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…

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…

The class struggle is the driving force of US and world history

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019
United Auto Workers sit-down strikers occupy GM plant in Cleveland in 1936. In The Long View of History, George Novack wrote, “The most valuable social force capitalism has created is the industrial working class,” which will lead the coming socialist revolution.

This week’s Books of the Month excerpt is from The Long View of History, a pamphlet by George Novack. The author of a number of titles on U.S. working-class history and Marxist philosophy, Novack was a member and leader of…

US-China rulers’ trade dispute part of broader rivalry in Pacific

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019

President Donald Trump levied steeper tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods and took steps to impose taxes on nearly all Chinese imports, as five months of trade talks between Washington and Beijing are nearing an end. Three days later…

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…

ACLU, National Lawyers Guild back ‘Militant’ fight against ban

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019

Even though the Florida state prison system’s Literature Review Committee knows that the Militant  appeals every  attempt to ban the paper, the committee violated its own rules to rush and uphold the impoundment of two issues before the paper had…