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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
Jun062013

JFK Workers Protest Poverty Conditions While Airlines Bank Billions

QUEENS, NY, May 30 — Dozens of airport workers rallied today outside JFK’s terminal 4 while officials and Delta employees celebrated the grand opening of the airline’s new JFK Airport gateway. The protesters were calling on airlines and airport service companies for an increase in wages and benefits, more job security and better treatment. The workers, who mainly work for companies subcontracted by Delta for terminal operations, marched outside the building, where several hundred feet away, officials and executives were gathering for its official opening.
The workers are predominantly black and Latino and are victimized by the racism of the companies that expect to get away with substandard conditions.
The protest was also directed against other airlines receiving subsidies or tax breaks for doing work at JFK and LaGuardia airports. This includes American Airlines, which received $1.2 billion in bonds from the NYC Industrial Development Agency, a wing of the Economic Development Corporation, for construction of a new JFK terminal. JetBlue, Air France, Korean Air Lines and Lufthansa also received over $400 million collectively in subsidies for work at Terminal 1.
“Companies at the airport get billions,” said Terminal 4 security worker Mohamed, but “people like me, low-wage subcontracted airport service workers, continue to struggle to get by on wages as low as $8 an hour with no meaningful benefits.”
Jamaica resident Jackson, a security officer for Air Serv who has worked in Delta’s terminal for more than three years, said he’s tired of being told there isn’t enough money for raises or benefits while billion-dollar terminals are constructed. “We haven’t received a single pay raise since I started,” he said. “We work full-time and still wonder if we make enough to pay the bills. This is no way to live. The problem is Delta received millions of dollars in tax subsidies to expand Terminal 4, but at the same time, we’re told there isn’t enough money for raises or benefits. There’s enough money.”
Jackson says some employees who worked in Terminal 3, Delta’s former facility that closed last Friday, don’t know if or when they will move to Terminal 4.
The racist, sexist exploitation of these airport workers is a clear example of how the capitalist system operates and of the necessity to overthrow it to create a communist society free of bosses and profits.

Thursday
Jun062013

Pro-Boss Union Hacks Rally for Democrats

NEW YORK CITY, June 5 — The Municipal Labor Committee, a coalition of city-worker unions totaling 300,000 members — teachers, transit workers, workers in the mayoral agencies as well as fire and sanitation departments — will be rallying June 12 at City Hall park. Will this demonstration lead to a real fight to restore levels of city services needed in hospitals, schools and other vital areas?
Will it lead to a real fight for contracts that expired two and three years ago?
Will it end the racist police terror of “stop and frisk” and police murders?
Will it lead to a general strike that brings the banker-, real estate- and Wall Street-backed politicians to their knees?

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Thursday
Jun062013

Legal Service Workers Strike vs. Racist Cuts

New York CITY, June 1 — “When you reach a certain point, you can’t continue taking your kids to the doctor, or you can’t afford to go to the doctor. You can’t raise your kids here in New York, so you have to find other work…The cuts are so drastic that they will undermine our ability to serve our clients.”
That’s how one striker explained why 270 lawyers, paralegals, process servers, and other staff are in Week 3 of their strike against Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), after working without a contract for over a year. The strikers are members of the Legal Services Staff Association/UAW Local 2320 (LSSA), a nation-wide UAW local with branches across the country.

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Thursday
Jun062013

An Unemployment Story: Capitalism Won’t Solve Economic Crisis It Created

Economic crises are deadly for workers. But for capitalists, crises are opportunities to attack the working class. As Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon declared at the onset of the Great Depression, “During depressions, assets return to their rightful owners.” By “rightful owners,” he meant the capitalist ruling class. (Mellon himself was a financier who amassed a personal fortune of more than $300 million.) The system’s internal contradictions create periodic busts that weed out weaker capitalists and enable the surviving bosses to increase their profits by rolling back workers’ gains.
The current Great Recession is no exception. The capitalist class has used it to wage a relentless class war, complete with massive unemployment and givebacks from workers still hanging on to their jobs. This brutal cycle can be ended only when workers fight back — not just against pay cuts, but to destroy capitalism itself.

