Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak in prison I got COVID-19 after a massive outbreak in our prison, then in our pod. There are 36 cases in our pod alone. To top it all off, a Lancaster city police officer killed a mentally ill…

Dominion grocery workers strike to overturn wage cuts, shorter hours

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

MONTREAL — Standing strong on picket lines across Newfoundland, 1,400 Dominion grocery store workers are now into the second month of their strike for higher wages and the reinstatement of 60 full-time jobs bosses eliminated last year. Part-time workers at…

Social crisis from West Coast fires caused by capitalist greed

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
A few of the 1,200 workers in the “Hillbilly Brigade” who volunteered to fight fires gather for a meal at Hansen family farm after battling the Riverside Fire near Molalla, Oregon, Sept. 16.

GRIDLEY, Calif. — Since early August wildfires have burned out of control across California, Oregon and Washington state. Over 2 million acres have burned in California alone as of Sept. 20. These are some of the largest fires in that…

‘Workers can fight to change our conditions,’ say SWP candidates

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
Amanda Allen, right, talks with SWP candidates Alyson Kennedy for president and Malcolm Jarrett for vice president in Forney, Texas, Sept. 17. Allen decided to join them in campaigning.

DALLAS — “I believe what the Socialist Workers Party candidates stand for, over what we have now,” nurse Amanda Allen told SWP candidates Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett, running for president and vice president, in Forney, a small town east…

Mass marches, work protests say: Belarus despot out now

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
Weekly mass protests continue in Minsk Sept. 20, above, and all across Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in as president in secret three days later, after stealing Aug. 9 elections.

Mass protests across Belarus and workers’ work-to-rule slowdowns are keeping pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko to step down since he claimed victory in rigged elections Aug 9. Demonstrators have taken to the streets for weeks demanding he hold new elections…

Letters call on Florida prisons to end ban on the ‘Militant’

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

Supporters of prisoners’ rights and freedom of the press continue to speak urging Florida prison officials to overturn the ban on four recent issues of the Militant. “The Militant has a right to publish factual information, and Florida prisoners have…

Boeing crashes are result of bosses’ disregard for safety

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

A report by the House Committee on Transportation belatedly confirms what was widely sensed by working people shortly after 346 people died in two airline crashes of Boeing 737 MAX planes. Both “accidents” were caused by disregard for human life…

NYC taxi drivers demand ‘Debt forgiveness NOW!’

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
NYC taxi drivers demand ‘Debt forgiveness NOW!’

NEW YORK — Dozens of yellow taxi drivers organized a cab caravan here Sept. 17, protesting through the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. They blocked traffic briefly on the Brooklyn and Queensboro bridges, and rallied outside City Hall, carrying…