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…



Sankara’s revolutionary legacy discussed at New York forum

Example of 1983-87 Burkina Faso Revolution
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.…