Unions call general strike against coup in Myanmar

‘We will never be slaves to a military junta’
Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021
March 10 protest in Katha, farm town of 27,000 on border of Kachin and Shan ethnic regions, part of Myanmar-wide strikes and protests demanding end to military junta’s seizure of power.

Working people in Myanmar began a general strike across the country March 8, seeking to topple the military junta that seized power Feb. 1. The strike comes alongside massive protests, in spite of more deadly repression by the regime. “We…


Lessons of Cuba’s revolution can help us emulate its example

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021
University students march in Havana against Fulgencio Batista’s U.S.-backed dictatorship, April 6, 1952, a month after he overthrew the elected government in a coup. Armando Hart is sixth from left, looking at the camera. Behind, waving Cuban flag, is Raúl Castro.

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for March is Aldabonazo: Inside the Cuban Revolutionary Underground, 1952-58, a Participant’s Account by Armando Hart. He was a central organizer of the urban underground and one of the historic leaders of the…



One year since pandemic began, millions of workers need jobs, unions

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021
Volunteers give groceries to jobless workers at food bank in Lindenwold, New Jersey. In 15 states last year the percentage of working-age people with jobs fell to the lowest levels ever.

Millions of workers remain out of work a year after government-ordered pandemic shutdowns slashed jobs in factories, restaurants, hotels, retail, schools and much more. Huge numbers found themselves driven out of the working class and isolated in their homes. The…


‘Militant’ special appeal goes over $82,000 — a fantastic success!

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

Over the last two months, 191 readers have contributed $82,176 to the Militant’s special “stimulus” appeal — a fantastic response! This second “stimulus” government payout is now over. We explained when we launched the appeal in January that the funds…


Correction

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

In the article “Books by Revolutionary Leaders Sell Well at Tehran Fair” in the Militant dated March 15, the wrong name of the main sponsor of the cultural event was garbled in a copyediting error by the Militant. The sponsor…


Steelworkers at ATI vote to authorize strike

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

Some 1,300 workers at nine Allegheny Technologies Inc. steel mills held a strike authorization vote March 5 with 95% backing a walkout. “It’s time to take a stand, and stop the bleeding,” Todd Barbiaux, a crane operator and president of…


Indian farmers’ fight to defend livelihood grows

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

“Now the farmers in India are doing ‘mahapanchayats’ — really big gatherings in different villages for discussions on what they’re going to do now,” Gurcharan Singh, a construction worker in Montreal, told the Militant Feb. 28. His father, Kuldeep Singh,…


Hong Kong protest hits Beijing crackdown, blows to autonomy

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside a Hong Kong courthouse March 1 holding banners and shouting slogans in defiance of Beijing’s tightening crackdown on political space for working people. Forty-seven prominent protest leaders and opposition politicians faced charges filed under draconian…


Locked-out Marathon Petroleum workers win growing support

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021
Iron Workers Local 512 members hold banner at union solidarity rally March 6 in support of Teamsters Local 120 oil workers locked out Jan. 22 by Marathon Petroleum in Minnesota.

ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. — The 200 locked-out members of Teamsters Local 120 continue to win support and solidarity in their fight for safety against Marathon Petroleum refinery bosses here. Marathon is the largest oil refining company in the U.S.…