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Thursday
Jun062013

PL’ers Spread May Day from El Salvador to Honduras

El Salvador — PL’ers met to discuss May Day activities. We discussed the planning and outcome of each activity:
First, one comrade went to Honduras to coordinate the event there and arrange the distribution of 2,000 flyers at the May Day march by six CHALLENGE readers.
Following that, in the capital city of El Salvador, San Salvador, 15 comrades, members and friends of PLP, distributed 5,000 flyers. These comrades come from various nearby communities.
In total, 45 people distributed flyers at the May Day event in San Salvador. We’d also like to highlight the number of flyers that were sent to a university in Guatemala, through the efforts of a PLP sympathizer. Further, we printed one thousand more flyers than the number planned at a pre-May Day meeting.
In summary, we’re certain this event was a success and a step forward for PLP, and therefore for the working class, and the peasants from the villages, who were pleased. All the PLP members in San Salvador are very proud and we’re ready to continue the struggle organizing workers, women, peasants, teachers, soldiers, and students.
Youth who participated were able to realize that the only way to change the capitalist system is organizing to build our base and contribute to consolidating and strengthening communism internationally to destroy the forces of imperialism.
Long Live May Day! Long Live the Workers of the World! Long Live PLP!

Thursday
Jun062013

Masses Rise in Turkey vs. Fascist Erdogan Regime

ISTANBUL, June 5 — The working class is rising in Turkey, involving 3,000,000 across 60 cities. Mass demonstrations with as many as 250,000 people have occurred on a daily basis since May 29, centered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, a place where workers traditionally voice their grievances and show their strength. They are outraged at the Islamist government of Prime Minster Erdogan. On June 4, 240,000 government workers in the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions walked out as part of a general strike. They are protesting the arrest and trial of 72 members on phony terrorism charges. They are also striking against the current wave of police repression of massive anti-government protests that started last Friday.

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Thursday
Jun062013

The Cultural Revolution: A Model for Communist Society

As communists, we are often asked how a communist society would function under the leadership of the Progressive Labor Party. One way to envision a communist society is by studying historical examples, such as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (CR) that occurred in China between 1966 and 1976. An excellent source of first-hand knowledge and documented facts is Dongping Han’s book, “The Unknown Cultural Revolution: Life and Change in a Chinese Village.”
The book is largely based on research done for Han’s PhD thesis. He traveled from the U.S. to his native village in China to interview villagers who lived there during the CR, and to examine records of crop production and village expenditures. As part of his thesis, he wanted to provide evidence that the educational and political reforms that took place during the CR greatly improved the lives of the average villager.
However, by 1969 Mao retreated from the CR and had the Red Guards dismantled or placed under army control. Many of the educational and political reforms that the CR initiated were reversed. Consequently, the children of many rural villagers were, and continue to be, denied an education because the schools are no longer free. With the abolishment of communal farming (and thus eliminating the societal security it created) many farmers are forced to work well beyond retirement age.

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Thursday
Jun062013

Germany Protests Austerity Cutbacks

Crowds of anti-capitalist protesters on June 1 blocked streets leading to the European Central Bank in Germany's to protest its role in pushing for austerity cutbacks as a way to fight the continent's debt crisis.

 

Thursday
Jun062013

Capitalist Courts: Tool to Maintain Bosses’ Power

The following article advances some possible answers to questions raised in the thoughtful letter, “Can Class Struggle Use the Bosses’ Court?” (CHALLENGE, 4/26/13), especially about the history posed by the law professor whose lecture on the racist history of the U.S. Supreme Court inspired the letter.
There is historical evidence that the U.S. War of Independence was fought mostly to preserve slavery. By the late 1700s, the British rulers were gradually moving away from chattel slavery toward wage slavery due to the rise of industrial capitalism in Great Britain. The leaders of the War of Independence, including southern plantation slave owners and northern shipping and banking interests, all profited from the continuation of chattel slavery.

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Thursday
May232013

Obama Scandals Mirror Fight Among U.S. Bosses

Three recent White House scandals — its handling of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya; its use of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against Tea Party political groups; and its spying on Associated Press reporters — reflect serious disagreements within the ruling capitalist class.
On one side is the finance capital wing, which is preparing for long-term global conflict to maintain U.S. rulers’ top-dog status. These liberal imperialists are represented by Barack Obama’s new “Defense” Secretary, Chuck Hagel, who is seeking a U.S.-led alliance to confront rivals.
In opposition is a less powerful group of capitalists, led by the billionaire Koch brothers, with a shorter-range outlook. They are seeking immediate profits from domestic investments and are less interested in paying the bills for U.S. hegemony around the world.
In addition to this fundamental split, the liberal wing has its own internal conflict. It centers on how

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