Crisis in West Africa rooted in decades of colonial rule

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Thomas Sankara, above, led popular revolution in 1983-87 bringing the toilers to power in Burkina Faso. There is no comparable revolutionary leadership anywhere in West Africa today.

A humanitarian crisis is spreading in the Sahel region of West Africa, affecting the lives of millions of toilers. Over the past few years there has been a sharp increase in operations by various reactionary armed groups, killing thousands of…


75 years after Auschwitz: ‘Not long ago. Not far away’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Picture on display at New York exhibit on Holocaust shows train delivering Jews and others to Auschwitz death camp in Poland. One million Jews were killed in gas chambers there.

NEW YORK — This January marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest and most murderous of the Nazi German forced labor and death camps  during the second imperialist world war. Over 1.1 million people were gassed…


Virus triggers breakdowns, bosses’ attacks on workers

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
MS Braemar crew members hold sign, “I love you Cuba,” after Cuban government let ship dock March 18 with passengers with coronavirus, after other Caribbean nations denied it entry.

The “solutions” to the coronavirus epidemic being implemented by the capitalist rulers in the U.S. — and other capitalist governments around the globe — are to shut down production, slash jobs and tear apart the social fabric for working people.…


Demand gov’t act now to protect working people!

A call to action to meet today’s unfolding crises
Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Above, Public Health Director Rolando Camejo meets leaders of Cuba’s unions, neighborhood and women’s groups in Camagüey province March 13 to organize to take on coronavirus threat in workplaces and schools. In revolutionary Cuba, no one is left on their own. Inset, shuttered office in Massachusetts, as more and more governments impose “shelter-in-place,” but do next to nothing to organize health care or relief working people need.

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, issued the following emergency call to action March 18. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s 2020 vice presidential candidate. Workers and our unions need to demand that the government act now to…


‘We need to stand up to the bosses’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
SWP presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy and nurse Christina Ware talk near San Leandro housing complex where residents are fighting landlord’s moves to nearly double their rent..

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy and vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett campaigned at a housing complex here March 11. Residents are fighting against efforts to force them out of their low-rent apartments. The visit…


Back strikers’ five monthlong battle against Asarco union busting

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

Five months into their strike, over 1,700 copper miners are standing up against Asarco’s union-busting drive. They’ve kept up picket lines 24/7 and reached out for solidarity and support.    The company, which has three mines — Mission, Ray and…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

April 3, 1995 Thousands of working people in the United States — and many more around the globe — celebrated the recent U.S. tour of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. The reception he got registered London’s weakness in its attempt…


Cuba’s revolution: Example of solidarity, fight against virus

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

Capitalist rulers the world over are leaving millions to fend for themselves in the face of the explosion of coronavirus and the social consequences — spreading layoffs, loss of a paycheck, disappearing places to get necessities and uncertainty about the…


Founders of US Communist Party aimed to lead workers to power

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Above, delegates at 1919 founding convention of U.S. Communist Party. Degeneration of the party began after early years, Cannon said, “when it abandoned perspective of revolution in this country” and became “a cheering squad for the Stalinist bureaucracy in Russia.”

The First Ten Years of American Communism by James P. Cannon is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for March. Cannon was a founding leader of the Communist Party of the United States in 1919 following the Russian Revolution.…


A book about the road to workers power

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Socialist Workers Party member Samir Hazboun, right, and William Monroe in Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 16, 2019, discuss the party; the Militant; Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power (at left) and other books.

The following excerpt is taken from the introduction to Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power by Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party. Copyright © 2009 by Pathfinder Press. Reprinted by permission. This is…