Women’s right to an abortion faces gov’t attack in Missouri

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Protesters at University of Missouri demonstrate in 2015 in support of women’s right to abortion, demanding university hospital executives reverse decision to cut off admitting privileges for doctors who perform abortions at Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Missouri.

After years of bitter fighting in Missouri courts over the right of Planned Parenthood clinics there to provide abortions, a Feb. 22 federal district court upheld a state law making it illegal for doctors to perform abortions unless they have…

What faces farmers today is result of workings of capitalism

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

Below is an excerpt from “The Crisis Facing Working Farmers” by Doug Jenness. It helps shine a light on how the workings of capitalism weigh on the ability of farmers and their families to get by today. It appears in…

Solidarity with workers on strike against Wabtec!

United Electrical workers fight against cuts
Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Rally at Wabtec offices in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, March 6 in solidarity with United Electrical Workers union members on strike in Erie. Bosses imposed deep two-tier wage system.

ERIE, Pa. — “We are fighting for the next generation,” Sam Hill, a striking United Electrical Workers member who’s worked at GE Transportation here for 14 years as a forklift operator, told the Militant  March 1. “We don’t want to…

Join the pickets, build solidarity with striking Wabtec workers!

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

The following statement was released March 6 by Osborne Hart, Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor of Philadelphia, and Malcolm Jarrett, SWP candidate for Pittsburgh City Council, as they joined solidarity actions with members of the United Electrical Workers union…

New tensions erupt between rulers in India and Pakistan

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Indian soldiers survey wreckage of air force helicopter in Budgam, Kashmir, Feb. 27, during renewed military friction between rulers of India, Pakistan. Six airmen died in the crash.

A potentially serious military clash between the rival nuclear-armed capitalist governments in India and Pakistan was defused after a captured Indian pilot was returned by Islamabad March 1. His jet had been downed on Pakistani territory during retaliatory cross-border air…

US war exercises: A provocation aimed at Korean people

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

The announcement by Washington that it has decided to permanently cease the Pentagon’s massive annual war “games” in Korea is welcome news for working people everywhere. The Foal Eagle and Key Resolve spring maneuvers are a reminder of the scale…

Walmart’s plan to eliminate greeters provokes outcry

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

Walmart styles itself as a philanthropic, community-minded and caring company. On occasion, the company assigns employees to staff tables in the stores collecting money for local hospitals. The bosses direct cashiers to ask customers if they want to make a…

Ukraine rail workers fight dangerous work conditions

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Rail workers in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, during work-to-rule protest against low wages, poor working conditions and dangerous state of trains outside ArcelorMittal steel plant, May 16, 2018.

Rail workers on Ukrainian Railways began a work-to-rule protest last May and continue to speak out against their low wages, deteriorating working conditions and the dangerous state of the trains. The state-owned company is the 12th largest railroad system in…

Wisconsin dairy farmers discuss ongoing crisis they face

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019
Workers milking cows on Steve Schmitz’s dairy farm in Richland Center, Wisconsin, in 2015. “It seems like workers and farmers are facing more problems surviving today,” Schmitz said.

MUSCODA, Wis. — In the past year dairy farmers in Wisconsin have had to shut down 714 farms. That’s 8.2 percent, dropping the total number of dairy farms here to 8,046. That is roughly half the number of 16 years…

FBI is capitalist rulers’ political police against the working class

Vol. 83/No. 11 - March 18, 2019

The excerpt below is from the chapter “Origins of FBI Assault on Socialist Workers Party” by Larry Seigle in 50 Years of Covert Operations in the US: Washington’s Political Police and the American Working Class, one of Pathfinder’s Books of…