‘Things are even harder for small farmers now’

Vol. 84/No. 17 - May 4, 2020

ATLANTA — “Things are even harder than usual for small farmers right now, with so much uncertainty about what will happen,” Willie Head told the Militant April 13. Head has several hundred acres of corn, melons, greens and other vegetable…


SWP: Working people can make gains ‘when we stand and fight’

Vol. 83/No. 38 - October 21, 2019
Farmer Willie Head, center, meets with Alyson Kennedy, SWP 2016 candidate for president and Malcolm Jarrett, SWP candidate for Pittsburgh City Council, Oct. 2 in Pavo, Georgia.

PAVO, Ga. — “The protest by Blackjewel coal miners in Kentucky is an example of what working people can accomplish if we stand together and fight,” Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate in 2016, told Willie Head Oct.…


North Carolina workers confront social disaster

Crisis is product of dog-eat-dog capitalist rule
Vol. 82/No. 38 - October 15, 2018
Sept. 28, Rebecca Stutts (center) and Militant subscriber Samantha Worrell (right) introduced Rachele Fruit, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Georgia governor, to workers in North Carolina coastal area abandoned by capitalist rulers after Hurricane Florence.

WILMINGTON, N.C. — “People just got back on their feet from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and now we’ve been hit again by Hurricane Florence,” Samantha Worrell told three worker-correspondents for the Militant  Sept. 28. She lives in the small town…


Steelworkers at ArcelorMittal, US Steel protest concession demands

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Steelworkers rally in Fairfield, Alabama, Aug. 30 against U.S. Steel demands for increase in health care costs and other concessions. Contract for over 30,000 ran out two days later.

FAIRFIELD, Ala. — “We don’t want this contract and we aren’t going to have it,” Lewis Parsons, who has worked at U.S. Steel’s Fairfield Works here for 28 years, told the Militant. “They have to come up with something better.…


Teachers’ protests point way forward for workers

‘We can change things,’ say N. Carolina teachers
Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018
20,000-strong protest May 16 in Raleigh, North Carolina, drew broad working-class solidarity.

RALEIGH, N.C. — “We did it! Who would have thought we could? But we can change things,” Jameel Williams, a teacher from Vance County who joined over 20,000 other teachers, school workers and their supporters to protest at the state…


Teachers mount fights against gov’t attacks

School protests inspire workers, set example
Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018
Teachers protest April 13 in Frankfort, Kentucky. Teachers’ struggles across country are taking on character of broader social movement, an example for building a fighting labor movement.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a scene increasingly familiar across the country, thousands of teachers, other school workers and students and supporters rallied outside the state Capitol here April 13. They were protesting attacks by Gov. Matt Bevin and the state…