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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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Thursday
Dec112014

Fast Food Workers Fight Continues vs. Bosses’ Racism

In our Brooklyn PLP club, we’re constantly struggling to get all workers the chance to live with dignity. An opportunity came during the first week of December when, along with a mass organization in which we are active, we participated in the fast food workers’ strike. There were nearly 2,000 people in the rally and demonstration we attended very early in the morning in Manhattan, where we distributed CHALLENGE.
The speakers focused on their rejection of the miserable salary we earn which barely covers our necessities, arguing that workers need $15 an hour and the right to unionize to get benefits.

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Thursday
Dec112014

Unemployment: Again, Figures Don’t Lie but Liars Still Figure

Obama and the bosses’ media are hailing the latest government jobs report as a sign that the economy is improving for the working class, with an alleged increase of 321,000 jobs (see box) and an unemployment rate “holding steady” at 5.8 percent. As Shadowstats.com shows, this figure is “far removed from underlying reality.” It “defines out of existence” millions of unemployed “for political convenience.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 5.8 percent unemployment rate is based on workers who have actively looked for work in the four weeks preceding their survey. This excludes what they define as “short-term discouraged workers” who have not looked for work in the last year. And it further excludes those millions who have been out of a job for over a year, the so-called long-term discouraged workers, and, as the New York Times says (12/6), “few of the workers who gave up the search for work during the lean years are likely to be hired anytime soon.” On top of that, the BLS further excludes nearly seven million part-time workers who want — but cannot find — a full-time job, which, if included, nearly doubles its rate to 11.3 percent.
However, when all these groups

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Thursday
Nov272014

Paving the Way to War — Obama’s Anti-Immigrant Reform

Barack Obama’s latest immigration reform is a major step by the U.S. ruling class toward an eventual world war. In itself, the initiative is narrow and limited, a temporary reprieve from deportation for up to five million undocumented immigrants. But by bypassing Congress, Obama made an important statement. He is concentrating the power of the presidency, an essential prerequisite for pursuing broader international conflicts.
Obama’s immigration plan springs out of the U.S. military’s need to recruit masses of Latin, black, and Asian youth to fight imperialist wars in the Middle East and South Asia. (Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was seen as too weak in pushing for war, resigned under pressure on November 24.) The bosses’ dilemma is that they also need to terrorize young people to try to weaken working-class resistance — hence the racist murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and, more recently, of Akai Gurley in Brooklyn (see page 8). The “tragedies” and “mistakes” and “accidents” committed by the capitalists’ killer cops are fundamental to the profit system. The rulers know that racism is their main tool to divide and intimidate the working class. Racism enables them to pay lower wages to black and Latin workers, and to immigrants in particular. Super-exploitation produces super-profits, and lowers standards for white workers as well.

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Thursday
Nov272014

Smash Bosses’ State Power!

