2018 Active Workers Conference: Build labor movement, build SWP

Part 1
Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

OBERLIN, Ohio — “Deeper into the Working Class, Act on the Rulers’ Deepening Political Crisis, Build the Labor Movement, Build the Socialist Workers Party” read the large banner hanging over the stage at the 2018 Active Workers Conference. The annual…


Rail bosses press for longer freight trains, less workers

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Mandatory evacuations were ordered June 22 after oil train derailment south of Doon, Iowa.

In their never-ceasing drive for profits, rail bosses are forcing workers to drive longer and longer freight trains, endangering the safety of rail workers and those living in communities near the tracks. At the same time the bosses are pressing…


Liberals’ harassment crusade is threat to rights workers need!

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

One year ago the Militant  wrote, “The unrelenting, monthslong crusade by liberals in the Democratic Party, the middle-class left and the media to invalidate or reverse the outcome of the 2016 election had spawned an attempt to assassinate Republican members…


Books by Thomas Sankara spark interest at Harlem festival

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

NEW YORK — More than 30 years after Thomas Sankara, the leader of the popular revolution in Burkina Faso, was assassinated, his example and ideas live on. That was clear from the interest in books of his speeches, other revolutionary…


Cop charged with murder in killing of Antwon Rose

Thousands join daily protests in Pittsburgh area
Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Marchers in Pittsburgh June 23 demand charges against cop who fatally shot Antwon Rose Jr.

PITTSBURGH — On June 19 East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld stopped a car he suspected of being involved in an earlier drive-by shooting. As he handcuffed the driver of the vehicle, an unlicensed taxi, the two other occupants got…


Crisis in Puerto Rico caused by colonial control, capitalist rule

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Right, John Studer, Socialist Workers Party, addresses U.N. decolonization committee June 18 in support of fight to end U.S. colonial rule. Left, Myrna Pagán from Vieques Lives Matter.

The following is the statement by John Studer, editor of the Militant newspaper, given on behalf of the Socialist Workers Party at the June 18 U.N. Special Committee on Decolonization hearing. Distinguished Chairman and committee members, Dear friends and fellow…


Ivan Licho’s ‘Militant’ cartoons exposed capitalist rule

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Militant cartoons by Ivan Licho. Left, from July 16, 1976, cartoon illustrated attack on working class by U.S. Supreme Court legalizing death penalty. Above, cartoon from Nov. 30, 1979, issue depicting blood-soaked hands of shah of Iran. Revolution there earlier that year overthrew his dictatorial rule, forcing him to flee. Accompanying article was titled, “Why Iran Wants Him to Stand Trial: Firsthand Account of Torture and Murder.”

SEATTLE — Ivan Licho, a former member and lifelong supporter of the Socialist Workers Party, passed away of complications from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases in Edmonds, a suburb here, June 2. He was 78. After four years in the Navy,…


Rising interest rates tighten debt squeeze on US farmers

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Tractorcade by thousands of farmers from across country arrives in Washington, Feb. 5, 1979. Organized by American Agricultural Movement, farmers occupied National Mall for weeks demanding parity - guaranteed prices for their crops at least equal to costs of production.

Rising interest rates are piling further burdens on working farmers, whose debts are reaching record levels this year. At the same time, sharpening competition and increased production have forced net farm income down by half since 2013 — to an…


‘Militant’ fights new round of censorship in Florida prisons

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Three issues of the Militant, above, were recently impounded by Florida prison authorities. State officials reversed censorship of May 14 issue, left. Militant is appealing the others.

Florida prison officials are at it again, impounding and censoring the Militant, in violation of the constitutionally protected rights of freedom of the press and the right of workers behind bars to read the political news of their choice. On…


Auckland protest demands protection of Maori land

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Over 300 people demonstrated here May 26 protesting moves by Fletcher Building, the country’s largest construction company, to begin building 480 houses for sale on historic Maori land at Ihumatao. “They are trying to steal our…