‘I want to read these socialist books and that Militant paper’

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — “I want to read these socialist books and newspapers. They are just what I was looking for. Capitalism has nothing to offer workers today,” said math teacher Charles Coulston when he came up to the Socialist Workers…

The working class is the true target of liberals’ fury

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

In a virtually unprecedented move, FBI agents raided the office, home and hotel room of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen April 9. They were directed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, at…

Teachers mount fights against gov’t attacks

School protests inspire workers, set example
Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018
Teachers protest April 13 in Frankfort, Kentucky. Teachers’ struggles across country are taking on character of broader social movement, an example for building a fighting labor movement.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a scene increasingly familiar across the country, thousands of teachers, other school workers and students and supporters rallied outside the state Capitol here April 13. They were protesting attacks by Gov. Matt Bevin and the state…

Colo. teachers rally at Capitol April 16, plan more actions

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

DENVER — More than 150 teachers from the Englewood school district headed for their first statewide “Day of Action” outside the Capitol here April 16, demand-ing higher wages, increased school funding and no cuts to retirees’ pensions. The Eng-lewood teachers…

France: Rail workers strike against government attacks

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

PARIS — An eerie silence settled over the deserted Gare de l’Est train terminal here April 9, replacing the noisy hum of the hundreds of thousands of passengers who normally crisscross the station daily. In a wave of rolling strikes,…

Workers in Puerto Rico resist attacks by US, colonial rulers

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

We’ve done the Band-Aid,” Mike Byrne, Puerto Rico coordinator for the U.S. rulers’ Federal Emergency Management Agency, told the press in early April. “We’ve patched the [electrical] system back together.” Some patch! At least 100,000 people are still without power…

Delta workers rally in Minnesota to build support for a union

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Delta Airlines ramp and cargo workers, flight attendants and supporters held a standing-room-only rally at the Labor Center here April 4 to advance their fight to organize a union. Delta workers from the Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis,…

Australia dockworkers strike four days over working conditions

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018
Dockworkers, members of Maritime Union of Australia, rally outside gates of Qube Ports’ Webb Dock terminal in Melbourne April 8 at end of four-day strike over working conditions.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Some 90 dockworkers, members of the Maritime Union of Australia, and their supporters rallied outside the gates of Qube Ports’ Webb Dock car terminal here April 8. The 145 workers at Qube, who unload imported vehicles, struck…

Defeat of US imperialism at Playa Girón was historic

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

Below is an excerpt from Cuba’s Internationalist Foreign Policy, 1975-80, by Fidel Castro, one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for April. It comes from his speech “Angola: African Girón,” given on April 19, 1976, in commemoration of the 15th…