The multiracial rebellion in Ferguson serves as an inspiration for workers everywhere. In the aftermath of the indictment, masses of anti-racists around the world are demonstrating in solidarity. The youth in the streets understand that they cannot wait for “justice” under the same system that killed Mike Brown. We commend these antiracist fighters in Ferguson for rejecting the bosses’ false promises. Many of them have come to see that capitalist “democracy” is a fake veneer for the rot of capitalist exploitation. Their growing understanding marks an important advance for the international working class.
Anti-black racism is at the foundation of the racist treatment and division of all workers. Black workers are hit the hardest, and black workers will lead the fight to smash this murderous system. Ferguson has set a new standard for U.S. workers’ fightback. As black workers in Missouri rebel, the entire world watches and follows their lead. Ferguson has inspired mass demonstrations in Mexico, Haiti, Colombia, and many other countries.
State Power Rules
This is what capitalist democracy looks like: Michael Brown was shot six times by Ferguson kkkop Darren Wilson. Steered by the St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, a grand jury decided on no indictment. Wilson got away with racist murder because he was backed by the racist injustice system. Cops, courts, prosecutors, and juries — the whole state apparatus — are all controlled by the bosses. Consider:
In almost every case, murders by cops are completely legal. McCulloch is now batting 0-for-5 in getting indictments against cops who shot unarmed civilians (Daily Kos, 11/25/14). In Houston, grand juries haven’t indicted one cop since 2004; in Dallas, over a five-year period, grand juries looked at 81 cop shootings and returned one indictment (Daily Kos, 11/24/14).
Meanwhile, 14 teenagers — at least six of them black — have been killed by the Klan-in-blue since Michael Brown was gunned down in cold blood three months ago (The Daily Beast, 11/25/14).
Meanwhile, federal data shows that black teenagers are 21 times more likely than white teenagers to be shot and killed by police (ProPublica, 10/10/14).
Meanwhile, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead by a cop outside a Cleveland recreation center — for waving a toy pellet gun.
After more than a hundred days of national fightback since Michael Brown’s murder, how is it that racist kkkop Wilson is free to kill again without even a public trial? The answer is state power — and who holds it.
Under capitalism, the “state” — including all levels of government, the so-called justice system, the police, the military, the schools, and the media — is an instrument of ruling-class oppression and violence against the working class. As Frederick Engels pointed out in 1884, the state “is a product of society at a certain stage of development; it is the admission that this society has become entangled into irreconcilable antagonisms which it is powerless to dispel” (The Origin of the Family, Private Property and State).  
Capitalism is a society based on exploitation, accumulation of profit, and private property. The modern state developed to protect the capitalists’ interests. Contrary to liberal misleaders like Barack Obama, the “democratic process” cannot possibly resolve the antagonisms within capitalist society. The state is no neutral player. While it appears to regulate conflicts from above the fray, its role is to ensure business as usual, regardless of how many workers’ lives are destroyed.  
Leading up to the grand jury decision, every media outlet and politician preached non-violence and restraint. Yet racist Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency a full week before! Nixon has deployed 2,200 National Guard troops in Ferguson. Riot police are firing tear gas canisters, stun grenades, and beanbag munitions at protesters.
Under capitalism, “non-violence” means the working class accepts violence by the state and is not allowed to retaliate.   
From Slave Patrols to Killer Cops
Legalized killings and mass imprisonment are age-old capitalist tools to control the working class. The first modern police force in what is now the United States, beginning in South Carolina in 1704, was the slave patrol. These forces hunted down and punished runaway and “defiant” slaves; they were a form of organized terror to deter revolts that might threaten plantation profits.
The original Ku Klux Klan was formed in 1865, just after the end of the Civil War. As Eric Foner noted in Reconstruction, America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, “In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic party, the planter class, and all those who desired restoration of white supremacy.” In the mid-20th century, according to historian Diane McWhorter, the Klan formed alliances with governors’ administrations in states like Alabama and Mississippi. Throughout the South and Midwest, Klan members and local cops (often the same people) conspired to attack and murder civil rights activists.
Darren Wilson in the KKK?
So it’s not surprising that the so called cyber-activist group Anonymous has found evidence — reportedly from a mole connected to the St. Louis County Police — that links Darren Wilson to the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Or that three high-ranking members of the TAK KKK recently attended a support rally for Wilson in Imperial, Missouri — the hometown of Wilson’s wife, a fellow Ferguson police officer.
To this day, state-sanctioned racist terror against black workers and youth is an indispensable weapon for the capitalist class.
In 1991 in Los Angeles, a gang of five cops beat Rodney King while other cops watched.
In 1997 in New York City, a cop assaulted Abner Louima by shoving a broken broomstick up his rectum.
In 2005 in New Orleans, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a cop murdered Henry Glover before his fellow cops burned Glover’s body.
In 2012 and 2013 in Brooklyn, the cops killed Ramarley Graham, Shantel Davis and 16-year-old Kimani Gray, all without a single indictment.
According to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, black workers and youth account for 50 percent of the approximately 2 million people in U.S. prisons and jails, or about four times their percentage of the general population. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, black people in the U.S. are incarcerated at about six times the rate of white people.   
The problem with capitalist injustice isn’t about “a few bad cops” or a few obviously racist prosecutors like McCulloch. The state apparatus is racist to its core, because racism is the lifeblood of capitalism. Bosses keep the working class divided by perpetuating racist ideology. Economic super-exploitation of immigrant workers pits them against black, Latin, and women workers, which in turn drives down the wages of all, including white and male workers.
As the sharpening global competition between U.S. and rival imperialists cuts into the bosses’ profit rates, racist attacks against workers are escalating. An economic crisis spells mass unemployment, budget cuts in education and healthcare, tuition hikes — and more killer cops. The capitalists need cutbacks to funnel their resources into the bigger wars to come. In their run-up to global combat, they are turning schools into jails with surveillance cameras and metal detectors. Their police are occupying black and Latin working-class neighborhoods. They are spying on and detaining Arab, Middle Eastern, and South Asian youth.
Why are they doing these things? To intimidate workers and discourage our fightback. The bosses fear that workers are fed up and won’t take their oppression much longer.
Revolution is Non-Negotiable
We didn’t negotiate out of slavery and we won’t negotiate our way out of capitalism. From slave patrols to the hyper-militarized cops of today, the bosses’ state is the sworn enemy of the working class. The youth in Ferguson are rejecting passivity and dead-end electoral distractions. The capitalist state cannot be reformed — it must be abolished with communist revolution. For that we need organized, revolutionary violence. Under the communist leadership of the Progressive Labor Party, the movement in Ferguson can be the beginning of an all-out fight toward revolution.
From Gaza to Ferguson to Guerrero, Mexico — smash racism! Smash the capitalist state!

