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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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Wednesday
Mar312010

‘Jobs, Not Jails!’ Baltimore Youth Blast School-to-Prison Pipeline

The following is an interview of a friend of PLP about the protests in Baltimore on March 4.

Q. What is the school-to-prison pipeline?

A. School-to-prison pipeline is the need for our youth, especially minorities, to not be able to go to school because the system profits more if they end up in the juvenile justice system. 

Q. You took part in the March 4th events in Baltimore.  Can you tell us a little about what happened?

A. It was a really inspirational day. We started in downtown Baltimore at Camden Yards where we waited for students to arrive and listened to speeches about the importance of why we were marching. Next we started the march past the state school board building where we met up with more students and let the people inside know we were serious. In the following events, we marched to the juvenile justice center [and] we chanted different things such as “Jobs Not Jails.”

Q. What exactly is being demanded, and what did it feel like to be part of that major protest?

A. They are demanding that 100 out of the 300 million dollars that is being allocated for more youth jails be redirected towards education. They are demanding this from the governor because he owes the city money due to a state mandate that has yet to be paid to the youth of Baltimore. I felt like I was doing something important to help students.

Q. Why do you think the cops didn’t arrest the people who sat-in and picketed, right inside the Baby Bookings [juvenile jail] complex?

A. I think they didn’t arrest anyone who sat-in or picketed because it wouldn’t be in their best interest to arrest any of the students or adults. If they did that would cause more media coverage for our cause and it could have caused an uproar from the students.

Q. What is Progressive Labor Party’s analysis about why U.S. capitalism, year after year, incarcerates such tremendous numbers of working-class people?

A. The capitalists of America need prison labor to produce products cheap to make a huge profit. Private prison contractors make a lot more money using prisoners to labor for cheap. The capitalist state needs the school-to-prison pipeline. To end it we have to
destroy the capitalist state and establish working-class power, which means a dictatorship of the working class.

Q. There was a very good Town Hall meeting last month to help organize for March 4. Can you tell us about Progressive Labor Party’s contribution to that event?

A. During the open discussion period of the meeting a comrade took a firm position that the school-to-prison pipeline was wrong and that the only solution is a communist revolution. Then the people on the panel at the Town Hall meeting were asked what they thought of revolution. It caused the audience to begin to cheer for our comrade and showed that we aren’t the only ones here to believe in revolution.

Q. On March 4 itself, how many people helped distribute PLP’s communist newspaper, CHALLENGE, and about how many participants took copies of the paper?

A. On March 4 there were three people passing out CHALLENGE and we got out close to a hundred papers and made a couple of new friends of the Party.

Q. Last year, only 4,285 students graduated from public high schools in Baltimore City, but a larger number — about 6,000 young people — were arrested by the police.  How do you think we can solve this problem?

A. As I discussed above the only solution would be a communist revolution. We should start with a class-consciousness that would help these students learn that the bosses need these numbers to keep their families and minorities as a whole oppressed. 

Wednesday
Mar312010

UAW Patriotism Betrays GM Workers in Plant Closing

FREEMONT, CA, February 26 — “TOYOTA BETRAYS AMERICAN WORKERS,” screams the glossy, very expensive flier being distributed at the U.S. Auto Show. “Help save 50,000 American jobs,” is what those leafleting are instructed to tell those entering the auto show. This red, white and blue nonsense is what passes for a UAW campaign to “save” the NUMMI assembly plant that is scheduled to close on March 31, tossing 4,500 workers and their families into the street.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

General Strikers Shut Greece, Beat the Hell Out of Cops, Union Hacks

ATHENS, March 29 — The class struggle is raging in Greece, and the working class is beginning to advance against the bosses’ cutbacks. The working class shut Greece down on Thursday, March 11, for the second time in less than a month (see CHALLENGE 3/17). Planes didn’t fly, factories and schools were closed and the Corinth Canal was shut down. TV, Radio, electronic news websites, and the press — the whole country was brought to a standstill. Over 100,000 workers marched, possibly the largest demonstration in 15 years. Some factories that did try to stay open were forcibly shut down by protesters and striking workers, with many scabs being stopped from entering.

