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Rail workers fight attacks by bosses and their gov’t

LINCOLN, Neb. — It has become increasingly clear to a growing layer of working people over the last year that the fight of the rail workers and their unions against the profit-driven rail bosses and their government allies in Washington is a class against class struggle. All 12 rail unions agreed to strike Dec. 9. “Across each Class 1 railroad system…

UAW calls Dec. 17 ‘Solidarity Day’ for Case strikers

Striking members of United Auto Workers Local 180 and their supporters are building a “Solidarity Day” for Dec. 17 to press their contract fight against the bosses at Case New Holland. “It’s being broadcast in a lot of places,” Yasin Mahdi, president of Local 180, told the Militant Nov. 23. “People will be bringing presents for strikers’…

Tehran regime repression fails to stop protests and strikes in Iran

Despite the death of more than 400 protesters and the arrests of thousands, the bourgeois clerical regime in Iran has not been able to stop working people and youth from joining protests and strikes that have swept the country since the death of Mahsa Amini Sept. 16. The young Kurdish woman died three days after she was detained by the “morality”…

International conference discusses conditions facing overseas Chinese, US-Beijing conflict

SAN FRANCISCO — Conditions facing Chinese in the United States and around the world coping with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and the sharpening conflicts between Washington and Beijing was the theme of this year’s conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, held here Nov. 11-12. The event was attended by…

Democrats, antifa push anti-Catholic attacks, bigotry

Over the last two years there have been at least 170 attacks on Catholic churches across the U.S. In 38 states and the District of Columbia, week after week churches have had services disrupted, windows broken out, bullets shot through doors, or have been spray-painted or set afire. In October alone four churches were damaged, including by a fire set…

Support Ukraine independence! Moscow troops get out now!

The Ukrainian people are waging a determined fight to push Moscow’s invading forces out of their country and restore their sovereignty over all Ukraine. The Kremlin’s incessant airstrikes that have targeted vital infrastructure and left 6 million without power have just intensified their resolve. Russian President Vladimir Putin faces rising opposition…

SWP launches 2023 campaign: Ilona Gersh for Chicago mayor

CHICAGO — The Socialist Workers Party announced Nov. 29 that it is running Ilona Gersh, a lifelong fighter for the interests of the working class, for mayor of Chicago. Gersh is a bakery worker and member of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union Local 1. She is challenging a crowded field of varied capitalist candidates in…

On eve of WWII, rulers task FBI as Washington’s political police

Fifty Years of Covert Operations in the US: Washington’s Political Police and the American Working Class by Larry Seigle, Farrell Dobbs and Steve Clark is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for December. It marks the capitalist rulers’ decision to turn the FBI into their political police and the historic victory in defense of constitutional…

Chinese American scientists beat back FBI ‘spy’ frame-up attempts

SAN FRANCISCO — At a Nov. 12 program during the conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas here (see accompanying article), three Chinese scientists, all naturalized U.S. citizens, gave powerful accounts of how they stood up to FBI attempts to frame them on espionage and other charges, won support and prevailed. Sherry…

Defend right to strike! Support rail workers!

Working people have every interest in backing the struggle of rail workers against the attacks of the bosses and opposing government intervention aimed at crippling their use of union power. Both President Joseph Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi seek to turn workers and farmers against rail workers, undermine solidarity with their struggle and weaken…

Book fair marked by solidarity with Iranian protests

Shafaq NewsShafaq News SULAYMANIYAH — While browsing at the Pathfinder booth at the book fair, student Nwa Abdullah described a Sept. 28 demonstration here, above, in solidarity with protests in Iran, shortly after the killing of Jina Amini. The demonstration was attacked by riot police using tear gas, as was a demonstration in Erbil. “Attacking…

Defend Cuba-Puerto Rico solidarity mural in Harlem!

