Vote Socialist Workers Party! Expand reach of ‘Militant’

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020
Cab driver Abekuya talks with SWP vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett Oct. 15. Uber, Lyft, taxi drivers need to organize a union to fight for higher wages, better conditions, Jarrett says.

NEW YORK — “Over the next 16 days the Socialist Workers Party presidential ticket and its 23 other candidates will boldly present a revolutionary working-class platform as we reach out to workers and other exploited producers,” Alyson Kennedy, the party’s…


Nigeria rulers face growing protests against brutal cop units

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020
Tens of thousands of workers and youth have demonstrated in October across Nigeria to demand government’s repressive SARS police unit be dissolved. Above, Oct. 11 rally in Lagos.

Tens of thousands of workers and youth have protested against police brutality in more than 100 cities across Nigeria since Oct. 8. From Lagos to rural areas, demonstrators are demanding that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian cops be…


Determination to bring down regime fuels months of protests in Belarus

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020
Retirees at Minsk, Belarus, Oct. 19 “March of Wisdom” demand resignation of dictator Alexander Lukashenko. They chant, “Our will cannot be broken” and “We can! We will win!”

Despite a threat by the government to use live ammunition against demonstrators, some 50,000 marched in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, Oct. 18. Many thousands more rallied in cities across the country demanding President Alexander Lukashenko step down, and in…


Quebec meeting celebrates fight against 1970 War Measures Act

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020
Militant  coverage of Nov. 21, 1981, Ottawa rally of 100,000 workers. Working people in Quebec and across Canada defeated rulers’ 1970 repression, spurring struggles for Quebec national rights, advancing united labor battles and helped build the communist movement in Canada.

MONTREAL — A special Militant Labor Forum organized here Oct. 17 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the accomplishments of the communist movement in helping lead the fight against the capitalist rulers’ imposition of the War Measures Act. The speakers were…


Organizing the South remains a key challenge before labor

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020
Steelworkers Local 8888 victory demonstration at Newport News, Virginia, shipyard in 1979. Drive led by Black workers to organize 18,000 there showed possibilities for organizing South.

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for October is Labor’s Giant Step — The First Twenty Years of the CIO: 1936-55 by Art Preis. Preis, a participant in labor battles in the 1930s, became a staff writer for the…


UK bosses go after workers while London-EU talks stall

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020
Nurses in London demonstrate Aug. 8 demanding pay raise. End of government pandemic benefits Oct. 31 means millions more workers face pay cuts, alongside rising joblessness.

LONDON — With the U.K.’s “transition” out of the European Union’s trading arrangements ending Dec. 31, talks between London and EU leaders in Brussels over a post-Brexit trade deal have hit the rocks.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson blames Brussels. The…


After bitter 9-month strike, Asarco miners keep up fight

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020
Delegation of refinery workers from United Steelworkers Local 675 in Los Angeles County presents donations to Asarco strikers in Arizona last December. Solidarity was key to the strike.

KEARNY, Ariz. — “The fight continues,” United Steelworkers Local 5252 President Lyle Murphy told these two Militant  worker-correspondents when we stopped by the union hall here. We were in Kearny and other area copper towns Sept. 28-29 to talk with…


Dominion grocery strikers expand picketing, seek support

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020

After more than eight weeks on strike, 100 Dominion grocery chain workers took their picket line to the Loblaw distribution center at the Donovans Industrial Park in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Oct. 15. This warehouse supplies Loblaw-owned outfits across the Canadian…


Colombia miners strike over coal boss concession demands

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020
March supports strike of El Cerrejón open-pit coal miners Oct. 9 in Villanueva, Colombia. Banner says, “No to the death shift,” opposing bosses’ demand for dangerous work schedule.

Hundreds of miners, family members and supporters from indigenous, Afro-Colombian and other groups marched through the streets of Riohacha and several other towns in the Northeast region of Colombia Oct. 9 to support the strike at El Cerrejón open-pit coal…


Fight against Florida prison ban on the ‘Militant’

Vol. 84/No. 43 - November 2, 2020

In response to a broad array of organizations and individuals speaking out, prison authorities in Florida recently ended a ban on several issues of the Militant  that they had suppressed for reporting on unconstitutional impoundments of the paper. But they…