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Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
School cafeteria workers in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, joined by teachers and local residents Sept. 22, demand school administration halt plans to lay off 50 of the 70 cafeteria workers.

Neither President Donald Trump nor his Democratic Party challenger Joe Biden offer any respite from the widespread joblessness, the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic and the broader social crisis bearing down on working people. These conditions require an immediate, fighting…


Letters call on Florida prisons to end ban on the ‘Militant’

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

Supporters of prisoners’ rights and freedom of the press continue to speak urging Florida prison officials to overturn the ban on four recent issues of the Militant. “The Militant has a right to publish factual information, and Florida prisoners have…


Mass marches, work protests say: Belarus despot out now

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
Weekly mass protests continue in Minsk Sept. 20, above, and all across Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in as president in secret three days later, after stealing Aug. 9 elections.

Mass protests across Belarus and workers’ work-to-rule slowdowns are keeping pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko to step down since he claimed victory in rigged elections Aug 9. Demonstrators have taken to the streets for weeks demanding he hold new elections…


‘Workers can fight to change our conditions,’ say SWP candidates

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
Amanda Allen, right, talks with SWP candidates Alyson Kennedy for president and Malcolm Jarrett for vice president in Forney, Texas, Sept. 17. Allen decided to join them in campaigning.

DALLAS — “I believe what the Socialist Workers Party candidates stand for, over what we have now,” nurse Amanda Allen told SWP candidates Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett, running for president and vice president, in Forney, a small town east…


Dominion grocery workers strike to overturn wage cuts, shorter hours

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

MONTREAL — Standing strong on picket lines across Newfoundland, 1,400 Dominion grocery store workers are now into the second month of their strike for higher wages and the reinstatement of 60 full-time jobs bosses eliminated last year. Part-time workers at…


What do the new accords in the Mideast mean for working people?

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

Three years ago Socialist Workers Party National Secretary Jack Barnes released a statement pointing to the “necessity for the Israeli and Arab governments and leaderships of Palestinian organizations to begin immediate talks to recognize both Israel and an independent Palestinian…


Social crisis from West Coast fires caused by capitalist greed

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
A few of the 1,200 workers in the “Hillbilly Brigade” who volunteered to fight fires gather for a meal at Hansen family farm after battling the Riverside Fire near Molalla, Oregon, Sept. 16.

GRIDLEY, Calif. — Since early August wildfires have burned out of control across California, Oregon and Washington state. Over 2 million acres have burned in California alone as of Sept. 20. These are some of the largest fires in that…


DSI Tunneling strikers in Louisville win support

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — “We’re here to support our union brothers fighting for their first contract,” UPS worker Adam Hedges said as he joined them picketing outside DSI Tunneling Sept. 18. When the 13 DSI workers won union recognition last November,…


Hospital workers strike continues at University of Illinois

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
Striking members of Illinois Nurses Association and SEIU Local 73 join forces at rally in Chicago, Sept. 18. Central issue for both unions is bosses’ insistence on understaffing and overwork.

CHICAGO — Some 4,000 members of Service Employees International Union Local 73 are in the second week of their strike at the University of Illinois Hospital here and several of its other facilities around the state. Members of the Illinois…


Drop charges against protesters of cop killing of Elijah McClain

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

Prosecutors filed felony charges Sept. 17 against six individuals who have been involved in organizing protests in Aurora, Colorado, against the cops’ killing of Elijah McClain over a year ago. Four are members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation,…