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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
Oct112018

Workers don’t need license to fight back!

NEW JERSEY—Led by undocumented workers and youth, 200 protesters demanded what governor Phil Murphy had promised last year but (like the racist opportunist he is) never delivered: the basic access to drivers’ licenses. This protest exposed the hollowness of liberal politics and the potential for a workers’ movement with international communist influence. Progressive Labor Party fights for the idea that a system that uses borders, a ruling-class creation, to rob and terrorize workers deserves to be abolished.
Racist Murphy had preyed on the legal capitalist-created torment of undocumented workers and youth. He had made the point of licenses for the undocumented working class a part of his election campaign; today 500,000 in New Jersey alone still live under the threat of deportation every time they are stopped by the police for driving while undocumented. These workers refused to accept Murphy’s lies.
A PL’er talked  about their experience of crossing from Mexico into the U.S with their family, highlighting the repressive nature of the U.S. border patrol. They finished with the chant “Las Luchas Obreras, No Tienen Fronteras!/The Fight Of The Workers, It Has No Racist Borders!” The hundreds of workers present embraced the chant.

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Thursday
Oct112018

Students fight racist college diploma scheme


HAMMOND, October 1 – A local university that serves mostly working-class and international students has seen a dramatic surge in fightback over the past few weeks. In response to the university bosses’ racist lies and indifference to their needs, hundreds of students and supporting faculty have built a struggle to challenge the bosses’ power.
Comrades and friends of Progressive Labor Party (PLP) have been in the thick of this fight, building working-class support and helping push revolutionary communist politics. Collectively with other anti-racist, anti-sexist fighters, we are fast learning that life’s most important lessons are taught in class struggle!

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Thursday
Oct112018

Charity can’t deliver clean water to segregated NYC high schools

Protecting working class children from lead poisoning is not a priority for a U.S capitalist class in disarray and decline.  The lead water crisis that has poisoned workers from Flint, MI to Newark, NJ has hit New York City’s school system and the local ruling class has no real plan to protect children here from ingesting this toxin at thousands of water fountains and sinks across the five boroughs.  

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Thursday
Oct112018

Capitalism in Crisis! Colombia prepares for fascism

COLOMBIA, October 10—Ivan Duque, the representative of the interests of US imperialism, landowners and big capital, became the president of Colombia. In his development plan he wants to impose a package of harmful reforms against workers, ordered by theOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and backed by the bosses’ business agenda.
They include health, economic, and tax reforms, reducing taxes to big capitalists and increasing taxes on the products of the family basket, dismantling all the subsidies to the humble people, reforming the labor code, increasing the retirement age and permitting wages below the minimum. This will end the little job stability and the achievements we made with fight, sweat and blood.

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Thursday
Oct112018

Kingsborough fighters expose Goldstein and co’s true racist colors, again!

BROOKLYN, October 6—“Honestly I didn’t think that the leafleting against Goldstein would accomplish anything or even get a reaction. I was wrong. Those leaflets really scared the administration - it’s freaking them out, and now they’re going to respond.” A sympathetic Kingsborough Community College (KCC) faculty member recently related this to a member of the Progressive Labor Party. The racists fear direct, mass confrontation and at KCC, they are getting it!

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Monday
Oct012018

The Uighurs of Xinjiang, Pawns in a Deadly Imperialist Game

In this period of escalating inter-imperialist competition, rival capitalists worldwide will seize on every opportunity to undermine the ultimate threat to their profit system: a united international working class. Within the U.S., bosses use anti-Muslim racism both to deflect workers’ anger over a failing economic system and to ready them for enlistment into World War III. In their ruthless battle for control over Middle East oil, U.S. and Russian bosses are waging a war of terror against millions of Muslim workers, from the devastation of Syria to the carpet bombing of Yemen. Meanwhile, both Washington and Moscow are keeping a close eye on the Chinese imperialists, who are making significant Middle East inroads, via trade and investment, from Iran to Egypt to Israel (theasiandialogue.com, 1/22).

Caught in the middle are the Uighurs,

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Monday
Oct012018

John Brown & Harriet Tubman: Models for multi-racial unity and action


On October 17 marks 159th anniversary of the raid on Harper’s Ferry. It was a revolutionary revolt showing the need for militant, anti-racist, multi-racial, revolutionary struggle!The southern slaveholders were terrified by the Harper’s Ferry raiders’ militant, multi-racial unity, a real-life rebuke of their racist stereotyping. One of the raiders’ five black freedom fighters, Osborne Anderson, described the atmosphere before-hand:
“I have been permitted to realize to its furthest, fullest extent, the moral, mental, physical, social harmony of an Anti-Slavery family, carrying out to the letter the principle of the Anti-slavery cause. In John Brown’s house, and in John Brown’s presence, men from widely different parts of the continent met and united into one company, wherein no hateful prejudice dared intrude its ugly self — no ghost of a distinction found space to enter.”

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Thursday
Sep272018

Red Politics At Home in Flatbush

Brooklyn, September 15—Communist politics featured prominently in the lead-up to a vigorous and multiracial march against racism, gentrification, and police violence. Organized by two neighborhood organizations, the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network and Equality for Flatbush, the march was guided by a wishful liberal slogan: “Brooklyn is not for sale.” But a more militant note was struck by one of the event’s featured speakers, a Black woman who lost her sister to police violence. After experiencing capitalist state terror in this horrific fashion, she has developed into an important leader in anti-racist struggles.   
When this leader was invited to speak at the pre-march rally, she shared the microphone with a member of Progressive Labor Party. As CHALLENGE found its way into the hands of dozens of passersby, our comrade reminded the crowd that Brooklyn will always be for sale as long as we live under a system driven by profit. The capitalist world degrades any chance for meaningful neighborhood integration with racist gentrification. But we can create a better world!

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Thursday
Sep272018

Haiti: PLP leads fight against capitalist corruption

HAITI, Sept. 7—The last several weeks have seen mass demonstrations throughout Haiti and the Haitian diaspora (e.g., in Brooklyn, NY during the massive Labor Day Carnival) against massive corruption in the PetroCaribe program. Workers have denounced the local bosses and their politicians, demanding an account of reports that between 1.7 to 3.8 billion dollars was stolen by previous regimes from funds destined for the development of the country. The actions follow up mass uprising in early July (Challenge 7/25).
Through the PetroCaribe contract signed in 2006, Venezuela sells gasoline and diesel fuel to Haiti and other countries in the region; 60% of the cost of the oil is due within 90 days and the balance is to be paid over 25 years at 1 percent interest. As of 2016, Haiti owes Venezuela over $80 billion (Haïti Liberté, 1/2). The money saved is supposed to be used for development projects. In Haiti, that turned it was misused by the bosses politicians. Examples of this corruption include a 10-mile road that was only 6.5 miles and unfinished housing for workers, etc., while bankers and politicians lined their own pockets (Miami Herald, 8/23).

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Thursday
Sep272018

Student Resistance to Campus Goons: Bastion of the Fight Against Fascism

MEXICO, September 13—On September 3, a group of thugs on campus violently attacked students from CCH Azcapotzalco (a campus of the Autonomous University of Mexico—UNAM) in a cowardly and cunning manner.  The students and supporters from other UNAM campuses, were rallying in the courtyard of the campus rectory demanding: that more groups be allowed on campus, for improved security conditions, and the resignation of the president.The school president Enrique Graue admitted days later that he had witnessed the attack from the rectory’s tower, along with various other school authorities who were present.  No one did a thing while the students were attacked with rocks, sticks, pipes, Molotov cocktails, fireworks, and sharpened objects.  Two students were hospitalized with serious injuries and various others were wounded.  

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