U.S. gov’t to execute first woman in nearly 70 years

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020
Protest at Indiana federal prison Aug. 26 against execution of a Native American, Lezmond Mitchell, opposed by Navajo Nation leaders. U.S. executions are among highest in the world.

The U.S. government has scheduled the first execution of a woman in nearly 70 years, setting a Dec. 8 date to put Lisa Montgomery to death. This will be the eighth federal execution since mid-July after a 17-year break in…

Forum protests NZ gov’t raid on NKorea friendship group

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Police raided the homes of two leaders of the New Zealand-Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Society, which provides humanitarian aid and solidarity to the people of North Korea, Oct. 19. An investigator from the police Financial…

Visually impaired unionists fight layoffs, for safety

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

CINCINNATI — Teamsters-organized workers at the factory run by the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired here are fighting back against layoffs, wage cuts and unsafe working conditions. Two-thirds of these 65 workers, members of Teamsters Local 100,…

Social crisis, union fight mark life in Arizona mining towns

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020
“Workers in this country have the sheer numbers, so they keep us down and divided,” Iris Lamb, left, told Socialist Workers party member Ellie García. “A powder keg is building up.”

KEARNY, Ariz. — Like other workers across the country, miners and others in Arizona’s “copper triangle” are facing an unprecedented economic and social crisis. Over 60% of copper produced in the U.S. comes from the state and despite some mine…

Cops videocam shows Walter Wallace shot in cold blood

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds turned out for the Nov. 7 funeral service at the National Temple Baptist Church in North Philadelphia commemorating the life of Walter Wallace Jr. He was killed by Philadelphia cops Sean Matarazzo and Thomas Munz Oct. 26.…

Belarus regime attacks protests, forced to free unionists

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

Many thousands protested in Minsk, the capital, and in other cities across Belarus Nov. 8. They marched despite the authoritarian government of Alexander Lukashenko sending in riot police, who broke up converging columns of demonstrators before they could rally in…

Bolshevik Revolution showed road forward in Transcaucasus

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020
Armenia-Azerbaijan Map

Weeks of fighting in the southern Caucasus between the regimes in Azerbaijan and Armenia over control of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has taken a big toll on working people throughout the area. With the Turkish government backing Azerbaijan and Moscow…

Newfoundland strikers vote on Dominion’s ‘final offer’

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

The 1,400 workers who belong to Unifor Local 597 on strike at the Dominion supermarket chain in Newfoundland started voting on a “final” contract proposal from the company Nov. 9. The balloting continues at the picket lines until Nov. 13.…

Primary care nurses strike across New Zealand

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020
Primary care workers in New Zealand Nurses Organization rally in Auckland Nov. 9 as part of 24-hour strike backing equal pay with nursing counterparts in public hospitals nationwide.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Over 100 primary care workers held a lively picket here Nov. 9. It was part of a 24-hour strike and protest actions by over 3,000 nurses and administration and reception staff from family doctor offices and…

Chicago feed workers strike for better pay and conditions

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

CHICAGO — Twenty-eight members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881 at ReConserve went on strike Nov. 2 for better pay and conditions. The company takes food scraps and converts them into feed for pigs and chickens. The plant…