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Capitalism Murders in Bangladesh and All Over the World

Capitalism is murdering workers all over the world.  It is slowly grinding us to death under the weight of starvation wages that don’t cover the costs of living within their sick twisted system.  The profit system also literarily flares up and murders workers outright as they produce the material that those who die the slow death must sell for a living wage.  Hundreds of Women, children, and men have been burned to death over the past five years in Bangladesh so that rich capitalists can rake in huge profits.  The most recent factory fire in Dhaka where over 100 of our working class brothers and sisters were burned alive, many beyond recognition, as the factory didn’t have fire escapes or enough emergency exits, is just another example of how capitalism brutalizes the working class. It would be great if strikes that have shut down the ports in LA would happen every time that workers were killed.

 

As the New Depression rages and arch-racist puppet Obama attacks our social safety net and tries to install a new war budget with the bogeyman of the “fiscal cliff”, and the capitalist’s media trumpets that we need to shop shop shop on Black Friday, workers all over the world are fighting back.  Workers in McDonalds are striking for a better wage.  Workers in Wal-Mart and their allies are also striking to organize a union and fight back against the starvation wages that cause them to have to accept social services in order to have access to health care and to make ends meet.  We must not forget that Obama, on behalf of his finance capitalist masters, is attacking these very same social services that so many depend upon.

 

Thousands and thousands of refugees from Hurricane Sandy are scattered in hotels all over New York City.  Many of them don’t have ready access to food, and virtually none have access to new homes.  While hundreds of empty luxury condos are all over Brooklyn and New York City gentrifying the neighborhoods, capitalist Bloomberg sheds tears that they are doing all they can and then pats themselves on the back for what they have done.  The Red Cross abandoned so many refugees that they had to protest in front of them in order to get a promise of aid. Illustrating the intense racism and nationalism at the heart of capitalism, even though these workers have been brutalized, the plight of the undocumented workers is even worse as they aren’t getting anything from whatever relief is available.

 

The fires in Bangladesh are fueling the worker’s rage.  Thousands and thousands of angry workers have taken to the streets demanding that safety regulations are met.  Thousands of workers in Greece, Spain, Italy, and Portugal are battling the austerity programs that Capitalism is using to rip billions of dollars from the working class to ensure the profits of the rich capitalists. 

 

The fires in Bangladesh, the bombs falling in Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, the strikes in Wal-Mart and McDonalds, the refuges of Hurricane Sandy who are abandoned, the families of those who’ve been murdered by the racist NYPD, and the workers in Europe fighting austerity, are all fighting to reform some aspect of capitalism in order to try to make life under it more bearable.  Capitalism cannot be reformed to meet the needs of the working class because it must maximize profit.  Only a society directly organized to meet the needs of the working class and run by the working class can alleviate the grinding death of capitalism.  That system is Communism.  Communism will eradicate money, racism, and sexism while building a world that meets the working class’ needs.    Join the Communist Progressive Labor Party to fight for this world.  WWW.PLP.Org for more information. 

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The Land Grab Genocide Rages Ahead

Bombs drop into the homes of families, into an area that’s been under siege for over half a decade, that’s been echoing memories of the Warsaw Ghetto and the collective punishment so favored by the Nazis and perfected by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).  While the bombs kill women and children in Gaza, the US has rounded up hundreds of Black, Hispanic, and White workers that once lived in Far Rockaway and other places obliterated by Hurricane Sandy and have left them with little access to food and water and virtually no medical care in hotels right in the middle of New York.  Imperialist Capitalism is the connection between these two seemingly unrelated events. 

 

As a small group of Palestinians have embraced the disgusting ideology of terrorism and have fired off small rockets that have injured some Israeli workers and damaged private property, the IDF masses their forces for an invasion into the Gaza Palestinian Reservation.  This ramp up to future war with Syria and Iran also has its roots in the ultra racist “settlers” that are grabbing land from Palestinian workers to enrich US and Israeli capitalists. 

