Report blames Aurora cops in killing of Elijah McClain

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021
Above, July 3, 2020, protest in Aurora, Colorado, against cop killing of Elijah McClain a year earlier. Inset, June 27, 2020, protest included musicians who came to Aurora to play violin to honor McClain, who himself played the violin, often making music to calm animals in local shelters. As police confronted protesters with pepper spray, violinists kept playing. “Elijah believed in humanity,” his mother, Sheneen McClain, said at release of new report holding cops responsible for the killing.

A 157-page independent investigative report on the 2019 cop killing of Elijah McClain commissioned by the Aurora, Colorado, City Council was released to the public Feb. 22. “This report confirms what we have been saying from the start. The Aurora…

Celebrate International Women’s Day!

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

Statement by Joanne Kuniansky, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New Jersey governor, March 8. The fight for women’s emancipation is in the interest of all working people and is key to unifying the working class in the face of capitalist…

Brewery workers fight lockout over Molson concession demands

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

TORONTO — Molson Coors Beverage Co. Feb. 20 locked out the 300 workers at its brewery here after they rejected the company’s “best and final” offer by a vote of 208 to 69. The unionists, members of Canadian Union of…

Medical workers in Oregon strike for first union contract

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

BEND, Ore. — The first strike in 40 years at St. Charles Medical Center began here March 4 when 150 therapists, technicians and technologists walked out to fight for higher pay. St. Charles is the only hospital in this city. The workers…

Manchester bus drivers strike over longer hours, no raise in pay

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

MANCHESTER, England — Some 400 bus drivers at Go North West are winning support during their first week on strike, after bosses tried to impose a new contract with longer hours but no pay increase. Unite, their union, says bosses’…

Locked-out Marathon Petroleum workers win growing support

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021
Iron Workers Local 512 members hold banner at union solidarity rally March 6 in support of Teamsters Local 120 oil workers locked out Jan. 22 by Marathon Petroleum in Minnesota.

ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. — The 200 locked-out members of Teamsters Local 120 continue to win support and solidarity in their fight for safety against Marathon Petroleum refinery bosses here. Marathon is the largest oil refining company in the U.S.…

Support fight to win a union at Amazon in Alabama!

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

BESSEMER, Ala. — The drive by hundreds of workers at the large Amazon warehouse and distribution center here to bring in the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union to represent them is going strong. They face a concerted effort by…

Unions call general strike against coup in Myanmar

‘We will never be slaves to a military junta’
Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021
March 10 protest in Katha, farm town of 27,000 on border of Kachin and Shan ethnic regions, part of Myanmar-wide strikes and protests demanding end to military junta’s seizure of power.

Working people in Myanmar began a general strike across the country March 8, seeking to topple the military junta that seized power Feb. 1. The strike comes alongside massive protests, in spite of more deadly repression by the regime. “We…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

March 25, 1996 President Bill Clinton signed the Helms-Burton bill into law March 12, in Washington’s latest attempt to squeeze Cuba economically and undermine its socialist revolution. The legislation tightens the U.S. trade embargo by penalizing businessmen in other countries…

Lessons of Cuba’s revolution can help us emulate its example

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021
University students march in Havana against Fulgencio Batista’s U.S.-backed dictatorship, April 6, 1952, a month after he overthrew the elected government in a coup. Armando Hart is sixth from left, looking at the camera. Behind, waving Cuban flag, is Raúl Castro.

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for March is Aldabonazo: Inside the Cuban Revolutionary Underground, 1952-58, a Participant’s Account by Armando Hart. He was a central organizer of the urban underground and one of the historic leaders of the…