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Vol. 81/No. 16       April 24 2017


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

April 24, 1992
PEORIA, Illinois — Socialist Workers Party candidates James Warren and Estelle DeBates brought their campaign for U.S. president and vice president to Peoria, Illinois, April 6 to show solidarity with striking Caterpillar workers.

Strikers discussed with Warren that one of the main arguments Caterpillar uses against the workers is the need for the company to be globally competitive.

Warren answered, “One thing we can answer is that we should reach out to workers in other countries and say we have a common struggle. Look at Caterpillar with plants all over the world. This strike affects workers all over the world. We can turn Caterpillar’s ‘global competition’ argument around on them by fighting for global solidarity.”

April 24, 1967
April 15 was a historic day. A relatively small group armed with a correct idea and assessment organized the biggest anti-war demonstration that this country has ever seen.

Nearly half a million people participated. The mobilization urged the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam and the right of the Vietnamese to self-determination. All the effort in the world could not have built this kind of an action if there were not the political basis for it.

A New York Times editorial the morning of the mobilization sanctimoniously advised that the action would have neither political nor moral impact. Nearly half a million Americans demonstrated they think otherwise.

April 25, 1942
China’s war is the struggle of a semi-colonial country for its national independence. China’s main enemy today is Japan, the imperialist invader. The victory of China over Japan would be a powerful blow against the whole imperialist world and an inspiration to all oppressed peoples.

We oppose any subordination of China’s war for freedom to the aims and strategy of the imperialist allies of China.

Has China’s war come under the control of China’s imperialist allies? What has happened since Dec. 7 and the extension of the world war to the Pacific?

The struggle for national liberation has become stronger, rather than weaker. The grip of Washington and London has been loosened on China.  
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