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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
Mar092018

With Student & Parent solidarity, Teachers STRIKE, Defy BOSSES

WEST VIRGINIA, March 7—33,000 education workers shut down schools in a two-week strike, shaking the entire state, and inspiring workers nationwide to gear up for a similar fight.
In a period when strikes are at a historic low, and class anger has been steered towards the bosses’ Democratic Party or participating in passive marches, the education workers in West Virginia flexed their workers’ power and set an example for their 270,00 students.
This mainly-women workers’ rebellion have not only combatted the state politicians and defied their laws (striking and collective bargaining is illegal in the state), but they have also defied their union misleaders who tried to put a quick end to the strike.

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Friday
Mar092018

Black Panther reinforces Black capitalism

No matter how “woke” a film seems, we can’t rely on the cesspool known as Hollywood to be a voice of freedom. Hollywood, controlled by the ruling class, re-writes history, generates racist and sexist stereotypes to shape mass ideas, and broadcasts ideology that supports U.S. imperialism.
Black Panther—which has already grossed $909.8+ million—is no exception.
Protagonist King T’Challa rules the fictional African country Wakanda. It poses as poor but it’s the wealthiest and most technologically advanced society in the world—with an isolationist policy. Wakanda possesses the most valuable resource, vibranium.
T’Challa’s leadership is tested against the U.S. Black villain Erik Killmonger, who starts off as a bitter antiracist and is determined to replace Western imperialism with his own.
Many antiracists are drawn to this depiction of Black empowerment. After decades of endless racist depictions of the continent of Africa and Black workers in general, finally a movie that shows Black actors at the center of their own narrative. However, representation is not power for the working class.

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Friday
Mar092018

Chinatown workers fight racist displacement

NEW YORK CITY, February 12—Eight Chinese tenants, mainly women and seniors, went on a hunger strike after a forceful eviction from their homes. For five days, they camped outside the city’s racist Housing and Preservation Development (HPD), battling freezing temperatures, rain, and hunger to demand the city government repair their building’s staircase, and overturn a cruel vacate order that will leave multiple families homeless.
These workers, whose ages range from 50-70, broke their fast healthy, and with a temporary reform, thanks to the collective organizing of nearly 200 multiracial, multi-generational workers. Progressive Labor Party members joined organizing efforts to further unmask the city’s racist agenda.

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Friday
Mar092018

Israel: Mass multiracial demonstration slams government deportation plan

TEL-AVIV, February 24—Over 20,000 demonstrators held a mass rally here against the government’s deportation plan—a plan that forces refugees to get out or go to jail. It was a multiracial crowd at the rally—primarily asylum seekers from countries in Africa and Jewish workers. Black and white, citizens and asylum seekers, stood together in solidarity to smash the government’s racism.
There are approximately 35,300 African asylum seekers living in Israel. Most fled from genocide in South Sudan and from fascism in Eritrea. The Israeli government sells weapons to both the belligerents in South Sudan and to the Eritrean regime, where it also maintains a covert military base (Haaretz, 12/2012).

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Friday
Mar092018

Tanzania: Amid crisis, students fight against deadly housing

A group of students at Dar es Salaam University in Tanzania have won a victory by standing up to the government and fighting for repairs to dangerous conditions in their dormitory. The struggle of these students to fight back even while coming under extreme attacks from the fascist Tanzanian ruling class is an inspiring example of how our class can gain confidence and overcome fear to unite.
The working class in Tanzania faces worsening fascist conditions. The victory of the students was in their ability to keep fighting for our class interest as much as it was about getting the building fixed. These small struggles are very important as the international working class fights to rebuild class consciousness and a revolutionary communist movement.

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Friday
Mar092018

Colombia: capitalist peace referundum means fascist terror for workers 

COLOMBIA, March 7—The peace referundum deal was that the fake leftist group FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) would surrender their weapons in exchnage for the right to run for office.
More than a year has passed, and none of what was agreed on has happened, generating fierce debate and polarization about the agreements signed by the leadership of the FARC and the Colombian government.
Progressive Labor Party knows that capitalism means unemployment, misery, and the death of workers, and under the current dictatorship of the bosses, nothing else is possible.

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Friday
Mar092018

The Soviet Union Crushed Fascism. Capitalist Lies about World War II

This celebratory column is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the world communist movement of the 20th century. We mainly examine its triumps. We welcome your comments and criticisms, and encourage all readers to discuss this period of history with their friends, classmates, co-workers, family, and comrades.

The international working class led by the Soviet Union crushed fascism during World War II, a great achievement. Capitalist rulers lie about it, hiding the key role of the workers and communist leadership in that victory. We reject those lies. Last issue, CHALLENGE busted the following myths:
Lie No. 1: British, French and U.S. Capitalists (”Allies”) Always Opposed Hitler
Lie No. 2: The U.S. And Britain Defeated Hitler, With Little Help from the USSR
Here’s the rest.

Lie No. 3: Churchill Was A Great War Leader
Churchill was anti-communist, racist, and a fervent class warrior for British imperialists. In 1910

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Thursday
Feb222018

Syria and Iran, flashpoint for next world war?

On February 10, in response to an alleged Iranian drone flight over Israeli territory, an Israeli F-16 jet was shot down while bombing a region in Syria occupied by Iran, the first time an Israeli warplane has been lost in combat since 1982. The incident sparked the largest Israeli air raid on Syria in decades, with both Syrian and Iranian military installations being targeted.  As Russian imperialism strengthens both its foothold in Syria and its alliance with Iran, this flashpoint in the Syrian war signals the possibility of broader conflict between an expansive Russia and a U.S. empire in decline.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has openly called for regime change in Iran for its human rights abuses (though he’s said nothing about the indiscriminate bombing and slaughter in Yemen by U.S. ally Saudi Arabia).

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Thursday
Feb222018

Los Angeles: Smash racist deportations—Working people have no nations!

Los Angeles, February 15—The latest fascist raid triggered an emergency rally where 100 antiracists blocked a Homeland security van from accessing the Metropolitan Detention Center. Protesters called for an end to deportations and for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to get out of Los Angeles; Progressive Labor Party called for a borderless world.

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Thursday
Feb222018

The Soviet Union Crushed Fascism. Capitalist Lies about World War II

The international working class led by the Soviet Union crushed fascism during World War II, a great achievement. Capitalist rulers lie about it, hiding the key role of the workers and communist leadership in that victory. We reject those lies.
Lie No. 1: British, French and U.S. Capitalists (”Allies”) Always Opposed Hitler
Actually, they supported and aided Hitler until the last moment.

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