Who are "the proles"? What does Winston mean when he says, "if there is hope it lies in the proles"?

Orwell, page 82

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Proles are the members of the working class. In order for things to change, the proles have to step-up and stand-up for themselves. They have the power to create change due to their large number, but ignorance and complacency dashes hopes for a better life. Winston is correct in saying they are the hope of the future because with numbers.... there will never be change.