Crisis deepens in Democratic party in fight over nominee

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

The crisis wracking the Democratic Party is escalating amid debate over selecting a candidate capable of preventing what the party considers “unthinkable” — President Donald Trump winning reelection in November. And their debate over what kind of ideology to run…

SWP campaign: Back workers’ fights for better wages, working conditions

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Dennis Richter, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Congress in California, discusses party’s working-class program with dental assistant Mayra Mejía in Lathrop Feb. 16.

LATHROP, Calif. — Socialist Workers Party candidates campaigning for the party’s national ticket headed by Alyson Kennedy for U.S. president and Malcolm Jarrett for vice president are talking with workers about the party’s platform to confront the economic, social and…

Walmart turns loose its robot delivery cars

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

While Amazon is gearing up to begin drone deliveries directly to customers’ doorsteps, Walmart has partnered with robotics company Nuro and is building self-driving vehicles to deliver groceries. They plan to run these vehicles in Houston early this year. These…

Join Asarco strikers at Feb. 24 rally!

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

Workers forced out on strike by Asarco copper bosses in Arizona and Texas are coming together Feb. 24 to protest outside the national conference of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration at the Convention Center in Phoenix. Some 6,000…

For second time in 2 months, CP oil train derails and burns

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Derailed Canadian Pacific oil train burns near town of Guernsey, Saskatchewan, Feb. 6.

MONTREAL — A Canadian Pacific oil train derailed, crashed and burned near the small community of Guernsey, Saskatchewan, Feb. 6, the second time this has happened there in two months. With toxic smoke spewing into the air 80 people were…

Chicago judge throws out Gerald Reed’s acquittal

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

CHICAGO — In December 2018, Cook County Judge Thomas Gainer overturned Gerald Reed’s 1991 conviction on murder charges, ruling his “confession” had been extracted through torture. Still Reed languished in jail, because prosecutors objected to his release prior to a…

Eyewitness to Iran protests: ‘They lie, trample our rights’

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Sari, northern Iran, Nov. 16, 2019. Sparked by hikes in gas prices, protests mark growing unrest with regime’s expansionist military aims in region, taking big toll in soldiers’ lives and social needs of workers and farmers.

The following interview was conducted in December 2019 with a participant in one of the protests by workers and youth that spread across Iran’s cities, working-class suburbs and rural towns in mid-November. It was received by the Militant  in the…

Airline catering workers stage nationwide protest

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

SEATTLE — Nearly 100 airline catering workers and supporters rallied and marched at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Feb. 14 demanding their bosses negotiate a new contract. The workers are part of 20,000 union members at  LSG Sky Chefs and Gate…