Sankara’s revolutionary legacy discussed at New York forum

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Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019
Panel on revolutionary political legacy of Thomas Sankara at People’s Forum May 5 in New York. At podium, Manolo de los Santos, executive director of People’s Forum, welcomed everyone. From left, Arouna Saniwidi, leader of Burkinabe organization Le Balai Citoyen; Peter Thierjung, Socialist Workers Party; and Asha Samad-Matias, professor at City College of New York.

NEW YORK — “No matter where we live, Europe, Africa, even here in the United States, we have the same common enemy — the imperialist system,” said Arouna Saniwidi, who chaired a panel sponsored by and held at the People’s…


Thousands demand licenses, amnesty at May Day rallies

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019
“Immigrant workers need driver’s licenses, like everyone else,” Santos Ramos told Militant at May Day protest of 4,000 in Madison, Wisconsin. Demand is in interest of entire working class.

Tens of thousands of workers in small towns, large cities and rural areas across the U.S. took to the streets for International Workers Day May 1 as the capitalist bosses and their government bear down on workers’ living and working…


Political censorship by Facebook threat to working class

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019

In the latest moves by liberals and the middle-class left to curb free speech in the name of “political correctness,” Facebook bosses announced May 2 they are permanently banning “dangerous individuals and organizations” from their social media sites, including Instagram.…



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…