Veterans fight delays in gov’t disability benefits

Thousands die while appeals drag on and on
Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Wounded war veterans who get physical therapy wait at Brook Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, in 2007. Veterans Administration has denied benefits to half a million veterans.

Hundreds of thousands of veterans filing disability claim appeals wait years, and sometimes a lifetime, for the Department of Veterans Affairs to rule on their cases. One in 14 veterans dies before getting a decision — or any badly needed…


Steelworkers at ArcelorMittal, US Steel protest concession demands

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Steelworkers rally in Fairfield, Alabama, Aug. 30 against U.S. Steel demands for increase in health care costs and other concessions. Contract for over 30,000 ran out two days later.

FAIRFIELD, Ala. — “We don’t want this contract and we aren’t going to have it,” Lewis Parsons, who has worked at U.S. Steel’s Fairfield Works here for 28 years, told the Militant. “They have to come up with something better.…


SWP: We need independent working-class political action

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Alyson Kennedy, left, SWP candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas, met Uber driver Jesus Alvarado on his doorstep in Grand Prairie, Aug. 20. He said he almost became homeless after losing his job in 2008. “Working people need to unify to fight bosses’ attacks,” Kennedy said.

Members and supporters of the Socialist Workers Party in the U.S. and sister Communist Leagues in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.K. build their political activity around reaching out to working people on their doorsteps in cities, towns and…


Free Ukraine director on hunger strike from Siberia jail!

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018

Oleg Sentsov, an internationally known Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in Siberia for his defense of Ukrainian Crimea, has been on a hunger strike for more than 110 days in the Russian penal colony Polar Bear. In a letter to his cousin…


Indonesia: Teen jailed for abortion wins her freedom

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Protest at Jambi, Indonesia, prosecutor’s office July 26 demanding release of Wa, teenager imprisoned for having an abortion. Signs says, “The victim needs protection, not punishment.”

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Women’s rights advocates in Indonesia have spearheaded a successful campaign to overturn the July 19 conviction and six-month jail term of a 15-year-old girl under that country’s highly restrictive abortion laws. The girl, known as Wa,…


California protest demands ‘End solitary confinement!’

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Rally outside federal courthouse in San Francisco Aug. 21. Inside, four prisoners — Todd Ashker, Arturo Castellanos, George Franco and Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa — leaders of statewide fight against solitary confinement, attended meeting with prison authorities. Court had ordered prison officials to attend meeting to discuss more serious steps to dismantle abusive solitary conditions. Inset, Marie Levin, sister of Jamaa, speaks at rally.

SAN FRANCISCO — Supporters of the fight to end solitary confinement of inmates in California state prisons rallied outside the federal courthouse here Aug. 21. Their action was in solidarity with four prisoners — Todd Ashker, Arturo Castellanos, George Franco…


Washington state teachers strike over pay, conditions

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Members of the Longview Education Association went on strike Aug. 23 as the school board here has refused to grant the wage increases teachers are demanding. “This is a union town. We have had firefighters, longshore workers…


Grenada Day participants hunger for revolutionary books

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Hundreds attend Grenada Day in Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 26. Inset, Socialist Workers Party supporter Gale Shangold, right, shows fairgoers Maurice Bishop Speaks, with speeches by central leader of 1979-83 revolution in Grenada.

NEW YORK — Many of the hundreds of participants at the annual Grenada Day festival in Brooklyn here were hungry for books by revolutionary leaders Maurice Bishop, Thomas Sankara, Malcolm X and others. Socialist Workers Party members and supporters fanned…


New Zealand bus drivers walk out over low pay, safety

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Bus drivers, members of FIRST Union, carried out one-day strike against Go Bus. They picketed transport center in Hamilton, New Zealand, Aug. 14, demanding equal pay for same work.

HAMILTON, New Zealand — Sixty bus drivers, members of FIRST Union, picketed the central city transport center here Aug. 14 as part of a daylong strike against Go Bus. The workers are demanding 20 New Zealand dollars and 55 cents…