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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
Mar082019

DoE’s toxic racism—Protect students, fight back!

New York City, February 12—Students, parents and teachers united at a Brooklyn high school to call out the racist Department of Education (DoE) after they tried to cover up a dangerously slow response to a gas leak. For over an hour, gas leaked from a pipe in the stairwell before DOE officials evacuated the mainly Black school. Many could have died, and this dangerous fact showed the school community that the racist, capitalist education bosses really don’t care about our lives!

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Friday
Mar082019

Black workers key to communist revolution

CHICAGO, March 1—Over 80 Progressive Labor Party (PLP) comrades and friends celebrated our second annual Black and Red Dinner on the city’s South Side this evening. Through a variety of different games, performances, and speeches, the multiracial, multi-generational audience was able to learn more about the vital contributions of Black communists to the struggle against racist capitalism.
But far from being just a history lesson, the event stressed the present reality of the Black working class remaining a key revolutionary force on an international level. Those sections of the working class most oppressed and exploited by capitalism have always had some of the highest stakes in seeing this rotten profit system destroyed. By emphasizing their militancy and leadership as a part of a mass PLP, the prospects for communist revolution become bright!

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Friday
Mar082019

Haiti: Workers fed up, bring system to a halt

Haiti, March 3—It’s been close to a month since the first uprising of 2019 with masses of working class people rising up against the capitalist system. Recalling a history of the first Black people to successfully fight back against capitalist slavery and colonialism (1804 Haitian Revolution), today, in the streets and through social media, workers and students call for an end to a system of inequality. For several days, starting on February 7, the anniversary of the fall of the hated Duvalier dictatorship in 1986, to February 18, a series of mobilizations shut everything down: roads were barricaded, no transport moved, businesses closed. An estimated two million people in every corner from big cities to small “sections rurales” (hamlets) were in the streets.

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Friday
Mar082019

Refugees from Venezuela face racist & sexist misery

COLOMBIA—The capitalists’ strategy, based on sexism, individualism, nationalism, racism —basically everything that can keep us divided and oppressed—is manifested in our daily life. Without realizing it, we fall into this trap by taking positions that delay the revolutionary struggle for a better world. In the case of racism, it manifests itself in many workers from Colombia, who, forgetting their miserable situation, look and speak contemptuously of workers from Venezuela who have immigrated to Colombia these days.

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Friday
Mar082019

KCC: Class struggle is back in session

BROOKLYN, NY March 1— As the 274,000 students and 29,000 faculty and staff across the City University of New York (CUNY) were on winter break, thousands of custodians, custodial assistants, laborers and mechanics who make the students’ learning conditions possible continued working in intolerable working conditions.
New York State and the CUNY bosses claim there’s no money to improve either learning or working conditions. That’s capitalism for you: no money for education but plenty for corporate welfare. And it’s not just Amazon,  many corporations get tax breaks and there’s lots of money for prisons.   
At Kingsborough Community College (KCC) the fightback is growing. Strong relationships, CHALLENGE networks, and increasingly politicized friendships among multiracial, immigrant and native-born students, workers and faculty offer a glimpse of a united working class with a communist understanding that capitalism is not working for workers and students. We need a revolution!

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Friday
Mar082019

Solidarity at the border, to smash all borders

Since Progressive Labor Party (PLP) members have returned from volunteering in the New Sanctuary Caravan Project at the U.S.-Mexico border in January, we are upping our efforts to build an international immigration campaign. Our goal is to recruit more people to go to the border to provide direct aid and to win many volunteers and refugees to see that a world without borders is possible. Many ties were made between refugees and volunteers. We developed these bonds with the understanding that workers around the world are all in this together, that we all have the same enemy and must unite to fight racism whenever it raises its ugly head.

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Friday
Mar082019

Pharma profiteer Pfizer sickens workers

New York City, March 3—Today 150-200 healthcare workers, medical students, Aids organizers, municipal and CUNY (City University) retirees and others picketed the big Pharma profiteer, Pfizer, and then marched through the streets of midtown Manhattan. Angry chants like “Pfizer’s greed kills” and speeches denounced the capitalist medical system which forces millions to choose between food, rent and prescription drugs. In addition, many protesters called for support for a single payer health plan (e.g., Medicare for all, paid by the government) to take “excess” profits out of the hands of healthcare profiteers. While it is important to call out the greedy healthcare industry, we in Progressive Labor Party (PLP) explain that a system that doesn’t meet the medical needs of the working class doesn’t deserve to exist.

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Friday
Mar082019

Defend Kevin, expose racist system

MARYLAND, March 6—Twenty five antiracists packed a courtroom yet again to support Kevin Sneed, a Black worker who has been held for two years on bogus charges of  attempting to kill a police officer.
Convenience store footage showing  his arrest smashes the bosses’ racist lies about Sneed. It shows officers climbing in through his car windows, beating Kevin senseless until the car begins to slowly drift when Kevin could no longer hold the brake pedal down. The ruling class and their system never miss a chance to smear workers, especially Black and Latin ones.

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Saturday
Feb232019

Budget deal on border wall: more fascist terror for workers

Although a federal budget deal was reached between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress, workers should have no illusions that either party has our class interests at heart. President Donald Trump’s open, vicious, anti-immigrant racism and his fascist “state of emergency” is a big attack on our class. But both competing wings of the U.S. ruling class—the  main-wing finance capitalists represented by the Democrats, and the Fortress America nationalists fronted by Trump and his Republican base—serve the needs of U.S. capitalism. Both sides back the maximum exploitation of the working class, using whatever terror is necessary. Immigrant workers and children languish in torturous detention camps on the border with Mexico, and throughout the U.S. interior, with at least 22 deaths in the last two years (nbcnews.com, 1/6). Meanwhile Democrats and Republicans are quibbling over how many tens of thousands of bunks and cots the camps should contain!

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Saturday
Feb232019

On Strike! Fight segregated learning conditions

CHICAGO, February 18—Working-class educators, students, and parents were able to secure a hard-fought reform victory from the racist bosses today. After nine days on the picket lines, teachers from Chicago International Charter Schools (CICS) and their employer have agreed on a tentative contract for the network that limits class sizes, provides protections to counselors and social workers, and guarantees teacher raises.
The CICS struggle was the second charter school strike in the city within three months, and is part of a growing anti-racist education movement taking place across the U.S. Comrades from Progressive Labor Party (PLP) were honored to be a part of this struggle, offering daily support and communist politics on the front lines. In the classrooms and in the streets, our Party remains eager to keep fanning the flames of working-class fightback and international revolution.

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