Frank Gorton: Over five decades building the communist movement

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Frank Gorton, left, shows Militant to striking UFCW members in Toledo, Ohio, 1998.

MONTREAL — Frank Gorton, a member and supporter of the communist movement in three different countries for over five decades, died March 30 at the age of 79. He had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a period of declining health.…


Strike against Asarco union busting continues

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020

“We’re still standing strong and have no trouble keeping the picket lines going,” striking copper miner Lyle Murphy told the Militant by phone April 7. Murphy is president of United Steelworkers Local 5252 in Kearny, Arizona, and has worked at…


Fidel: ‘Voluntary work was one of best things Che left us’

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Volunteer workers build new apartment building in Havana, January 1988. Fidel Castro said renewal of widespread voluntary labor, originally advocated by Che Guevara, achieved what state bureaucrats said was impossible — building 20,000 new housing units in the capital.

Che Guevara: Economics and Politics in the Transition to Socialism by Carlos Tablada is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for April. It was originally published in Cuba in 1987 as part of the rectification process initiated by Fidel…


Dairy farmers forced to dump milk while stores are running out

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Big processors have pressured dairy farms small and large, like Golden E Dairy in Wisconsin, with 2,400 cows, to dump milk. Yet working families face growing shortages of dairy goods.

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. — Dairy farmers are being forced to dump fresh milk while millions face going short of dairy and food supplies due to government shutdowns and mass unemployment.   Stores like Walmart and Costco are limiting how much…


As 2020 elections take a time out, Congress passes bailout for bosses

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020

The 2020 presidential campaign is taking a back seat following the shutdown of many of the bosses’ factories and other workplaces, as a deep-going social crisis confronts the working class. Both the Democrats and Republicans — the twin parties of…


US rulers deploy the National Guard, target workers’ jobs, rights

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020

As the economic and social crisis facing working people unfolding today deepens, the capitalist rulers are taking aim at our political and constitutional rights. One aspect of this is the deployment of over 18,500 Air and Army National Guard troops…


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Today’s social crisis is product of capitalist rule
Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Perdue workers in Kathleen, Georgia, walked off job March 23 to protest job conditions, bosses scorn for them. “The line is too fast,” one worker said. “There’s chicken all over the floor.”

The lockdowns imposed by governments from North America to western Europe, Uganda to Argentina, and around the world — one of the rulers’ key steps to try and defend their capitalist system in a time of deep economic and social…


Demand mass public works program to provide jobs!

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party 2020 candidate for U.S. president, issued the following statement April 8. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s 2020 vice presidential candidate. Workers face an urgent need to defend ourselves from the bosses’ assaults today. The only…


Bangladesh: Workers fight moves to shut off jobs, pay

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Garment workers outside Crown Wears factory in Bhaluka, Bangladesh, organize protest April 6 demanding March wages. Showing up for work after 10-day lockdown, they were met with sign saying factory would remain closed and information on pay would come later.

Workers in the centers of garment production in Asia and elsewhere are taking heavy blows from decisions taken by the capitalist bosses in Europe and North America to shut down whole sections of their economies, including much of the clothing…


PG&E bosses cop a plea to manslaughter in fire deaths

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Joel Britton, left, currently SWP candidate for U.S. Congress, speaks with carpenter Tony Worino in his RV at Camp Fire refugee camp in Chico, California, in December 2018.

OAKLAND, Calif. — On March 23 Pacific Gas & Electric bosses struck a plea bargain with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, saying they would admit guilt on felony counts stemming from the deadly 2018 Camp Fire and pay a…