Fight for health care to treat everyone, not to make profit

Vol. 84/No. 32 - August 17, 2020

The big-business press tells us COVID-19 is “the great equalizer,” that it strikes without regard to “wealth, fame, and prestige.” And, most importantly, they tell us, “We’re all in this together.” But these claims are lies that clash with the…


Medicine in the US is capitalist business, not for health care

Vol. 84/No. 21 - June 1, 2020
Wounded mercenary is treated after capture at defeated U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion, 1961. Even before the revolution, July 26 Movement provided medical care equally to workers, peasants, its own combatants and enemy soldiers. Today health care is freely available to all.

One of the excuses given by the capitalist rulers for their shutdown of production is the need to use their resources to fight COVID-19. But the social crisis working people face today reveals that there is no such thing as…


Demand gov’t act now to protect working people!

A call to action to meet today’s unfolding crises
Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Above, Public Health Director Rolando Camejo meets leaders of Cuba’s unions, neighborhood and women’s groups in Camagüey province March 13 to organize to take on coronavirus threat in workplaces and schools. In revolutionary Cuba, no one is left on their own. Inset, shuttered office in Massachusetts, as more and more governments impose “shelter-in-place,” but do next to nothing to organize health care or relief working people need.

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, issued the following emergency call to action March 18. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s 2020 vice presidential candidate.  Workers and our unions need to demand that the government act now to…


Nurses, workers lead fight against hospital shutdown

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Above, nurses opposed to closing of Seton hospital in Daly City, California, after county hearing on “alternatives” March 10. Inset, SWP vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett talks with Mee Chen. He and presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy spoke at hearing, saying workers need cradle-to-grave health care for all.

DALY CITY, Calif. — Nurses and hospital workers, members of the California Nurses Association and the National Union of Healthcare Workers, have been organizing protests here against the closing of Seton Medical Center, the largest employer in this working-class city…


‘We need workers control over production, utilities’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Rachele Fruit, right, SWP candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia, speaks with Judy Sands March 7 at her home in Juliette, where the power company has contaminated the drinking water.

JULIETTE, Ga. — Signs were visible in yards all around this rural Georgia town of 1,500 near Macon that read “Georgia Power: Clean Up Your Trash!” when Rachele Fruit, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate, campaigned here March 7.…


‘We need to stand up to the bosses’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
SWP presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy and nurse Christina Ware talk near San Leandro housing complex where residents are fighting landlord’s moves to nearly double their rent..

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy and vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett campaigned at a housing complex here March 11. Residents are fighting against efforts to force them out of their low-rent apartments. The visit…


Jobs, lives hit as profit-driven bosses shut operations

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

Hundreds of millions of working people in the United States and worldwide are being hit with mounting devastation to the lives and livelihoods of ourselves and our families, due to the capitalist rulers’ demonstrated incapacity to contain and reverse today’s…


Cuba’s revolution: Example of solidarity, fight against virus

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

Capitalist rulers the world over are leaving millions to fend for themselves in the face of the explosion of coronavirus and the social consequences — spreading layoffs, loss of a paycheck, disappearing places to get necessities and uncertainty about the…


Virus triggers breakdowns, bosses’ attacks on workers

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
MS Braemar crew members hold sign, “I love you Cuba,” after Cuban government let ship dock March 18 with passengers with coronavirus, after other Caribbean nations denied it entry.

The “solutions” to the coronavirus epidemic being implemented by the capitalist rulers in the U.S. — and other capitalist governments around the globe — are to shut down production, slash jobs and tear apart the social fabric for working people.…


Coronavirus spread is result of capitalist social relations

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020
NASA satellite images show pollution over China before coronavirus clampdown Jan. 23. Clear skies a month later reflect far-reaching shutdown of industry.

As the spread of coronavirus disease continues worldwide, stock prices have plunged more than any time since the 2008 global financial crisis, reflecting growing concerns among capitalist investors about the effect of the outbreak. World economic growth has begun to…