Yellow vest protesters stand up to French government attacks

Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019
Yellow vest protest in Paris Feb. 23, the 15th weekend of continuous demonstrations. Many say that for the first time they have found fraternity — working class solidarity — in these protests.

For the 15th consecutive week, tens of thousands of workers and farmers, small businesspeople and self-employed, from provincial France to outer city suburbs, rallied in cities around the country Feb. 23 against President Emmanuel Macron and the French government. They…


SWP campaigns for ‘Amnesty for immigrant workers!’

Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019
SWP campaigns for ‘Amnesty for immigrant workers!’

SEATTLE — When Henry Dennison, Socialist Workers Party candidate for City Council here, and supporters were campaigning Feb. 18, they knocked on the door of 28-year-old Katrina Schmitt, who works two jobs as a house cleaner and a caregiver. “My…


Oakland teachers strike for pay raise, smaller class sizes

Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019
Teachers on strike in Oakland, California, Feb. 21 march for wage raise, smaller class sizes, end to threatened school closures. Students, parents and other workers joined action in solidarity.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Teachers walked off the job here Feb. 21, almost two years after their last contract expired. The 3,000 Oakland Education Association members are fighting for a 12 percent wage increase over three years, for school district officials…


Florida prisoners fight seizure of their digital music

Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019

Officials in Florida have confiscated all the digital music and audiobooks purchased by workers behind bars in every prison in the state. The reason? So that the Florida Department of Corrections could “enter into a more profitable contract with a…


Trump, Kim meet for talks to denuclearize Korea peninsula

Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had their second face-to-face summit Feb. 27-28 in Hanoi to continue discussions on the denuclearization of Korea. Any steps towards that end will be good for working people in Korea,…


Social crisis continues in Venezuela — US hands off!

Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019
People wait on long lines outside store while motorists also wait to get fuel in San Cristóbal, Venezuela, Nov. 10. Working people face shortages in food, medicine, other necessities.

U.S.-groomed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself president in January, appealed to Washington Feb. 25 to take more aggressive measures to oust the government of Nicolás Maduro. But Vice President Mike Pence, who met with Guaidó and government…


W. Va. workers discuss crisis, importance of teachers strike

Socialist Workers Party campaigns in coal country
Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019
Above, picket line in Hurricane, West Virginia, during Feb. 19-20 strike by school workers. Inset, Socialist Workers Party member Samir Hazboun, left, talks with former miner Eddie McLaughlin in Kermit. SWP campaigners went door to door talking to workers about conditions they face and need for solidarity with strikers.

On Feb. 20 Amy Husk, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Kentucky governor, and campaign supporter Samir Hazboun went to West Virginia’s coal country to talk to working people at their doorsteps about conditions they face, and about the school workers…



Liberals champion FBI role in hysteria to oust Donald Trump

Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019

A new book and round of widely covered media interviews by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe give an idea of the extent of the spy agency leadership’s functioning as a partisan political operation working to overturn the results of…


‘These books give a perspective we don’t often hear’

Havana International Book Fair event discusses class struggle in the United States
Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019
Feb. 14 panel at Havana book fair. From left, Róger Calero, chair; Yoel Cordoví, vice president of Cuban History Institute; Mary-Alice Waters, Socialist Workers Party and president of Pathfinder Press; Silvio Jova, member of editorial board of Cuban trade union magazine.

HAVANA — “When I read these four volumes on the struggles of the Teamsters, I discovered things I didn’t know,” said Silvio Jova. The most important was, “I learned that U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was no saint. I didn’t…