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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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Thursday
Jul082010

France: While Union Hacks Try to Save System 2,000,000 Marchers Hit Pension Cuts

PARIS, July 3 — On June 24, nearly 2,000,000 workers protested the bosses’ government’s pension “reform” which will cut pensions by up to 40% over the next 40 years and raise the minimum age for a partial pension to 62 as well as the minimum age for a full pension to 67. The 1.9 million demonstrated in 201 rallies and marches across France. In Paris, 130,000 marched.

Thousands struck — almost 20% of civil servants, 16% of local government workers, and 12.5% of hospital workers as well as half the Finance Ministry workers. These figures doubled the number striking during the previous May 27 action.

Polls reported two-thirds of the country supported the June 24 actions and 56% oppose the government’s retirement “reform.” Half of those opposing the reform said they would fight it.

Pushing back the legal retirement age will especially penalize the working class, most of whom don’t attend college and consequently begin working earlier.

The CGT union leaders who called the demonstrations were surprised that twice as many turned out as they had forecast. The campaign will continue throughout the summer, including holding protest rallies at stops of the Tour de France bicycle race.

The French cabinet is to approve the retirement “reform” on July 13. Demonstrations and another 24-hour strike are planned for Sept. 7, when the French parliament will debate the issue.

But the trade unions remain firmly attached to capitalism. They denounce the pension cuts as a “brake on consumer consumption” which will stall any recovery from capitalism’s economic crisis. Instead of worrying about saving the profit system which constantly attacks the workers, the working class needs to destroy capitalism and its exploitation with communist revolution. 

Thursday
Jul082010

Bangladesh: Garment Strikers Shut Shops, Roads; Hurl Bricks at Cops  

In Bangladesh, some of the most exploited workers in the world are militantly fighting back and are beginning to come together as a class. Since June 13, tens of thousands of garment workers (85% of whom are women) have closed down 700 factories, shut down main roads to Dhaka (the capital), erected barricades and lobbed bricks at the police who have tried to tear gas and beat the workers. Large demonstrations of workers have divided up into smaller groups and visited factories and brought the workers there out into the streets.

Three million textile workers toil for less than $25 a month. They work in 4,500 factories turning out garments for Walmart, Levi Strauss, H&M, Zara and Carrefour, who sell them for many times what the workers are paid. Besides receiving pennies an hour in wages, the workers work long hours, and are often not paid on time.

The workers are demanding that their wages be tripled. The big retailers like Walmart have made a fortune off the low-paid labor of women workers in Asian countries. But workers in Bangladesh, Vietnam (where 10,000 shoe factory workers recently went on strike), China and other Asian countries are demonstrating once again that exploitation engenders class struggle and some day, revolution. 

Thursday
Jul082010

France: Immigrants’ Strike ‘Over’ But Strikers Keep Up Fight  

PARIS, June 29 — The strike is not over for all of the 6,769 undocumented workers who struck here since last October. On June 27, their delegates decided to maintain their action against all bosses who have not yet signed a “promise to employ.” This document (called a Cerfa in French), is required for “legalization.” But many bosses must be forced to sign them. And there are many details to be followed to obtain “legalization.

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Thursday
Jul082010

1,011 Billionaires Steal $3.5 TRILLION From World’s Working Class — That’s Capitalism  

Three and one-half TRILLION dollars….That is the net worth of the 1,011 billionaires in the world today! The wealth of these 1,011 capitalists is probably enough to feed, house and clothe all the billions who live in poverty. But that’s not the way capitalism works.

These blood-sucking bosses accumulated that wealth on the backs of all those who are ill-fed, ill-housed and ill-clothed. It could take care of all the so-called “deficits” afflicting hundreds of millions of workers today.

But again, these bosses’ drive for maximum profits — the cornerstone of the capitalist system — is what puts tens of millions out of work, cuts budgets for schools, forecloses houses, all growing out of the nature of the profit system. When every president, finance minister, governor and mayor says “we” have to “share the sacrifice” of the crisis of capitalism, they represent the interests of these rapacious billionaires. And in cases of politicians like NYC’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg, they are one and the same person, cutting budgets for schools, mass transit and all social services.

