Atlanta cop charged with felony murder

Rayshard Brooks killed with 2 shots in the back
Vol. 84/No. 25 - June 29, 2020
June 15 Atlanta march organized by NAACP. Protests continue across the U.S., worldwide.

ATLANTA — “When I heard the news about the killing last night, I decided it was time to stand up,” 18-year-old James Teasley told the Militant in Atlanta June 13, as he joined his first demonstration. Protests erupted throughout the…


Cheryl Goertz: 55-year cadre of the Socialist Workers Party

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020
At 1968 Young Socialist Alliance convention Cheryl Goertz has lunch with Ray Dunne, a central leader of Teamsters union battles in Minneapolis in the 1930s and of the SWP.

ATLANTA — A meeting to celebrate the political contributions of Cheryl Goertz, a 55-year cadre of the Socialist Workers Party, was held here May 30. Participants came from Atlanta; Greensboro and Hayesville, North Carolina; Miami and Plant City, Florida; Carrollton,…



Families, former inmates, SWP protest conditions at Georgia jail

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
At speak out protesting conditions at Cobb County Detention Center in Marietta, Georgia, Doug Jenkins, above, testifies about being incarcerated there during lockdown. Inset, Rachele Fruit, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia, speaks at hearing.

MARIETTA, Ga. — “It’s monstrous what they are doing. How do we allow this?” asked Wanda Webb, one of dozens of family members and former inmates who spoke out at a Feb. 18 meeting here protesting conditions at the Cobb…


Georgia cop imprisoned for killing Anthony Hill

Vol. 83/No. 43 - November 25, 2019

DECATUR, Ga. — Former DeKalb County cop Robert Olsen was sentenced to 12 years in prison, and eight more on probation, Nov. 1 for the March 2015 killing of Anthony Hill. The 26-year-old African American veteran of the Afghanistan War,…


Georgia cop faces prison in shooting of Anthony Hill

Vol. 83/No. 39 - October 28, 2019

DECATUR, Ga. — After six days of deliberation, jurors Oct. 14 found former DeKalb County cop Robert Olsen guilty of aggravated assault and other lesser charges in the 2015 killing of Anthony Hill. The 27-year-old African American veteran of the…


Capitalism at fault in Alabama tornado catastrophe

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

BEAUREGARD, Ala. — “People came out of nowhere to help us. It was amazing, people kept stopping by to lend a hand,” John Askew told Socialist Workers Party members lending solidarity here March 8. He was clearing the debris left…


Georgia school bus drivers fight for reinstatement after sickout

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018
Marion Payne, fired DeKalb County, Georgia, school bus driver, speaks at July 20 press conference. Payne is one of several drivers fired after drivers got sick over pay and work conditions.

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — At a July 20 news conference, DeKalb County school bus driver Marion “Sergeant” Payne told reporters that a 2.5 percent wage increase recently approved by the board of education was “a good start, but if we…


‘Cuban Revolution opened road for people to think for themselves’

Vol. 82/No. 11 - March 19, 2018
Griselda Aguilera, left at age 7 in 1961, hands literacy certificate to worker she taught to read and write. Aguilera spoke about literacy campaign and Cuban Revolution to hundreds on college campuses, churches and union halls during recent U.S. tour.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — “Our revolution opened the road for people to advance, to think for themselves, to have access to more information,” Cuban revolutionary Griselda Aguilera told some 30 students, professors and others at a Feb. 19 meeting at the…