25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

December 12, 1994 The effects of Washington’s effort to starve the people of Iraq are prompting warnings of approaching famine and total economic collapse. At a November 14 meeting, the United Nations Security Council, at the behest of the U.S.…

Conviction overturned, Gerald Reed’s still in jail

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

CHICAGO — Gerald Reed went back to court here Oct. 25 in another bid to win his freedom. He has been incarcerated on frame-up charges extracted by cop torture for a 1990 double homicide that was overturned last year. Cook…

Help make ‘Militant,’ book, fund drive

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

The Militant  urges its readers to join with Socialist Workers Party members in the final two weeks of the campaign to expand the readership of the paper and books by SWP and other revolutionary working-class leaders and to win contributions…

‘Teamsters union treated owner-drivers as fellow workers’

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Truck drivers picket in Wilmington, California, Sept. 9, demanding NFI company bosses treat them as workers, not “contractors.” Farrell Dobbs explains how owner-operators, loaded by debt, are also exploited workers.

Teamster Politics by Farrell Dobbs is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for November. It is the third volume of a four-part series on the history of that union during the giant labor battles of the 1930s. Dobbs emerged…

Bolivia protests falter after deal with ‘interim’ gov’t

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

For two weeks workers, peasants and indigenous communities organized protests across Bolivia against the ouster of President Evo Morales. These have wound down for now after a shaky agreement was reached between the new government and the protesters. Morales resigned…

‘Our History Is Still Being Written’ now out in French

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

MONTREAL — The French-language translation of Pathfinder Press’s Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution  by Armando Choy, Gustavo Chui and Moisés Sío Wong just rolled off the presses. This new translation…

Workers organize support for flood-hit parts of UK

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Caroline Bellamy, U.K. Communist League parliamentary candidate in Manchester, speaks with Steve Miller in Bentley Nov. 16. Miller is organizing workers into flood relief efforts.

BENTLEY, England — Inadequate provision of flood defenses and other infrastructure, coupled with the government’s refusal to organize much needed aid, have wreaked havoc on the livelihoods of workers and farmers across parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands after flooding…

Striking steelworkers in British Columbia rally over concessions

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Over 500 striking members of United Steelworkers Local 1937 and their supporters marched and rallied at Western Forest Products corporate headquarters in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Nov. 6. Workers came by busload from throughout the area. Some…

Indiana teachers rally for higher pay, better working conditions

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Socialist Workers Party member Kaitlin Estill, right, speaks with art teacher Diana Sale at rally of over 12,000 in Indianapolis Nov. 19 backing teachers’ fight for pay raise, smaller class sizes.

INDIANAPOLIS — “Enough is enough!” was the main slogan as over 12,000 teachers and their supporters rallied around the state Capitol Building here Nov. 19, demanding higher pay, smaller classes and better working conditions. Indiana comes in dead last of…

‘Strike for safety’ at CN wins widespread support

Teamsters union announces tentative agreement
Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Rail workers picket CN headquarters in Montreal Nov. 26 shortly before tentative agreement announced. Fight for safety for workers and surrounding communities was at center of strike.

MONTREAL — “I believe that this strike is important for my safety as well as the community,” conductor Yohan St-Amant told Militant worker-correspondents bringing solidarity to the Canadian National Railway picket at the rail yard in Shawinigan, Quebec, Nov. 23.…