Belarus protests erupt over presidential election results

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

Tens of thousands in Belarus took to the streets and built barricades in Minsk, the capital, and many more defied a sweeping security crackdown across the country, to protest the sham reelection Aug. 9 of President Alexander Lukashenko. They chanted…


‘American workers: Stop your rulers throttling our revolution’

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
Painting of 1775 Battle of Lexington by William Barns Wollen shows “the shot heard around the world” that began the American War of Independence. Lenin said this revolutionary war set an example worldwide.

Revolutionary Continuity: Birth of the Communist Movement, 1918-1922 by Farrell Dobbs is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August. This is the second of two volumes tracing the early history of the communist movement in the U.S. Dobbs…


Bath shipyard strikers discuss tentative deal, strike still on

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

After seven weeks of a bitter strike against demands by Bath Iron Works bosses for concessions that would weaken their union, International Association of Machinists Local S6 negotiating committee and the company reached a tentative agreement. Voting is set for…


Fight for a union on every job site, and a labor party

SWP wins support, files for ballot in four more states
Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
SWP presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, at center, and supporters file over 2,000 signatures in Olympia to be on the ballot in Washington. Inset, press coverage on filing.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Winning support from thousands of working people, Socialist Workers Party campaigners filed nominating petitions to put the party’s presidential ticket, Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett, on the ballot in New Jersey, Tennessee and Washington state over the…


Fight for workers control of production and safety

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, issued the following statement, Aug. 12. The Socialist Workers Party 2020 campaign — Alyson Kennedy for president and Malcolm Jarrett for vice president — is the only campaign that joins and…


Nebraska meatpackers, union speak out in battle for job safety

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
Steps by bosses at Smithfield, above, may “make companies look good,” but don’t protect workers, meatpacker Geraldine Waller, inset, told July 28 protest in Lincoln, Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. — In the face of a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 in meatpacking plants in Nebraska, workers are speaking out, demanding that bosses slow down the line speed, increase the distance between work stations and improve ventilation, to protect…



Port explosion fuels protests against gov’t in Lebanon

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

Long-standing outrage among working people over a deepening economic and political crisis in Lebanon boiled over following a massive explosion Aug. 4 on the docks in Beirut. It killed at least 158 people and wounded over 6,000. For days after…


Montreal port workers strike over unsafe schedules

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

MONTREAL — Some 1,125 port workers, members of Local 375 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, went on strike here Aug. 10 in an important labor battle for all working people. The key issue is exhausting schedules that force…


Protests boost interest in books on working-class politics, history

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
Eso Won Books co-owner James Fugate talks with customers in Los Angeles. Protests against cop killing of George Floyd led to jump in sales of political books. Supporters of Pathfinder Press are campaigning to increase distribution of books by SWP leaders, other revolutionaries.

“When social protests pick up, people start to read more about working-class struggles,” Jim Kendrick, from Kansas City, Missouri, told the Militant. Kendrick is one of dozens of volunteers across North America working to get Pathfinder books into bookstores and…