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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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Friday
Apr302010

Sit-downers Win A Little; Only Communism Can Win It All

SEYNE-SUR-MER, FRANCE, April 19 — The 120 Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) workers won a victory of sorts today in their struggle for a separation bonus (see CHALLENGE, 4/28).

The workers were demanding a 15,000-euro separation bonus (a total of 1,800,000 euros — $2,250,000) and a fund to tide them over until unemployment benefits kick in.

On April 17, a majority of the workers’ general assembly voted to end the one-week sit-down strike and lift the threat to burn down the factory after the prefect in Toulon promised to free up 450,000 euros for job training and to speed up the payment of unemployment benefits. Those measures were finalized today at a round-table meeting with the trade unions.

This, of course, is far less than what the workers were demanding, but they would have got nothing if they had not taken militant action. Only organizing for communist revolution can get workers off the treadmill of fighting for — and accepting — crumbs from the bosses’ table.

[Correction — PIP is owned by the U.S. company Heritage Worldwide, Inc., not Falic Fashion Group, as previously reported. CHALLENGE regrets the error.] J

Friday
Apr302010

Hiding U.S. Imperialism’s Carnage in Iraq is the Key to ‘The Hurt Locker’

“The Hurt Locker,” winner of six academy awards, follows a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team during the Iraq War. William James, Owen Eldridge and J.T. Sanborn are members of a U.S. Army “Bravo” EOD unit. They contend not only with defusing bombs but the insurgency of the “enemy.” Advertised as a suspenseful picture, which is “near perfect,” audiences know in advance that Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have killed many U.S. soldiers and thousands more Iraqis. Bigelow sets us up in a “perfect” omission of the reason for the U.S. Army being there in the first place. Soldiers are portrayed as life-saving heroes.

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Friday
Apr302010

Sustainable World Only Through Communism — Global Warming: It’s Profit System that Heats Up Planet

Part 1:

Global warming is not simply “man-made” as the Nobel committee stated — it is in fact capitalist-made. Capitalism, and not humanity, is the cause of global warming.

Grow or die is the law of capitalism. The net effect of this planless competitive system is that as each corporation is driven to expand by the drive to stay alive, the total accumulation of capital grows.

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Thursday
Apr152010

Reforms Won’t Stop Capitalism’s MURDER IN THE MINES

MONTCOAL, WV, April 8 — There is probably no greater exposé of the failure of reforms than the murder of 29 miners in the Massey Energy-owned Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine here. The statements coming from Obama and his Secy. of Labor, from this state’s Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and this district’s Democratic Party Congressman, from the various Mine “Safety” officials and from the company’s CEO, Donald Blankenship, reek with hypocrisy. Their “cries” for these dead miners ring as hollow as anything the politician-servants of U.S. capitalism have ever come up with.

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Thursday
Apr152010

Behind ‘Attack’ on Murderous Mine Baron: Liberal Bosses Vie for Control of Strategic Coal, Steel

MONTCOAL, WV, April 58 — When 40 workers died last month in a flooded Chinese coal mine, U.S. media strongly suggested the racist idea that human life is cheap to Asians. They followed a familiar script, trying to demonize an economic rival and potential military enemy.  “China’s coal mining industry is the world’s deadliest, with thousands of miners perishing every year in the pursuit of fuel for the country’s rapidly expanding economy.” (Wall Street Journal, 4/7)

But when an explosion killed 29 West Virginia coal miners a week later, U.S. rulers’ mainstream mouthpieces, like the NY Times, did something startling. They hammered at the profit motive behind the atrocity, editorializing (4/6): “[A]nger is building against the mine’s owner, the Massey Energy Company, which has long been accused by its critics of putting profits before the welfare of its workers.”

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Thursday
Apr152010

PL Part of Miners’ Militant History

PLP has long been active supporting and participating in miners’ struggles, both in the U.S. and abroad.

‘Communism Comes To The
Mountains!’

One of our first actions — six months after having launched the Progressive Labor Movement (PLM) — was to support a 1963 strike of 500 wildcatting rank-and-file miners in Hazard, Kentucky. The armed miners went from mine to mine, routing scabs and dynamiting scab mines. PLM members organized a Trade Union Solidarity Committee and shipped truck- and trailer-loads of food and clothing to the militant miners while collecting money from workers outside factory gates in NYC, Buffalo and San Francisco. Our effort transformed the strike into a national issue.

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Thursday
Apr152010

Need D.C. Worker-Rider Unity vs. Racist Metro Bosses’ Attack

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1 — A bloc of Metro transit workers challenged the Metro board during public hearings tonight as the bosses continued to give workers and riders the choice between losing an arm and losing a leg, i.e., either support cuts in service and layoffs or an increase in fares.

The Metro workers joined dozens of riders in condemning the public hearings as a charade to pretend that the politicians, bureaucrats, and managers who run Metro care about riders and workers. On the contrary, they turn a blind eye to the on-the-job deaths of workers from unsafe conditions and somberly intone that some sacrifices (by workers!) will be needed. Their strategy (supporting the big capitalists) demonstrates that to create a safe workplace and decent standard of living, our class must smash their state and create a communist, worker-run society that serves only working class needs and dismantles all forms of capitalism.

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Thursday
Apr152010

Fight for Patient Safety: Bosses’ ‘Gag’ Order Triggers Temple Hospital Nurses’ Strike

PHILADELPHIA, April 5 — One of the cherished notions that the bosses push in defense of their capitalist system is that workers have the right to freedom of speech. Nurses and allied professionals at Temple Hospital are learning that this “right” can disappear quickly when it interferes with the bosses’ profit-making.

During contract negotiations Temple bosses insisted on a “gag clause” that would allow them to fire nurses for speaking out publicly against poor quality care. One nurse was told by a boss, “if you want your constitutional rights you will have to go somewhere else.”

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Thursday
Apr152010

Exposé of Racism Spurs Students to Action

This year I decided to go on the offensive at my high school in politically organizing my students. I chose the book “The Farming of Bones,” by Edwidge Danticat, about the racist genocide against Haitians in the Dominican Republic in 1937. This could help me intensify a contradiction in my largely Dominican school and neighborhood, raise important aspects of the Party’s line and bring a larger contingent of students to May Day.

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Thursday
Apr152010

French Train Strike Signals Fighting Spirit

PARIS, April 7 — Launching of a national train strike here today indicated that workers’ fighting spirit is growing. They’re demanding 2,000 new jobs and an end to restructuring. A relatively high number of train drivers and conductors — over one-third — are participating in a renewable 24-hour strike against the national train company.

This indicated that worker militancy may
finally be forcing the union misleaders to organize more than symbolic 24-hour strikes. For decades, workers’ capacity to shut down industries here has been frittered away on “symbolic” strikes.

The strike is limited by the small number of non-train crew workers involved, and respect for the government-imposed minimum service, which has kept 75% of the high-speed trains and 60% of other trains rolling.

When rank-and-file workers take control of a strike, it can be a step in upping the ante of class struggle, which, with the development of communist leadership, could lead to a revolutionary movement to end capitalism with communist revolution.