NEW YORK — “No matter how many times the right wing defaces this mural, we will restore it,” Marina Ortiz told a couple dozen people at a speak-out in front of the “Dos Alas” (two wings) mural here in the heart of East Harlem Nov. 19. The mural, which depicts Puerto Rican Nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos and Argentine-born Ernesto Che…

Are there too many babies? The myth of overpopulation

Howls of impending doom and gloom spread through the liberal capitalist media after the United Nations announced the world population hit 8 billion in November. Many self-appointed population “experts” have determined this means the planet has reached its maximum “carrying capacity.” Any further growth will spread mounting hunger as the numbers…

Biscuit factory workers in Britain strike for wage raises

LIVERPOOL, England — Some 700 workers at Jacob’s Cream Crackers plant here walked out on an indefinite strike Nov. 14 in a fight for higher wages. The factory is one of several in the country owned by Pladis, which its website says is “one of the world’s leading snacking companies.” GMB union members began striking one shift per week in September…

University of California strikers picket, win widespread support

LOS ANGELES — Chanting “What’s disgusting? Union busting! What’s outrageous? Poverty wages,” hundreds of striking University of California at Los Angeles teaching assistants and other workers and their supporters picketed across the campus here Nov. 17. Nearly 48,000 University of California researchers, teaching assistants, graders and others…

US railroad unions set Dec. 9 strike deadline

LINCOLN, Neb. — A class showdown looms today on the railroads. The largest rail union — the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers union, or SMART-TD — which organizes over 30,000 conductors, brakemen, yardmen and some of the locomotive engineers — voted to reject the rail bosses’ latest contract offer. The result of the vote was…

IAM members strike for higher wages, better work schedules

AMHERST, Ohio — Members of International Association of Machinists Local 1802 went on strike here against Nordson Industrial Coatings Systems Nov. 14 after soundly rejecting the company’s “last, best and final” offer. Their previous contract expired the day before. Over 130 workers are on strike. For the majority it’s the first time they’ve…

Special ‘Militant’ ‘tax rebate’ fund donations hit $5,020

“Enclosed is a check for $700 for the Militant. We appreciate the invitation made in the paper to contribute California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s contemptuous bribe aimed at corralling some votes for the Democrats in the 2022 election.” This note came from Jim Altenberg and Carole Lesnick in Oakland. “No one can possibly believe that the meager check…

‘Solidarity, internationalism at heart of Cuba’s revolution’

Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle Against Ebola in West Africa by Enrique Ubieta is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for November. Ubieta has written about the work of Cuba’s internationalist doctors and nurses in some of the remote areas of Central and Latin America. Here he tells how Cuba’s revolutionary government responded to the call for…

Oil workers in the Bay Area fight over long hours, low pay

RICHMOND, Calif. — “Why are workers here angry? It’s the lack of respect, the arrogance of the company,” striker Frank Aguirre told this Militant worker-correspondent March 27 as I joined him picketing outside the Chevron oil refinery here. The workers went on strike six days earlier, fighting over onerous work schedules, safety and wages. Aguirre…

Working people in Ukraine resist invasion by Moscow

Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has been stalled in a number of areas by fierce Ukrainian armed opposition, along with spirited protests in occupied cities. After raining destruction on civilian populations to try to hammer them into submission, Moscow is stepping up efforts to expand and consolidate its hold on territory it has seized in eastern Ukraine…

Rifts at NATO gathering as rulers prepare for more wars

Moscow’s deadly war against working people in Ukraine was the backdrop for a gathering of imperialist rulers in Brussels March 24. President Joseph Biden and government heads from Germany, Britain, France and 26 other capitalist countries announced decisions to boost NATO deployments across Eastern Europe and impose harsher sanctions against Russia…

India students protest gov’t ban on wearing hijab in class

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Students in the Indian state of Karnataka have mounted protests after the state’s high court March 15 upheld a government ban on young women wearing headscarves in schools and colleges. Muslim students from several parts of the state took to the streets the following day. Shopkeepers in Bhatkal shut their stores in solidarity…

S. Carolina offers ‘choice’ of being killed by firing squad

The South Carolina Department of Corrections announced March 18 that it will now organize executions by firing squad, which was legalized last year after a decadelong halt in carrying out any death sentences. The law, adopted last May, makes South Carolina’s 109-year-old electric chair the state’s primary means of execution, while granting inmates…

Protesters demand: ‘End US economic war on Cuba!’

Some 40 people rallied in Miami, above, and then caravanned in 20 cars through the streets of Little Havana to City Hall March 27, part of an international day of action demanding an end to Washington’s over 60-year economic war against Cuba. “We will continue the caravans on the last Sunday of every month until the blockade is lifted,” Roberto…


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