US Steel ‘doesn’t care about health of Mon Valley people’

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019

PITTSBURGH — Residents of Allegheny County vented their anger at U.S. Steel bosses and county officials at a public hearing July 30, after publication of a draft agreement that allows the company to continue operating its Clairton plant after years…


Hong Kong protests demand Beijing grant political rights

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
Demonstrators at Hong Kong airport shut down all flights Aug. 12-13. Hundreds of thousands of working people have been protesting over 10 weeks. Demands include direct elections.

Protests involving hundreds of thousands of working people demanding greater political rights have continued for a 10th week in Hong Kong. Many at the actions are demanding the government of the semi-autonomous territory and its Beijing overseers grant direct elections…


Fight to end US embargo of Cuba discussed at Nepal forum

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
Delegates to Asia-Pacific conference of soldarity with Cuba, held July 26-27 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nepal — “We are thankful to the Cuban government for sending a medical team to Nepal and assisting us during the devastating earthquake in 2015. The support from Cuba was prompt, spontaneous, and genuine,” said Pushpa Kamal Dahal, former…




Blackjewel miners win solidarity in fight for jobs and stolen wages

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
Miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, get on bus to attend Blackjewel Coal bankruptcy hearing Aug. 5 in Charleston, West Virginia, wearing T-shirts saying “Pay the miners first, lawyers last.”

CUMBERLAND, Ky. — Coal miners thrown out of work here by Blackjewel Coal when the company declared bankruptcy July 1 have been blocking the railroad tracks leading out of the Cloverlick #3 mine to protest the company bouncing their last…


SWP presents working-class candidates, road forward

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019

PITTSBURGH — “The 2020 presidential elections are well underway. Donald Trump is running for reelection and a couple dozen Democrats of various stripes are hammering each other to be the one to stand against him. Each one seeks to represent…


Protesters in Kashmir say, ‘India get out of our country’

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
London protest Aug. 7 against direct rule by Indian government in Kashmir.

BIRMINGHAM, England — Thousands have taken to the streets of Indian-occupied Kashmir to protest the imposition of direct rule by the Indian government. The actions are the latest in a decadeslong struggle by the Kashmiri people for self-determination that has…


Stop the raids! Amnesty for immigrants in the US!

Capitalist rulers aim to divide working class
Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
“We march so no other kid has to go through what we did,” 18-year-old Dulce Basurto-Arce said at Aug. 11 protest in Canton, Mississippi. Some signs read, “Our parents are not criminals.”

The arrest of 680 immigrant workers at seven poultry processing plants in six Mississippi cities Aug. 7 and the threat of their deportation is aimed at instilling fear among the millions of undocumented workers in the country and dividing the…


Layoffs, workers’ debts refute gov’t claims of ‘good times’

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
Workers at Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, November 2017. Competition between retail giants drives bosses’ assaults on workers who face job cuts and low wages.

According to acting Department of Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella, July’s official unemployment rate of 3.7% “demonstrates the steady and consistent growth of the American economy.” But for millions of working people facing low-wage jobs, many at part-time hours; layoffs; and…