US gov’t steps up executions, kills 7th prisoner in 3 months

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020
Lisa Brown, mother of Christopher Vialva, speaks at anti-death-penalty rally Sept. 24 at federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, hours before her son was executed. Poster shows his picture.

The U.S. government executed Christopher Vialva Sept. 24, the seventh federal inmate to be put to death since mid-July. These are the first federal executions to occur after a 17-year hiatus, and the most in a single year since before…

New Hong Kong protests defy cops, repression

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020

Despite a severe crackdown by 6,000 police, justified by authorities using harsh COVID-19 restrictions, thousands of protesters fighting for political rights and against control from Beijing took to the streets in Hong Kong Oct. 1. The date is celebrated as…

Should I hold my nose and vote for the ‘lesser evil’?

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020

“I’d rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don’t want and get it,” Eugene V. Debs, the presidential candidate for the Socialist Party and supporter of the 1917 Russian Revolution, told working…

Canada Dominion workers win solidarity in six-week-long strike

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020
Dominion strikers, members of Unifor Local 597 in Stephenville, Newfoundland, join “Orange Shirt Day” protest to mark crimes committed against Native peoples in residential schools.

“Money, money, money — that’s Galen Weston. As long as he can take care of himself and his family that’s all he cares about,” a striking Dominion grocery store worker on the picket line in Newfoundland says in a TV…

Ky. Teamsters continue strike for contract at DSI Tunneling

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Thirteen steel fabrication workers, who voted in the Teamsters union at DSI Tunneling here last November, have been on strike for their first contract since Aug. 4. They are hanging tough on the picket line and continue…

Operating Engineers enter fifth week of strike against Macy’s

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — Over 70 members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39 are on strike against Macy’s department stores throughout Northern California and in Reno, Nevada. All the strikers are concentrating their picket lines at the Union…

For federal public works program to provide jobs

Bosses announce more layoffs, attacks on wages, job safety
Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020
Workers at Shop-Vac company demonstrate at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, plant Sept. 28 after company announced it was shutting down three plants and laying off 427 workers.

“You’re in good hands at Allstate,” the familiar TV commercial says. But the bosses of this large insurance company announced this week they are eliminating 3,800 workers. Allstate is one of a number of big capitalist outfits slashing its workforce…

For a shorter workweek with no cut in pay to stop job cuts!

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020

This statement was issued by Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, Oct. 7. In the hands of the Democrats and Republicans, the two parties of ruling capitalist families, billions of dollars in government handouts have flowed into the…

Laws protect cops in lack of charges over Taylor killing

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After a grand jury here failed to indict the cops who killed Breonna Taylor, a Jefferson Circuit Court judge ordered the release of parts of the recording of the jury’s proceedings. Taylor, a 26-year-old African American medical…