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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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Sunday
Mar242019

Green New Deal: Liberal bosses push fascism

The Youth Climate Strike on March 15 brought school walkouts to dozens of countries. Millions have been driven to participate out of disgust with capitalism’s wanton destruction of the natural world. Masses of people took to the streets across Europe, Chile, India, Kenya, South Africa, New Zealand and dozens more countries.
To realize the potential power of the working class to unite and fight for a better world, we will have to free ourselves from the ruling class’ leadership of the climate movement. The environmental movement is being led and promoted by the main wing U.S. bosses and their allies in Europe who are moving towards fascism to hold onto control of their increasingly threatened liberal world order.

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Sunday
Mar242019

JHU: Reject police on campus

Baltimore, MD – Students at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) have joined local residents to combat JHU’s push for a state law authorizing it to establish a private police force that will patrol campus areas and neighboring public streets. These “Hop Cops” would report to and serve the interests of the administration and board of JHU. That’s how capitalism works. Workers and students need a system that serves our needs. That’s communism.

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Sunday
Mar242019

Oakland strike builds confidence for future battles

BAY AREA, March 20—Teachers in the Oakland Education Association (OEA) went on strike and settled a new contract. Oakland public schools are a product of the same racism addressed in the recent LA, Denver, West Virginia and Charter school strikes. This strike was a mass school for pro-communist ideas.
Progressive Labor Party (PLP)members participated in picket lines at seven schools, worked with friends and co-workers before the strike to build consciousness and solidarity, participated in the mass actions organized by the OEA, and distributed leaflets and literature. PLP teachers were embedded in the picket lines and the on-site organizing and decision-making at their schools.

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Sunday
Mar242019

Fight Sexism, Build Communism: MEXICO

MEXICO, March 19—The International Conference of Socialist Women, held in Denmark in 1910, established March 8 as the International Working Women’s Day, to recognize women’s struggle for their political and economic rights. This communist origin, and its significance in the revolutionary struggle to end the special oppression of working-class women, is generally unknown or purposelessly hidden.
Progressive Labor Party (PLP) organizes all workers to put an end to the capitalist system and its sexist ideology that justifies and promotes the special oppression of women. Financially, this oppression generates huge profits for the capitalists due to the super exploitation of women. Politically, sexist ideology divides the working class, limiting its capacity to organize and struggle.

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Sunday
Mar242019

Fight Sexism, Build Communism: HAITI

HAITI, March 19—Working class women are in a precarious condition in Haiti. Despite the fact that the government has a minister of women’s affairs, and there are many organizations who “fight” for the rights of women, against discrimination between men and women and against domestic violence perpetrated against women—nothing has really improved in the lives of working women in Haiti.

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Sunday
Mar242019

College forum: when will CUNY go on strike?

During a forum discussion about the recent outbreak of teacher strikes, a Bronx college student asked “Yes, but when will we go on strike here at CUNY?” Whether raising tuition every year or paying poverty wages to part-time instructors, these attacks are racist as they target students and faculty that are disproportionally Black and Latin. But militant, multi-racial, student & faculty fightback is growing on a number of campuses. We are organizing forums, conferences, rallies and “grade-ins.”

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Sunday
Mar242019

Workers' studygroup debate Blackkklansman, a pro-cop film

NEW YORK CITY, March 19—Over 20 Progressive Labor Party members (PLP) and friends at a local study group compared the nationalist lies of “Blackkklansman,” the film directed by Spike Lee to Boots Riley’s heroic tale of multiracial workers fighting back in “Sorry to Bother You.” We watched both movies. We discussed how Riley’s is a pro-working class movie while Spike Lee (who started his career as an anti-cop writer/director) is now doing the work for the ruling class in his pro-cop film.

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Sunday
Mar242019

The homecare industry: wage slavery

    “I spend my life in someone else’s home, shunned from family and my life. I work day and night, 24 hours at work without rest. My body aches all over, my nerves have been damaged.” These jarring words are one of the many vivid snapshots from the film “The 24 Hour Workday,” a grassroots documentary that exposes the level of hyper-exploitation suffered by women workers in the home care industry. Divorced from the film’s context, these words sound like they came from the pages of a history book about Black women workers living in bondage up until the 19th century, many of whom raised the slaveowners’ children, losing their own. After organizing with homecare workers, I think this should be rightfully called out as modern-day wage slavery. The homecare industry still retains much of the racist and sexist essence it did in the past.
Women—predominately immigrants, Black, Latin, and Asian—make up 93 percent of the labor force in the homecare industry. The homecare workers who star in the film reflect this statistic. They’re mostly immigrants from Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and China, who came here in order to escape poverty or violence, to give their families a better hope for the future.

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Thursday
Mar142019

Israeli elections: fight between fascists

With six weeks left in his re-election campaign, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to be indicted on charges of bribery and “breach of trust.” The embattled, U.S.-led liberal world order needs a change to sustain its control over Israel, its strategic bulwark against Iran, the pro-Iran regime in Syria, and the threat of expanding Russian influence in the oil-rich Middle East. Netanyahu’s open fascism and racism, on top of his petty corruption and divisive style, no longer serves the liberal racist bosses’ interests in the region.

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Friday
Mar082019

Budding U.S. national socialism, a kiss of fascism

This is the first of a series of articles examining the development of mainstream phony socialists and socialism. Here we explain how this boss-approved “socialism” may in fact be best suited to the political program of liberal fascism and liberal imperialism associated with the main wing of the U.S. ruling class.
Sometimes the best way for capitalists to exercise power is to let the workers vote for “socialists.” That is what we are seeing with Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (also known by her initials AOC) in the United States today. It is also what we have seen from a whole band of “socialists” who have emerged since the 1990s in Latin America and Europe: France has had Jacques François Hollande, Bolivia still has Evo Morales, Brazil has had Lula da Silva, Mexico now has Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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