Join 2020 May Day international brigade to Cuba!

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

“I have been wanting to go to Cuba ever since I heard about the May Day brigade. I think it is a great opportunity to exchange culture and check out the political differences between Cuba and the U.S.,” Brian Wickman,…

Fight for gov’t-funded, cradle-to-grave health care!

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

The U.S. government, the most powerful imperialist power on the planet, like every other capitalist power around the world, is far from prepared for the spread of coronavirus. The virus is new, no one is immune, and it will take…

Kennedy: ‘All workers should back Asarco strike’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

SAHUARITA, Ariz. — “I will get out the word about your strike wherever I go. This strike is important and bringing more solidarity to bear is important. My campaign is behind you 100%,” Alyson Kennedy, SWP candidate for U.S. president,…

Back Socialist Workers Party 2020 campaign Contribute to $25,000 fund!

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

Socialist Workers Party candidates Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett are on the campaign trail, speaking at public meetings; talking to working people door to door in cities and towns, small and large; joining social protests; walking picket lines with workers…

Bosses step up spying on workers — on and off the job

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

Bosses across the country are seeking greater control over workers’ lives, both on and off the job. This includes more sophisticated surveillance of employees at work and new rules to force workers to change their health and personal habits, and…

‘Communism is not a doctrine but a movement’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Meatpackers march June 12, 2000, from United Food and Commercial Workers union hall in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Dakota Premium plant gate in fight that won union recognition. Communists “have no interests separate and apart from those of the proletariat as a whole,” wrote Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in the Communist Manifesto. “They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own, by which to shape and mold the proletarian movement.”

Below is a chapter from The Turn to Industry: Forging a Proletarian Party by Socialist Workers Party National Secretary Jack Barnes. It is entitled, “Communism Is Not a Doctrine but a Movement.” Copyright © 2019 by Pathfinder Press. Reprinted by…

‘We need a labor party, independent of the bosses’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy speaks to meeting at Louisville apartment complex Feb. 20, hosted by resident Lamont Anthony, seated behind podium.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — “We don’t say, ‘Vote for me and I’ll fix everything,’” Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, told a meeting at the Mount Lebanon of Cedars apartments community room here Feb. 20. Instead, Kennedy, running mate…

Capitalist two party system’s stability won’t be restored

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

The deep divisions in the Democratic Party continue to chafe as Bernie Sanders, who says he is a democratic socialist, is leading the party’s early primaries. His centrist opponents are desperate to prevent him from getting the nomination and stop…

‘Second-class status of women arose with class society’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Women garment workers in Dhaka fighting for union rights, better wages and conditions, October 2014. Bangladeshi “fashion” industry workforce of 4 million is 80% female. Women in these factories have joined union struggles, advancing their confidence and status.

The Spanish-language edition of Cosmetics, Fashions, and the Exploitation of Women by Joseph Hansen, Evelyn Reed and Mary-Alice Waters is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for March. This Marxist classic on women’s liberation began as a 1954 debate…

New Zealand protesters say ‘Abortion is not a crime’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Feb. 18 march in support of abortion rights in Auckland, New Zealand.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “I am a young person who doesn’t believe abortion should be in the Crimes Act,” high school student Lucy Mackenzie told the crowd as she kicked off a rally here Feb. 18 demanding a woman’s right…