A recent Forbes Magazine reports all these gory details: the average net worth of these 1,011 is $3.5 billion (multiplying those two figures produces the above $3.5 trillion). The richest is Mexico’s Carlos Slim, with $53.5 billion, slightly ahead of Bill Gates. The U.S. has 403 on that list; China has 64; Russia has 62.

A system that produces such exploitation of the world’s working class is begging to be destroyed, to be replaced by a system — communism — where our class which produces all that wealth will share it according to need.

Thursday
Jul082010

Disproving the Hero Theory of History  

The “Black Jacobins,” published in 1989, has the complete title “Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution.” But the author, C.L.R. James, points out Toussaint’s (known leader of the Haitian Revolution) grave political weaknesses. He proves that other less-known leaders and the masses themselves were the true movers of Haiti’s revolution against France and for freedom from slavery. This book is an important account of a massive fight against imperialism.

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Thursday
Jul082010

Obama Setting New Record for Racist Deportations  

As part of the ruling class’s plan to step up racist terror against all workers, Barack Obama — whose election as the first black President supposedly signaled an era of a sharp decline in racism — has set a goal of deporting 400,000 immigrant workers in 2010, an all-time high. This increase in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) terror represents a steady trend over the last eight years — a 132% increase in spending on immigration enforcement and a 142% increase in deportations. That totals over 2.6 million racist deportations, two thirds of which (1.7 million) were non-criminal deportations.

Representing the clearest form of U.S.-style fascism, these raids are designed to intimidate Latino workers, both documented and undocumented, in order to drive down wages and further disorganize the working class. In one brazen example of the anti-working class nature of these raids ICE thugs — spurred on by the company — raided Smithfield Pork’s North Carolina plant in 2007 to break a workers’ unionizing drive. To drive the point home, seven months later they raided the local neighborhoods. Since then workplace and neighborhood raids have been common. Prior to the 2010 immigrants’ rights march in Washington, D.C., Obama had ICE raid D.C. area restaurants and neighborhoods to intimidate Latino workers.

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Thursday
Jun242010

PLP Serves Notice on Aryan Racists: ‘Death to the Fascists!’

GETTYSBURG, PA, June 19 — “We brought these gutter racists our message — there will be no free passes for them! We will stomp on them like roaches!” So spoke a comrade after our inspiring and militant demonstration here against the Aryan Nation fascists.

It was an exciting day as our group — a multi-racial, multi-generational group of teachers, students and workers — travelled to the site of the National Park museum dedicated to the history of the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. Not surprisingly, over the years this museum has become less anti-racist in character and more of an “objective” museum that shows “both sides” of the Civil War, exemplified by the displays of the Confederate flag, the hated symbol of racism and slavery.

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Thursday
Jun242010

War, Police State Agenda At Stake: Rulers Fear Obama Slips on Oil Spill

The Gulf oil spill comes at a bad time for Obama and the Rockefeller-led imperialist wing of U.S. capitalists he serves. Just when economic calamity and sharpening global rivalry force U.S. war-makers to centralize control over industry and finance, the disaster exposes White House weaknesses and growing disunity among the bosses.

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Thursday
Jun242010

As PL’ers Point Out Communist Road: Rank and File Dump Sellouts, Fight School Bosses’ Attacks

CHICAGO, June 14 — At 6 am on a Tuesday morning hundreds of teachers and supporters picketed the downtown offices of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) before work. Later that day, the Board of Education passed a resolution allowing schools CEO Ron Huberman to increase class size and fire teachers. The demonstrators were sending a message that they intended to fight any increase in class size. As one sign put it: “When you cut teachers, students bleed.”

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Thursday
Jun242010

‘Money for Books, Not for Crooks! Angry Teachers Turn Bosses’ ‘Small Schools’ into Big Anti-Racist Struggle

BROOKLYN, NY, June 11 -— The unified, spirited voices of about 50 staff members and students rang through the streets as they rallied in front of their school against the latest rounds of racist budget cuts to all NYC schools.

 “They say cut back, we say fight back” and “Money for books, not for crooks” were just a few of the chants used during the half hour rally. This action reflects an effort by PLP members in two of the three schools housed in this one building, to unite the students and the staff in some struggle.

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