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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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Saturday
Apr262014

Cultural Revolution: Collectivity Uplifts the Individual

Part I of this first-hand account of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR, 1966-1976) covered the origins of a village metal shop that made products to improve conditions for fishermen, tractor drivers, and textile workers. It also opened the story of an industrial breakthrough by a collective led by a worker with little formal education.
This memoir shows the need for further advances in the international revolutionary movement. Wages and profits must be eliminated, along with the special oppression of women. Above all, we must create a worker-run society based on one unwavering principle: From each according to commitment, to each according to need.
The defeat of the GPCR and the reversal of the Chinese revolution signaled the end of the old communist movement. These setbacks plunged the international working class into the Dark Night we have struggled through for more than two generations.
But Dark Night will have its end. World War I gave rise to the Bolshevik Revolution. World War II gave birth to the Chinese Revolution. The Progressive Labor Party, organizing across all borders, plans to make the next imperialist war the last one, with worldwide communist revolution.


In the summer of 1973, shortly after graduating from high school, I was one of fourteen young people hired temporarily for the contract for the two huge ventilation blowers. Based on Wang Xuejin’s innovative idea, our first job was to make an underground blacksmith furnace. Then we made a frame to hold a big ring of thick sheet metal, with a horizontal bar over the top. By pushing the bar, we could turn the ring around.
Opposite the furnace, Wang made a huge cast-iron mold with just the right curve. After heating part of the ring, we turned the horizontal bar to move the metal plate being shaped back and forth to the mold. Two workers struck the heated metal with large wooden hammers. Then we repeated the process. Along with Wang and two other senior technicians, the young temporary workers worked in three shifts, around the clock. We were able to complete the two horn-shaped parts in a matter of weeks.

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Saturday
Apr262014

France: Socialists Suck Up to Bosses

PARIS, April 18 — France is a country in which the Socialist government is playing its classic pro-boss role by helping them run roughshod over the working class. The Socialists are shackled to the capitalist class and its requirements. The finance capitalists want French president François Hollande to use ex-president Sarkozy’s shock-and-awe tactics to reinforce French capitalism against its imperialist rivals.
This includes by-passing Parliament with executive orders to slash pensions, government-financed health care, and welfare, as well as eliminating job protection for government workers and what remains of the 35-hour work-week.

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Saturday
Apr262014

Cesar Chavez, Capitalist Agent

Los Angeles — The new film Cesar Chavez is a distorted testament to one of the best friends the agribusiness bosses ever had. Like virtually all movies made under capitalism about class struggle, the movie mangles history. It celebrates the life of a self-serving individual whose legend was created by the ruling class he served. It mostly overlooks the collective contributions of thousands of honest and courageous farmworkers in the militant labor reform fights in California and Texas in the 1960s and ‘70s. And it is a reminder that communists have an obligation to the working class to call out sellout misleaders like Chavez!

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Saturday
Apr192014

May DAY 2014

Brooklyn: April 26 at  11 AM

Location: Ocean Ave and Parkside Ave


Los Angeles: May 1 at 10 AM

Location: Cesar Chavez and Broadway

Thursday
Apr102014

In U.S.-Russian Rulers’ Fight Over Ukraine, All Workers Lose

U.S. and Russian imperialists are engaged in an all-out struggle for control over the territories of the former Soviet Union. U.S. rulers have gained a foothold in Eastern Europe, up to the border of Ukraine. But Russia’s vital oil and gas pipelines run through Ukraine to European Union (EU) countries, netting Russian bosses huge profits and a stranglehold on EU energy supplies.

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Thursday
Apr102014

PLP’s Ideas Spreading: 'Cutbacks No!’ Students Take to the Streets

Newark, NJ, April 7 — “If Cami Anderson thinks that putting me in jail is going to stop me as a parent, then she is sadly mistaken,” said a PTA President who is banned from entering any Newark public school and was arrested after he spoke out against the Newark schools superintendent’s plan called One Newark. He went on to say, “I have to keep it real, if (U.S. Education Secretary) Arne Duncan came here, then we have to go after him and Obama. Anyone that makes money off the backs of our kids, whether it be a pastor, elected official or whoever. So going to jail is not going to stop me.”

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Thursday
Apr102014

Hundreds Blast Deporter-in-Chief at White House

WASHINGTON, DC, April 5 — Today over 400 workers and students marched over three miles from D.C.’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood to the White House, condemning President Barack Obama as the “Deporter-in-Chief.” Demonstrators called for a halt to all deportations. Several individuals whose families had been separated by deportations pledged to camp out on Obama’s doorstep until deportation orders for family members were reversed.

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Thursday
Apr102014

Beat DC Metro Racism — Force Worker’s Rehiring

WASHINGTON, DC, March 26 — Metro bosses were stopped in their tracks today in the face of determined workers sticking up for one of their own. Metro workers, community activists in the returning citizens movement, public health workers in the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association, PLP members and many others have been sharpening the struggle against racist background checks for months.
Metro bosses and union leaders are nervous because of our bold, open offensive. We took it to another level with a planned confrontation at the monthly Metro board meeting, armed with an open letter to the board signed by outraged workers, many of whom we had never even met before.

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Thursday
Apr102014

Capitalism’s Lies Negate Justice for Kyam Livingston

BROOKLYN, NY, March 21 — Today was the second speak-out and eighth event commemorating the death of Kyam Livingston, who was killed due to the cops’ deliberate racist medical neglect at Brooklyn Central Bookings. It’s now nine months since she died last July 21 when her agonized cries for medical attention were ignored. So far the authorities have answered none of the questions people have been asking.
The struggle for Justice for Kyam, and in all the recent struggles on behalf of those who have been killed by the racist criminal injustice system, have occurred amid a growing desperation for the working class. Unemployment is at unimagined levels. Wages have been falling for 40 years. Racism is on the rise as shown by these killings by the cops of mostly young black and Latino youth and workers.

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Thursday
Apr102014

Teacher Union Mis-leaders: Rulers’ Jr. Partners

NEW YORK CITY, April 6 — Thirty-five thousand education workers have been laid off in NY State since the economic crisis of 2008. Furthermore, millions of dollars in Governor Cuomo’s new budget is slated for Charter Schools, leading to even more layoffs. And the response from our statewide union leadership? Silence.

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