Rail workers in UK strike to defend jobs and safety

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

Some 800 guards (conductors), members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, began a monthlong strike Dec. 2 against government and bosses’ attacks on their union and to defend jobs and safety for both rail workers and passengers.  The workers’…


Protest Jew-hatred, killings in New Jersey

Working people speak out against Jew-hatred!
Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

The following statement was released Dec. 17 by Seth Galinsky, the Socialist Workers Party’s candidate for New York City public advocate in 2019. We urge all working people, their unions and other working-class organizations to join us in speaking out…


Solidarity with the Asarco copper workers fight against union busting!

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Dec. 16 protest outside Asarco headquarters in Tucson. Striking unionists need and deserve solidarity in the face of the copper bosses’ determined drive to destroy their union.

TUCSON, Arizona — Some 100 Asarco copper workers and their supporters rallied and picketed the company’s national headquarters here Dec. 16. They chanted, “What do we want? Fair contract!” and “Stand up, fight back!” as passing drivers honked in support.…


Gibsons fight Oberlin College ‘racism’ smears

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

The Gibson family, owners of a bakery in Oberlin, Ohio, won a multimillion dollar libel suit last June against Oberlin College over its race-baiting slanders against them. Since then the college has appealed the $31 million verdict and has engaged…


UK: Workers vote to demand ‘Get out of EU,’ reject Labour anti-Semitism

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Jonathan Silberman, right, Communist League parliamentary candidate in Tottenham, speaks with rail guards (conductors) on strike against South Western Railway, Waterloo station Dec. 4.

The ruling Conservative Party won in a landslide in the U.K. parliamentary elections Dec. 12, winning 365 seats against the opposition Labour Party’s 203. The election campaign followed an unrelenting three-year drive by the main capitalist parties to prevent the…


NY meeting discusses Sankara’s legacy today

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Panelists at “Legacy of Thomas Sankara” meeting held Dec. 8 in Harlem. From right, Boukary Sawadogo, professor at City College of New York; Issa Zoungrana, representative of Stand for Life and Liberty; Inem Richardson, student at Barnard College; chairperson Boukary Salogo; Basninwende Isonore Dianda, grade school teacher in Harlem; and Peter Thierjung, Socialist Workers Party.

NEW YORK — “Thirty-two years ago Thomas Sankara was assassinated. Today our voices are raised with his ideas,” said chairperson Boukary Salogo, opening a Dec. 8 program here in Harlem featuring a panel of speakers on “Thomas Sankara’s Legacy Today.”…


Workers donate ‘blood money’ bribes to build SWP

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

Enclosed is a check for $35.83 that I discovered on my Walmart check stub,” wrote Anthony Dutrow from Miami, “no doubt some kind of holiday ‘gift’ and no doubt ‘blood money.’ “This was one of the many things they’ve thrown…


‘I am Troy Davis’: powerful protest against death penalty

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Standing left is Cephus “Uncle Bobby X” Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant, killed by BART police in 2009, who portrayed Troy Davis in Dec. 8 New York performance of “I am Troy Davis.” Gwen Carr, seated left, mother of Eric Garner who was killed by New York Cop chokehold in 2014, played Davis’ mother. Inset is Troy Davis with his nethew, De’Jaun Davis-Correia, whom he mentored and tutored through school from behind bars while on death row.

NEW YORK — Some 100 people joined the family of Troy Davis to see a live performance Dec. 8 of “I am Troy Davis,” a theatrical protest against cop frame-ups and the death penalty. The screenplay adaption of the book…


CP’s oil train wreck raises specter of new Lac-Mégantic

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

MONTREAL — Two weeks after 3,200 Canadian National Railway workers carried out their Nov. 19-26 strike targeting unsafe conditions pushed by the bosses, a Canadian Pacific crude oil train derailed and caught fire Dec. 9 near the town of Guernsey…


Algeria protests reject rigged presidential election

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

Algeria’s capitalist rulers are working overtime in an attempt to cobble together a new government that can quiet widespread protests against continuing military rule. Against mass opposition, they held a presidential election Dec. 12 where all five hand-picked candidates had…