High court hears challenge to California disclosure law

Vol. 85/No. 19 - May 17, 2021
Socialist Workers campaign office in Hazleton, Pa., damaged by firebombing Sept. 11, 2004. Disclosure laws open workers, organizations to attacks by government, political opponents.

Oral arguments were held before the U.S. Supreme Court April 26 on a lawsuit that challenges the state of California’s requirement that the over 100,000 charities registered there must hand over lists of major donors. The case poses an important…

Locked-out Marathon workers mark 100 days on picket line

Vol. 85/No. 19 - May 17, 2021

ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. — Some 200 members of Teamsters Local 120 locked-out by Marathon Petroleum here marked their 100th day on the picket line April 30. They set up informational pickets at different Speedway gas stations, owned by Marathon,…

SWP ‘stimulus’ donations hit $158,940, keep climbing!

Vol. 85/No. 19 - May 17, 2021

Over the past week 10 new contributors donated $10,140. Contributions to the Socialist Workers Party from U.S. government $1,400 “stimulus” payments are at $158,940 from 121 people and increasing! The U.S. government continues to send out the stimulus payments as…


Vol. 85/No. 19 - May 17, 2021

Chauvin trial I don’t understand at all the statement from Doug Nelson in the May 10 issue, “Chauvin trial dealt blows to rights workers need.” Isn’t serious jail time for killer cops after big protests in the street a victory?…

Steelworkers reject ATI threats, pickets stay up

Vol. 85/No. 19 - May 17, 2021
April 28 picket line at ATI steel mill in Washington, Pennsylvania. Bosses want to force union to accept job losses to contract workers, deeper two-tier divisions, increase in insurance costs.

WASHINGTON, Pa. — The strike by 1,300 United Steelworkers members against Allegheny Technologies Inc. heated up as the union categorically rejected the bosses’ ultimatum to swallow their concessionary offer by April 26 or face worse. The strike began March 30.…

SWP condemns attack on Minnesota mosque

Vol. 85/No. 19 - May 17, 2021

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Hundreds gathered at the Moorhead-Fargo Islamic Community Center and mosque here April 26 carrying paintbrushes and cleaning chemicals. They had come to remove vulgar, anti-Muslim graffiti spray-painted there the day before, including “Death to Islam,” “Women can’t…

Texas refinery workers fight lockout by ExxonMobil

Vol. 85/No. 19 - May 17, 2021

DALLAS — More than 650 members of United Steelworkers Local 13-243 were locked out May 1 by ExxonMobil bosses at their refinery in Beaumont, Texas. Negotiations had begun in January for a new contract, but company officials walked workers out…

SWP calls Int’l Active Workers Conference in Ohio July 22-24

Vol. 85/No. 19 - May 17, 2021

The Socialist Workers Party is hosting an International Active Workers Conference at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, July 22-24. Due to lockdown restrictions imposed by all levels of government since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the last time the…

April 1986 Chernobyl disaster and Cuba’s internationalism

Vol. 85/No. 19 - May 17, 2021
Cuban President Fidel Castro, left, greets children arriving from Ukraine, March 29, 1990. Over 25,000 affected by Chernobyl radiation poisoning, mainly from Ukraine but also Belarus and Russia, received free medical treatment under internationalist program of Cuban Revolution.

Thirty-five years ago, the worst nuclear disaster in history occurred at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, with devastating and long-lasting social and environmental consequences. On April 26, 1986, a test went terribly wrong.…