Puerto Rico gov’t uses virus pretext to attack rights

Vol. 84/No. 17 - May 4, 2020

Working people in the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico are being kept under lockdown orders stricter than anywhere in the U.S. These include a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew; rules that those not working in “essential” businesses must stay…


Cancel Miranda: ‘Keep fighting for Puerto Rico’s independence!’

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020
Rafael Cancel Miranda teaching Spanish to fellow inmates in Marion prison in Illinois in 1975. He worked with political prisoners and other workers behind bars to defend their rights and deepen their humanity. At right, Cancel Miranda pamphlet available at pathfinderpress.com.

Thousands turned out for events in Puerto Rico over three days to honor independence fighter, partisan of the Cuban Revolution and uncompromising internationalist Rafael Cancel Miranda. He died March 2 at 89 at his home in San Juan. Cancel Miranda…


Protest hits lack of Puerto Rico gov’t response after quake

Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020
Protest hits lack of Puerto Rico gov’t response after quake

“Just like with Hurricane Maria in 2017, the government is acting too slow in the wake of the earthquake,” Mildred Laboy, a teacher and leader of the Arecma community organization, told the Militant from Humacao in the U.S. colony of…


Capitalism, colonial rule cause Puerto Rico earthquake crisis

Vol. 84/No. 3 - January 27, 2020
Above, quake victims living in public square in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico. Inset, school in Guánica after Jan. 6 earthquake. Thousands are sleeping outdoors, with no government aid.

Hundreds of homes suffered serious damage, along with some schools, churches and other buildings that collapsed, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake — one of hundreds over the last several weeks — rocked the southern part of the U.S. colony of…


Cuban Revolution: Example for Puerto Rico

Vol. 84/No. 3 - January 27, 2020

The Puerto Rican government and its colonial masters in Washington left people on the island to fend for themselves in the aftermath of last week’s earthquake, just as they have for over two years since Hurricane Maria wrecked havoc there.…


Blackjewel miners keep up camp, say ‘No pay, we stay!

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019

CUMBERLAND, Ky. — Coal miners have been camped out for eight weeks just outside this town of 2,000 in Harlan County blocking Blackjewel bosses from moving trainloads of coal. Blackjewel LLC, the sixth largest coal company in the U.S., declared…


‘Cancel Puerto Rico debt,’ say protesters in NY, Philadelphia

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — Marches here and in New York Sept. 21 marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico, highlighting that the social catastrophe since the storm is not the result of a “natural” disaster, but a manmade…


Uniform workers in Puerto Rico, make gains, end strike

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019
Workers at Cadillac Uniform & Linen Supply in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, celebrate Sept. 2 the winning of a wage increase and improved working conditions in one-week strike.

After one week on strike 110 workers, members of the General Workers Federation, at Cadillac Uniform & Linen Supply Inc., in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, won a wage increase and better working conditions. Most workers there were earning the federal minimum…


Workers in Puerto Rico face crisis of colonial rule

Protests oust governor, spur debate on way forward
Vol. 83/No. 33 - September 9, 2019
Yasmin Morales, from family that live by fishing, describes conditions in El Negro area of Yabucoa in Puerto Rico to Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party 2016 presidential candidate Aug. 17. The capitalist parties are like “sharks going after the small fish,” Morales said.

YABUCOA, Puerto Rico — When she returned to what was left of her home in the small El Negro neighborhood overlooking the sea after Hurricane Maria in September 2017, Yasmin Morales looked up at the nearby hills. “There wasn’t a…


SWP delegation brings solidarity to Puerto Rico

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019
SWP delegation brings solidarity to Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Alyson Kennedy, above right, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. president in 2016 and a Walmart worker in Dallas, joined a 200-strong demonstration “For our lands” here Aug. 16, at the start of a five-day…