New Zealand nurses protest low pay, understaffing

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018
Nurses, hospital workers rally in Auckland, New Zealand, May 12, part of nationwide day of protests against low pay, understaffing, worsening conditions for both workers and patients.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — More than 700 nurses, other hospital workers and supporters marched here May 12 to protest low pay, understaffing and deteriorating conditions in public health care. “We need more on the floor,” read one hand-written placard, highlighting…


Protests against government attacks spread in Nicaragua

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018
Rally at Rotonda Metrocenter in Managua, Nicaragua, May 20, against attacks on pensioners, students and others by government of President Daniel Ortega that have left dozens dead.

MASAYA, Nicaragua — Thousands rallied here and in cities across the country May 19 to demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo. In Managua, workers and middle-class layers gathered in peaceful protests on street corners…


Join workers’ struggles, build unions!

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018

Working people — who bear the brunt of the social, economic and moral crisis of capitalism today — are the source of powerful and sorely needed solidarity when we confront the bosses’ assaults. The social movement teachers have drawn around…


Teachers’ protests point way forward for workers

‘We can change things,’ say N. Carolina teachers
Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018
20,000-strong protest May 16 in Raleigh, North Carolina, drew broad working-class solidarity.

RALEIGH, N.C. — “We did it! Who would have thought we could? But we can change things,” Jameel Williams, a teacher from Vance County who joined over 20,000 other teachers, school workers and their supporters to protest at the state…


Fight to win voting rights for ex-prisoners picks up

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018

Workers who’ve been released from prison after serving time on felony charges are leading fights in Florida and other states over regaining the right to vote. Since the capitalist rulers’ criminal “justice” system is racist, Blacks are disproportionately impacted by…


Venezuela toilers face deepening capitalist crisis, US rulers’ anger

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018

Middle-class professionals and workers have been abandoning Venezuela in droves — seeing no way forward in the face of the deepening political and capitalist economic crisis there. As many as 250,000 Venezuelans have crossed the border into Colombia since last…


Judge rejects NYC gov’t moves to overturn verdict against cops

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018

NEW YORK — Carrying out their vow to “take whatever legal steps are necessary” to defend the cops who killed Mohamed Bah, officials in the New York City Law Department are fighting to overturn the civil jury verdict that found…


Plans advance for US-NKorea summit on denuclearization

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018

Plans for the summit meeting on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — a meeting with the potential to lead to historic openings for working people — continue to move…


Sentsov starts hunger strike, says ‘Free political prisoners!’

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018
Rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, May 11, 2017, demands release of Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko, framed up on fake terrorism charges for opposing Moscow’s 2014 seizure of Crimea. Sentsov, imprisoned in the gulag in Siberia, launched hunger strike May 14.

Oleg Sentsov, an internationally known filmmaker and supporter of a Ukraine independent of Moscow’s control, was arrested in his home in Crimea shortly after the Russian government seized that province in 2014. This move came in response to the victory…


Workers give ‘blood money’ to Socialist Workers Party

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018

“Enclosed please find ‘blood money’ checks of $20 each for the Socialist Workers Party from several retail workers in Philadelphia,” writes Janet Post. “The company ‘awarded’ the workers at a number of stores based on how many customers signed up…