1,000s hit killing by Minneapolis cops

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of protesters gathered at the intersection of East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue at 5 p.m. May 26, where Minneapolis cops had cuffed and then strangled to death George Floyd the day before. Hundreds of people poured…

Louisville rally: Arrest cops in killing of Breonna Taylor

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020
Some 200 people rally May 26 at mayor’s office in Louisville, demand cops who shot Breonna Taylor as she lay in her bed be arrested. With mic is Velicia Walker, mother of Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend. Maggie Trowe, left, SWP candidate for U.S. Senate, also spoke.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than a hundred people gathered here May 25 to protest the March 13 police killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician. “My daughter’s life mattered,” Tamika Palmer told fellow protesters. “Those cops shot her.…

Thousands defy ban, protest Beijing rule over Hong Kong

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020
Demonstrations rock Hong Kong May 24 against Beijing’s moves to impose unilateral “national security” restrictions to curb protests, free speech, tighten its control over the region.

Thousands took to the streets May 24 to protest against the Chinese rulers’ decision to impose a repressive “national security” law over political activity in the territory. Beijing hopes to take advantage of the crackdown on protests by Hong Kong…

Ga. protests lead to arrests of vigilantes in Arbery killing

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020

ATLANTA — Following weeks of protests demanding justice for the killing of a Black youth in Brunswick, Georgia, by a gang of white vigilantes, state cops have arrested a third suspect. The protests have demanded the arrest and prosecution of…

Demand jobs! Fight for public works program to create jobs

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, issued the following statement May 26. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s candidate for vice president. The bosses and their governments tell workers “we are all in this together” as they have…

Fruit packers strike makes gains, builds workers’ unity

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020

YAKIMA, Wash. — “Good News at Monson,” farmworkers’ union Familias Unidas por la Justicia announced May 22. For the first time since workers began striking at fruit packing plants around Washington’s Yakima County a workers’ committee elected by the strikers…

Workers’ battles over wages, conditions show way forward

When bosses claim ‘we’re all in this together’ — it’s a lie!
Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020
Striking workers picket at Allan Brothers fruit processing plant in Naches, Washington, May 19. Workers are demanding higher wages, job safety, clean water and 40-hour workweek.

Fruit packers in Washington’s Yakima Valley who are striking and protesting for higher wages, safer working conditions and respect, along with owner-operator truck drivers fighting against brokers’ rate-gouging and onerous government regulations are setting an example for working people everywhere.…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 21 - June 1, 2020

June 5, 1995 JERSEY CITY, New Jersey — Some 500 people marched here May 17 to protest police brutality and demand justice for Julio Tarquino. He was arrested, handcuffed, and brutally beaten by off-duty police officers May 8. He died…