Workers’ struggles don’t stop during coronavirus

Vol. 84/No. 17 - May 4, 2020

Reader Byron Johnson-Blanchard writes that the article “Morality of Capitalist Rulers Reflected in Shutdown of AA” in the April 13 issue of the Militant presents views he considers “ridiculous and reckless” for counterposing “face-to-face human interactions and neighborliness” to the…



Organize to defend jobs, wages, working conditions

Bosses dump costs of ‘recovery’ on workers’ backs
Vol. 84/No. 16 - April 27, 2020
Above, line to file for unemployment in Hialeah, Florida, April 7. Inset, rent protest in Los Angeles April 1.

The International Monetary Fund forecast April 14 the unfolding global depression conditions facing working people today will be the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The contraction already dwarfs that of the global financial crisis 12 years ago.…


US rulers deploy the National Guard, target workers’ jobs, rights

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020

As the economic and social crisis facing working people unfolding today deepens, the capitalist rulers are taking aim at our political and constitutional rights. One aspect of this is the deployment of over 18,500 Air and Army National Guard troops…


Cuba vs US: Counterposed class approaches to human solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Suchel Camacho soap factory, Havana. Revolutionary government in Cuba is organizing working people to increase food, industrial production in face of world capitalist economic crisis.

Many working people in the United States are inspired when they learn how revolutionary Cuba confronts crises from hurricanes, droughts or today’s coronavirus outbreak, as opposed to the capitalist rulers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Tens of thousands of members…


Las Vegas gov’t ‘houses’ homeless in parking lot

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020

The moral bankruptcy of the capitalist profit system is on sharp display in the priorities set by the bosses and their government in dealing with the social effects of the coronavirus outbreak on working people. It comes through very starkly…


Workers’ job actions lead fight for safety, more pay

Road to build a fighting labor movement
Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
Sanitation workers in Pittsburgh protest for safety equipment, higher pay. “Nobody respected the garbage men till we didn’t pick up the garbage,” worker Derrick McClinton told the media.

Around the country and worldwide, more and more workers are organizing on the job to fight callous insistence by the bosses that they work without protective equipment in hazardous environments. They are also resisting other attacks on their jobs, wages…


Protests, job actions hit bosses’ disdain for safety

Workers’ fights today are road to force gov’t action
Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020
Workers at Perdue chicken processing plant in Kathleen, Georgia, walked off the job March 23 to demand bosses clean, disinfect factory to defend them from coronavirus.

As the bosses and their governments at a federal, state and local level seek to manage growing depression conditions and impose lockdowns in the U.S. and elsewhere, working people are beginning to respond with protests and job actions. Starting with…


Algeria rulers use pretext of virus outbreak to bar protests

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020
Demonstrators at Feb. 28 anti-government protest in Algiers. Placard reads: “The authority and its supporters are deadlier than the coronavirus.” After year of massive protests, military-dominated regime used justification of virus crisis to ban demonstrations March 17.

The Algerian government has faced weekly street protests for political rights across the country for more than a year. It has unleashed repression, offered cosmetic concessions and tried to sow divisions among demonstrators. Nothing it has done has prevented working…


Working people in Cuba set the example for int’l solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

“We have a revolutionary duty to fulfill, so we take our fear and put it to one side,” Leonardo Fernández, 68, an intensive care specialist, told Reuters in Havana March 21. He was meeting up with the brigade of 52…