Calif. caravan says, ‘Charge cops who shot Steven Taylor’

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. — Supporters of the Socialist Workers Party campaign of Joel Britton for U.S. Congress here are widely circulating his statement demanding the arrest and prosecution of the San Leandro cops who shot and killed Steven Taylor inside the…


Demand gov’t-funded public works program to create jobs

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, released the following call to action April 28. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s candidate for vice president. Tens of millions of workers have been thrown out of work in the U.S., robbed…


Fight for jobs! Organize to defend wages, job safety!

Workers main problem today is capitalism, not ‘the virus’
Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020
Factory, textile and garment workers demonstrate in Karachi, Pakistan, April 18, demanding end to firings by bosses, for payment of wages for workers at plants that are shut down.

Tens of millions of working people in the U.S. and many millions worldwide have been thrown out of work through lockdowns imposed by capitalist governments, shutting factories, transportation, retail outlets, hotels, restaurants and more. The key problem facing workers today…


Cuban workers, youth help lead fight to increase food supply

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020
Cuba’s Union of Young Communists is leading 150 contingents, with 2,700 members, to work on farms.

Working people and youth all across Cuba — backed by their government — are organizing to confront the challenges they face from the drop in world trade and the punishing economic war Washington has waged against them for over 60…


First imperialist world war sped Britain’s decline, US rulers rise

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020
Transit workers march in Manchester, England, during 1926 British general strike. Leon Trotsky explains the rise of “unparalleled class battles” in the U.K. before and after first World War, as British imperialism declined in relation to its rivals in Berlin and especially Washington.

 Where Is Britain Going? by Leon Trotsky is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for May. Trotsky was a central leader of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the Communist International under V.I. Lenin. The book describes how the working…


Irish department store workers defy lockdown, protest layoffs

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020

MANCHESTER, England — “We are not just numbers on a sheet, we are going to fight,” sacked Debenhams department store worker Valerie Conlon said as she joined a protest outside the store in Cork, Ireland, April 21. Some 2,000 Debenhams…


New titles on working-class politics now out in Arabic

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020

Two books on working-class politics and theory have just been published in Arabic translations. One is Are They Rich Because They’re Smart? Class, Privilege, and Learning Under Capitalism by Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party. The other…


‘Stimulus’ payout donations are big boost to SWP

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020

The response to the Socialist Workers Party appeal for contributions from the one-time government “stimulus” payout of $1,200 is starting to pick up. In the last week 28 contributors have sent in a total of $32,200 toward the long-term work…


Protest hits US sanctions on Cuba, Iran, NKorea, Venezuela

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020

Protesters organized a car caravan April 20 in Northampton, Massachusetts, demanding the U.S. government end punitive sanctions against Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and Iran. The action was organized by the Latin America Solidarity Coalition of Western Massachusetts. Washington has stepped…