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…

SWP takes books, ‘Militant’ broadly to working people

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

“You ask what’s it like here,” said 28-year-old Rachel Meeler when Anthony Dutrow, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Miami City Commission, and campaign supporters met her in Clewiston, Florida, 100 miles north of Miami, Jan. 19. They were knocking on…

Chicago cop who killed Laquan McDonald gets prison

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019
Right, Rev. Marvin Hunter, uncle of Laquan McDonald killed by Chicago cops in 2014.

CHICAGO — Former Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months in state prison by Judge Vincent Gaughan Jan. 18 for the October 2014 killing of African-American teenager Laquan McDonald. He had been convicted of second-degree murder…

José Ramón Fernández: Revolutionary of exemplary integrity

Fernández held himself to highest standards of revolutionary selflessness, human solidarity, proletarian discipline
Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019
José Ramón Fernández, center, during April 1961 battles at Bay of Pigs where he was field commander of main column of revolutionary forces that defeated U.S.-organized invasion. Discipline of revolutionary army “must be very just, very humane, with highest moral standards,” Fernández said.

Cuban revolutionary leader José Ramón Fernández died Jan. 6 at the age of 95. Mary-Alice Waters, a central leader of the Socialist Workers Party and president of Pathfinder Press, collaborated with Fernández on three Pathfinder books. BY MARY-ALICE WATERS In…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…