Protests push back attack on political rights in Georgia

Vol. 87/No. 12 - March 27, 2023

After tens of thousands took to the streets in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, the country’s ruling party backed off its plans to impose a law that would curtail political rights and limit freedom of the press. Protesters say the…

‘Militant’ wins victory in fight against prison ban in Florida

Vol. 87/No. 12 - March 27, 2023

In an important victory for freedom of speech and the press, Florida prison authorities March 9 overturned a ban on the Militant’s Jan. 30 issue. They instructed officials at Blackwater River Correctional Facility to give the paper to subscribers of…

Protests in Greece hit gov’t, EU, IMF over rail disaster

Vol. 87/No. 12 - March 27, 2023

Thousands of workers and youth marched across Greece again March 12, protesting the Greek government’s responsibility in the head-on collision between a passenger and a freight train that killed 57 people Feb. 28. They demanded those involved be punished. More…

Retirees in Iran demand hike in pensions to match inflation

Vol. 87/No. 12 - March 27, 2023
Retired workers and war veterans protest March 12 in Shush, Khuzestan province, Iran. For weeks protests have demanded hikes in social security, as soaring prices cut living standards.

Weekly protests by retired workers in Iran that began Jan. 22 demanding the government raise social security payments to keep up with inflation continue. On March 12 and 13 retirees from the steel, telecommunications, sugar and other industries protested in…

Vt. dairy farmer: ‘Workers and farmers need each other’

Vol. 87/No. 12 - March 27, 2023
Vermont dairy farmer Paul Plouffe pointed to challenges small farmers face in meeting costs of production for the milk they produce, with more dairy farmers being forced off the land.

BRIDPORT, Vt. — “There were 42 dairy farms in this area in the 1980s,” 11th-generation dairy farmer Paul Plouffe told these two Militant  worker-correspondents when we visited his farm here Feb. 5. “Now there are just eight left, after a…

Communist League: Repeal laws against non-French speakers, immigrant workers

Vol. 87/No. 12 - March 27, 2023

MONTREAL — “Working people and our unions should oppose Premier Francois Legault’s anti-working-class campaign against immigrants. This is now centered on demanding that Ottawa shut down the unofficial Roxham Road crossing between Canada and the U.S. used by thousands of…

Working people in East Palestine fight for control over area cleanup

Vol. 87/No. 12 - March 27, 2023
Cleanup crew places booms across stream in East Palestine to try to stem spread of harmful chemicals after Feb. 3 derailment. Norfolk Southern rail bosses, backed by government, ignored impact on residents, setting fire to five cars of vinyl chloride, worsening toxic disaster.

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio — Socialist Workers Party members visited with workers and farmers here March 13-14, discussing how rail workers and other union members, farmers, small proprietors and youth in the area can come together to force Norfolk Southern rail…

NJ sanitation workers discuss strike over wages, boss attacks

Vol. 87/No. 12 - March 27, 2023
Joanne Kuniansky, SWP candidate for New Jersey state Senate, talks with striking Camden, New Jersey, sanitation workers, from left, Bill Atkinson, Rhashik Mathes, and Moe, on Teamsters Local 115 picket line March 4. “We need workers control over our jobs,” said Kuniansky.

CAMDEN, N.J. — Joanne Kuniansky, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New Jersey state Senate, along with Chris Hoeppner, SWP candidate for mayor of Philadelphia, and this Militant  reporter, visited the sanitation workers picket line here in solidarity March 4. The…

US bank failures reflect capitalist crisis as rulers debate budget

Vol. 87/No. 12 - March 27, 2023
After March 10 collapse of Silicon Valley and Signature banks, major U.S. regional bank stocks plunged, with First Republic Bank closing down over 60% on March 13. Despite capitalists’ claims of "big stock rally" March 14, shares of First Republic remained down.

Democrats and Republicans are tied up in partisan squabbling over President Joseph Biden’s $6.8 trillion budget plan. While they disagree on Biden’s proposed social expenditures and new taxes to fund them, both parties agree on the need to allocate billions…