25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019

August 8, 1994 ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Some 1,200 United Transportation Union members, joined by more than 3,000 fellow rail unionists honoring picket lines, have shut down the ninth-largest U.S. rail carrier — Canadian Pacific. Workers struck July 13 when…

In new victory Gibsons win $6.5 million in attorney fee award

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019
Four generations of Gibson family and their legal team celebrate June 13 after Lorain County jury awarded them punitive damages for effects from Oberlin College’s “racism” smears. School now falsely claims students’ “free speech” was involved, seeking to overturn court order to pay $31.5 million.

On July 17, Ohio Judge John Miraldi awarded $6.5 million in legal fees to the lawyers representing Gibson’s Bakery in its suit against Oberlin College. College officials had helped organize a malicious slander campaign accusing the bakery of racism. The…

Florida prisons ban ‘Militant’ for reporting on prison censorship

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019

Florida prison officials informed the Militant they have impounded issues no. 24 and 25 of the paper, claiming articles reporting on the fight against prison censorship is “a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the correctional system.”…

Independence for Puerto Rico!

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019

Seth Galinsky, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New York City public advocate, issued the following statement July 24.  Angry over capitalist politicians’ disregard for their lives in the wake of Hurricane Maria, decades of government attacks on their standard of…

US rulers step up threats, sanctions against Iran – US hands off!

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019

Washington continues to increase its substantial military forces in the Middle East, amid deepening tensions with the bourgeois clerical rulers in Tehran, as Iranian Revolutionary Guards provocatively seized a British-flagged oil tanker and its crew of 23, July 19. The…

Walmart’s attendance policy shows need for a union

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Workers at Walmart stores across the U.S. were informed by the bosses in February that the company was implementing a new attendance policy. The giant retailer slashed from nine to five the number of days a worker can…

Divisions wrack Democrats as race-baiting charges fly

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019
During Democrat candidates’ debate, Kamala Harris attacked rival Joe Biden over stance on federally mandated busing to desegregate public schools in 1970s. In fact, neither candidate nor their party supported the policy. Above, Boston protesters defend busing, December 1974.

Divisions within the Democratic Party blew up after its leadership led the party to vote for a House bill backed by President Donald Trump to fund immigration and border cops that didn’t restrict how the funds could be used. Only…

US, British rulers step up threats against Tehran – US hands off!

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019
Above, British warship HMS Montrose, which drove off three Iranian vessels London says were trying to block passage of the British Heritage, an oil tanker, in the Strait of Hormuz July 10.

The capitalist rulers in Washington and their imperialist allies continue to make threats against Tehran and stoke military tensions in the Gulf. The U.S. government has sent a naval armada into the Red Sea, a B-52 bomber squadron and 1,000…

Amazon warehouse workers protest against speedup and harassment

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019
Workers picket on “Prime Day” outside Shakopee, Minnesota, Amazon warehouse July 15.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — “I’m standing up to make things better for my co-workers,” Meg Brady told a protest outside the huge Amazon fulfillment warehouse here July 15. Dozens of Amazon workers were joined by some 300 supporters, many trade unionists…