Dairy farmers: ‘Instead of making a living, we’re just making debt’

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018
From left, Barb Troester, Brenda Cochran and Donna Hall from Farm Women United, which sponsored hearing in Lairdsville, Pennsylvania, July 24 to discuss crisis facing dairy farmers.

LAIRDSVILLE, Pa. — “Dairy farming just doesn’t work anymore,” Ben McCarty, a dairy farmer from Lycoming County, told an all-day “Dairy Farm Family Crisis Hearing” here July 24. “Instead of making a living you just make debt.” Dairy farmers spoke…

‘Militant’ sets fight against ban in Illinois federal prison

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018

In a broadside attack on freedom of the press and political rights, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has banned the Militant, saying it has stopped delivering the paper to a subscriber in the federal lockup in Greenville, Illinois. If this…

SWP takes party, program to workers on doorsteps

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018

As they campaign on workers’ doorsteps in big and small cities and rural areas across the country, Socialist Workers Party candidates and their supporters discuss why a class-struggle road forward is necessary in face of the attacks today from the…

SWP: Workers need to take political power

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Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018
Dan Fein, left, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Illinois governor, talks with factory worker Jesse Bridges at his door while campaigning in Kankakee neighborhood July 29.

The following statement is from John Studer, chairman of the Socialist Workers Party National Campaign Committee. Efforts by the Donald Trump administration to open negotiations with the governments of North Korea, Russia, Iran, China and the Taliban in Afghanistan are…

US capitalist rulers face deepening political crisis

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018

As the Democrats and Republicans — the twin parties of capitalist rule — gear up for the 2018 elections, both continue to be wracked by political crises that have accelerated following the election of Donald Trump as president. What lies…

The fight to stop deportation of the ‘man who has no papers’

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018
Above, Carl Skoglund, at head of table, in leadership meeting of Teamsters Local 544, November 1937. “Skogie” was communist, revolutionary fighter and labor militant all his life. Inset, Skoglund, left, with SWP leader James P. Cannon, 1949.

Below is an excerpt from an April 1954 speech by James P. Cannon, a founding member of the communist movement and National Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party. He wrote it for presentation to a class of students at the…

Dallas film spotlights 1973 cop murder of Santos Rodriguez

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018
Dallas film spotlights 1973 cop murder of Santos Rodriguez

DALLAS — Over 500 people attended a widely publicized July 24 screening of the new film “Santos Vive,” which documents the murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez at the hands of city police here on that day in 1973. The film,…

Georgia school bus drivers fight for reinstatement after sickout

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018
Marion Payne, fired DeKalb County, Georgia, school bus driver, speaks at July 20 press conference. Payne is one of several drivers fired after drivers got sick over pay and work conditions.

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — At a July 20 news conference, DeKalb County school bus driver Marion “Sergeant” Payne told reporters that a 2.5 percent wage increase recently approved by the board of education was “a good start, but if we…

Cops who killed Eric Garner ‘should be put in jail’

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018
Cops who killed my son “should have been indicted, convicted, be in jail,” Gwen Carr, speaking above at July 17 New York press conference, told Militant. Her son Eric Garner was killed four years ago by cop Daniel Pantaleo. NYPD said July 16 it will start disciplinary proceedings against him and his supervisor.

NEW YORK — Four years after New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo put a chokehold on Eric Garner and killed him outside a Staten Island beauty supply store, the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board said it will hold disciplinary hearings…