A working-class road to expand rights for all the oppressed

Court ruling muddying biological sex and ‘gender identity’ endangers gains won in struggle
Vol. 84/No. 27 - July 13, 2020
1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, part of powerful Black-led working-class movement that overthrew Jim Crow segregation. Another product of this struggle was new Civil Rights Act passed the following year that outlawed employer discrimination in hiring, firing or promotion based on “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”

An article in last week’s issue of the Militant — under the headline “Supreme Court: Job Discrimination for Being Gay, Transgender Is Illegal. Ruling Includes ‘Poison Pill’ Against Women’s Rights Fight” — was wrong. It erroneously implied that the June…


Supreme Court: Job discrimination for being gay, transgender is illegal

Ruling includes ‘poison pill’ against women’s rights fight
Vol. 84/No. 26 - July 6, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 15 that “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” This ruling, like their 2015 decision striking down state government restrictions barring gay people from getting married,…


Courts back two capitalist parties’ ballot monopoly

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019

Confirming its role as a guardian of the capitalist rulers’ two-party system, the black-robed Supreme Court justices continue to refuse to hear any cases that involve opening up greater access to the ballot for third-party candidates. However, they do hear…


Supreme Court puts limits on cops seizing property, a gain for workers

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

For the first time, a U.S. Supreme Court decision Feb. 20 placed limits on state and local authorities arbitrarily seizing and keeping or selling a person’s personal property, such as cars, houses and money, on grounds that they’re linked to…


Presumption of innocence is crucial right for working class

Vol. 82/No. 38 - October 15, 2018

Democrats continue to lead a furious attack on key political and constitutional rights after Christine Blasey Ford presented her unproven and uncorroborated allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Sept. 27. During…


Workers’ struggles are key, not who’s on the Court

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018

When Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court, the liberal press and middle-class left let out a howl — President Donald Trump is going to remake the court so deeply reactionary that our social rights will…


1944 ruling to imprison Japanese-Americans thrown out

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018

On June 26, as part of its decision to uphold the Donald Trump administration’s restrictions on travel to the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its infamous 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States supporting the mass incarceration of…