Harry Villegas (Pombo): Fought at side of Che Guevara

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020
Harry Villegas, left, and fellow combatants Alberto Fernández Montes and Serapio Aquino in Bolivia in 1966 or 1967, part of revolutionary struggle led by Che Guevara.

Cuban revolutionary leader Harry Villegas died Dec. 29 in Havana, after engaging in more than six decades of struggle against capitalist exploitation, imperialist oppression, and for national liberation and socialism. He is best known for fighting alongside Ernesto Che Guevara…

NY gov’t to flood downtown with electric cargo-haul bikes

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

NEW YORK — In their drive to get an edge on their competitors and boost their profits, Amazon has begun using some refitted electric bikes to replace delivery trucks on city streets here. Billed as a way to ease congestion…

Iraq uprising inspires art, culture in Tahrir Square

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

“Revolutions are the festivals of the oppressed and exploited,” V.I. Lenin, the Bolshevik leader of the victorious 1917 socialist revolution in Russia, noted. The flowering of art and literature, emblematic of the newly found sense of freedom that accompanies truly…

IFCO wins victory in fight against IRS harassment

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

NEW YORK — In an important victory for political rights, the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization announced Dec. 19 that it had won its fight against revocation of its tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service in 2017. “As our…

Fight to end the rents and mortgages system

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

In a letter below reader Briggette Blalock from San Leandro, California, asks, “What can we do about high rents?” She describes a challenge familiar to millions of workers —  fighting to prevent a landlord from evicting herself and other tenants…

Minnesota Teamsters walk out in support of UNFI strikers

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020
Teamsters Local 414 members, who struck United Natural Foods plant in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, picket at company’s Hopkins, Minnesota, plant Dec. 17, winning support from workers there.

HOPKINS, Minn. — Seven hundred members of Teamsters Local 120 walked out here Dec. 17 at United Natural Foods Inc., the largest organic grocery distributor in North America. The workers were supporting Teamsters Local 414 members who had set up…

Striking Kaiser workers demand more staffing for patient care

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. — Thousands of mental health workers went on a five-day strike Dec. 16-20 at up to 100 Kaiser Permanente clinics throughout the state demanding increased staffing and a 3% pay raise. Areas where actions were organized included San…

‘Only social revolution can sweep clean path for new culture’

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

What Is Surrealism? Selected Writings by André Breton, is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for January. Breton was the founder and major leader of the surrealist movement, one of the most influential currents of 20th century art and…

US hands off Iraq, Iran! Get out of the Middle East!

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020

Washington mounted airstrikes Dec. 29, targeting the Tehran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah militia, whose forces are part of Iraq’s military — hitting three sites in Iraq and two in Syria, killing at least 25 militia members.  Secretary of Defense Mark Esper warned…

India protesters demand repeal of anti-Muslim act

New law makes religion the basis for citizenship
Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020
Rally in Kochi, India, Jan. 1 protests government moves to undercut united, secular state.

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets across India protesting the push by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enforce a new Citizenship Amendment Act passed Dec. 11. The sectarian law makes religion the criterion for who will…