New struggles today open door to build labor unions

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018

Union officials, meritocratic heads of “progressive” nongovernmental organizations and the liberal media are predicting doom and gloom over a June 27 U.S. Supreme Court ruling called the Janus decision. On a 5-4 vote, the black-robed arbiters of ruling-class “justice” held…


Join July 12th protest against pension cuts!

Join Mine Workers, Teamsters in Columbus
Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018
Mine Workers union rally Oct. 14, 2015, Brookwood, Alabama, protests attacks on pensions, health care.

On July 12 thousands of union coal miners, teamsters, bakery workers, musicians and other workers from across the Midwest and beyond will rally in Columbus, Ohio, demanding the government take steps to maintain pensions of tens of thousands of retired…


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…


SWP conference: Workers respond to shifts shaking world capitalist ‘order’

Part 2
Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018
SWP National Secretary Jack Barnes, at podium, told conference that recent steps by Washington in Korea and Middle East, regardless of rulers’ aims, can help open space for workers to organize and gain combat experience against their own capitalist ruling classes.

This is the second of two articles on discussions and decisions at the Socialist Workers Party-sponsored Active Workers Conference, held June 14-16 in Oberlin, Ohio, and post-conference meeting of the party’s National Committee. Last week’s article described how teachers’ strikes…


‘Militant’ challenges ongoing prison censorship in Florida

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018

Prison authorities in Florida keep trying to stop inmates there from reading the Militant, “forgetting” to inform the paper, effectively denying it the right to challenge the censorship in defiance of their own rules. In the latest of a series…


Build fight to win amnesty for immigrants across the US

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018

NEW YORK — Opposition by working people to recent factory raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows that the fight to win amnesty for 11 million undocumented workers in the U.S. can gain broader support than ever. It’s a demand…


Doug Ford election in Ontario reflects working-class unrest

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018
Protest in Toronto against rising cost of electric bills, Nov. 23, 2016, part of widespread working-class anger directed against Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Her Liberal Party, governing for 15 years, lost to Progressive Conservative’s Doug Ford, reflecting workers’ frustrations.

MONTREAL — On June 29 political outsider, “anti-establishment politician” and millionaire businessman Doug Ford took office as the premier of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province and industrial heartland. His Progressive Conservative Party won the June 7 election there. The Liberal…


July 15 meeting to celebrate political life of Wendy Lyons

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles branch of the Socialist Workers Party will host a meeting July 15th to celebrate the 55-year political life in the party of Wendy Lyons. Lyons, 73, died on June 16 after a long battle…


ILWU fighter Byron Jacobs killed on job in Washington

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018
In 2011-2012 International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 waged a hardfought successful fight against EGT Development’s union-busting attempt at the Port of Longview. Byron Jacobs, a leader of the fight, was beaten by cops during a peaceful protest Sept. 7, 2011. Jacobs, 34, was killed on the job June 28.

Byron Jacobs, 34, a member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21, was killed at work June 28 at the Port of Longview in Washington state when a vessel line on the ship he was loading snapped, resulting in…


Protests win support in fight to jail cop who killed Antwon Rose

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018
Protests in Pittsburgh area have won broad support in working class to fight to convict Michael Rosfeld, cop who killed Antwon Rose. Above, truckers say, “Killing has got to stop!”

PITTSBURGH — Protests demanding justice in the East Pittsburgh cop killing of 17-year-old Antwon Rose continue throughout the area. They are pressing for the conviction for murder of Michael Rosfeld who shot Rose three times in the back after a…