Huge Puerto Rico marches demand governor resign

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Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019
July 17 protest demanding resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hundreds of thousands have marched. Question posed is what should working people do next.

The July 23 march of some half a million people in San Juan, Puerto Rico, made it clear that the daily actions there since July 13 won’t stop until Ricardo Rosselló resigns as governor. And that his resignation won’t put…

Moonwalk 50 years on – what it shows about life on earth

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019
“Why can’t similar organization and scientific knowledge be applied to make our everyday lives more secure and livable?” Socialist Workers Party leader Joe Hansen asked after 1969 moon landing. Historic scientific advance “should greatly increase sentiment for socialism.”

All the daily big-business press — and discussions by workers in bodegas, ball games and barbecues — this week have touched on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. 1969 moon launch and Buzz Aldrin’s and Neil Armstrong’s walks there. Of…

‘I’d like to see the miners fighting back everywhere’

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019
Alyson Kennedy, SWP 2016 candidate for president, center, and Malcolm Jarrett, SWP candidate for Pittsburgh City Council, talk with Christy Cozby, a health care worker in Pittsburgh.

NEW HILL, W.Va. — Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for president in 2016 and a former coal miner, and other SWP campaigners joined Judy Gillespie on her porch here July 20, discussing the SWP’s program. Gillespie got into the…

US rulers step up threats, sanctions against Iran – US hands off!

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019

Washington continues to increase its substantial military forces in the Middle East, amid deepening tensions with the bourgeois clerical rulers in Tehran, as Iranian Revolutionary Guards provocatively seized a British-flagged oil tanker and its crew of 23, July 19. The…

Florida prisons ban ‘Militant’ for reporting on prison censorship

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019

Florida prison officials informed the Militant they have impounded issues no. 24 and 25 of the paper, claiming articles reporting on the fight against prison censorship is “a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the correctional system.”…

In new victory Gibsons win $6.5 million in attorney fee award

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019
Four generations of Gibson family and their legal team celebrate June 13 after Lorain County jury awarded them punitive damages for effects from Oberlin College’s “racism” smears. School now falsely claims students’ “free speech” was involved, seeking to overturn court order to pay $31.5 million.

On July 17, Ohio Judge John Miraldi awarded $6.5 million in legal fees to the lawyers representing Gibson’s Bakery in its suit against Oberlin College. College officials had helped organize a malicious slander campaign accusing the bakery of racism. The…

Indiana Machinists strike for health care, higher pay

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Some 80 striking members of International Association of Machinists Local 2018 rallied here July 15 ahead of afternoon negotiations with Regal Beloit bosses. They were joined by family members and other area unionists in a lively protest…

Quebec workers strike senior residences for $15 minimum pay

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019

MONTREAL — Some 950 workers in 10 private senior residences went on strike here, in Quebec City and six other towns in Quebec. The walkout, a weeklong in most places, continued through July 20. “Our main demand is for a…

Baltimore Symphony musicians protest lockout, moves to cut pay

Vol. 83/ No. 28 - August 5, 2019

BALTIMORE — Chanting “Step up, step down, Baltimore’s a union town,” and “If we can’t make the music, we can make some noise,” Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians, members of Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians, and their supporters…