Ninth week of ‘yellow vest’ protests across France

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019

PARIS — The size of the Saturday yellow vest demonstrations throughout France grew larger Jan. 12 over the previous couple of weeks. This is the ninth weekend of protests here since the movement of workers, petty proprietors, shopkeepers and others…


Sudan toilers protest gov’t attacks, years of wars

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019

In response to a rise in the price of bread, tens of thousands of working people have joined protests since mid-December in cities across Sudan. The price increases came on top of years of grinding hardships, civil war and political…


Bangladesh garment workers: ‘Implement minimum wage raise’

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019

Tens of thousands of garment workers have taken to the streets in Bangladesh over the past month, shutting down production. They are protesting the bosses’ refusal to fully implement a raise in the minimum wage that went into effect Dec.…


Virginia teachers to rally Jan. 28 for public education funding

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019

Virginia teachers are standing up and saying “Enough is enough!” to the decadeslong assault on public education by the state government. Virginia Educators United is building a statewide march and rally at the capitol in Richmond Jan. 28, to demand…


Sankara: ‘The future demands that women be liberated’

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019
Committees for Defense of Revolution meet August 1985 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, above. After 1983 revolution working people, including women, built mass organizations to participate in running their country. Thomas Sankara speaks on International Women’s Day, March 8, 1987, inset.

The excerpt below is from Women’s Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle by Thomas Sankara, one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for January. Sankara led an uprising in 1983 to establish a popular revolutionary government in Burkina Faso, in…


SWP Statement: Support Los Angeles teachers strike!

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019

The following statement was issued Jan. 16 by Socialist Workers Party candidates Dennis Richter for City Council District 12 and Laura Garza for School Board in Los Angeles. The strike by 31,000 teachers in Los Angeles is a battle being…


‘Cuban people know what they are defending’

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019

The following excerpt is from testimony given by José Ramón Fernández before the People’s Court of Havana, July 12, 1999. It’s taken from the chapter “The Cuban People, Rifles in Hand, Were Convinced of Their Cause” in Playa Girón/Bay of…


‘In US, unlike Cuba, farmers can lose their land’

New book discusses how US working people are fighting back against bosses’ anti-labor offensive
Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019
July 2014 protest in Seattle by rail workers and family members against bosses’ attempts to slash train crews down to one worker. Bosses seek to increase profits by attacks on workers, farmers and their conditions.

In Defense of the US Working Class, a new book by Mary-Alice Waters, is now off the presses. It features the talk by Waters at an April 24-26, 2018, international conference in Havana organized by the Cuban History Institute and…