25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

October 30, 1995 DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Board of Parole for the first time in three years have agreed to meet with [Mark] Curtis. Curtis, a member of the Socialist Workers Party, has been incarcerated since 1988,…


Rulers use ‘racial sensitivity’ programs to attack working class

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Civil rights protest attacked by cops in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963. Mass Black-led movement ended Jim Crow, advancing consciousness in whole working class against racism.

Under the false flag of pushing back racism, many government agencies, bosses at some of the largest corporations and school administrators are imposing mandatory “racial sensitivity” programs to shame, silence and intimidate workers who they say are all marked by…


After one-day strike, pharmacy workers locked out in Quebec

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

VARENNES, Quebec — After a one-day strike here Sept. 23, some 700 workers, members of the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN) at the warehouse for the Jean Coutu pharmacy chain in Quebec, found themselves locked out the next day.…


Central Wash. vegetable packers organize to win union, rights

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

PASCO, Wash. — “Work is hard and there are a lot of accidents,” Maria Meraz Cortez said to the Militant at a rally of more than 80 people outside Twin City Foods here in central Washington Oct. 2. The workers…


Pennsylvania Steelworkers strike over NLMK concession contract

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

FARRELL, Penn. — More than 400 United Steelworkers, members of Local 1016-03, have been on strike since Aug. 22 at the NLMK rolling mill here. A majority of workers oppose the new medical insurance plan in the company’s proposed contract,…


Northern California hospital workers strike over short staffing

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Health care workers picket in front of Fairmont Wellness Center in San Leandro, California, Oct. 8 during five-day strike at six public hospitals for safety for patients and themselves.

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Over 4,000 health care workers struck for five days here and at five other hospitals across Alameda and San Joaquin counties during the first week of October, in defense of health and safety for their patients…


Protests hit cop killing of Jonathan Price in Texas

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Protests hit cop killing of Jonathan Price in Texas

WOLFE CITY, Texas — Some 300 people turned out at the high school football stadium in this small, majority Caucasian town of 1,400 Oct. 10 to attend the funeral of Jonathan Price, a well-respected 31-year-old Black resident shot dead by…


50 years ago: Ottawa sends troops to occupy Quebec

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
50 years ago: Ottawa sends troops to occupy Quebec

Fifty years ago this week, protests mounted in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada following the decision of Prime Minister Pierre-Elliot Trudeau — father of the Canadian prime minister today — to invoke the repressive War Measures Act on Oct. 16,…


New Pathfinder 2021 brochure presents arsenal for workers

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

Pathfinder Press has just released new 2021 promotional brochures in both English and Spanish. These attractive “mini-catalogues” highlight Pathfinder’s newest titles, along with many others in the publishers’ arsenal needed by working people today to understand and act in the…