Jonas Salk on polio vaccine: ‘Could you patent the sun?’

Vol. 85/No. 15 - April 19, 2021

Sixty-eight years ago, Dr. Jonas Salk announced he had successfully developed a vaccine for polio, which has saved millions of lives. Unlike the big pharmaceutical companies that place patents on drugs they market — to jack up the prices and…

1 in 5 workers behind bars suffer COVID in US prisons

Vol. 85/No. 1 - January 4, 2021
Rally near San Quentin State Prison in California July 9, where 20 inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 spoke out against conditions. Over 2,200 inmates were infected and 28 died.

Workers behind bars are among those being hit hardest by COVID-19. One in five state and federal prisoners in the U.S. has tested positive for the virus, a rate over four times higher than in the general population. In some…

Capitalist rulers’ health ‘care’ system is disaster for workers

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020

Little better prepared for the surge in coronavirus infections than in the spring, the capitalist rulers organize their health care industry on the basis of what’s profitable, what best puts them in a position to compete with their rivals, as…

Workers fight boss attacks on jobs, wages, conditions

Demand gov’t public works program to create jobs
Vol. 84/No. 48 - December 7, 2020
Some 700 workers at 11 Infinity Healthcare-owned nursing homes in Chicago area strike for more staff, safety, higher pay Nov. 23. Above, City View nursing home in Cicero, Illinois.

Working people are increasingly finding ways to act together to stand up to the attacks of the bosses and their government as they press to make us pay for the economic and social crisis of their capitalist system. We face…

Fight against rulers’ attacks on workers’ health, wages

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

This statement was released by Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, Oct. 14. Working people need to join together to fight for protection from the impact of the spreading capitalist social and economic crisis and to use all…

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…

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.…