Coronavirus spread is result of capitalist social relations

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020
NASA satellite images show pollution over China before coronavirus clampdown Jan. 23. Clear skies a month later reflect far-reaching shutdown of industry.

As the spread of coronavirus disease continues worldwide, stock prices have plunged more than any time since the 2008 global financial crisis, reflecting growing concerns among capitalist investors about the effect of the outbreak. World economic growth has begun to…

‘An example of revolutionary courage, discipline, integrity’

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020

The following message to María de los Ángeles Vázquez and Rafael Cancel Vázquez, widow and son of Puerto Rican independence fighter Rafael Cancel Miranda, was sent by Jack Barnes, National Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, for the SWP National…

Minneapolis janitors strike one day in fight for new contracts

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020
Commercial janitors in Minneapolis, members of Service Employees International Union Local 26, voted Feb. 8 to authorize a walkout in fight for wage raise, dignity on the job.

MINNEAPOLIS — Janitors, members of Service Employees International Union Local 26, reached a tentative agreement after a strike here Feb. 27. There are 4,000 commercial janitors in the SEIU local. Many are immigrants from Latin America, East Africa and other…

Syria ‘cease-fire’ in Idlib masks ongoing conflicts

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020

The Russian and Turkish governments signed a tentative cease-fire deal March 5 after months of deadly clashes between the rival Syrian forces they back that are fighting for control of Idlib province. Similar “de-escalation” deals between the same powers have…

‘For us, prevention is key,’ says Cuban ambassador

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020

NEW YORK — “In Cuba, the neighborhood doctors are the heart of health care,” Ana Silvia Rodríguez, Cuba’s ambassador to the United Nations, said during the discussion at the March 7 meeting here on Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle…

Indiana casino workers march for wage raise, health coverage

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020

ELIZABETH, Ind. — More than 100 casino workers and their supporters marched through Caesars Southern Indiana casino here Feb. 26 to demand a wage raise and improved health care coverage. The workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 23, Teamsters Local…

A road forward for workers, our unions

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020

Workers today need to organize together to protect ourselves from the assaults of the bosses and their government. In order to protect their crisis-ridden profit system, the bosses are forced to step up their attacks on workers and farmers the…

Chicago protests demand freedom for Gerald Reed

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020
Rally in Chicago Jan. 10 demands freedom for Gerald Reed. Cops notorious for frame-ups tortured Reed to force him to confess to murder charges. He has been imprisoned since 1990.

CHICAGO — More than 40 people gathered outside the Daley Center here Feb. 25 to demand that Chief Judge Timothy Evans intervene in the case of Gerald Reed. Reed is in jail on “evidence” extracted though torture in 1990 by…

Cancel Miranda: ‘Keep fighting for Puerto Rico’s independence!’

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020
Rafael Cancel Miranda teaching Spanish to fellow inmates in Marion prison in Illinois in 1975. He worked with political prisoners and other workers behind bars to defend their rights and deepen their humanity. At right, Cancel Miranda pamphlet available at

Thousands turned out for events in Puerto Rico over three days to honor independence fighter, partisan of the Cuban Revolution and uncompromising internationalist Rafael Cancel Miranda. He died March 2 at 89 at his home in San Juan. Cancel Miranda…