Workers oppose federal cops, antifa violence in Portland

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Antifa forces prepare to do battle during July 20 Portland protest. Glorification of clashes with cops — which liberals try to pretty up, claiming destruction of property isn’t violence — has nothing to do with fighting racism. It only gives the government a pretext to attack political rights and the fight against police brutality.

The sending of federal police to Portland, Oregon, to confront protests against cop brutality marked by violence from antifa and similar groups has sparked an intense debate. Many workers are outraged at seeing federal cops in full riot gear deployed…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020

August 14, 1995 DETROIT — “This is a union town; if they break us here, they’ll go after us everywhere,” declared Bob Wiland, one of the 2,500 members of the six unions that struck this city’s two daily papers, the…


SWP fought for US to admit Jewish refugees of Nazi terror

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Members of Socialist Workers Party joined other groups picketing German Consulate in New York in November 1938. They demanded Washington open its doors to Jewish and other refugees, victims of Nazi brutalities as that regime began to prepare the Holocaust.

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August is The Founding of the Socialist Workers Party: Minutes and Resolutions, 1938-39. The program adopted was based on the communist course of V.I. Lenin and the Bolsheviks, who led workers and…




Capitalist rulers seek to paper over growing frictions in EU

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Public power workers contingent at June 2011 protest in Athens against government attacks on unions, layoffs demanded under terms of Berlin-led EU “bailout.” Growing capitalist crisis today, worsened by pandemic, is deepening rivalries and rifts among Europe’s capitalist rulers.

While millions of workers in countries across Europe confront rapidly rising unemployment, continuing outbreaks of coronavirus and attacks on wages and working conditions, the leaders of the European Union agreed to put together a 750 billion euros “recovery fund” ($880…


Letters

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020

Decades helping build SWP Fred White, a longtime supporter of the Socialist Workers Party, died June 10 in Atlanta following a heart attack. He was 77 years old. Fred was born into a working-class family in Connecticut and, like other…


Unions in Mauritius fight for equal pay for immigrants

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020

The Confederation of Workers in the Public and Private Sectors (CTSP) in Mauritius, backed by other unions, is campaigning for the largely immigrant workforce in the textile and garment industries to get the national minimum wage of 9,400 Mauritian rupees…