Independent truckers rally over attacks on their pay

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020

FONTANA, Calif. — With horns blasting and big rig truck cabs plastered with signs saying, “No to cheap freight,” “Enough is enough!” and “Stop abusive brokers,” 50 owner-operators convoyed from here to Los Angeles May 1. They joined with 60…


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

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party 2020 candidate for president, issued the following statement May 6. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s vice presidential candidate. Working people are finding ways to unite and fight the rulers’ assaults on our jobs, wages…


Working people hold May Day celebrations all across Cuba

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020

The million-strong international workers May Day parade in Havana and similar ones across Cuba did not take place this year, a decision made by the revolutionary government in the context of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. But workers and farmers  are…



Fight grows to overturn ban on the ‘Militant’ in Florida prisons

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020

“The prison officials are targeting the Militant because of its political viewpoints,” wrote the paper’s attorney, David Goldstein, in an appeal filed with the Florida Department of Corrections’ Literature Review Committee May 1. This is “in violation of the First…


Venezuela: Working people pay price for US sanctions

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020
Cuban doctors in April visit working people in their homes in Petare neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, examining them for symptoms of COVID-19. Washington’s hatred for the Maduro government in Venezuela is tied to its political and economic relations with Cuba.

Washington is not letting up on its sanctions and other violations of Venezuela’s sovereignty aimed at forcing the government of President Nicolás Maduro from power. “The United States is not done,” and will continue to squeeze harder, Secretary of State…


The FBI: The political police of the US capitalist class

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for May is 50 Years of Covert Operations in the U.S. by Larry Seigle. It also includes “Imperialist War and the Working Class” by Farrell Dobbs, who was a central leader of the…


NY Mayor de Blasio scapegoats Jews for spreading coronavirus

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio personally supervised cops breaking up Hasidic funeral service in Brooklyn April 28, saying stepped up policing was “message to the Jewish community.”

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio singled out “the Jewish community” for not practicing social distancing, claiming they endangered others’ lives. He followed up his smears by ordering the New York Police Department to step up patrols in Jewish…


NY cops turned loose on political rallies, people ‘gathering’

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020

NEW YORK — Implementing orders from Mayor Bill de Blasio that demonstrations not take place now, dozens of cops moved to break up a gathering of about 12 people May 3 protesting the partnership between Mount Sinai hospital, the city…


Contributions grow to SWP ‘stimulus’ payout appeal

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020

The special Socialist Workers Party appeal for donations from the one-time federal government “stimulus” payments now counts 41 contributors from around the U.S. The total stands at $45,220, and is growing! The appeal for contributions toward the long-term work of…