Capitalist rulers seek to paper over growing frictions in EU

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Public power workers contingent at June 2011 protest in Athens against government attacks on unions, layoffs demanded under terms of Berlin-led EU “bailout.” Growing capitalist crisis today, worsened by pandemic, is deepening rivalries and rifts among Europe’s capitalist rulers.

While millions of workers in countries across Europe confront rapidly rising unemployment, continuing outbreaks of coronavirus and attacks on wages and working conditions, the leaders of the European Union agreed to put together a 750 billion euros “recovery fund” ($880…


SWP fought for US to admit Jewish refugees of Nazi terror

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Members of Socialist Workers Party joined other groups picketing German Consulate in New York in November 1938. They demanded Washington open its doors to Jewish and other refugees, victims of Nazi brutalities as that regime began to prepare the Holocaust.

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August is The Founding of the Socialist Workers Party: Minutes and Resolutions, 1938-39. The program adopted was based on the communist course of V.I. Lenin and the Bolsheviks, who led workers and…


Workers oppose federal cops, antifa violence in Portland

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Antifa forces prepare to do battle during July 20 Portland protest. Glorification of clashes with cops — which liberals try to pretty up, claiming destruction of property isn’t violence — has nothing to do with fighting racism. It only gives the government a pretext to attack political rights and the fight against police brutality.

The sending of federal police to Portland, Oregon, to confront protests against cop brutality marked by violence from antifa and similar groups has sparked an intense debate. Many workers are outraged at seeing federal cops in full riot gear deployed…


Workers need our own party, a labor party!

SWP wins support in ballot fight across the country
Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Senate candidate Lea Sherman signs up Don Hill in Paterson, New Jersey, July 26, to put SWP presidential ticket on ballot. SWP turned first batch of signatures in to state officials next day.

SEATTLE — Across Tennessee, New Jersey and Washington state, Socialist Workers Party campaigners are collecting signatures from working people who want to see a working-class party on the ballot in 2020. Through the fight for ballot status they’re winning support…


Join campaign to put SWP’s presidential ticket on ballot!

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, issued the following statement July 28. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s candidate for vice president. Join the fight to put the Socialist Workers Party 2020 presidential campaign on the ballot everywhere we…


March builds support for Bath shipyard workers strike

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Shipyard workers on strike in Bath, Maine, and supporters march July 25 against company demands to expand subcontracting, cut back seniority rights and raise health care costs. “This is not about greed on our part,” said striker John LaPointe. “It’s about dignity,” and knitting together generations of workers.

BATH, Maine — Over 300 spirited strikers, family members and supporters of the Bath Iron Works Shipbuilders strike gathered outside the International Association of Machinists Local S6 union hall, across the street from the shipyard here, for a rally and…


Fighters for Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain rally together

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020

Two of the most publicized cases where cops shot and killed people and haven’t been indicted — the killings of emergency room technician Breonna Taylor in Louisville and Elijah McClain in Aurora, Colorado — came together in Kentucky July 24.…


Teachers need workers control for schools to open safely

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020

A debate is raging among the capitalist candidates over whether schools should be opened this fall or students consigned to desocializing “learning-at-home.” But the real question isn’t whether they should be open. It’s how they can be opened to be…