 

Just as the rich are grabbing Palestinian land, the US is taking a page out of the Katrina response playbook where the mostly Black working class population of the 9th Ward had their land bought up at pennies on the dollar.  The ocean front properties that the displaced working class of Far Rockaway, Redhook, and other affected areas are prime real estate opportunities for profit accumulation by Baby Doc Cuomo and Billionaire Bloomberg and their cronies.  

 

Faithful ruling class puppet Obama defended Israel’s right to defend itself.  He left out the half-dozen children killed by Israeli’s “defensive” bombs, the screaming mothers, the tears on the fathers, the rubble covered young women, the men struggling to tear them free while other Israeli bombs rain down, and the fact that hundreds more will die as the IDF thugs prepare to slaughter Palestinian workers.

 

PLers in Israel are working to organize workers in the IDF to see the Palestinians as their class brothers and sisters and the Israeli ruling class who routinely invades Gaza as part of their election campaign as their true enemy.  PL recognizes that only a Communist led multi-racial struggle against the virulent ideology of Zionist nationalism can end the slaughter of Palestinian workers.

 

PLers are also organizing to bring relief, food, medical care, and to organize the hundreds of workers displaced by Hurricane Sandy and brutalized by capitalism.  These wars will continue as long as Imperialism is allowed to place the need for vast profits to fuel even more wars and land grabs ahead of the needs of the world’s working class.

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Capitalism is a Racist Disaster

Storms don’t know skin color or class, but capitalism is built on inequalities rooted in both. An event like Hurricane Sandy that seems to affect “everyone” the same turns out to strike hardest at those who have the fewest resources, the fewest choices, the fewest places to go.
Like Katrina in 2005, or the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 this system’s response to disaster shows that what is natural under capitalism is RACISM. Footage of ruined yachts and vacation homes dominated the early images of the bosses’ media coverage. More recently news coverage has centered around devastated white communities of the region to the exclusion of areas like Red Hook, the Lower East Side, Coney Island and Canarsie. But there is nothing “natural” about who pays the highest price in these disasters. Meanwhile the ruling class gets to practice fascist police state tactics of population transfer, curfew, military direction of civilian affairs under the name of “emergency management.”
• Undocumented workers live in fear of deportation and so many will not come forward to seek the help they need (in the aftermath of 9/11 families of undocumented restaurant workers in the Twin Towers received nothing!)
• Mostly black DC 37 city workers were forced back to the job while mostly white UFT members got paid days off. On the whole salaried workers have much more income protection than hourly wage workers.
• Red Hook supermarkets with no power take no electronic food stamps: no cash, no food.
Yet workers all over New York have worked collectively to help each other out. While Obama and Bloomberg cruise around in helicopters giving orders, it will be workers who rebuild the homes, roads, rails, ports and more destroyed in this storm. Some put their lives on the line to rescue people stuck on roofs of their homes, others have turned their front yards into collection centers for food, water and clothes that they then hand out to their neighbors. Still others have pooled what little resources they have to help the elderly, disabled and children get meals. This is human nature! The bosses push the idea that everyone is “naturally” greedy and selfish, but in real times of need, those lies are uncovered.
There is nothing natural about this disaster. And as a global system capitalism had doomed countless millions to conditions like those we endure in Sandy-ravaged areas and much worse. Sandy gathered strength over an ocean five degrees warmer than normal and hit a New York harbor where water levels have already risen a foot due to climate change. As the Arctic Ocean melts oil companies race to drill the floor of the sea for more oil. The wasteful nature of the profit system is driving our biosphere off a cliff.
Under communism, natural disasters will continue to occur, but a global communist planned economy is the only hope for reversing human-induced climate change. Under communism society will be organized with the needs of people in mind, not profit like under capitalism. The infrastructure to make our neighborhoods safe will be built. People will be sent to safe evacuation centers without the worry that their belongings will get stolen, since everyone will have what they need.
Obama’s victory will not change what drives the attacks on our class. Both candidates served this racist system of inequality that drops bombs on innocent children in Pakistan and at the same time allows hurricane victims to go hungry and cold. Elections only build loyalty to this broken social order. People’s response to this latest disaster shows that our class, the working class, has the need and the desire to help each other in times of need. Let’s build on those actions and fight for a world built on equality for all, a communist world!

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