New Year’s greetings to our readers behind bars!

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019

Over the last year working people along with our brothers and sisters behind prison walls have won some important victories against the propertied rulers who look to restrict our rights and make us pay for the deepening economic, political and…


Celebrate Nan Bailey’s five decades building SWP

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Nan Bailey, 66, a leader and cadre of the Socialist Workers Party for 50 years, died here Dec. 12 after a 15-year battle with chronic lung disease. A meeting to celebrate her contributions to building the SWP…


Workers donate ‘blood money’ bribes to build SWP

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019

“Enclosed are four checks totaling $900.86 from bonuses retail workers recently received,” wrote Milly Townsend from Albany, New York. “It’s a pleasure for all of us to turn this ‘blood money’ to good use building the Socialist Workers Party!” “The…


‘Yellow vest’ protests force gov’t concessions

Actions show need for unity of workers, rural poor
Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019
Dec. 15 yellow vest protest in Lyons, France, part of nationwide actions. “I never thought we’d be doing this,” bus driver Sylvie Orquin told Militant at traffic circle protest in Normandy.

FORGES-LES-EAUX, Normandy, France — “Yellow vest” demonstrations across France were smaller on Saturday, Dec. 15 after further government concessions. President Emmanuel Macron is hoping this, combined with massive police deployments, will put an end to the nationwide protests by workers…


Hungary protests oppose law letting bosses force overtime

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019
Protesters march on Szabadsag Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, Dec. 14 against government’s anti­-labor measures, including authorizing bosses to impose more forced overtime on workers.

Up to 15,000 people took to the streets of Budapest, Hungary, Dec. 16, capping four days of protests against recent anti-working-class government measures. The protests targeted a law passed a few days earlier that authorizes bosses to force more overtime…


Walmart worker hits bosses’ abuses over intercom

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019

Seventeen-year-old Jackson Racicot was fed up with the way the Walmart bosses where he worked constantly mistreated workers. What attracted a lot of attention is how he went about making his opinions public. He handed in a letter of resignation…


Oakland teachers rally for smaller class sizes, higher wages

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dozens of public school teachers, members of the Oakland Education Association, and supporters protested after school at a busy intersection here Dec. 11. They held a banner saying, “Teachers ready to strike.” Similar protests were held at…


United flight attendants protest crew size cuts, grueling schedules

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019

CHICAGO — More than 200 United Airlines flight attendants and their supporters picketed at O’Hare airport here Dec. 13 demanding the company reverse planned job cuts and improve attendants’ grueling schedules. Pilots, airline catering workers and other unionists joined the…


Mental health clinicians strike across California

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019
National Union of Healthcare Workers members picket Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center Dec. 12 during 5-day statewide strike at 33 hospitals for increased hiring, better patient care.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mental health clinicians — members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers — organized picket lines at 33 Kaiser facilities across the state during their five-day strike that ended Dec. 14. They were joined at the Oakland…


Join SWP in taking books, ‘Militant’ to workers doors

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019
Teamster truck driver Alberto Alvarenga signs up for Militant subscription at his doorstep in Los Angeles in August. Socialist Workers Party member Laura Garza explained workers need to build their own party. “It’s doable if you keep doing what you’re doing,” Alvarenga replied.

At the heart of the political work of the Socialist Workers Party and the Communist Leagues in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.K. is taking the Militant and books by leaders of the SWP out to working people on…