Ontario teachers unions protest attacks on wages and class size

Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020
Four teachers unions and their supporters organized picketing in Toronto Jan. 20 as part of rotating strikes across Ontario against the provincial government’s attempt to cut school funding.

BURLINGTON, Ontario — Hundreds of teachers and community supporters picketed outside the Central Public Elementary School here Jan. 23, part of province-wide, weekly rotating strikes against the Ontario government’s attempts to cut school funding. Tens of thousands of Ontario teachers,…


Parents protest asbestos threat in Philadelphia schools

Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020

PHILADELPHIA — On the way home after work Jan. 17, I drove past a demonstration of parents, teachers and students from McClure Elementary School a few blocks from my row house. They were protesting elevated levels of asbestos at the…


Back protests against gov’t repression in Iran and Iraq

Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020
Jan. 29 protest in Baghdad against gov’t repression, Tehran intervention.

Many liberal editorial writers claimed that the Jan. 2 U.S. military operation that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani would cause people to unite behind the regimes in Iran and Iraq in outrage. Soleimani commanded the Iranian rulers’ Quds Force, the wing…



Join the Socialist Workers Party 2020 US presidential campaign!

Fight for what you’re for, not what you’re against!
Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020
SWP vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett, at left, joins presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy on autoworkers’ picket line in Arlington, Texas, during GM strike last fall. Right, Kennedy discusses politics, SWP program with Jason Denton on his doorstep in Dallas, Jan. 25, 2019.

“The Socialist Workers Party campaign presents a road forward for working-class struggle to advance the self-confidence, fighting capacities and class consciousness of working people,” Alyson Kennedy, SWP candidate for president in 2020, told the Militant. The party announced Jan. 29…


Meet the SWP candidates:
Alyson Kennedy & Malcolm Jarrett

Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020

Alyson Kennedy Alyson Kennedy grew up in Indianapolis, where she was attracted to the massive battles she followed on TV against racist cops and KKK thugs across the South that tore down Jim Crow segregation, strengthening the whole working class.…


Solidarity bolsters copper miners’ fight against Asarco union busting

Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020
Striking copper workers’ contingent joins Martin Luther King Day parade in Tucson, Jan. 20.

HAYDEN, Ariz. — Workers on strike against copper giant Asarco are winning solidarity in their hard-fought four-month-long battle against the company’s drive to impose steep concessions and bust their unions. “We’re doing this for the next generation, for those who…


Victory! Indiana prison officials overturn ban on the ‘Militant’

Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020

A victory has been won in the fight to reverse impoundments of the Militant  from subscriber  Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, who is incarcerated at the Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana. “I am writing on behalf of the Indiana Department of Correction…


Cuba’s socialist revolution, China and the world class struggle today

Cuban Revolution shows what’s possible when working people take power, transforming ourselves as we transform class relations of life and work
Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020
Above, mobilization in Havana’s Chinatown on the 11th anniversary of Chinese Revolution, October 1960, as Cuban toilers were expropriating domestic and imperialist capital. Inset, laundry worker, Havana, 1940s. “Absence of anti-Chinese discrimination today,” Mary-Alice Waters points out, is product of Cuba’s socialist revolution.

The following is the presentation by Mary-Alice Waters, who spoke as part of a panel discussion in Guangzhou, China, one of some 50 during the 10th International Conference of ISSCO, the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas. The…


SWP 1968 candidate takes antiwar campaign to GIs in Vietnam

Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for January is Cointelpro: The FBI’s Secret War on Political Freedom by Nelson Blackstock. The extent of this decadeslong FBI disruption campaign against labor and political groups was exposed by the Socialist Workers…