SWP campaigners collaborate to expand reach in the Midwest

Vol. 85/No. 13 - April 5, 2021
SWP campaign supporter Ruth Harris, left, discusses Amazon warehouse, Marathon refinery labor battles with Jerri Ellington, in Crete, Nebraska, March 20, and need to build solidarity.

LINCOLN, Neb. — “Our party is organizing solidarity with the locked-out Marathon oil workers fight in Minnesota and any other struggles by working people,” Joe Swanson, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Lincoln City Council, told a campaign meeting here March…

Prosecute cops who shot Jacob Blake Jr., in back in Kenosha!

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020
Julia Jackson, mother of Jacob Blake Jr. who was shot in back by cops in Kenosha, Wisconsin, addresses press Aug. 25. She said she supports continuing protests, but called out those responsible for arson and destruction, saying they don’t reflect the values “of my son or my family.”

KENOSHA, Wis. — Protests broke out here after city cops pumped at least seven shots into the back of 29-year-old Jacob Blake Jr., at close range as he attempted to get into his SUV Aug. 23. A video made by…

32,500 Chicago teachers, school workers strike for new contract

Vol. 83/No. 40 - November 4, 2019

CHICAGO — Some 25,000 Chicago Teachers Union members and 7,500 school support staff — custodians, bus aides, special education assistants, teaching assistants and more, members of Service Employees International Union Local 73 — walked out here Oct. 17. They set…

UAW strike against GM is battle for all workers

Back fight to end bosses use of temps, two-tier pay
Vol. 83/No. 38 - October 21, 2019
Autoworkers picket line at Bolingbrook, Illinois, GM plant was reinforced by Steelworkers Oct. 5. As bosses force longer strike, UAW strikers need solidarity to stand up to auto barons.

FLINT, Mich. — So many drivers were honking their horns in solidarity that at times it was hard to carry on a discussion on the United Auto Workers picket lines at the General Motors plants here during an Oct. 5-6…

Wisconsin dairy farmers discuss ongoing crisis they face

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Workers milking cows on Steve Schmitz’s dairy farm in Richland Center, Wisconsin, in 2015. “It seems like workers and farmers are facing more problems surviving today,” Schmitz said.

MUSCODA, Wis. — In the past year dairy farmers in Wisconsin have had to shut down 714 farms. That’s 8.2 percent, dropping the total number of dairy farms here to 8,046. That is roughly half the number of 16 years…