1,000s hit killing by Minneapolis cops

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of protesters gathered at the intersection of East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue at 5 p.m. May 26, where Minneapolis cops had cuffed and then strangled to death George Floyd the day before. Hundreds of people poured…


Louisville rally: Arrest cops in killing of Breonna Taylor

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020
Some 200 people rally May 26 at mayor’s office in Louisville, demand cops who shot Breonna Taylor as she lay in her bed be arrested. With mic is Velicia Walker, mother of Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend. Maggie Trowe, left, SWP candidate for U.S. Senate, also spoke.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than a hundred people gathered here May 25 to protest the March 13 police killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician. “My daughter’s life mattered,” Tamika Palmer told fellow protesters. “Those cops shot her.…


How Cuban military commander was won to the revolution

Vol. 84/No. 21 - June 1, 2020
At Bay of Pigs in April 1961, U.S. transport ship Houston, carrying counterrevolutionary invaders, was sunk by fledgling Cuban revolutionary air force. Inset, Enrique Carreras led the pilots in action.

The Spanish-language edition of   Making History: Interviews With Four Generals of Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces by Enrique Carreras, Harry Villegas, José Ramón Fernández and Néstor López Cuba is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for May. The first piece…


How the Teamsters union organized owner-drivers in 1930s

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020
Truckers protest in Washington, D.C., in May, demanding an end to brokers’ price gouging.

Beginning May 1, hundreds of truckers in their rigs converged on Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago to fight to defend their livelihoods. As part of discussions about how to organize owner-operators alongside fleet drivers to fight the bosses and…


The FBI: The political police of the US capitalist class

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for May is 50 Years of Covert Operations in the U.S. by Larry Seigle. It also includes “Imperialist War and the Working Class” by Farrell Dobbs, who was a central leader of the…


First imperialist world war sped Britain’s decline, US rulers rise

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020
Transit workers march in Manchester, England, during 1926 British general strike. Leon Trotsky explains the rise of “unparalleled class battles” in the U.K. before and after first World War, as British imperialism declined in relation to its rivals in Berlin and especially Washington.

 Where Is Britain Going? by Leon Trotsky is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for May. Trotsky was a central leader of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the Communist International under V.I. Lenin. The book describes how the working…


Che: ‘Cuban Revolution’s first great battle was land reform’

Vol. 84/No. 17 - May 4, 2020
In address to congress of peasants near Rebel Army’s Second Front headquarters in eastern Cuba, Sept. 21, 1958, Raúl Castro explains July 26 Movement’s revolutionary program — taking land out of hands of big landholders and distributing to all those who work it.

Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War 1956-58 by Ernesto Che Guevara is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for April. Argentinian-born Guevara joined and fought alongside Fidel Castro, becoming an outstanding leader of the Cuban Revolution that defeated the…


Malcolm X: ‘We’re living at a time of worldwide revolution’

Vol. 84/No. 16 - April 27, 2020
Malcolm X speaking at Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York, Feb. 15, 1965, giving speech that is excerpted here. He was assassinated when he spoke at the ballroom six nights later.

Malcolm X: The Last Speeches is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for April. Malcolm X emerged as the single most outstanding leader of the popular struggle for Black liberation in the U.S. As he evolved politically, especially in…


Fidel: ‘Voluntary work was one of best things Che left us’

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Volunteer workers build new apartment building in Havana, January 1988. Fidel Castro said renewal of widespread voluntary labor, originally advocated by Che Guevara, achieved what state bureaucrats said was impossible — building 20,000 new housing units in the capital.

Che Guevara: Economics and Politics in the Transition to Socialism by Carlos Tablada is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for April. It was originally published in Cuba in 1987 as part of the rectification process initiated by Fidel…


The US Civil War was Second American Revolution

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
President Abraham Lincoln meets with officers of Union army in 1862. Second American Revolution abolished chattel slavery, also marked the end of progressive political role of U.S. bourgeoisie, wrote Novack.

America’s Revolutionary Heritage: Marxist Essays by George Novack is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for April. Novack joined the communist movement in the United States in 1933 and remained a member and leader of the Socialist Workers Party…