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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
May192019

May Day Communist Greetings from Israel

Israel is again becoming overtly fascist. Gone are the liberal masks of the 1990s and the early 2000s. Now, government officials openly advocate for annexing the (already occupied) West Bank and establishing an open apartheid regime where Palestinian residents will be forced to live under Israeli rule. The government increasingly censures the press, and uses libel lawsuits to silence criticism. Openly sexist, and - of course - racist politicians will likely be ministerial appointees in the next administration.

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Sunday
May192019

May Day Communist Greetings from Haiti

To comrades around the world—Here we are in the month of May just like that of 1886. A May that reminds us of the bitter victory of our class: the work day had been cut to 8 hours, but many workers and union leaders died, were jailed, wounded, or were hung for their efforts.
Yes, May is a month that marks us, and we will mark it as well, after the end of the bosses’ rule. This is the moment that we will celebrate. We won’t be celebrating our lives only as workers, but as revolutionaries.
Let us deplore that, in spite of the struggles carried out, all the demonstrations and marches against the exploitation of our class by the bosses, our working conditions are often worse than in most of the countries in the world. And it is this sad reality which pushes us to unite as a class, to build, under the leadership of the Progressive Labor Party, a communist revolution. Communism, a system where workers rule in their own interests as a class, is the only solution to all the horrors of capitalism – racism, sexism, nationalism, unemployment, exploitation, poverty, imperialist wars, and all the rest.

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Sunday
May192019

Colombia: One class, one world, one party

BOGOTA,Colombia—Thirty-five-thousand workers once again commemorated May Day, the international working-class holiday, marching in different parts of this city. Their struggles expressed economic and political demands.

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Saturday
May182019

In the name of Tyrone and antiracism, workers shut down Johns Hopkins U

BALTIMORE, May 7— The inspiring sit-in at Hopkins University’s Garland Hall – the building in which the university president has his office – is now in its 36th day. Ever since May 1, the occupation has been on an even bolder level. It’s no longer a sit-in with university offices still functioning. The building is now locked down and under the full control of the sit-in, adding muscle to the three demands, all strongly anti-racist!
The Progressive Labor Party is involved in the struggle and also in sharpening the antiracist politics through CHALLENGE, especially in fighting for the understanding that liberalism cannot defeat racism(see next issue for update).

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Sunday
May052019

Sri Lanka: trapped in imperialist rivalry & identity politics 

The Easter Sunday church bombings in the island nation of Sri Lanka killed 359 people, injured hundreds more, and terrified the whole population. This attack exposes two lethal dangers for the international working class: on the one hand, ruling-class infighting fueled by inter-imperialist rivals; on the other, the backward, anti-revolutionary ideas of identity politics.
Progressive Labor Party fights for working-class unity, the principle that an injury to one is an injury to all. We fight for a world without racism, sexism, profits, or borders. Join us in a lifetime mission of fighting for the best possible world: communism!

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Sunday
May052019

Fight for communism; our future is on the line


I am a high school student and I stand in solidarity with the international working class to eradicate this capitalist system, and eventually, fight for worldwide communism.
Capitalism is a system that gets working-class people killed. We are killed from hunger. We are killed by homelessness. We are killed by bombs, drones, and bullets. We are killed by overdose or suicide.

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Sunday
May052019

Democratic socialism: Basis for wider war

The next U.S. president will inherit the task of maintaining U.S. imperialism’s blood-soaked world leadership. The long-term trends of U.S. imperialist decline and Chinese imperialist ascendancy makes for an ever-more volatile world situation.
The working class is faced with choosing between following one set of bosses or another as they spend our class’ lives killing each other in war for their power and benefit, or the best option building a revolutionary communist movement to smash capitalism once and for all with revolution.
Sooner or later regional war will explode into major war requiring a military draft. The task the bosses will demand of the next U.S. president will be to win over U.S. workers to sacrifice, for U.S. youth to die and to build a mass fascist movement to force the smaller fascist U.S. bosses to fund wider war.

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Sunday
May052019

‘I always felt communism was natural to me’

   I joined the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) for many reasons. Most importantly it was my shared hatred for the way things are currently governed under the capitalist catastrophe, in combo with the harsh realities of being a Black worker forced to live under this racist system. A woman PL’er  introduced me to communist ideas. I began revealing to her things that bothered me about our existence as Black people and how our lives aligned with others around the world, and she helped me realize the ways in which my thought processes aligned with party’s line.

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Sunday
May052019

Why I became a communist

I decided to commit to communism and join the Progressive Labor Party because it was the right thing to do—the progressive thing to do for my family, friends, community, and the earth.
These are loose stats but it feels as though one out of two people I talk to are workers who are tired of working, exhausted by capitalism, not having insurance and drinking Robitussin and other homemade remedies for their colds and ailments because they can’t afford to go pay for prescribed medicine.
I’m done with being super-exploited as a Black, queer woman and disgusted with U.S. imperialism and the effects that war and greed has on the Earth’s land and atmosphere. I’m done with knowing that we should do better and not acting.

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Sunday
May052019

Stop & Shop strike exposes lousy union; inspires all!

 BOSTON, MA, April 29–On April 11, Stop & Shop workers at 240 stores went on strike in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut in the first grocery workers’ strike in 15 years at the only unionized supermarket chain in New England. Strikers said NO to low wages, attacks on pension plans, ending overtime pay for Sundays and holidays, drastic cuts to health care plans, and reduced hours for part-time workers. Progressive Labor Party (PLP) members and friends walked picket lines at half a dozen stores in Boston and Worcester, urging other workers to support the strike and calling for an end to the capitalist profit system. 
This strike was a heroic attack on a huge capitalist company and adds to the encouraging rise of strikes in the U.S. It was nearly 100 percent solid and strongly supported by customers. Stop & Shop lost $100 million during the 11-day strike, 75 percent of their business.  Worker solidarity beat back many company attacks, but workers still remain at semi-starvation wages.

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