New battalions of working-class fighters in formation in China

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Workers block Hi-P company gates in Shanghai, 2011, after bosses announced layoffs. Rapid capitalist growth in China has created big industrial working class with great political potential.

The Book of the Month this week is Capitalism’s World Disorder: Working-Class Politics at the Millennium by Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party. The excerpt below, from “Youth and the Communist Movement,” foresaw much of the way…

Protesters in Sudan say: ‘The regime must fall!’

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

Massive crowds continue to sit in and protest at the presidential palace in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, determined to eradicate all remnants of military rule after the army brass ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir. The powerful breadth of the mobilizations…

Legislators in Texas push to make every abortion illegal

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

The Texas state legislative Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee held unprecedented public hearings April 8-9 on a proposed bill to authorize criminal prosecution of all women who have an abortion and of the doctors who perform them. All abortions would…

New England Stop & Shop workers strike against cuts

‘Don’t stop, don’t shop at Stop and Shop!’
Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Striking Stop & Shop workers picket in Boston April 12. Widespread solidarity is needed.

BOSTON — Some 31,000 workers on strike at over 240 Stop & Shop grocery stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are calling on working people to support their fight. The unionists, members of five United Food and Commercial Workers…

Fight against ban on Washington prisoners getting used books wins

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

SEATTLE — After a public outcry, the Washington state Department of Corrections reversed severe restrictions they had adopted that blocked prisoners from receiving almost all used books. The ban, quietly posted on the department’s website, said that effective March 25…

Cuban Revolution ‘put workers in the best position to take on racism’

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

CHICAGO — The advances made by the Cuban Revolution in combating racial discrimination inherited from a legacy of slavery, colonialism and capitalism there; and the continuing challenges to meet and overcome remaining racial prejudice and inequality were discussed and debated…

Autoworkers in Russia start ‘work to rule’ against layoffs

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

The autoworkers union at the Ford Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk, Russia, in the Leningrad region, launched a “work to rule” job action April 8. Some 900 workers are protesting their coming layoff and are demanding a two-year severance package after…

Toronto teachers, students protest education cuts

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Teachers rally outside Ontario Legislative Assembly to protest education cuts by provincial government that eliminate 3,475 teaching jobs and require students to take more courses online.

TORONTO — Thousands of teachers, students and supporters rallied at the Ontario Legislative Assembly here April 6 to protest education funding cuts proposed by the Progressive Conservative Party-led provincial government. Five unions representing education workers mobilized members from around Ontario,…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

May 2, 1994 DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 100 farmers and their supporters protested at the capital building here April 11 as the legislature discussed contract hog farming. This issue has come to the fore as an increasing number…