Cuba vs US: Counterposed class approaches to human solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Suchel Camacho soap factory, Havana. Revolutionary government in Cuba is organizing working people to increase food, industrial production in face of world capitalist economic crisis.

Many working people in the United States are inspired when they learn how revolutionary Cuba confronts crises from hurricanes, droughts or today’s coronavirus outbreak, as opposed to the capitalist rulers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Tens of thousands of members…


Toilers face brutal attacks from governments in Africa

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020

“Imperialism is determined, it has no conscience, it has no heart,” explained Thomas Sankara, the leader of the popular revolutionary government in Burkina Faso in 1985. “Fortunately the more we’ve discovered how dangerous an enemy imperialism is, the more determined…


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…