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…

Solidarity led Cuba’s fight to defeat Ebola in Africa

NY meeting counters US rulers’ slanders
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Inset, March 7 New York meeting, featuring book on Cuba’s role in fighting Ebola in West Africa. Above, from left, Martín Koppel and Mary-Alice Waters, co-editors of book, and Ana Silvia Rodríguez, Cuban ambassador.

NEW YORK — “A people aiming to build a society based on solidarity” — that’s what Cuba’s socialist revolution represents, said Enrique Ubieta, author of Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle Against Ebola in West Africa. He was addressing a…

Oberlin students protest replacement of union workers

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020

Hundreds of students protested Feb. 18 less than 24 hours after Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar announced that the university plans to lay off 108 union workers and contract their jobs out. Many workers facing the layoffs joined the…

Copper strikers’ struggle against Asarco bosses needs solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020

“We’re on the picket line standing up to violations and abuse of workers and the environment by Asarco,” Eduardo Placencio, recording secretary of striking United Steelworkers Local 937 at the Mission Mine south of Tucson, told the Militant by phone…

‘Lesser-evil’ politics is a dead end for working class

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020

Many workers are looking for ways to change years of declining real wages, worsening working conditions and the many abuses the bosses and their governments bring down on us. But Democrats and Republicans tussling for the White House –— Bernie…

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…