Protests in Chile demand end to attacks by gov’t, capitalist rulers

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019
Union contingent of Walmart workers at Oct. 23 march in Santiago, Chile, part of nationwide general strike protesting low wages, woefully inadequate pensions and health care.

Pro-business pundits used to call Chile the “Latin American tiger,” which they attributed to its rulers’ embrace of the capitalist free market, “fiscal responsibility” and openness to imperialist penetration. Eduardo Frei, president in much of the 1990s, even privatized the…

SWP drive expands reach of ‘Militant,’ books, fund

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019
SWP member George Chalmers, right, discusses victory by family of Rodney Reed winning stay of execution with bricklayer Paul Young at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 23. Young got Militant subscription, copy of The Clintons’ Anti-Working-Class Record book.

As the Socialist Workers Party drive to expand the readership of the Militant and books by revolutionary leaders of the working class enters its final week, party members are finding interest in the need to build a working-class movement independent…

Democrats’ drive to oust Trump targets working class

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

The Democratic Party is sharply divided, with its leaders panicking that their drive to impeach and indict President Donald Trump — which began the day he took office and has continued ever since — is failing to win support. They…

All out in solidarity with striking copper workers!

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

A battle with real stakes for all working people is playing out today in the copper towns of Arizona and Texas. Asarco workers are fighting a naked union-busting assault by bosses — they need our solidarity. Build support for their…

Senior residence workers in Quebec strike for higher pay

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019
Workers at seniors’ residences picket during five-day strike for $15 Canadian an hour, Nov 26. Bosses insultingly claim current rate of $12.50 an hour “reflects the competencies” of workers.

MONTREAL — Some 375 workers at four private seniors’ residences in Quebec began a five-day strike for higher wages here Nov. 26. The orderlies, kitchen, janitorial, laundry and maintenance workers — members of the Quebec Union of Service Employees (SQEES)…

New York labor rally supports Amazon warehouse workers

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Workers at the large Amazon warehouse here were joined by some 100 area unionists and other supporters to greet workers coming and going from their jobs at the giant e-commerce company’s fulfillment center here Nov. 25.…

Iraq upsurge continues, prime minister to resign

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced his resignation Nov. 29 after nearly two months of mass anti-government protests have shaken the country. The youthful demonstrators are demanding an end to the effects of the economic crisis — joblessness, lack of…

‘Peoples of Cuba and the US are fraternal and invincible’

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019
Cuban Five in Havana, Dec. 20, 2014, after up to 16 years in U.S. prison. From right, Ramón Labañino, René González, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and Gerardo Hernández. They won freedom with support of the Cuban people and an international “jury of millions.”

Cuba and the Coming American Revolution by Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for December. The book is about the struggles of working people in the imperialist heartland, the…

Over 10,000 farmers in Germany protest against gov’t restrictions

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

Over 10,000 farmers from all over Germany drove more than 5,000 tractors in a 6-mile-long convoy crawling through the streets of Berlin Nov. 26 to protest government plans to sharply restrict the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer. Farmers also…