Jonas Salk on polio vaccine: ‘Could you patent the sun?’

Vol. 85/No. 15 - April 19, 2021

Sixty-eight years ago, Dr. Jonas Salk announced he had successfully developed a vaccine for polio, which has saved millions of lives. Unlike the big pharmaceutical companies that place patents on drugs they market — to jack up the prices and…


SWP ‘stimulus’ appeal at $98,700 and growing!

Vol. 85/No. 15 - April 19, 2021

Contributors to the Socialist Workers Party “stimulus” appeal from the $1,400 U.S. government payments are setting the appeal on course toward $120,000! As we go to press $98,700 has been donated by 77 individuals. From Pittsburgh, Tony Lane wrote with…


‘Support amnesty for all immigrant workers in the US’

Vol. 85/No. 14 - April 12, 2021

The Joseph Biden administration insists that its attitude toward immigration is more “humane” than that of Donald Trump’s before it. But the fact is Biden is trying to shut the U.S. southern border as increasing numbers of migrant workers from…


Contributions to SWP ‘stimulus’ appeal at $77,550 and climbing!

Vol. 85/No. 14 - April 12, 2021

Contributions to the Socialist Workers Party special “stimulus” appeal, from the $1,400 U.S. government payments, are rapidly approaching going over the $100,000 mark — with $77,550 from 60 contributors around the country. Add your contribution to the appeal! “Enclosed is…


Turkish government moves to ban pro-Kurdish HDP

Vol. 85/No. 13 - April 5, 2021

The authoritarian government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey moved to ban the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the nation’s third-largest and chief opposition party, March 18. The HDP was formed in 2012 to represent the fight for national rights of…


SWP special ‘stimulus’ capital appeal off to strong start

Vol. 85/No. 13 - April 5, 2021

The Socialist Workers Party special “stimulus” capital appeal, for the long-term work of the party, is off to a strong start. Within a week of the government sending out the first of the most recent “stimulus” payments the fund total…


Oregon ranchers fight government retaliation

Vol. 85/No. 13 - April 5, 2021

On Feb. 26 the Joseph Biden administration cancelled a permit granted to eastern Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son Steven to graze their cattle on federal land. This is the latest in a long series of moves by government…


US rulers step up attack on right to be on ballot

Vol. 85/No. 12 - March 29, 2021

The capitalist rulers and their Democratic and Republican parties have been stepping up attacks on ballot access for the Socialist Workers Party, and other independent political candidates. This effort is bipartisan, as millions of workers and farmers, facing worsening working…


Give your new gov’t ‘stimulus’ to the Socialist Workers Party!

Vol. 85/No. 12 - March 29, 2021

The Socialist Workers Party announced March 13 a special “stimulus” capital appeal to help finance the long-term work of the party. Party members, supporters, Militant readers and a growing number of workers, farmers and youth that SWP members are meeting…


1965 Selma-Montgomery mobilizations won voting rights victory

How Black-led civil rights fight that overthrew Jim Crow strengthened the fighting capacities of the working class
Vol. 85/No. 12 - March 29, 2021
Demonstrators cross Edmund Pettus Bridge out of Selma, March 21, 1965, after victory in fight to march to state capital in Montgomery. Inset, days earlier, sheriff’s deputies attack protesters in Montgomery. Second from right is John Studer, who came to join the historic protests from Ohio. Stu-der is now editor of the Militant.

This month marks the 56th anniversary of the historic voting rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state’s capital, Montgomery. Together with the 1956 Montgomery bus boycott and 1963 Battle of Birmingham, these actions were high points in the proletarian-led…