School workers in Carolinas rally for pay raise, better conditions

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. — Thousands of public school teachers and their supporters — among them school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teachers’ aides, students and parents — marched here May 1 for the second year in a row to demand increased funding…


New Florida law restricts ex-felons voting rights victory

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019

MIAMI — In a blow to the rights of working people, the Florida legislature adopted a bill May 3 that would undermine the victory won last November when over 64% voted to grant most ex-felons the right to vote. Amendment…


‘Proletarians have a world to win. Workers of all countries unite!’

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019
Painting shows Karl Marx, left, and Frederick Engels, center, reviewing Neue Rheinische Zeitung, the newspaper they edited during 1848 revolution in Germany, after it was printed.

The selection this week for Books of the Month is The Communist Manifesto in its Spanish edition. Written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, this political pamphlet boldly announced to the world the founding of an international communist workers movement…


Fight Fla. prison censorship of ‘Militant’

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019

Prisons in the United States are a brutal microcosm of capitalist society as a whole — with its ruthless exploitation of our labor, restrictions on our rights and armed cops and solitary confinement. These are all intended to undermine the…


Demand US hands off Venezuela and Cuba!

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019

“The Socialist Workers Party urges working people and youth to join in speaking out against Washington’s threats against Venezuela and Cuba,” said John Studer, a member of the SWP Political Committee and editor of the Militant, at a special Militant…


Uber, Lyft drivers strike across US for pay, dignity

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019
Uber, Lyft strikers rally in Seattle May 8. App, taxi drivers need one union to fight bosses. In New York, some Yellow Cab and limousine drivers joined Uber, Lyft workers at protest.

NEW YORK — Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers joined strikes and protests in at least 10 U.S. cities and some abroad May 8 to demand better and more “transparent” pay, dignity and an end to retaliatory deactivations. “I’m here…


Latest fighting shows need for recognition of Israel, Palestine

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019
Cement factory in Ashkelon, southern Israel, struck by missiles May 5. Three Israelis were killed in the attack, including a Bedouin worker at the factory. Deadly barrage launched by Tehran-backed Hamas and Islamic Jihad and brutal retaliation from Tel Aviv highlight necessity of immediate talks to recognize both Israel and an independent Palestinian state.

A new tenuous cease-fire agreement between the Israeli government and Gaza-based Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad does nothing to eliminate the unending cycle of violence by groups in the Gaza Strip committed to the destruction of Israel and Israel’s capitalist…


One of 3 Florida prison bans on ‘Militant’ overturned, two to go

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019
Militant   is appealing Florida prison ban on two issues of paper, including issue at left with article on tour of Albert Woodfox, who spent nearly 44 years in solitary confinement. Above, New Orleans Public Library meeting to hear Woodfox, March 20.

One of three Florida prison officials’ bans against the Militant has been overturned. The statewide Literature Review Committee reversed the ban of the Militant’s March 25 issue and says it will deliver it to the paper’s 53 subscribers in 25…


‘Working people have nothing to gain from the US rulers’ wars’

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019
Donkinna Hightower, a skycap at Atlanta airport, speaks with SWP member Janice Lynn as she went door to door with Militant and revolutionary books in Jonesboro, Georgia.

“U.S. troops wouldn’t help people in Venezuela,” temp worker Patricia Flores told socialist campaigner Dean Hazlewood when he showed her the call to action in the Militant — “US Hands Off Venezuela! US Hands Off Cuba!” They met when he…