Build a union movement in all plants, workplaces!

Fight for gov’t-funded public works program to create jobs
Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020
New York City unions Sept. 3 protest mayor’s threat to lay off thousands of city workers.

Sept. 9 statement by Alyson Kennedy, SWP candidate for president. A fight by working people is needed to build a union movement in every workplace and to win immediate protection from the widespread unemployment and rising prices we face. Proposals…


1877 strike foretold growth of ‘serious workers party’ in US

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020
Troops attack strikers in Baltimore in 1877 general strike. Karl Marx called it “the first uprising against the oligarchy of capital since the Civil War.” From here, he pointed to the forces of the American socialist revolution — free labor, free farmers exploited by capital and freed slaves.

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September is The Great Labor Uprising of 1877 by Philip S. Foner. After four years of economic depression, a walkout by West Virginia railroad workers developed into a nationwide strike involving 100,000…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020

September 25, 1995 Brutal police attacks against Native rights protesters in Ontario and British Columbia have left one person dead and at least four more injured by cop bullets. The standoff by Native people against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police…


Walmart workers donate ‘blood money’ bribes to build SWP

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020

“I’m putting a check in the mail for $321.85, which includes the COVID-19 bribe and MyShare,” wrote Anthony Dutrow from Miami. “I can’t think of a better way to reinforce what we are accomplishing in our trade union work at…


Turkish, Greek rulers’ rivalry heats up in the Mediterranean

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020
Map shows disputed areas between rulers of Greece, Turkey, other regimes in the region and imperialist powers as result of intensified competition amid the deepening crisis of capitalism.

Mounting competition and threats over the plunder of oil and gas resources between several rival capitalist powers across the eastern Mediterranean lies behind stepped-up clashes between the rulers of Turkey and Greece. These conflicts are exacerbated by pressure from the…


Train deaths in Scotland show boss scorn for safety

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020

STONEHAVEN, Scotland — “No one should lose their life at work,” Stonehaven resident Jim Cattanach told the Militant, after two rail workers and a passenger were killed when a train derailed here south of Aberdeen Aug. 12. A government cover-up…


Debate over road forward to win justice for Breonna Taylor

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020
Several hundred people march in Louisville, Kentucky, Aug. 25, calling for prosecution of cops who killed Breonna Taylor March 13. Actions like these point to need for disciplined mass protests as only way to draw in broad social forces needed to put cops on trial for brutality.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Determined to press authorities to stop stalling and prosecute the cops who killed Breonna Taylor, hundreds demonstrated outside the 146th Kentucky Derby Sept. 5. Taylor, an emergency room technician, died at the hands of the city cops…


Mongolians protest Beijing attack on language rights

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020

Thousands of parents, students, teachers, herders and other toilers protested at the beginning of September in cities across Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of grassland and desert in northeast China. They were challenging moves by Beijing to teach key school…


Free Ed Poindexter!

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. — Supporters of freedom for former Black Panther Edward Poindexter urge all those who care about justice to back his application for commutation of his sentence, filed on Aug. 17. Aug. 31 marked 50 years Poindexter has been…


‘Cop killed Cesar Rodriguez for not paying $1.75 fare’

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020

LONG BEACH, Calif. — “We’re here to continue fighting and telling his story because it’s unfair he was killed for $1.75,” Evelia Granados, the 25-year-old sister of Cesar Rodriguez, told 75 protesters at the police station here on the third…