Colonial rule, capitalist crisis fueled Puerto Rico protests

‘Cancel the debt! It’s their debt, not ours!’
Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019

No matter who takes the place of Ricardo Rosselló as governor of the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico at 5 p.m. Aug. 2, the political, social and economic crisis there will continue. And so will opposition to the colonial regime’s…

‘Amnesty for immigrants is in interest of all workers’

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019

“The capitalists need to keep millions of immigrant workers here who are undocumented, so they can superexploit them,” Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate in 2016, told Richard Maya, a customer service worker as she was campaigning door…

Airline, auto bosses target workers to boost profits

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019

As competition for markets among bosses in airline, auto and other industries continues to sharpen, company chiefs say they are looking to “cut labor costs,” targeting workers for concessions and weakening union rights. Contract talks opened in mid-July between the…

Joyce Meissenheimer was ‘on right side of history’

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019
Joyce Meissenheimer speaks at 1980 British Columbia New Democratic Party convention, wearing button defending Pratt Three, three women workers fired by Pratt & Whitney aerospace factory after Canadian rulers’ political police told bosses they were communists.

MONTREAL — “Joyce Meissenheimer had so much confidence that she and those she fought alongside were on the right side of history,” explained Communist League leader Beverly Bernardo at a July 20 celebration of the life of Meissenheimer, a 54-year…

‘Cuban people will resist US embargo and violations of our sovereignty’

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019

NEW YORK — “The Cuban people are determined to withstand the U.S. government’s policy of aggression,” said Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Cuban deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, at a July 27 meeting here to celebrate the Cuban Revolution.…

US gov’t plans to restart death penalty, target workers

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019

Attorney General William Barr announced July 25 that the U.S. government will resume carrying out executions, reversing a de facto moratorium that has been in place for 16 years. This takes place in the face of declining public support nationwide…

Ohio college posts bond over ‘racism’ smear of bakery owners

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019

Oberlin College has complied with an order to post a $36 million bond by July 31, while it appeals a guilty verdict against it for slandering Gibson’s Bakery and the Gibson family in Oberlin, Ohio. This represents the total amount…

Black lung at highest rate in decades among miners

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019
Former coal miners with black lung demonstrate in Abingdon, Virginia, December 2018. Longer hours, drop in unionized mines is fueling big increase in miners with the disease.

Coal miners in the U.S. are facing the biggest rise in the debilitating black lung disease in decades as mine bosses drive to speed up production and reduce the number of unionized mines to maximize their profits. In Appalachia, one…

Cuban Revolution shows workers can win

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019

Sixty-six years ago on July 26, workers and youth, led by Fidel Castro, attacked the Moncada military barracks in Santiago, Cuba. The brutal regime of Fulgencio Batista had seized power, cancelled elections and arrested or murdered those who challenged his…