Build a union movement in all plants, workplaces!

Fight for gov’t-funded public works program to create jobs
Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020
New York City unions Sept. 3 protest mayor’s threat to lay off thousands of city workers.

Sept. 9 statement by Alyson Kennedy, SWP candidate for president. A fight by working people is needed to build a union movement in every workplace and to win immediate protection from the widespread unemployment and rising prices we face. Proposals…


1877 strike foretold growth of ‘serious workers party’ in US

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020
Troops attack strikers in Baltimore in 1877 general strike. Karl Marx called it “the first uprising against the oligarchy of capital since the Civil War.” From here, he pointed to the forces of the American socialist revolution — free labor, free farmers exploited by capital and freed slaves.

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September is The Great Labor Uprising of 1877 by Philip S. Foner. After four years of economic depression, a walkout by West Virginia railroad workers developed into a nationwide strike involving 100,000…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020

September 25, 1995 Brutal police attacks against Native rights protesters in Ontario and British Columbia have left one person dead and at least four more injured by cop bullets. The standoff by Native people against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police…


Cut the workweek with no cut in pay to stop layoffs!

Vol. 84/No. 36 - September 14, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, issued this statement Sept. 2. Malcolm Jarrett is the SWP candidate for vice president. The Socialist Workers Party’s 2020 candidates are campaigning around a program of working-class action centered on the need…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 36 - September 14, 2020

September 18, 1995 HUAIROU, China — [At] the forum on women here, more than 20,000 have proceeded in holding discussions, workshops, marches, processions, debates, and distributing literature on the fight for women’s rights. Daily protests have occurred on the conference…


Letters

Vol. 84/No. 36 - September 14, 2020

‘Militant’ wrong on Israel-UAE pact The Militant  is mistaken when it claims that the Israel-United Arab Emirates pact is a step forward towards recognition of “an independent Palestinian state.” Normalizing relations with Israel is good. However, it does nothing to…


Prosecute the cops who killed Breonna Taylor!

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Several hundred people marched here Aug. 25 in the latest action calling for prosecution of the cops who killed emergency room technician Breonna Taylor during a “no-knock” break-in to her apartment March 13. The action was organized…


‘Fidel led working people to be changers of the world, not victims’

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020
Launching of the “Rectification” process in 1986, at Fidel Castro’s initiative, was a turning point in the Cuban Revolution. Working people answered the call to join volunteer brigades, like above, to build homes, clinics, schools and child care centers. The historic effort “remobilized and remoralized” working people, Mary-Alice Waters said.

The following talk by Mary-Alice Waters was given in response to an invitation to take part in an online Celebration of the Life of Fidel Castro Aug. 13. Waters is a member of the Socialist Workers Party National Committee and president of Pathfinder…


How Cuban Revolution beat the ‘fifth column’ in Escambray

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020
Militia members in the Escambray learning to read and write in 1961. Land reform and literacy campaign benefited peasants, helping the volunteer fighters defeat counterrevolutionary bandits, and deepened support to Cuba’s socialist revolution and its leaders.

From the Escambray to the Congo: In the Whirlwind of the Cuban Revolution by Víctor Dreke is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September. Dreke joined Cuba’s revolutionary movement as a high school student and became a Rebel…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020

September 11, 1995 Some 60 combat aircraft, 48 of them from the United States, launched widespread bombing raids against positions held by Serb troops loyal to Belgrade around Sarajevo and elsewhere in Bosnia August 29. The NATO air strikes, spearheaded…