Amnesty International joins fight against Florida prison censorship

Vol. 83/No. 22 - June 3, 2019
Albert Woodfox, left, with Books and Books owner Mitchell Kaplan May 16. Almost 100 people jammed into Miami bookstore to hear Woodfox speak on his book Solitary: My Story of Transformation and Hope. Florida prison censors have tried to block the Militant from reaching inmates with his story, claiming it will “lead to the use of physical violence.”

The Florida prison system’s Literature Review Committee has overturned the ban on two of three recently impounded issues of the Militant, but in a blatant violation of constitutional rights, upheld the ban on the April 15 issue. That issue features…

UE workers at Wabtec stand up against bosses’ takeback demands

Vol. 83/No. 22 - June 3, 2019
Workers from Wabtec locomotive plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, and supporters march outside company shareholders meeting in Pittsburgh May 17, against bosses’ push for two-tier wages.

PITTSBURGH — Chanting “One Union, One Tier,” dozens of members of the United Electrical Workers union, other area unionists and community supporters marched outside a Wabtec bosses’ shareholders meeting here May 17. The company is demanding the 1,700 members of…

Marchers snap up ‘Militant,’ books as drive hits final week

Vol. 83/No. 22 - June 3, 2019
Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor of Dallas, and campaign supporter Gerardo Sánchez, left, talk to construction worker Everardo Guerrero in Venus, Texas, May 8. He and his daughter got a subscription to the Militant, two books on special and made donation to Militant Fighting Fund.

The Socialist Workers Party candidates in Kentucky — Amy Husk for governor and Samir Hazboun for lieutenant governor — and campaign supporters joined 150 demonstrators at the federal courthouse in Louisville May 21 to protest against growing attacks on women’s…

Say no to US rulers’ threats against Iran, US hands off!

Vol. 83/No. 22 - June 3, 2019

The U.S. imperialist rulers’ threats and sanctions against Iran are a danger to working people here and across the Middle East. Washington sees the increased military and political sway the Iranian rulers have carved out in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and…

Tens of thousands demand women’s right to abortion

Protests erupt against new state restrictions
Vol. 83/No. 22 - June 3, 2019
Protest in St. Paul, Minnesota, one of hundreds May 21 defending women’s right to choose.

Tens of thousands protested in hundreds of demonstrations across the country May 21 in support of women’s right to choose abortion. It was the largest outpouring of people taking to the streets to defend abortion rights in more than a…

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…

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…

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…

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.…