Florida voting rights victory spurs fights in Iowa, Kentucky

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

The successful fight to restore voting rights to more than a million former prisoners in Florida has spread to Iowa and Kentucky. Constitutional provisions in those two states continue to bar the right to vote to most people released after…


UK capitalist rulers ‘Brexit’ political crisis continues on

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

MANCHESTER, England — A “Brexit-in-name-only” deal negotiated by the U.K. government with the European Union — two and a half years in the making — was overwhelmingly voted down in the House of Commons Jan. 15. This reflects the deep…


Los Angeles teachers won with broad strike support

Fight inspires teachers in Denver, Virginia, Oakland
Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019
Teachers picket Dorsey High School in Los Angeles Jan. 17 before strike settled. Capitalist rulers there underestimated widespread support teachers strike got from working people.

LOS ANGELES — A spirited and popular six-day strike by more than 30,000 teachers here ended Jan. 22 after a majority voted to approve a new contract. Teachers won widespread support from students, parents and other workers as they demonstrated…


SWP Dallas campaign attracts working-class interest in Texas

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019
SWP Dallas campaign attracts working-class interest in Texas

DALLAS — “Really the only way to change things is what they are doing,” Katelyn Galbreath told Socialist Workers Party campaigner Sarah Ullman, pointing to the photo of Kentucky teachers protesting at the state Capitol last year depicted on the…


‘Don’t make us go West Virginia on you!’

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

In the light of the strike by teachers in Los Angeles and upcoming battles by teachers in other cities and states, we print below an excerpt from In Defense of the US Working Class by Mary-Alice Waters. Copyright © 2019 Pathfinder…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

February 7, 1994 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — One hundred forty members of the Congress of Industrial Unions who work for a grain importer here received an early Christmas present when management locked them out of the plant October 26.…


Correction: The working class needs discipline

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

In last week’s  Militant  we ran a statement by Los Angeles Socialist Workers Party candidates Dennis Richter for City Council District 12 and Laura Garza for School Board calling for solidarity with the teachers strike there. But we introduced an…


Jew-hatred incited by capitalist rulers in times of crisis

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019
Fleeing Nazi terror, over 900 Jewish refugees on ship St. Louis in 1939. Imperialist “democratic” governments in Washington and Ottawa refused asylum, forcing refugees back to Europe.

The excerpt below is from chapter one of   The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation by Abram Leon, one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for January. Leon was won to Marxism from Zionism by supporters of Leon Trotsky. He led…


An Unconditional Soldier of the Revolution

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

The following excerpt is from “‘El Gallego’ Fernández — An Unconditional Soldier of the Revolution,” the speech given by José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, at the memorial tribute to José Ramón Fernández in…


Readers contribute to winter appeal for ‘Militant’

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

Oil refinery worker Ben Fields in the Bay Area contributed $100 to the Militant  to help the socialist newsweekly meet expenses in the winter months. Fields explained he got a Militant  subscription for his sister as a gift recently. After…