Roundup: Uber drivers strike for wages, respect and a union

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019
As part of national strike, Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles shut off their apps for 24 hours May 8 and picketed at the airport. “We’re fighting for living wages,” driver Karim Bayumi said.

On the eve of Uber’s much heralded first public stock offering May 10, Uber and Lyft drivers in at least 10 U.S. cities, plus several cities in Australia, the United Kingdom and Brazil, shut off their apps and joined protests…

Farmers organize aid for flood-stricken Nebraskans

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019
Farmers organize aid for flood-stricken Nebraskans

DELAVAN, Wis. — While federal and state officials continue to drag their feet delivering help to those hit hard by March’s flooding in Nebraska and Iowa, farmers and others in rural communities in the Midwest are organizing solidarity and aid.…

Working class is the defender of learning and culture

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019

When long-time reader Ray Parsons sent us the clipping that this article is based on, he commented it “illustrates that yes, it’s the working class that is the real defender of learning and culture. A point that the Socialist Workers…

New York City Hall moves to slash funds for public libraries

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in April the city plans to slash $16 million in funding for public libraries in 2020. The cuts will mean another round of reduced hours and staffing here. This won’t only hit…

Albany forum panel discusses fight against police brutality

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019
Panel at May 4 public meeting against police brutality in Albany, New York, co-sponsored by Militant Labor Forum and Stolen Lives Project. From left, Samantha Hamlin, Juanita Young, Hawa Bah, Beverly Hoggs (speaking), Jacob Perassso (chair) and Messiah James Cooper.

ALBANY, N.Y. — “I will never stop fighting for the rights of my children,” Beverly Hoggs told an audience of 50 people at a public meeting here May 4, co-sponsored by the Militant Labor Forum and the Stolen Lives Project.…

Brutality of British rule in India reflected in Amritsar massacre

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019
Above, visitors at Nehru Centre in London April 12 view Amritsar massacre exhibit. One photo, right, shows the “Crawling Lane” in Amritsar where Indians were forced by British colonial soldiers to crawl on their hands and knees following the massacre.

LONDON — On April 13, 1919, troops of the British Empire’s colonial Indian Army fired on thousands of unarmed protesters in Amritsar, capital of the Punjab. The turkey shoot lasted without pause for 10 minutes leaving hundreds dead and thousands…

Cedars-Sinai hospital workers picket over staffing, conditions

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Chanting “Hey, Cedars, you’re no good. Treat your workers like you should!” hundreds of hospital workers held an all-day picket line at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here May 1. Many took the day off or came during breaks…

Amid construction boom, crane collapse in Seattle kills 4 people

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019

SEATTLE — On May 1 dozens of construction workers here marched on their lunch hour to Google’s new “campus” on downtown Mercer Street, where two workers and two others were killed when a crane tower came down April 27. Ironworkers…

May Day brigade volunteers aid farmers in Cuba

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019
May Day brigade volunteers aid farmers in Cuba

CAIMITO, Cuba — Some 320 members of the May Day brigade to Cuba from 21 countries took part in voluntary labor shoulder to shoulder with farmers here April 24, to boost production. This was one of the activities they joined…