Striking Vermont nurses win widespread solidarity

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Union nurses mounted spirited picket lines, several rallies and a march through the city as part of a two-day strike against University of Vermont Medical Center bosses here July 12-13. The nurses, members of Vermont Federation of…


1979 Nicaraguan Revolution posed road for workers power

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018
Establishment of workers and farmers government in 1979 gave impulse to struggles by the toilers. Above, 30,000 peasants and agricultural workers led by Association of Rural Workers rallied in Managua in February 1980, for radical land reform and improved conditions.

Below is an excerpt from a speech by Tomás Borge, one of the leaders of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), before a crowd of half a million people in Managua July 19, 1981, celebrating the second anniversary of the…


Wendy Lyons: ‘A political leader of the working class’

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018
Above, Wendy Lyons, left, joins picket line of UNITE strikers at Hollander Home Fashions in Los Angeles, March 2001. Inset, Lyons being interviewed by Chinese-language TV, December 2004, during her campaign as Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor of Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — “Wendy Lyons was a central leader of the Socialist Workers Party for many years. She was a political leader of the working-class movement in this country,” Norton Sandler, speaking on behalf of the SWP National Committee, told…



Socialist Workers Party launches 2018 campaigns: SWP statement

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018

Join the Socialist Workers Party campaigning around the country to build the labor movement and fight for a working-class alternative to the dog-eat-dog, crisis-ridden capitalist system of war, racism and exploitation. The SWP campaign explains why workers’ defense of our…


New openings for working class as imperialist ‘world order’ unravels

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018
Donald Trump, Angela Merkel and other capitalist rulers stand off during G-7 summit June 9. Tensions are product of crisis of capitalism, which sharpens competition between rivals.

The political, economic and military institutions put together by Washington after the U.S. capitalist rulers emerged victorious in the second imperialist world war — NATO, U.N. and others — were the instruments they used to impose their domination of the…



Protests across south Iraq hit gov’t neglect, Iran intrusion

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018
July 19 protest in Basra, one of many across southern Iraq.

Tens of thousands of workers and farmers have joined weeks of protests in southern Iraq against the government’s failure to provide basic necessities and opposing Tehran’s military, economic and political intervention in the country. The actions took place in the…


Woman’s right to abortion is debated in Northern Ireland

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018
Rally for women’s right to abortion in Belfast July 7. “No airfare, we want health care!” chanted protesters. Because abortions are banned in Northern Ireland, unlike in the rest of the U.K., women seeking abortions are forced to fly abroad to have the procedure.

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — “What do we want? The right to choose! When do we want it? Now!” chanted hundreds demonstrating outside City Hall here July 7. The youthful rally, organized by Alliance for Choice and Rally for Choice, was…


Protests across Nicaragua in making for over a decade

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018
Pro-Ortega gang with mortars and other weapons prepares to attack anti-government protest in Managua April 21. Repression has deepened working-class opposition to the government.

Conditions leading to widespread protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega this year have been in the making for more than a decade. It was an explosion of pent-up grievances against what many working people and middle-class layers in…