SWP: Back Puerto Ricans’ fight for self-determination

Vol. 82/No. 24 - June 18, 2018

Below is an excerpt from “Declaration of Principles,” printed in  The Founding of the Socialist Workers Party: Minutes and Resolutions, 1938-39. Copyright © 1982 by Pathfinder Press. Reprinted by permission. United States imperialism, exploiting the masses within its national boundaries, at…

Fidel: Cuba backs fight for Puerto Rico independence

Vol. 82/No. 24 - June 18, 2018

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and the Cuban government have emphatically spoken out in defense of the struggle of Puerto Ricans for freedom from U.S. colonial rule. “Even before our independence, there had been bonds between Puerto Rico and Cuba,”…

Locked-out Quebec aluminum workers win support

Vol. 82/No. 24 - June 18, 2018
United Steelworkers members locked out by ABI Bécancour bosses in Quebec picket plant May 27, in front of solidarity wall. Walmart worker Michel Prairie holds poster of support.

BÉCANCOUR, Quebec — The over 1,000 members of United Steelworkers Local 9700, who’ve been locked out by the ABI Bécancour aluminum bosses since Jan. 11, received a solidarity boost when professors from the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières joined their…

2,000+ died from colonial disregard in Puerto Rico

Vol. 82/No. 24 - June 18, 2018

Harvard University researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine May 31 that the death toll in Puerto Rico in the first two months after Hurricane Maria was in the thousands, not the 64 government officials have insisted for…

Ireland: Repeal of abortion ban shows shift on women’s rights

Vol. 82/No. 23 - June 11, 2018
Mass celebration in Dublin May 26, day after referendum victory ending ban on abortions.

Determined to end severe restrictions on abortion rights, a large majority in Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the country’s constitution May 25. The amendment “acknowledges the right to life of the unborn” and prevents women’s access to…

3,000 rail workers strike against Canadian Pacific

Bosses demand Ottawa force workers back
Vol. 82/No. 23 - June 11, 2018
Striking rail workers at Canadian Pacific Intermodal Yard, Lachine, Montreal, May 30. Action by conductors and engineers shut down CP, delayed freight movement around North America.

MONTREAL — Over 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive engineers and conductors, members of the Teamsters union, set up picket lines at 10 p.m. on May 29, shutting down Canada’s second largest freight railway system. The strike halted much of the…

Puerto Rico: Workers confront capitalist disaster after storm

Vol. 82/No. 23 - June 11, 2018
Retired electrical worker Raúl Laboy, left, and Wilfredo Abreu, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, talk to Militant reporters. “Social hurricane” of capitalism is worse than natural one, Laboy said.

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico — “After Hurricane María hit the island, the government left us to fend for ourselves. But here we all joined together — to clear debris and reopen the roads and to help make sure people could survive,”…

SWP, ‘Militant’ expand reach deeper into the working class

Vol. 82/No. 23 - June 11, 2018
Mechanic Corey Whiteloch in Surrey, suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of many new Militant readers. He signed up when Lynda Little knocked on his door April 14, and got Are They Rich Because They’re Smart? by Jack Barnes, contributed to Militant Fighting Fund.

The Militant extends a warm welcome to the 1,540 people who subscribed for the first time or renewed their subscriptions in the course of a just concluded eight-week campaign of the Socialist Workers Party to expand the paper’s readership, sell…

US rulers, Pyongyang seek to reset denuclearization talks

Vol. 82/No. 23 - June 11, 2018

The U.S. and North Korean governments are moving full steam ahead toward a summit meeting to negotiate an agreement on “denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula. U.S., North Korean and South Korean officials have been meeting in the U.S., Singapore and…