Venezuela gov’t opens Mexico talks with opposition parties

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021
Venezuelans wait in line in Caracas for COVID vaccine Sept. 8. Washington’s punishing sanctions have disrupted vaccination, with only 11% of the population fully dosed. In the coming months, revolutionary Cuba is organizing to supply 12 million doses of its Abdala vaccine.

Representatives of the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro and the country’s main capitalist opposition parties met in Mexico City Sept. 3-6. They agreed to terms for further talks aimed at breaking a polarized political deadlock between both sides, and the…

Boss, gov’t let nursing home evacuees suffer in Louisiana

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021
Inhumane conditions in warehouse in Independence, Louisiana, where 850 nursing home residents were sent after hurricane. It took days for the state to intervene, while 7 people died.

The Louisiana Department of Health shut down seven for-profit nursing homes and moved to revoke their licenses Sept. 7, after 850 senior citizens there were evacuated to a warehouse in Independence Aug. 27 and left in deplorable and degrading conditions…

Miners mark 100 years since union battle at Blair Mountain

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021
Above, West Virginia coal miners after 1921 battle at Blair Mountain. Fierce struggle by miners laid groundwork for growth of United Mine Workers union. Inset, West Virginia teachers in 2018 strike wore red bandanas in tribute to those miners.

Over Labor Day weekend in West Virginia, dozens of commemorations, including rallies, presentations, and re-enactments, marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain. This was one of the biggest armed conflicts ever fought between unionists and the bosses’…

SWP: ‘US forces out of Korea! Lift economic sanctions!’

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021

“We stand in solidarity with the Korean people’s struggle to reunify the country and restore Korea’s national sovereignty,” Steve Clark wrote for the Socialist Workers Party in a Sept. 9 letter to the North Korean government on the 73rd anniversary…

Longshore union in LA: ‘End US embargo of Cuba!’

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021

LOS ANGELES — Floyd Bryan, president of the Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, reads the resolution passed by the union at its June convention demanding an end to the U.S. government’s embargo against Cuba.…

New York rally protests Texas anti-abortion law

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021

NEW YORK — More than 125 supporters of women’s rights joined a protest called by the National Organization for Women, and Planned Parenthood, at Brooklyn Borough Hall Sept. 9 opposing an anti-abortion Texas law that went into effect Sept. 1.…

In Defense of Land and Labor

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021

The following excerpt is from the opening section of “The Stewardship of Nature Also Falls to the Working Class: In Defense of Land and Labor,” a Socialist Workers Party resolution published in New International no. 14. Copyright © 2008 by…

Indian sanitation workers strike for equal pay, permanent jobs

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021

Over 400 sanitation workers staged a sit-in outside the Patna Municipal Corporation’s headquarters in Patna, India, Sept. 12, part of a strike by sanitation and some maintenance workers that began Sept. 6. The strike is the latest in a series…

Fair Play for Cuba Committee built defense for socialist revolution

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021
Fair Play for Cuba Committee published, distributed inexpensive pamphlets of speeches by leaders of Cuba’s socialist revolution, eyewitness accounts of steps forward by working people.

On Sept. 7 President Joseph Biden signed off on extending the U.S. embargo of Cuba for another year under the capitalist rulers’ Trading With the Enemy Act. This is no surprise since every president — Democrat and Republican alike —…