Thursday
Nov272014

NYPD Racism Murdered Akai Gurley

Brooklyn, November 22 —  A crowd of angry workers formed in front of the Pink Houses project in East New York to protest the racist police killing of yet another black working-class youth.  On November 20, kkkop Peter Liang of the New York Police Department shot and killed 28-year-old Akai Gurley, an event NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton deemed a “bizarre mistake.” Gurley had just entered the building’s dark stairwell (the bosses don’t care enough to keep the lights or elevators working in these projects), and Liang shot him.

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Thursday
Nov272014

Forum: Students and Workers Must Fight Racism 

Newark,NJ, November 16 — Forty students and workers organized by PLP gathered in a church to plan a fightback once the grand jury decision is announced for racist killer kkkop Darren Wilson. This is the second gathering that we have held since September on this issue and mobilize our friends to hit the streets against these racist attacks.
Our attendance doubled since the September event, and we heard more workers talk about “the system” rather than just individual cops and politicians. Our job is to struggle with workers to realize that “the system” is capitalism, and that the only way to defeat it is through communist revolution.

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Thursday
Nov272014

Hospital Workers Stand up to Bosses

CHICAGO — A hospital on the west side promotes itself as a “national model for urban health care delivery,” but is chronically understaffed.  Understaffing and speeding up workers helps the bosses save money, but they also undercut the medical care workers provide to patients.  Since most of the patient population is black and Latin in this part of Chicago, understaffing helps continue racist oppression.  But workers here are fighting back!
A letter was circulated that explained how understaffing and a lack of equipment are risks to patient safety, and it requested that additional staff in the Respiratory Care Dept. be hired.  Over sixty workers signed the letter, which was given to the chief operating officer and board of directors at their annual meeting.
The bosses were angry and embarrassed that workers dared to present grievances at their board meeting.  They were more concerned about being exposed and humiliated than about the rotten conditions faced by workers and their patients every day.  They subsequently decided to interview all the signatories to the letter and question each person as to how inadequate staffing levels could be solved.  Most workers responded by telling them to hire more workers.

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Thursday
Nov272014

CUNY Students Geared Up for Ferguson Verdict

THE BRONX, November 20 — One of the many capitalist lies that we are force-fed is that workers are essentially selfish and lazy, looking out for only ourselves. But we don’t need to look far to see that despite the barrage of individualist ideas from the media and schools, workers are usually ready to stand together and fight back.
A multiracial group of 20 students and professors showed this capitalist lie for what it is at the Bronx Community College (BCC) today. Led by Progressive Labor Party, and a campus club of mainly black and Latin students, the group demonstrated against the racist murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the disappearances of 43 students in Guerrero, Mexico. Every student left with a copy of CHALLENGE and some even signed up to travel to Ferguson!

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Thursday
Nov272014

LA Students: ‘Chant Down the Walls’ 

LOS ANGELES, November 6 — Nearly one hundred students participated in forums to discuss the mass deportations of immigrant workers under the Obama administration. It was organized at University of California Los Angeles and a nearby Cal State University. This discussion took place in the build-up to Obama’s announcement of an executive order to grant approximately five million undocumented immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportations. Students from the Progressive Labor Party participated in these discussions and are building a base for the Party’s ideas among other students. This includes  inviting Ezell Ford’s (25-year-old black man killed by the cops on August 11) family to speak at a future event on campus to discuss how students can build a multiracial response to racist police terror.

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Thursday
Nov272014

Capitalism Kills From Mexico to Ferguson Solidarity From NYC to San Francisco  

San Francisco, CA — In solidarity with rebellions in Mexico, over 400 workers and students marched in San Francisco’s main commercial center. PLP members joined the demonstration with signs and flyers linking State Terrorism in Mexico to the systematic, state-sponsored racist imprisonment and murder of black and Latin youth in the U.S.

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