‘Yellow vest’ protests force French gov’t to back down

French ‘deplorables’ demand more, want ‘whole baguette’
Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Protesters at Arc de Triomphe in Paris Dec. 1, before cop tear gas and water cannon attack.

PARIS — In face of sustained mass, popular mobilizations from rural areas as well as working-class suburbs, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Dec. 4 a six-month suspension of the proposed hike in car fuel taxes. These proposed taxes were…


Working class must lead rural revolt against capitalist rulers

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018

Around the world, a mood of angry revolt is spreading among the “people from nowhere” — workers, family farmers and the rural poor, those who never have a voice in the big business press. Whether wage slaves or debt slaves,…


Disaster from Camp Fire is result of capitalist rule

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Fire survivors Rubyjade Stewart and son Rene, outside their tent in Chico Walmart lot Nov. 21.

CHICO, Calif. — It was raining heavily when Socialist Workers Party members from Oakland arrived at the Chico Walmart parking lot here Nov. 29. Our goal was to extend solidarity with survivors of the Camp Fire camped out here and…


Welcome to the 1,404 new readers of the ‘Militant’!

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Irma Carpio, a high school student in Louisville, Kentucky, speaks with SWP member Amy Husk Dec. 1. Carpio had organized with other students to support teachers’ strike last spring.

The Militant welcomes the 1,404 readers who subscribed over the last eight weeks! A final scoreboard on the drive to sell 1,400 subscriptions and an equal number of books on working-class politics by leaders of the Socialist Workers Party, along…



Moscow launches assault on Ukraine access to Sea of Azov

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Russian fighter jets fly over Kerch bridge with Russian tanker blocking access to Sea of Azov during assault on, seizure of three Ukrainian naval boats and their 24 crew members Nov. 25.

In an aggressive inflammation of tensions, the capitalist rulers in Moscow ordered Russian forces to fire on and seize three Ukrainian naval vessels, including a tugboat, and their crews as they tried to pass through the Kerch Strait Nov. 25…



Minn. Somali Amazon workers fight speedup, discrimination

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018

East African workers, most originally from Somalia, employed at Amazon’s 20-football-field-long warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, are leading a fight against jacked-up packing quotas. They have forced the company to negotiate. Some 60 percent of Amazon’s warehouse…


Canadian postal workers protest gov’t order to go back to work

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Members of Canadian Union of Postal Workers picket St. Laurent sorting plant near Montreal Oct. 30. The workers conducted rotating strikes for six weeks demanding increased hiring, end to forced overtime. Workers rallied Dec. 1 against government order to go back to work.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After six weeks of rotating strike actions, the federal government Nov. 26 ordered some 50,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers back to work. The legislation rushed through made further strike action illegal.  “Christmas…


Striking Kentucky concrete workers fight bosses’ ‘final offer’

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The strike by 45 concrete workers, members of Teamsters Local 89 here at Allied Ready Mix, remains strong after eight weeks of picketing. The drivers, mechanics, loader operators and batchmakers walked out Oct. 8, after rejecting the…