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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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Sunday
May052019

May Day Greetings from Colombia

Colombia–As we prepare for May Day, the International Worker’s holiday, when millions of workers around the world will march to celebrate the history of struggle against the terrorist capitalist system with its crisis of its over production, competition for maximum profits, and capitalist rivalries, that threaten a new imperialist world war.
 Members of Progressive Labor Party (PLP) in Colombia would like to send all workers, comrades, friends and supporters of PLP around the globe, militant and warm greetings. With each passing May Day it becomes abundantly clear that the boss’ democracy does not work for the benefit of the working class, and it cannot be reformed. Thus the capitalist system and its bankrupt democracy must be destroyed by worker’s power.
 Capitalism creates a world where countless women, men, and children die by the millions because of poverty, incurable illnesses, racist killings at the hands of the bosses police and military, and environmental poisoning. Horrible conditions such as unemployment, wage slavery, sexism and war, do not automatically make workers communists, nor do they breed a revolutionary consciousness. It is only when millions of oppressed workers gain class consciousness, the understanding of the enemy capitalism, and make the decision to fight and unite as a single class. This must be done under the revolutionary leadership of a party.

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Sunday
May052019

Delivery workers demand Sage restaurant serve justice

BROOKLYN, April 30 – Early this month delivery workers made a brave decision to stage a protest and work stoppage against their racist bosses at Sage, a Thai restaurant in the Williamsburg neighborhood. These mostly Latin and immigrant workers had been meeting with a Bushwick-based community organization, in which Progressive Labor Party (PLP) is active. The racist bosses at Sage have stolen $500,000 in back pay from their workers (Eater New York, 4/3). The workers are also seeking paid overtime and sick leave. Capitalism exists to extract profits from all workers, and superprofits from our class’ most vulnerable members. These working class fighters are starting to realize they have the power to change their condition. PLP is working to move them even further, to fight for a world free from all exploitation—communism.

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Sunday
May052019

Oakland celebrates May Day

OAKLAND—Progressive Labor Party comrades and friends held our annual May Day dinner tonight for the Bay Area and the Davis/Sacramento area. In the tradition of this workers’ holiday, we gathered in solidarity with the international working class to celebrate many struggles over the past year that have developed multi-racial, multi-generational, working-class unity.
This unity was in full display among the 60-plus participants at our event. It was set up and moderated to encourage active participation from everyone.  There were “Question and Answer” and “table talk sessions”, as well as poetry. We made plans to participate in various May Day activities such, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) shut down of the Oakland Port and a coalition march. We ended with singing the working-class anthem, The Internationale, and a collective clean-up of the room.

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Saturday
Apr202019

China’s cyber fascism

Having state power means controlling the government, military, police, schools, and other institutions. It also means controlling mass technology—as China’s capitalist bosses are now demonstrating as they implement full-blown fascism. From artificial intelligence to various phone apps pushing ruling-class ideas, the Chinese bosses are both attacking and mobilizing workers to serve the bosses’ interests while crushing dissent within their own ranks.

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Saturday
Apr202019

There’s nothing socialist about Venezuela

In flagrant violation of the Donald Trump administration’s threats, the Venezuelan oil bosses are planning on welcoming two more Russian imperialist military planes with supplies to support the government of Nicolas Maduro (Buzz Feed News, 4/15). The latest  support for the desperate Maduro government comes after the Russian bosses already sent supplies and 100 troops aboard two Russian military planes to Venezuela late last month(CBS News, 4/4).

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Saturday
Apr202019

Puerto Rico trip affirms working-class solidarity

PUERTO RICO, April 15 —Two years after Hurricane Maria, the capitalist disaster that ravaged Puerto Rico’s working class, six young Progressive Labor Party (PLP) members from New York and New Jersey returned to the island earlier this month (see letter on page 6).
The trip was organized as a follow up to last year’s summer project, the Puerto Rico Brigade, with the purpose of reinforcing our bonds of solidarity, and delivering PLP’s internationalist message to our working-class brothers and sisters surviving there.

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Saturday
Apr202019

Grad students expose rotten university system

CHICAGO, April 5—Graduate workers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) along with their supporters gathered for a rally on campus today to mark the end of their three-week strike against the racist university administration. The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) Local 6297 union, representing some 1,600 workers, secured a tentative contract guaranteeing annual raises and a decrease in parasitic university fees.
The strike has been instrumental in further exposing the exploitative working conditions for graduate and teacher assistants, which inevitably translate into inferior learning conditions for the university’s predominately Black, Latin, and international student population.

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Saturday
Apr202019

NYPD targets antiracists, workers expose liberal fascism 

THE BRONX, April 15—The police picked on the wrong family when they arrested Yajaira Saavedra. She and her family own La Morada restaurant, a place of antiracism and fightback for undocumented and immigrant workers. As racist cops carried out business as usual in the South Bronx, terrorizing Black and Latin workers, our class was ready to fight back.
The family called a community press conference. Progressive Labor Party particiapted and recognizes it as part of a bigger fight against capitalism and racism. “I was under the impression that I was in a sanctuary city, but more barriers are being placed by the mass policing that targets unjustly the working class like my family and local street vendors,” Natalia Mendez, the mother of the family, told the press (Civil Eats, 1/18). Clearly, sanctuary is no protection for workers.

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Saturday
Apr202019

Transit workers and riders unite!

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) controls all of New York City’s public transportation. Over a year ago it proposed a 15-month complete shutdown of the L train subway line, in order to complete much needed repairs. Just four months before the repairs were to begin, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo played the hero role and announced a new plan so as not to “inconvenience” the riding public. That’s a big lie, typical of all politicians. The transit system was built to get workers to work. The trains function for the “convenience” of the bosses not the workers.

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Saturday
Apr202019

Free Ramsey Orta, working-class hero! Jail racist murderer Daniel Pantaleo

STATEN ISLAND, NY, April 16— On May 13, a phony NYPD departmental “disciplinary” trial will be held for Daniel Pantaleo, the racist cop who murdered Eric Garner on July 17, 2014, using a banned chokehold. While Eric was being murdered, Ramsey Orta, a neighborhood resident, turned on his cell phone and took a video of the murder of his friend. Ramsey filmed the killing while seven other callous cops and Emergency Medical Techincians watched and did nothing as Eric said, “I can’t breathe” eleven times.

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