Woodfox shines light on prison abuse, solitary confinement

Albert Woodfox, one of the Angola 3, on speaking tour after nearly 44 years in solitary
Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019
From left, Ismael Nazario, who was thrown in solitary as a teenager at Rikers Island prison; Albert Woodfox; and David Rothenberg, founder of the Fortune Society, speaking March 28.

NEW YORK — Albert Woodfox spent nearly 44 years in solitary confinement in a 6-by-9 foot cell in Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison. He and fellow prisoners Herman Wallace and Robert King came into the sights of authorities there after organizing…

Ongoing trade rivalry between US and Chinese rulers ripples worldwide

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

High-level negotiations continue in the yearlong trade dispute between Beijing and Washington with both governments reporting progress toward an agreement. Any short-term reset of trading relations would ease tensions, but won’t resolve the rivalry between the two biggest players in…

New Zealand rulers use mosque attacks to target political rights

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In the two weeks since a rightist lone wolf shooter killed 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, working people in their thousands have turned out to rallies and vigils, looking to express their opposition to…

Help us go over the top in $115,000 Militant Fighting Fund

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

The Militant has set its annual Militant Fighting Fund at $115,000 to be raised by May 28. The fund is essential to meet the paper’s operating expenses; field reporting teams to cover developments in world politics; subsidize the price of…

Kurdistan debate on road to women’s emancipation

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

SULAYMANIYAH, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — Sixty people turned out here Mar. 30 for a lively discussion and debate on the struggle for women’s emancipation, hosted by two local youth groups, Tema and Nova. Alyson Kennedy, the 2016 Socialist Workers Party’s…

Iraq protests win firing of governor in ferry disaster

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Angry relatives of over 100 killed in sinking of ferry blocked road chanting “no to corruption” when Mosul’s governor arrived March 22. Victims had been celebrating New Year’s holiday.

Thousands took to the streets in the Iraqi city of Mosul March 22, the day after an overcrowded ferry capsized in the Tigris River, killing more than 100 people. “Our demand is the governor’s resignation,” a protester told Kurdistan 24…

Outcry hits attempt to gut Florida voting rights victory

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

Working people and other supporters of democratic rights are standing up to attempts to undermine a popular victory for the voting rights of ex-prisoners in Florida. Amendment 4 to the state Constitution, which passed by 64.6 percent last November, restores…

Fidel: ‘Without Che’s ideas, communism can’t be built’

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

The excerpt below is from Socialism and Man in Cuba by Ernesto Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. The French edition is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for April. The piece is from “Che’s Ideas Are Absolutely Relevant Today,”…

End solitary confinement! Voting rights for ex-prisoners!

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

The following statement was released April 3 by Seth Galinsky, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New York City Public Advocate.  The capitalist rulers’ so-called criminal justice system and its prisons have absolutely nothing to do with “rehabilitation.” They have everything…

Chicago hospital workers rally to protest short staffing, low pay

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Hospital workers and supporters demonstrate outside Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago March 20 for higher wages, more staffing and to back nurses’ fight to organize a union.

CHICAGO — Some 200 hospital workers and supporters held a rally outside Mt. Sinai Hospital here March 20 to press demands for higher wages, more staffing and to support nurses who are trying to organize a union. Workers came from…