Response at LA book festival boosts national drive

Vol. 86/No. 18 - May 9, 2022

LOS ANGELES — The constant stream of workers, students and other youth visiting the Pathfinder booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books here April 23-24 were seeking an explanation for the deepening capitalist economic crisis and its resulting wars.…

Family farmers in California face soaring prices, drought

Vol. 86/No. 18 - May 9, 2022
Socialist Workers Party candidates Ellie García and Joel Britton visit Will Scott, right, on his Fresno, California, farm April 5 to discuss challenges facing small farmers from rising prices, Moscow’s war in Ukraine, and need for worker-farmer alliance to defend toilers’ livelihoods.

FRESNO, Calif. — Farmer Will Scott invited Socialist Workers Party candidates Ellie García and Joel Britton to his farm here April 5 to discuss how small farmers are affected by sharply rising prices, Moscow’s war in Ukraine and what workers…

George Novack: SWP leader, defender of political rights

Vol. 86/No. 17 - May 2, 2022
George Novack, left, led many successful defense campaigns over decades. Above, Novack with James Kutcher, the “legless veteran,” sacked from federal job in 1948 for being SWP member.

When Socialist Workers Party leader George Novack joined in initiating the Committee for Artistic and Intellectual Freedom in Iran (CAIFI) in 1973, he brought along decades of leadership experience in revolutionary working-class politics and defense campaigns. In the 1940s he…

In victory for Sankara’s legacy, court finds killers accountable

Vol. 86/No. 17 - May 2, 2022
June 29, 2013, protest in Burkina Faso against dictatorial rule of Blaise Compaore, who had Thomas Sankara, pictured above, assassinated during October 1987 counterevolutionary coup. Compaore was toppled and forced to flee the country in 2014 by a popular insurrection.

Thirty-five years after a counterrevolutionary coup in 1987, a court in Burkina Faso, West Africa, rendered guilty verdicts April 6 after a six-month trial for the assassination of President Thomas Sankara, and 12 of his comrades and guards. Blaise Compaore,…

Northern California nurses strike for safety, hiring, higher pay

Vol. 86/No. 17 - May 2, 2022
Nurses locked out for five days at 15 Sutter Health facilities after one-day strike April 18. Above, nurses on picket line at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland.

OAKLAND, Calif. — When nurses and other health care workers organized a one-day strike at 15 Sutter Health facilities across Northern California April 18, part of their nearly yearlong fight for a new contract, hospital bosses locked out the 8,000…

Author of book on Attica fights ban by prison authorities

Vol. 86/No. 17 - May 2, 2022

Well-known author Heather Ann Thompson is suing the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for banning prisoners in the state from reading her award-winning book on the Attica prison rebellion, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison…

Anticipation greets opening day of 30th Havana book fair

Vol. 86/No. 17 - May 2, 2022
Volunteers setting up Pathfinder Press booth on eve of Havana International Book Fair.

HAVANA — After a two-year hiatus, the 30th Havana International Book Fair opened here April 20. Organizers have overcome big challenges to ensure it can take place: the impact of COVID, the world capitalist crisis and Washington’s intensified economic sanctions.…

Moscow’s troops out of all of Ukraine now!

Defend Ukraine independence, sovereignty!
Vol. 86/No. 17 - May 2, 2022
April 12 rally in Slavutych, where Chernobyl workers live, in solidarity with fellow workers resisting Russian occupation of Energodar, Ukraine, home of largest nuclear plant in Europe.

Attempting to reverse a series of embarrassing setbacks in his effort to crush independent Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an offensive April 18 in the eastern part of the country closest to Russia. He coupled the drive in Donetsk…

Miners strike passes 1-year mark, wins new solidarity

Vol. 86/No. 17 - May 2, 2022
Warrior Met miners strike rally, McCalla, Alabama, April 6.

ATLANTA — Opportunities to build solidarity for the 1,100 members of United Mine Workers of America on strike for over a year at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama, are growing. The April 6 solidarity rally near the mine that…

Marxism, historical materialism help arm working-class fighters

Vol. 86/No. 17 - May 2, 2022
Depiction of peasant uprising in Germany, 1525. Leon Trotsky cites Frederick Engels’ The Peasant War in Germany, which explained this class conflict disguised as religious ideas against oppressive aristocratic landowners, as a “brilliant illustration” of Karl Marx’s materialist conception of history.

The Challenge of the Left Opposition (1928-29) by Leon Trotsky is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for April. The book documents the opposition led by Trotsky in the Soviet Communist Party to defend the proletarian and revolutionary internationalist…