25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021

April 29, 1996 The following greetings were sent to the Korean people by Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party. As Washington and Seoul step up their military threats and provocations, we stand with the Korean people in…


‘Join in drive to put SWP candidates on NJ ballot!’

Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021
Tasim Cook told Joanne Kuniansky, Socialist Workers Party candidate for governor of New Jersey, that government “stimulus” payments just make people dependent. “We need to be back at work, so that we can fight together and stand up to the bosses,” Kuniansky said.

UNION CITY, N.J. — Socialist Workers Party campaigners are finding widespread interest in learning about a working-class road forward out of today’s capitalist economic and social crisis, and an alternative to the bosses’ twin parties, the Democrats and Republicans. They’ve…


Protests defy assaults by military junta in Myanmar

Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021
Demonstrators in Mandalay march April 14 demanding end to military rule.

In its deadliest massacre since seizing power Feb. 1, the military junta in Myanmar killed more than 80 people in the southwestern city of Bago April 10, bringing the total killed since their coup to more than 700. In a…


‘ATI is trying to bust our union,’ steelworkers say

Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ohio — “They’re trying to break the union,” Dave Burgess told the Militant  at the Allegheny Technologies Inc. plant here where close to 100 union steelworkers work. “The majority of ATI’s plants are nonunion today.” Company bosses announced in…


Back locked-out Minnesota oil refinery workers’ fight for safety!

Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021

ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. — Two hundred Teamsters, members of Local 120, have been locked out by Marathon Petroleum here since January 22. While negotiations continue, the company, the biggest refinery owner in the U.S., has refused to budge, especially…


Solidarity with miners, steelworkers on strike!

Striking Alabama miners vote down ‘insulting’ offer
Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021
Picket line in Brookwood, Alabama, of miners on strike against Warrior Met Coal. Miner Mike Wright told WVUA TV, “We basically want to let the company know: No contract, no coal.”

ATLANTA — Some 1,100 union coal miners at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama, voted overwhelmingly April 9 to reject a tentative contract proposal and continue their strike. The United Mine Workers of America members struck Warrior Met Coal April…


Build fight against cop killings of George Floyd and Daunte Wright

Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021
Mural in Minneapolis near where George Floyd was killed. Millions of working people and youth — of all skin colors — joined protests after his death, demanding prosecution of cops.

MINNEAPOLIS — As the state prosecution in the trial of fired police officer Derek Chauvin comes to an end, damning testimony by prosecution witnesses — including the Minneapolis police chief, the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy, and other officials…


Mobilizing working people, Cuba defeats Bay of Pigs invasion

Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021
José Ramón Fernández walks ahead of Cuban soldiers aiding captured mercenary in April 1961. U.S.-backed invasion was “well organized, well armed and well supported, but lacked a just cause to defend,” Fernández said. “Firm support for the revolution and Fidel was decisive.”

This week’s special book feature is Playa Girón/Bay of Pigs: Washington’s First Military Defeat in the Americas by Fidel Castro and José Ramón Fernández, marking the 60th anniversary of this historic event. Fernández was one of a group of army…


Minnesota hospital workers picket for safety, higher wages

Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021
Several hundred SEIU members and supporters picket Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis April 7 in fight for new contract, more staffing to ensure safety, higher wages.

MINNEAPOLIS — A crowd of several hundred members of Service Employees International Union and their supporters picketed outside Abbott Northwestern Hospital here April 7 in support of the union’s demand for a new contract. When union members chanted, “When we…


As US, Tehran open talks, Iran’s rulers continue weapons program

Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021
Demonstration in Mashhad, Iran, December 2018, protests government’s wars, economic crisis and attacks on political rights. Actions spread to scores of cities across the country.

An explosion that disabled parts of the Iranian rulers’ main nuclear facility at Natanz April 11 was blamed on Israeli government forces by Tehran. Most media in Israel attributed the attack to Mossad, the Israeli rulers’ spy agency. Less than…