Abolish the death penalty, a tool of capitalist oppression

Vol. 85/No. 4 - February 1, 2021

Statement by Joanne Kuniansky, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New Jersey governor Jan. 20. “An enormous machine for grinding people up,” is how Cuban revolutionary Ramón Labañino described the capitalist “justice” system. Labañino was one of the Cuban 5, framed…


Despite protests, US government executes first woman since 1953

Vol. 85/No. 3 - January 25, 2021
Jan. 12 protest at Terre Haute, Indiana, federal prison against execution of Lisa Montgomery. Opponents of death penalty are fighting to prevent two more scheduled executions.

Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row in the U.S., was executed by lethal injection at 1:31 a.m. on Jan. 13. The Supreme Court  vacated three different stays by appeals courts, including an order for a competency hearing…



US executes two more federal inmates, three others scheduled

Vol. 84/No. 51 - December 28, 2020
Dec. 10 protest outside federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, where U.S. gov’t carries out executions. Socialist Workers Party member Samir Hazboun, second from left, talks with Indiana University students. “Use of death penalty is a bipartisan attack on the working class,” he said.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rallying across the street from the federal prison here Dec. 10, 40 people protested the execution of Brandon Bernard before the U.S. government put him to death. The following day federal inmate Alfred Bourgeois was also…


US gov’t extends accelerated pace of federal executions

Vol. 84/No. 48 - December 7, 2020
Protest at Terre Haute prison, Indiana, Nov. 19, against execution of Orlando Hall, eighth federal inmate executed in past four months. Left, Sylvester Edwards, president local NAACP.

The U.S. government executed Orlando Hall Nov. 19, the eighth federal inmate to be put to death over the past four months. The Justice Department resumed use of this barbaric punishment after a 17-year break, as increasing numbers of workers…


U.S. gov’t to execute first woman in nearly 70 years

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020
Protest at Indiana federal prison Aug. 26 against execution of a Native American, Lezmond Mitchell, opposed by Navajo Nation leaders. U.S. executions are among highest in the world.

The U.S. government has scheduled the first execution of a woman in nearly 70 years, setting a Dec. 8 date to put Lisa Montgomery to death. This will be the eighth federal execution since mid-July after a 17-year break in…


US gov’t steps up executions, kills 7th prisoner in 3 months

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020
Lisa Brown, mother of Christopher Vialva, speaks at anti-death-penalty rally Sept. 24 at federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, hours before her son was executed. Poster shows his picture.

The U.S. government executed Christopher Vialva Sept. 24, the seventh federal inmate to be put to death since mid-July. These are the first federal executions to occur after a 17-year hiatus, and the most in a single year since before…


Gov’t execution rejects Navajo Nation protest

Vol. 84/No. 36 - September 14, 2020

Federal authorities Aug. 26 executed Lezmond Mitchell, a 38-year-old Navajo, despite strong objections by the leaders of the Navajo Nation. This is the only time U.S. authorities have executed a Native American for a crime committed on a Native American…