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Thursday
Mar182010

Workers, Students Unite: Link Racist Budget Cuts to Obama’s Wars

 

Hundreds Sit In at UCLA

LOS ANGELES, March 4 — Today several hundred students rallied and sat in at UCLA’s administration building, backing the state-wide March 4th day of action against education cut-backs. Leading up to March 4, discussion within the student groups organizing for it exposed the cuts to the state budget and public education as being essentially racist, since they disproportionately affect low-income working-class black and Latino students the most.

 

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Thursday
Mar182010

To Meet Domestic Crisis and Bosses’ Wider Wars: Rulers Seek More Direct Fascist Control of Gov’t

The scandal involving NY State Governor David Paterson is far broader than the Empire State. It represents the attempt by the main section of the capitalist class to exercise more direct control of the government — a hallmark of fascism — in order to serve its needs domestically and its war-making abroad. Meanwhile, it exposes its electoral system as a farce and reveals once again that choosing “black representation” (Paterson is the state’s first black governor) merely continues the rulers’ racist oppression of the whole working class, black and white.

 

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Thursday
Mar182010

Anti-Racists Disrupt Fascist Meeting on ‘Illegal Immigration’

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD, Feb. 25 — When Karl Marx said “Workers of the World, Unite!” he was declaring that the borders between countries were bosses’ tools to divide workers. Communists call for the abolition of all borders as part of unifying the working class worldwide. Nowhere was this goal more needed than at today’s racist town hall meeting, (organized by “People for Change” and “Help Save Maryland”). It was designed to launch a grassroots movement of black and white people to attack immigrants, especially undocumented workers, blaming them for the effects of the economic crisis of capitalism that all workers are facing. PLP’ers and friends declared, “No way!”

 

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Thursday
Mar182010

Multi-racial Solidarity A Winner for Airport Workers  

MIDWEST AIRPORT, March 8 — After all the lies, intimidation, and harassment, the metro-area and airport cleaners won their battle! SEIU members made signs on February 27 as the strike was to begin on March 1. The cleaning bosses saw this was really going to happen so they sent their lead negotiator to meet with the union rank-and-file Bargaining Committee. After 18 hours of nonstop negotiations they came to an agreement late Sunday night: better health insurance plus three raises separately over three years and equal pay for black cleaners.

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Thursday
Mar182010

NYC Workers, Students March, Unite to Blast Bosses’ School Budget Cuts -- ‘Cuts Are For War!’

NEW YORK, NY, March 4 — “No Cuts, No War, The Cuts are for the War” was shouted with all the rage that Asian, Latin, black, and white workers, students, and teachers could channel into their voices against the bosses’ racist attacks. The ruling class is waging war on the working class in order to pay for their imperialist wars.

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Thursday
Mar182010

France: Mass Strike By All Workers Needed to Back Immigrants’ Walkout  

PARIS, March 11 – Demonstrations and negotiations alternate as 6,000 striking undocumented workers battle for “legalization.” This struggle is a significant anti-racist one, given the fact that the strikers represent masses of predominantly African immigrants fighting their racist bosses’ super-exploitation. While the workers’ immediate goal is “legalization,” the key to real victory remains winning masses of workers to understand the long-term need to destroy capitalism — the source of all exploitation — and the bosses’ borders. Only communist revolution can achieve that goal by eliminating bosses and their profit system.

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Thursday
Mar182010

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Liberal Face of Fascism

Racist Immigration Enforcement is the present reality of U.S. immigration law. “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” (CIR) is what U.S. rulers are using to cover up and increase racist and fascist attacks on immigrant workers. This means rapidly increasing mass arrests of undocumented workers, ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) police raids on homes, jobs, military bases, bus stations and highways, all leading to mass detentions and deportations.  These “enforcement programs” have many names. The new ones are called the “Criminal Alien Program” and “Secure Communities.” Police in every city and county are either deputized as ICE agents or are cooperating voluntarily.

 

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