Defend women’s right to abortion!

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

The right of women to control their own bodies — to choose whether to bear children, when and how many, the right to access to abortion — is a precondition for women’s emancipation. And it is in the interest of…


Higher taxes or attacks on teachers? A fake trade off

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

The victorious strike by teachers and other school workers in West Virginia, and the preparations put in place beforehand to effectively organize it, unified workers and built a broad social movement. School workers were inspired by the history of independent…


Hundreds protest Sacramento cop killing of Stephon Clark

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018
Action in Sacramento, California, March 22 protests police killing of 22-year-old Stephon Clark. Cops claim they mistook his cellphone for a gun. More protests have been called.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Hundreds of people have taken to the streets here to protest the police killing of 22-year-old Stephon Clark March 18. Cops fired more than 20 bullets at Clark, who was unarmed, standing in the backyard of his…


Kurds: ‘Atrocities don’t kill our quest for freedom’

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

WASHINGTON — “Thirty years ago, on March 16, 1988, Iraqi aircraft attacked the people of Halabja with chemical weapons. Children were lost in the chaos that followed, families died, and thousands more were injured by poison gas. Today, we mourn…


Philadelphia rally backs jailed rapper Meek Mill

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds turned out at Irvine Auditorium here March 13 for a program in defense of imprisoned rapper Meek Mill. The program, “REFORM: Bringing Justice to Light,” was sponsored by Gathering for Justice and student groups at Drexel, Temple…


Rail bosses use drones to spy on, victimize workers

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

Feigning concern for safety, Union Pacific bosses began using drones to spy on workers at 14 of its rail yards in December. A new crew of drone operators has been hired to look for “behaviors that deviate from the railroad’s…


Rail, public sector workers protest gov’t attacks in France

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018
Hundreds of thousands of rail and public workers rallied in Paris and around France March 22 against government attacks on unions and two-tier system proposed for new hires in rail.

PARIS — Hundreds of thousands of rail and other government workers took to the streets in 180 cities across France March 22. Close to 25,000 rail workers — almost one-quarter of the workforce at the state-run SNCF (French National Railway…


Second Amendment important for rights of the working class

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

NEW YORK — Liberal politicians and media pundits from the editors of the New York Times to former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens are using the killings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and supposed concern…


Socialist Workers Party in 1950: ‘US out of Korea!’

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

Below is a July 31, 1950, letter from Socialist Workers Party National Secretary James P. Cannon to President Harry Truman and members of Congress demanding they end the U.S. rulers’ war against the Korean people. It is the first of…


Solidarity builds for locked-out Quebec aluminum workers

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

BÉCANCOUR, Quebec — “We will fight for our rights. Through the struggle we have the opportunity to meet other workers and solidify the fight,” Danny Pilotte, a foundry worker, one of over 1,000 locked-out ABI Bécancour aluminum workers, told Communist…