Wendy Lyons: ‘A political leader of the working class’

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018
Above, Wendy Lyons, left, joins picket line of UNITE strikers at Hollander Home Fashions in Los Angeles, March 2001. Inset, Lyons being interviewed by Chinese-language TV, December 2004, during her campaign as Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor of Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — “Wendy Lyons was a central leader of the Socialist Workers Party for many years. She was a political leader of the working-class movement in this country,” Norton Sandler, speaking on behalf of the SWP National Committee, told…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018

August 9, 1993 ST. LOUIS — The flood now affecting the Midwestern section of the United States has already wreaked tremendous damage and will continue to devastate additional areas in the coming weeks. The inaction of the U.S. government in…

1979 Nicaraguan Revolution posed road for workers power

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018
Establishment of workers and farmers government in 1979 gave impulse to struggles by the toilers. Above, 30,000 peasants and agricultural workers led by Association of Rural Workers rallied in Managua in February 1980, for radical land reform and improved conditions.

Below is an excerpt from a speech by Tomás Borge, one of the leaders of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), before a crowd of half a million people in Managua July 19, 1981, celebrating the second anniversary of the…

Striking Vermont nurses win widespread solidarity

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Union nurses mounted spirited picket lines, several rallies and a march through the city as part of a two-day strike against University of Vermont Medical Center bosses here July 12-13. The nurses, members of Vermont Federation of…

As hiring picks up, rail workers fight for job safety

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018

With today’s upturn in capitalist production and trade, rail bosses are trying to hire thousands of workers this year. But in their drive for profits, the bosses are also running longer and longer freight trains with smaller and smaller crews…

Protests demand, ‘Fire cop who killed Antwon Rose!’

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018
Samaria Rice, left, mother of Tamir Rice, killed by Cleveland cop in 2014, greets Michelle Kenney, Antwon Rose’s mother, at celebration of what would have been Rose’s 18th birthday.

PITTSBURGH — On July 12 Antwon Rose Jr. would have celebrated his 18th birthday. Would have, that is if he had not been killed in cold blood by East Pittsburgh cop Michael Rosfeld in a June 19 traffic stop. The…

DSA victory in NY primary deepens crisis of rulers’ parties

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018

The election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s 14th Congressional District primary is another sign of the sharpening rifts in the Democratic Party that were exposed in the course of the campaign bringing Donald Trump to the presidency. In fact,…

Fuel hike protests bring down Haiti prime minister

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018
Demonstration July 8 in Port-au-Prince during week of general strike and protests that forced government to suspend fuel hike.

Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned July 14 after a two-day general strike and a week of protests sparked by the government’s announcement of sharp price hikes for fuel. Demonstrators marched, barricaded roads, looted stores and burned cars and…

Ukraine miners’ strikes, protests win back wages

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018

For the past year and a half miners in Ukraine’s state-owned coal industry have carried out strikes with round-the-clock picketing, and blocking entrances to mine bosses’ offices and roads leading toward the mines. They have rallied outside parliament and the…