25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

July 12, 1993 On June 21 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Clinton administration’s policy of stopping in international waters Haitians fleeing military repression and forcibly returning them to Haiti without even permitting an asylum hearing. “This is a crime,”…

Liberals’ harassment crusade is threat to rights workers need!

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

One year ago the Militant  wrote, “The unrelenting, monthslong crusade by liberals in the Democratic Party, the middle-class left and the media to invalidate or reverse the outcome of the 2016 election had spawned an attempt to assassinate Republican members…

‘Militant’ fights new round of censorship in Florida prisons

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Three issues of the Militant, above, were recently impounded by Florida prison authorities. State officials reversed censorship of May 14 issue, left. Militant is appealing the others.

Florida prison officials are at it again, impounding and censoring the Militant, in violation of the constitutionally protected rights of freedom of the press and the right of workers behind bars to read the political news of their choice. On…

Amnesty for all immigrants in the US! No deportations!

As I See It
Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Demonstrators in Chicago, May 1, 2006, march demanding amnesty for all undocumented workers in the U.S.

Debate over the U.S. rulers’ immigration policies jumped back on the front burner since Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ May 7 announcement that from now on there would be “zero tolerance” of “illegal” immigration. Not only could those caught without papers…

‘Puerto Ricans will never give up struggle for independence’

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
March 20 protest demands electricity in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

UNITED NATIONS — This year’s annual U.N. Special Committee on Decolonization hearing on the status of Puerto Rico was marked by discussion of the deep social crisis there in the wake of both hurricanes Irma and Maria and the anti-working-class…

Cop charged with murder in killing of Antwon Rose

Thousands join daily protests in Pittsburgh area
Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Marchers in Pittsburgh June 23 demand charges against cop who fatally shot Antwon Rose Jr.

PITTSBURGH — On June 19 East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld stopped a car he suspected of being involved in an earlier drive-by shooting. As he handcuffed the driver of the vehicle, an unlicensed taxi, the two other occupants got…

Rising interest rates tighten debt squeeze on US farmers

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Tractorcade by thousands of farmers from across country arrives in Washington, Feb. 5, 1979. Organized by American Agricultural Movement, farmers occupied National Mall for weeks demanding parity - guaranteed prices for their crops at least equal to costs of production.

Rising interest rates are piling further burdens on working farmers, whose debts are reaching record levels this year. At the same time, sharpening competition and increased production have forced net farm income down by half since 2013 — to an…

Crisis in Puerto Rico caused by colonial control, capitalist rule

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Right, John Studer, Socialist Workers Party, addresses U.N. decolonization committee June 18 in support of fight to end U.S. colonial rule. Left, Myrna Pagán from Vieques Lives Matter.

The following is the statement by John Studer, editor of the Militant newspaper, given on behalf of the Socialist Workers Party at the June 18 U.N. Special Committee on Decolonization hearing. Distinguished Chairman and committee members, Dear friends and fellow…

Ivan Licho’s ‘Militant’ cartoons exposed capitalist rule

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Militant cartoons by Ivan Licho. Left, from July 16, 1976, cartoon illustrated attack on working class by U.S. Supreme Court legalizing death penalty. Above, cartoon from Nov. 30, 1979, issue depicting blood-soaked hands of shah of Iran. Revolution there earlier that year overthrew his dictatorial rule, forcing him to flee. Accompanying article was titled, “Why Iran Wants Him to Stand Trial: Firsthand Account of Torture and Murder.”

SEATTLE — Ivan Licho, a former member and lifelong supporter of the Socialist Workers Party, passed away of complications from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases in Edmonds, a suburb here, June 2. He was 78. After four years in the Navy,…

Books by Thomas Sankara spark interest at Harlem festival

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

NEW YORK — More than 30 years after Thomas Sankara, the leader of the popular revolution in Burkina Faso, was assassinated, his example and ideas live on. That was clear from the interest in books of his speeches, other revolutionary…