Socialist Workers Party launches Texas campaign

‘We’re going to campaign all throughout the state’
Vol. 83/No. 3 - January 21, 2019
Alyson Kennedy, SWP candidate for Dallas mayor, introduces SWP to Jorge Méndez Jan. 8.

Supporters of the campaign of Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Dallas mayor, are planning two weeks of intensive campaigning Jan 12-26. “We’re going to go all over Texas,” George Chalmers, who is organizing the campaigning, said by phone…

US, Chinese rulers’ trade talks continue amid rivalry

Vol. 83/No. 3 - January 21, 2019
College students hold banners in solidarity with workers arrested for fighting for independent union in Shenzhen, China, in August 2018. Labor protests are growing throughout country.

U.S. and Chinese officials met in Beijing Jan. 7-9 for negotiations over the trade dispute between the rulers of the world’s first and second largest economies. These are the first announced talks since President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi…

SWP wins a hearing in Kentucky coal country

Vol. 83/No. 3 - January 21, 2019
Amy Husk, left, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Kentucky governor, talks with Martha Blair on her doorstep in Whitesburg, Kentucky, Jan. 4, about party’s campaign and upcoming May Day Brigade to Cuba. Blair said she was interested in working on both.

WHITESBURG, Ky. — Socialist Workers Party candidates and members are talking with working people in big cities, small towns and farming areas across the country. Everywhere they go they knock on doors and introduce the party, its program, the Militant …

Ex-prisoners turn out to register to vote in Florida rights victory

Vol. 83/No. 3 - January 21, 2019
Vietnam veteran Alan Rhyelle registers to vote Jan. 8 in Sarasota, Florida, one of more than a million ex-prisoners whose right to vote was restored by passage of Amendment 4 last year. He had been convicted of a felony in 2008 for growing marijuana for his personal use.

All across Florida former prisoners lined up to register to vote Jan. 8 — some getting there more than an hour before offices opened — as constitutional Amendment 4 took effect. It passed overwhelmingly last November, by 64.6 percent. The…

Fight to extend right to vote for ex-prisoners!

Vol. 83/No. 3 - January 21, 2019

The statement below was released Jan. 9 by Amy Husk, Socialist Workers Party candidate for governor in Kentucky. Former prisoners in Florida proudly asserted their newly won rights by lining up to register to vote Jan. 8. Working people across…

New book ‘In Defense of the US Working Class’

SWP leader Mary-Alice Waters addresses: ‘Can US workers make a socialist revolution?’
Vol. 83/No. 3 - January 21, 2019
Members of panel speaking on U.S. class struggle at International May Day conference in Havana, April 2018. From left, Willie Head, Omari Musa, Alyson Kennedy, Jacob Perasso, Mary-Alice Waters.

In Defense of the US Working Class, a new book by Mary-Alice Waters, is being released in January. It features the talk by Waters at an international conference in Havana organized by the Cuban History Institute and the Central Organization…

Half of adults have had family members thrown in jail

Vol. 83/No. 3 - January 21, 2019

Another one of the reflections of the capitalist rulers’ crisis today and how it weighs on working people is the significant increase in the number of workers ground up in the U.S. criminal “justice” system. A recent study by Cornell…

Over half a million people in US have nowhere to live

Vol. 83/No. 3 - January 21, 2019
Homeless shelter in Los Angeles. California’s homeless population rose 13.7 percent from 2016 to 2017, as high rents and low wages drive hundreds of thousands of working people into shelters or to live on the street. Last year families made up one-third of total homeless population.

As part of the economic upturn in the U.S., more than 550,000 working people were homeless last year, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. High rents and low wages account for what would seem to be a…

‘Yellow vest’ protests respond as French gov’t cracks down

Vol. 83/No. 3 - January 21, 2019
Yellow vest protesters gather at a traffic circle south of Caen in northwest France, Dec. 31.

LONDON — Yellow vest protesters in France have responded to government arrests, attacks and slanders by taking to the streets. Some 50,000 marched throughout France Jan. 5, according to the interior ministry — almost twice as many as the Saturday…