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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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Thursday
May172018

Vigorous May Day in East Africa

EAST AFRICA—Throughout cities and rural areas, PLP members united 650 teachers, students, parents, and workers to celebrate May Day in solidarity with working people around the world.
At these events, we discussed the fascist government crackdowns and the attacks on students’ education and teachers’ working conditions. We also discussed the need for communism and how it was different from the socialism of the 20th century.

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Thursday
May172018

Haiti: May Day builds class consciousness 

HAITI—While a small number of organizations and unions are aware of what May Day, International Workers Day means, a larger number buy into the bourgeois propaganda of the “festival of work and agriculture.” Thus, in order to build for revolution, we must still fight to build working class-consciousness. That’s the job of our Party, the Progressive Labor Party.

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Thursday
May172018

Marx Bicentennial: Fight for Communism

Karl Marx was born on May 5, 1818, in Trier, Germany. Marx, together with his lifelong comrade and friend Friedrich Engels, invented the scientific doctrine of working-class revolution. We call this doctrine “Marxism.”
From German philosophy, and especially from the philosophy of Hegel, Marx developed dialectical and historical materialism—the science of change in all aspects of life.

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Saturday
May052018

Israeli apartheid decimates Gaza workers, exacerbates rivalries

It doesn’t matter if they shoot me or not. Death or life—it’s the same thing.
—Saber al-Gerim, 22, protester at Gaza border, New York Times, April 30.

For the two million working-class people in the occupied Gaza Strip, the world’s largest concentration camp, life is indeed the same as death. Since the latest Palestinian rebellion began on March 30, the apartheid state of Israel has murdered at least 45 people and wounded over five thousand more. A United States in decline can no longer control Israel, its regional watchdog. Amid intensifying inter-imperialist competition with Russia and China, the resulting turbulence in the Middle East is further destabilizing the old U.S.-dominated liberal world order.

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Saturday
May052018

PLP MAY DAY CELEBRATION: BROOKLYN

Three hundred gathered for this May Day march and celebration. They embraced each other with hugs, smiles, and exchanges of “Happy May Day!”
Future leaders of the international working class, newer workers and students being introduced to the Progressive Labor Party got the opportunity to meet many courageous communist workers as we all strengthened our ties as working people.

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Saturday
May052018

PLP MAY DAY CELEBRATION: LOS ANGELES

When a young Black teacher and a Latin high school student who are friends of Progressive Labor Party emcee our May Day dinner, you know it will be an inspiring event! These two young women led 60 comrades, families and friends through an interactive, enlightening program complete with good food, music, poetry, games, banner painting, and speeches. At the end of the night, every person in the room wanted to find out about how to get more involved.

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Saturday
May052018

PLP MAY DAY CELEBRATION: CHICAGO

Fifty comrades and friends of Progressive Labor Party rallied and marched through the streets of Bronzeville to celebrate May Day 2018. PLP has been having regular CHALLENGE sales in the neighborhood for years— lately every week—with an enthusiastic response from the community.  It is a historically Black area that has been the home to workers and communists since the 1920s. 
We rallied with red flags and signs against racist deportations and mass incarceration.There were specific messages about killer kkkop Jason Van Dyke, who murdered teenager Laquan McDonald by shooting him 16 times.  We shouted anti-racist, pro-international working class chants, and distributed over 400 CHALLENGEs during our two-hour rally and march.

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Saturday
May052018

INTERNATIONAL MAY DAY GREETINGS

AFGHANISTAN
Greetings from communist youth of Afghanistan to all PLP everywhere! We take this opportunity to send our greetings and love to all our communist friends in these historical days of May. Our success is our unity. Long life to our all communist friends, long life to our all revolutionary youth of Afghanistan and all over the world!
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NORTHERN INDIA
Comrades! Red Salute to you, one and all, on 132nd International Workers’ Day from northern part of India. The world today feels more affirmatively than ever the need of an international working class organization to convert the bubbles of opportunities into a sustained stream of communist revolution to change the world for once and all. Today, amidst the rising atrocities against ethnic and religious minorities, women, we join hands across the globe to reaffirm the solidarity shown by the Chicago comrades on the first May Day.
Tomorrow is ours. Long live revolution!
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IRAN
Workers of the world UNITE under the triumphant flag of the PLP! One class, one party, one struggle, one world to win. The workers of Iran send our strongest message of solidarity to the workers in the USA and everywhere, for the May Day anniversary. Special salute to the members and supporters of PLP everywhere!
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PAKISTAN​
The working class of Pakistan is struggling

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Saturday
May052018

Arrested while working: racist police terror everywhere

INDIANA, April 28—Members of the Progressive Labor Party in Indiana have been connecting with community members through collective fight back against deportations, arrests, and racist police murders.
On Tuesday, April 24, eight workers were arrested by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) while doing construction work on an apartment complex in Highland, Indiana. This vicious attack subjects workers and their families to the psychological terror that the police continue to inflict on working class communities.

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Saturday
May052018

Columbia grad students on strike

NEW YORK CITY, April 25—The Columbia University campus resounded with the chants of hundreds of graduate teaching and research assistants who began a five-day strike yesterday. They are supported by many undergraduate students, including about 50 undergraduate clubs, many professors, area construction workers, and other campus United Auto Workers (UAW) locals.

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