Striking hotel workers in Chicago rally for yearlong health care

Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018
Thousands of hotel workers on strike in Chicago march through city demanding new contract. “Hotel owners say we don’t work enough hours to get health insurance,” said housekeeper Laura McKinney at the demonstration. “That’s the main reason we’re on strike.”

CHICAGO — “Every winter when the hotel business slows down, the lower seniority workers get laid off or our hours get cut. Then the hotel owners say we don’t work enough hours to get health insurance, and we’re without until…

SF hotel workers rally, say ‘One job should be enough’

Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Chanting “One job should be enough!” some 1,000 hotel workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 2, and their supporters marched here on Labor Day Sept. 3. Actions took place that day at Marriott-owned hotels in seven other…

Social catastrophe from storms are a product of capitalist rule

Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018
Cajun Navy volunteer helps evacuate trailer park in Lumberton, North Carolina, Sept. 15.

According to the liberal news media, nature’s inevitable storms and floods, exacerbated by rampant global warming, are the reason for the unfolding social disasters in North Carolina, the Philippines and Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Typhoon Mangkhut…

Iraq protests shake up moves to form new gov’t

Rulers in US, Moscow, Tehran vie to protect interests
Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018
Demonstrators Sept. 12 in Basra hold Iraqi flags and images of protesters killed at previous actions demanding water, electricity, jobs and an end to Iranian interference in the country.

Following widespread protests by working people and others against the Iraqi government’s failure to supply basic necessities and the impact of the Iranian rulers’ military intervention and assaults on Iraqi sovereignty, talks to establish a coalition government between U.S.-backed Prime…

Are frenzied liberals afflicted with ‘Trump derangement syndrome’?

Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018

As the November midterm elections loom, liberals in the Democratic Party and media, and the middle-class left, are grabbing anything to try and advance their frenetic “resistance” against the Donald Trump presidency. They are driven by fear of the workers…

Manila book fair draws over 100,000 participants

Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018
Manila book fairgoers crowd into Pathfinder booth featuring books by revolutionary leaders.

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Book Fair, held for 39 years, opened here Sept. 12. For the first time in nearly three decades U.S.-based Pathfinder Press, which publishes books by Socialist Workers Party leaders and other working-class revolutionaries, is…

Colo. meatpackers win suit against right to pray firings

Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018

After a three-year-long fight, Muslim packinghouse workers in Fort Morgan, Colorado, won a $1.5 million settlement from Cargill Meat Solutions for civil rights violations after the company denied them the right to take prayer breaks on the job and then…

Pa. prison authorities curb letters, books, newspapers

Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018
Tom Haney, right, with Philadelphia-based Books Through Bars, points to stacks of books returned by prison authorities because of new rules restricting prisoners’ right to receive them.

Pennsylvania prison officials and liberal Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced new rules and regulations Sept. 5 that severely restrict prisoners’ access to books, magazines, newspapers, photos and letters. The Department of Corrections imposed the rules — and a 12-day lockdown…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018

October 4, 1993 MARSHALL, Minnesota — Pent-up anger over months of racist abuse of immigrant workers from Somalia by bosses at Heartland Foods sparked walkouts and protests at the turkey-processing plant here in southwestern Minnesota farm country, The actions, which…

Imperialism pauses only when it faces a people ready to fight

Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018
“It was understood in Washington that the people would fight and the invasion would be costly,” says Cuban Gen. Néstor López Cuba about U.S. rulers’ plans to invade Cuba in 1962. Above, López Cuba, third from left in hat, during internationalist mission in Angola 1976.

Below are excerpts from Making History: Interviews With Four Generals of Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces.  The Spanish edition is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September. The section quoted is from the interview with Néstor López Cuba on…