Coal miners in Kentucky block tracks, win back pay

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020
Coal miners in eastern Kentucky Jan. 13 block Quest Energy bosses from moving coal they mined in fight over pay. The miners won widespread solidarity and all their back wages.

META, Ky. — For the second time in six months, coal miners in eastern Kentucky took action to protest working without pay by blocking a coal train, winning broad community support and forcing the bosses to pay what was owed…

Solidarity with protests by workers, students in Iran!

Actions hit Tehran’s lies, wars across region
Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020
Demonstration at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran Jan. 13, part of growing protests over recent years against government’s wars, economic crisis and attacks on political rights.

Thousands of working people and youth have taken part in protests against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian passenger aircraft Jan. 8 — killing all 176 passengers — after the government sought to cover it up and then…


Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020

Mildred Solem Mildred Solem, a member of the Socialist Workers Party in the 1940s and ’50s, died this month in Minneapolis. She was 105 years old. As a young woman Millie moved from Hallock, Minnesota, a small town near Canada,…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020

February 6, 1995 PARKES AND MUDGEE, Australia — Hundreds of family farmers and supporters across drought-stricken south and central parts of this state lined major country roads January 11 to publicize their demands for an extension of assistance payments and…

Join Socialist Workers Party campaign!

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020

Socialist Workers Party candidates around the country present a course of working-class struggle against the employing class — the necessity of fighting to defend and improve our wages, social rights and working conditions. These struggles — and solidarity with others…

Join 2020 International May Day Brigade to Cuba!

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020

“It’s important to learn about our revolution firsthand. I encourage you to go” on the 2020 International May Day Brigade to Cuba, Daniel Menocal, third secretary of Cuba’s embassy in the U.S., told more than 60 people at a D.C.…

Delaware protest hits Planned Parenthood firebombing

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020

NEWARK, Del. — “Our doors stay open,” Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, president of Planned Parenthood of Delaware, told some 150 people who filled the New Ark United Church of Christ here Jan. 11 at a solidarity rally against an arson assault against…

Capitalist profit drive fuels Australia bushfire disaster

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020
After deadly wildfires, Australian government belatedly organized evacuation of stranded people trapped on Mallacoota Beach Dec. 31. Inset, volunteer firefighter battles bushfire. Authorities allowed huge buildup of forest and brush, “a time bomb waiting to go off.”

BALMORAL VILLAGE, Australia — Supporters of the Militant  arrived here, 60 miles southwest of Sydney, to discuss the impact of large-scale fires in December and to offer solidarity. We found a hub of activity at the local Rural Fire Service…

Quebec aircraft refuelers strike over pay and safety

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020
Aircraft refuelers in Quebec, on strike against Swissport Canada, and other unionists rally at company offices in Montreal Jan. 15 demanding higher pay and adequate on-the-job training.

MONTREAL — “Our main concerns are safety and wages,” Tony Digenova, International Association of Machinists Local 2301 chief steward,  told the Militant  on the picket line at the Montréal-Trudeau International airport Jan. 9. He is one of 108 aircraft supply…