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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
Apr192018

THE KLAN IN BLUE KILLS Saheed Vassell

Brooklyn, ny—Saheed Vassell was a 34 year old Black man widely known on the block where he was gunned down on April 4th by a New York Police Department (NYPD) hitsquad with no questions asked. This racist killing shows “community policing” as a liberal farce meant to cover up the true nature of the cops. Community policing is portrayed as helpful, friendly and in tune with the needs of the residents. In reality the cops shot and killed Saheed within seconds of arriving on the scene.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Fight for jobs and communism

BROOKLYN, March 29—“What do we want? JOB RETENTION! When do we want it? NOW!” Chants echoed through Kingsborough Community College’s (KCC) cafeteria as a multiracial group of almost two dozen women and men students, faculty, and campus workers, paraded to the cash registers.
The rally was held in defense of about 50 mostly Black, Latin and women cafeteria workers facing mass terminations at the end of the day. Their privately contracted employer, Metropolitan Food Services (MFS), had announced earlier in the week that their contract was terminated by KCC.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Antiracists Mark Sanitation Strike & MLK assassination

MEMPHIS, TN, April 4—Fifty years ago, 1,300 mostly Black sanitation workers fought an important and bold battle here. Today, Memphis is still ravaged by capitalism. All voting has done is promote some Black politicians. More than ever, we need a militat anti-racist, anti-sexist movement with workers’ power, communism, as our goal.

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Thursday
Apr192018

NYC: Sharpen the fight against racist terror

NEW YORK CITY, April 19—Recently, our church justice and peace community met to review our past several months’ work and to plan for our “spring offensive.” Those of us involved in the Sanctuary  movement attended a city-wide meeting to continue planning and organizing movements against racist ICE raids in our neighborhoods.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Communist soldiers, key to destroying imperialism

A friend from China had an interesting reaction when he saw the 2005 documentary Sir! No Sir! This friend sometimes gets upset when I talk about China as a rising imperialist power. I’m trying to make the point that when imperialists start wars with each other over control of the word’s riches, we “don’t have a dog in that fight.” But my friend is painfully aware of the history of racist humiliation the Chinese experienced from the middle of the 19th century until the communist-led revolution in 1949. This colors his thinking. Clearly, if we are to have Chinese workers and youth as friends and eventually comrades, we must know a little history (see box).
Learning from the Vietnam Rebellion
So what impacted my friend profoundly about that film?

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Friday
Apr062018

Facebook aids opposition; Main wing bosses crack fascist whip

Facebook is on the hot seat as the main-wing U.S. bosses have launched a multi-front attack to force billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg to contribute more to their war plans. They’re also sending a message to the other technology mega-companies: They must serve the political needs of finance capitalism or suffer the consequences.

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Friday
Apr062018

Howard University Student OCCUPATION ENTERS DAY 7

Calling for the firing of the Howard University president, along with an end to racist tuition hikes and a sexist campus culture, HU Resist and hundreds of Howard University students are occupying the main administration building.
On March 25, the protesters made nine demands to both address immediate needs on campus and express support for workers in the surrounding LeDroit-Shaw neighborhood. (See box).  Four days later, the students seized the administration building.

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Friday
Apr062018

March For Our Lives: Communists expose murderous pols & profit system

Bringing communist ideas to the masses, the Progressive Labor Party and friends joined thousands in Texas in the March for Our Lives protests.
We participated in both the annual Cesar Chavez March and the March for Our Lives, held on the same day. We distributed hundreds of leaflets that exposed the central role the bosses’ violence against the working class under capitalism.

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Friday
Apr062018

‘Education for Liberation’ Conference Empowers Antiracist Students

NEW YORK CITY, March 17—Students led the Education for Liberation conference in a local college to discuss how to fight for workers’ power while getting educated in the bosses’ school system.  True to Progressive Labor Party’s commitment to youth-driven leadership, both teacher and student comrades led two workshops on the critical topics of racial integration inside schools and the concealed issue of the school-to-prison pipeline (STPP). With an emphasis on militant fight back against racial inequality as the best “therapy.” the conference succeeded in not only strengthening the political understanding of young comrades while also widening the number of workers who are now supportive of PLP’s fight for a better world (see below).

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Friday
Apr062018

International forum opposes imperialist war on Yemen

The highlight of the event was the testimony given by a number of young people who spoke of how the war impacted them. One famiy was stranded in a refugee camp, unable to come to the U.S. due to the anti-Muslim travel ban. Another was captured and tortured in Yemen.

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