A Donald Trump presidency means a continuation of Barack Obama’s wage-killing exploitation, economic crises, racist and sexist demagoguery, persecution of immigrants, ever-widening inequality, and plans for broader inter-imperialist conflict. It can also be one of mass fightback! Communists have a vital role to play in this volatile period. Multiracial unity is our most powerful weapon. Our job is to organize the international working class to defend itself and fight back.
Trump was clearly not the first choice of the main wing of the U.S. ruling class. The finance capitalists were more comfortable with the racist, sexist Hillary Clinton, a proven general for U.S. imperialism. But the bosses are flexible and resourceful, and they’ll exert all of their power to bend Trump to their will. To maintain their dominance, protect their oil profits, and build support for the next big ground war, the bosses will move to bring workers from across the political spectrum into line. As the Council on Foreign Relations, the leading think tank for U.S. main-wing, finance capitalism
WASHINGTON, DC, January 5—The path to revolution for a communist society includes leading militant battles against racist, capitalist attacks on our class. In the Amalgamated Transportation Union Local 689, Progressive Labor Party members are struggling with their co-workers to intensify the fight against management.
A strong union strike would not only push back against management attacks, but would strengthen the working class for the many battles ahead on the road to a communist revolution. For transit workers this requires exposing how the current union leaders collaborate with management. At Metro, and all around the world, communist leadership is needed for the struggles against the bosses’ attacks today, and for
In the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, major capitalist media outlets immediately blamed the working class, particularly white workers, for Donald Trump’s victory. It is a given in the U.S. that many workers—Black, white, Latin and others—are angry. That white workers are somehow responsible for a Nazi like Trump is ruling class nonsense.
The history of white workers is intimately bound in common struggle with Black and immigrant workers since the U.S. was a British colony. The bosses’ lies represent sharpening capitalist efforts to alienate Black, Latin, Muslim and immigrant workers, those hardest hit by racism, from their white working class sisters and brothers. While the bosses write working-class politics out of history, CHALLENGE strives to preserve and commemorate the long tradition of the all-necessary force of multiracial unity of our class.
How The U.S. Created Race & Racism to Divide the Working Class
“Fork by fork, step by step, option by option, America or, to be more precise, the men who spoke in the name of America decided that it was going to be a white place defined negatively by the bodies and the blood of the reds and the blacks. And that decision, which was made in the 1660s and elaborated over a two-hundred-year period, foreclosed certain possibilities in America—perhaps forever—and set off depth charges that are still echoing and re-echoing in the commonwealth. What makes this all the more mournful is that it didn’t have to happen that way. There was another road -- but that road wasn’t taken. In the beginning, as we have seen, there was no race problem in America. The race problem in America was a deliberate invention of men who systematically separated blacks and whites in order to make money.”
—”The Road Not Taken,” Lerone Bennett (1970)
The Body of Liberties, 1641: Massachusetts becomes the first colony to legalize slavery. This is done through the passage of the Body of Liberties. Under section 91 the article clearly sanctioned slavery - and creates three categories of workers: Native Americans (Reds), white people under the system of indenture, and Blacks.
LOS ANGELES—The housekeepers have been organizing in secret for months. At the beginning of November they made their antisexist fight public. Just days after the presidential election of Donald Trump, they won a vote in favor of unionization, 27-15. There are many more battles to come. Most important is the lifetime struggle for a better world; a world totally run by workers, not profiteering capitalists. Let’s turn every worker’s struggle into a step towards communism.
As reported previously in CHALLENGE, these sexist bosses at an upscale hotel near our church have been violating labor laws for a long time. The 50 housekeepers, mainly Latin women, had to work through breaks and lunch to finish the rooms (many with balconies) that they were required to clean each day. In fact, they often had to work beyond the end of their shift with no pay.
The Million Women March, which was initially organized by all white women, on January 21 aims to respond to president Donald Trump’s sexism. (The first Million Woman March was in 1997 in Philadelphia, organized by Black women, and around feminist Black nationalist politics).
The fight against the rising tide of fascism must go beyond marching in Washington for a day. Join with Progressive Labor Party to build a movement to fight for communism and get rid of capitalism at the root of this sexist, racist system.
WORCESTER, MA—After fascist Donald Trump was elected president, the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) joined with others to rally against racism and oppression. PLP passed out flyers calling for communism as the solution to the racist, impoverishing, and fascist profit system. People were eager to read CHALLENGE, some for the first time.
NEWARK, NJ—Over 24 members and friends of the Progressive Labor Party discussed the state of the world after the election of Donald Trump. As they began to fill the apartment and prepare dishes, discussions already started about the presidency. The event was a display of multiracial and multigenerational unity ready to fight back in 2017.
What was to be an evening of entertainment and discussions around the presidency turned into an analysis of the old communist movement and what it will take to lead the working class to communist revolution.