Nurses protest across UK demanding higher wages

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020
Nurses protest across UK demanding higher wages

LONDON — “We’ve been quiet for too long,” Lana Bonas, a nurse at St. Thomas’ Hospital here, told the Militant  as she joined hundreds of other health workers marching to Downing Street to demand a pay raise. The action was…


Sedalia, Missouri: ‘Prosecute cop who killed Hannah Fizer’

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020
Jessica Fizer, left, leads protest July 25 demanding the cop who killed her cousin, Hannah Fizer, be prosecuted. Inset, Amy Fizer, Hannah’s mother, confronts Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond June 18, insists on release of name of cop who killed Hannah.

The widely publicized monthslong fight to force Kentucky authorities to charge the cops who killed Breonna Taylor in Louisville has inspired others to stand up against cop brutality and killings in cities, towns and rural areas across the country. One…


Chicago looting is blow to fight against police brutality

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020

CHICAGO — A sharp debate broke out here after Black Lives Matter Chicago, one of the many groups that has been involved in protests against police brutality, pointedly defended the organized looting of downtown businesses.  Working people awoke Monday, Aug.…


Bosses parties offer workers no answer for today’s crises

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020

With less than three months until the November elections, both the Democrats and Republicans are focused on how horrible the other party is, rather than on concrete measures working people need as the economic, social and moral crisis of capitalist…


Strikes over jobs, wages, safety as workers resist bosses’ attacks

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020
Group of striking New Orleans sanitation workers, called “hoppers,” with SWP 2020 presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, Aug. 13. After pay cut they’re demanding living wage, safe working conditions.

“I came to support them because the strike is like the one we won last November,” Canadian National trainman Juan Federico Garcia told the Militant  when he joined striking longshore workers in Montreal Aug. 10. He was referring to how…


For recognition of Israel and of a Palestinian state!

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, issued the following statement Aug. 19. The accord signed establishing diplomatic relations between the governments of Israel and the United Arab Emirates can lead to further steps toward the Israeli and…


New Orleans ‘hoppers’ fight for wages, conditions

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020

NEW ORLEANS — Since May 5 sanitation workers, the “hoppers” who ride the back of the garbage trucks and do heavy lifting, have been on strike to build their union, the City Waste Union. They are fighting for a living…


Protests shake Belarus after rigged vote, brutal assaults

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020
Thousands of working people march from Minsk tractor factory to Belarus parliament Aug. 14. Banner answers President Lukashenko’s attacks, saying: “We’re not sheep. ... We are MTZ workers, we are not 20 people, we are 16,000!” Inset, like many disgusted at violent attacks on demonstrators, soldier had himself filmed throwing his uniform away into the garbage.

Some 200,000 people took to the streets in Minsk, capital of Belarus, Aug. 16, pressing to rid themselves of the repressive regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. One week earlier he had declared “victory” in an election, widely recognized as a…


‘Workers need a union in every workplace, and a labor party!’

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020
Doreen Dempsey in Rochester, Minnesota, subscribed to Militant, bought book on revolutionary politics from SWP vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett, signed to put party on ballot.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In a little over two weeks, supporters of the Socialist Workers Party’s presidential ticket of Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett collected 2,674 signatures, turning them in Aug. 18 to place the party on the ballot in…


Fight to overturn Florida prison officials’ ‘Militant’ impoundment

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020

The Florida Department of Corrections Literature Review Committee “voted to uphold the impoundment of ‘The Militant, Vol. 84, No. 30,’” LRC chair Dean Peterson wrote David Goldstein, the Militant ’s attorney, Aug. 17, “which means the issue is rejected and…