demanding that 100 out of the 300 million dollars that is being allocated for more youth jails be redirected towards education. They are demanding this from the governor because he owes the city money due to a state mandate that has yet to be paid to the youth of Baltimore. I felt like I was doing something important to help students.

Q. Why do you think the cops didn’t arrest the people who sat-in and picketed, right inside the Baby Bookings [juvenile jail] complex?

A. I think they didn’t arrest anyone who sat-in or picketed because it wouldn’t be in their best interest to arrest any of the students or adults. If they did that would cause more media coverage for our cause and it could have caused an uproar from the students.

Q. What is Progressive Labor Party’s analysis about why U.S. capitalism, year after year, incarcerates such tremendous numbers of working-class people?

A. The capitalists of America need prison labor to produce products cheap to make a huge profit. Private prison contractors make a lot more money using prisoners to labor for cheap. The capitalist state needs the school-to-prison pipeline. To end it we have to
destroy the capitalist state and establish working-class power, which means a dictatorship of the working class.

Q. There was a very good Town Hall meeting last month to help organize for March 4. Can you tell us about Progressive Labor Party’s contribution to that event?

A. During the open discussion period of the meeting a comrade took a firm position that the school-to-prison pipeline was wrong and that the only solution is a communist revolution. Then the people on the panel at the Town Hall meeting were asked what they thought of revolution. It caused the audience to begin to cheer for our comrade and showed that we aren’t the only ones here to believe in revolution.

Q. On March 4 itself, how many people helped distribute PLP’s communist newspaper, CHALLENGE, and about how many participants took copies of the paper?

A. On March 4 there were three people passing out CHALLENGE and we got out close to a hundred papers and made a couple of new friends of the Party.

Q. Last year, only 4,285 students graduated from public high schools in Baltimore City, but a larger number — about 6,000 young people — were arrested by the police.  How do you think we can solve this problem?

A. As I discussed above the only solution would be a communist revolution. We should start with a class-consciousness that would help these students learn that the bosses need these numbers to keep their families and minorities as a whole oppressed. 

Wednesday
Mar312010

UAW Patriotism Betrays GM Workers in Plant Closing

FREEMONT, CA, February 26 — “TOYOTA BETRAYS AMERICAN WORKERS,” screams the glossy, very expensive flier being distributed at the U.S. Auto Show. “Help save 50,000 American jobs,” is what those leafleting are instructed to tell those entering the auto show. This red, white and blue nonsense is what passes for a UAW campaign to “save” the NUMMI assembly plant that is scheduled to close on March 31, tossing 4,500 workers and their families into the street.

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