Bob Redrup, communist fighter for seven decades

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Bob Redrup, a seven-decade member of the Socialist Workers Party, died on Aug. 15 after a short illness. Redrup was 92. Born in New Jersey in 1927 to a working-class family, Redrup joined the Merchant Marine in…


Moscow covers up nuclear blast at White Sea site

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

It took Russian government officials two full days to acknowledge that an explosion that killed seven people Aug. 8, involved workers handling nuclear material at its Nyonoska missile testing site on the White Sea. Moscow has a long record of…


Philippine beverage workers strike backs contract workers

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

PASIG CITY, Philippines — About 100 workers, mainly contract employees, have been on strike at ZAGU, a major Filipino beverage company here, since June 6. Through their union, the Organization of ZAGU Workers, they are fighting to be hired as…


Protests in Kashmir oppose Indian rulers’ crackdown

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

After announcing it would ease curfew rules and some other restrictions it had imposed in Indian-occupied Kashmir, the Indian government reversed its stance Aug. 16, in response to continuing protests there. Working people have joined actions to oppose New Delhi’s…


Thousands defend Maori land in New Zealand

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Some 100 cops turned up in Ihumatao early on July 23 to evict a handful of protesters occupying historic Maori land that Fletcher Building, one of New Zealand’s largest companies, was set to turn into a…


‘Men and women from nowhere’ changed Cuba’s history

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese-Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution by Armando Choy, Gustavo Chui and Moisés Sío Wong, is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August. These three rebels of Chinese…


Back fight by Blackjewel miners!

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

The following statement was released Aug. 21 by Amy Husk, Socialist Workers Party candidate for governor of Kentucky.  As workers learn about the unfolding fight of coal miners standing up to Blackjewel and the capitalist profit-seekers looking to take over…


Debts, bankruptcies are soaring for older workers

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

Debts and bankruptcies are soaring for working people over age 65. Bosses have held wages down for years and governments have gone after social benefits workers won in struggle in decades past, with a disastrous impact on elderly workers. According…


Miners fight for pay, jobs in Blackjewel bankruptcy

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019
Laid-off Blackjewel miners and supporters express solidarity with rail workers as train engine leaves without coal cars. They’ve blocked tracks since July 29 in fight to be paid for work done.

“We want our pay, but we want everyone — from West Virginia to Wyoming — to be paid,” former Blackjewel coal miner Jeff Willig told the press in Harlan County, Kentucky, Aug. 15. He had worked at the company’s Cloverlick…


Mass Hong Kong protest demands political rights

Beijing searches for way to tamp down actions
Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019
Throngs fill streets in peaceful protest in Hong Kong Aug. 18 in largest action in two months.

In defiance of Beijing’s threats, some 1.7 million people rallied in Hong Kong Aug. 18 to demand greater political rights and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Beijing is exerting its leverage on companies in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory,…