Legislators in Texas push to make every abortion illegal

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

The Texas state legislative Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee held unprecedented public hearings April 8-9 on a proposed bill to authorize criminal prosecution of all women who have an abortion and of the doctors who perform them. All abortions would…

Fight against ban on Washington prisoners getting used books wins

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

SEATTLE — After a public outcry, the Washington state Department of Corrections reversed severe restrictions they had adopted that blocked prisoners from receiving almost all used books. The ban, quietly posted on the department’s website, said that effective March 25…

Cuban Revolution ‘put workers in the best position to take on racism’

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

CHICAGO — The advances made by the Cuban Revolution in combating racial discrimination inherited from a legacy of slavery, colonialism and capitalism there; and the continuing challenges to meet and overcome remaining racial prejudice and inequality were discussed and debated…

Today’s fighters can learn from Algeria’s 1962-65 revolution

Lessons on Jewish question; convergence of Malcolm X, SWP discussed at NY Militant Labor Forum
Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Algerian revolutionary leader Ahmed Ben Bella, left, meets with Che Guevara, center, and Fidel Castro during his visit to Cuba in 1962. Workers and farmers government led by Ben Bella did not follow course of Cuban Revolution to lead working people to overthrow capitalism. His government was overthrown by counterrevolutionary coup in 1965.

NEW YORK — For weeks mass protests have shaken Algeria, forcing the resignation of longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika April 2. Tens of thousands have continued to take to the streets rejecting the new interim president and other figures associated with…

New England Stop & Shop workers strike against cuts

‘Don’t stop, don’t shop at Stop and Shop!’
Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Striking Stop & Shop workers picket in Boston April 12. Widespread solidarity is needed.

BOSTON — Some 31,000 workers on strike at over 240 Stop & Shop grocery stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are calling on working people to support their fight. The unionists, members of five United Food and Commercial Workers…

‘Why do workers face so many problems today?’

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

PITTSBURGH — “Thanks for coming to my door,” Rebecca Krawczak, right, a full-time student who also works full time at a donut shop told Malcolm Jarrett, left, Socialist Workers Party candidate for City Council here, and campaign supporter Arrin Hawkins…

Quebec taxi, Uber drivers need union to fight boss, gov’t attacks

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Montreal taxi drivers protest government deregulation bill April 5. Placard says, “22,000 families in bankruptcy.” Uber, taxi drivers need union to fight moves to pit them against each other.

MONTREAL — For weeks now, taxi drivers throughout the province have mounted protests in their thousands against the push by the Quebec government to deregulate the taxi industry. This would abolish the permit system, which restricts the number of cabs…

66-year South Korean ban on abortion ruled unconstitutional

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Rally in Seoul April 11 celebrates South Korea’s high court ruling that country’s ban on abortion is unconstitutional. Signs say, “Abortion law should be abolished” and “is unconstitutional.”

Cheers erupted from hundreds of demonstrators chanting “New world! Right now!” outside South Korea’s Constitutional Court in Seoul April 11 when the justices ruled 7-2 that a 66-year-old law banning abortion was unconstitutional. The court majority said the anti-abortion law…

Autoworkers in Russia start ‘work to rule’ against layoffs

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

The autoworkers union at the Ford Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk, Russia, in the Leningrad region, launched a “work to rule” job action April 8. Some 900 workers are protesting their coming layoff and are demanding a two-year severance package after…

Toronto teachers, students protest education cuts

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Teachers rally outside Ontario Legislative Assembly to protest education cuts by provincial government that eliminate 3,475 teaching jobs and require students to take more courses online.

TORONTO — Thousands of teachers, students and supporters rallied at the Ontario Legislative Assembly here April 6 to protest education funding cuts proposed by the Progressive Conservative Party-led provincial government. Five unions representing education workers mobilized members from around Ontario,…