Protests across Belarus keep up pressure to bring down regime

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
Mass protest Sept. 27 in Minsk demands ouster of repressive regime of Alexander Lukashenko.

After 50 straight days of protests, 100,000 people marched in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, Sept. 27, demanding an end to the authoritarian and repressive regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Many more mobilized in more than 20 other cities.  Over 200…


End Washington’s economic war against Cuba! No to new sanctions!

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020

In a sharp expansion of punishing U.S. government sanctions against Cuba’s revolutionary people, the State Department Sept. 23 announced a list of 433 hotels and housing properties U.S. tourists are now barred from using. The ban is justified by saying…



Striking grocery workers in Canada win solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
Grocery store workers, members of Unifor Local 597, picket Dominion store in Newfoundland, Canada. Some 1,400 have been on strike over past month against wage cut, for full-time work.

Striking Dominion grocery store workers — on the picket lines for over a month — held a noon-hour rally at the Quidi Vidi Dominion store in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Sept. 24. Members of the Longshoreman’s Protective Union, Canadian Union of…


NJ Militant Labor Forum discusses Belarus uprising

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
Hanna Sharko, spokesperson for Belarus Together, explained mass opposition to Lukashenko regime at New Jersey Militant Labor Forum Sept. 26. Joanne Kuniansky, left, spoke for SWP.

UNION CITY, N.J. — “I am here on political asylum. I was forced to leave because of repression in Belarus eight years ago,” Hanna Sharko, one of the leaders of Belarus Together, told a Militant Labor Forum here Sept. 26.…


Drive to win new ‘Militant’ readers off to a good start

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
“I like the idea of workers acting together,” Michael Little, right, told Socialist Workers Party campaigner Dan Fein Sept. 26 in Kankakee, Illinois. Little renewed his subscription to the Militant and bought two books by SWP National Secretary Jack Barnes.

The Militant ’s eight-week drive to sell 1,200 subscriptions kicked off Sept. 26. This effort to expand the reach of the paper during and after the 2020 election is coupled with selling an equal number of books by Socialist Workers…


History comes from class struggle, not the Supreme Court

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020

Dire forebodings about Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court fill the pages of the liberal media. Liberals insist she would cement a conservative majority on the court that would form…


‘Imperialism is an arsonist setting fire to our forests’

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
Burkinabe women building terrace to prevent spread of the desert, 1986. Revolution led by Thomas Sankara mobilized peasants, workers, women to take control of their lives, country.

Thomas Sankara Speaks is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for October. Sankara was the exemplary leader of a revolution in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in Africa, from 1983 to 1987. His speeches explain how the…


Midwest farmers face crisis of mounting debt, bankruptcies

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
Nebraska hog farmer Jim Bartling feared he would have to euthanize pigs like fellow farmers when packinghouse bosses shut plants in April. More farmers are filing for bankruptcy today.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Rising debts and plummeting incomes are forcing more farmers to file for bankruptcy, despite the likelihood that federal payments supposedly to compensate farmers will hit record levels. About 580 farmers filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy protection in…


Biden, Trump defend bosses; Vote Socialist Workers Party

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
From left, retired farmers John and Robert St. Martin, and farmer Karl Butts discuss crisis facing working farmers with SWP vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett and presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, who took the picture, in Plant City, Florida, Sept. 28.

With hundreds of thousands of workers continuing to lose their jobs every week and millions more still laid off from earlier this year, President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, accuse each other of being responsible for this. …