Capitalism at fault in Alabama tornado catastrophe

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

BEAUREGARD, Ala. — “People came out of nowhere to help us. It was amazing, people kept stopping by to lend a hand,” John Askew told Socialist Workers Party members lending solidarity here March 8. He was clearing the debris left…

Are ‘hate crimes’ and racism on the rise in the US?

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

There are growing cries from Democrats, the liberal media and the middle-class left that “hate crimes” are soaring in the U.S. This charge — which isn’t true — is grounded in their conviction that the working class is becoming more…

Indiana teachers rally for higher pay, better working conditions

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019
Over 1,000 teachers rally in Indiana Statehouse March 9. “They ask us to stay after school and do extra work but with no extra pay,” elementary school teacher Sandra Butts told the Militant.

INDIANAPOLIS — Over 1,000 teachers from across the state rallied at the Indiana Statehouse here March 9 for more school funding and higher pay. Sponsored by the Indiana State Teachers Association, the event was originally scheduled to be held outdoors,…

Weeklong strike in Oakland ends as teachers’ struggle continues

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. — Teachers here voted by 58 percent to accept a new contract March 3 ending a seven-day strike that had emptied the schools. They came out stronger from the effort, but the vote reflected deep divisions over the…

Erie UE strike ends, Wabtec bosses agree to negotiations

Fight continues against bosses’ cutback demands
Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019
Feb. 26 picket in Erie, Pa. With broad support, 1,700 members of United Electrical Workers struck against deep concessions imposed by Wabtec. Agreement suspends cuts for 90 days.

ERIE, Pa. — A nine-day strike at the former GE Transportation plant here ended March 6 after a 90-day deal was reached to hold contract negotiations. Bosses at Wabtec — Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp. — which took over GE…

Nat’l blackout deepens crisis in Venezuela – US hands off!

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

Thousands participated in rival demonstrations in Venezuela March 9 in response to counterposed calls by President Nicolás Maduro and U.S.-groomed opposition leader Juan Guaidó amid a growing political and social crisis. Guaidó, head of the National Assembly controlled by bourgeois…

Join the May Day brigade to Cuba!

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

Is there an alternative to the “look out for number one,” profit-driven capitalist system? Do we have to accept that the bosses are constantly trying to speed our work up, cut corners on safety, push down our wages? Do we…


Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

In the article “Women’s Right to an Abortion Faces Gov’t Attack in Missouri” in the March 18 issue, the Militant reports on a Feb. 22 federal district court decision upholding a state law making it illegal for doctors to perform…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

March 28, 1994 Another battle in the fight to defend a woman’s right to choose abortion is unfolding in Birmingham, Alabama. Hundreds of pro-choice activists are getting ready to confront Operation Rescue and prevent the group from closing the clinics.…