25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

February 5, 2018

February 5, 1993

Another battle in the fight to defend women’s right to abortion has been waged in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of pro-choice activists successfully mobilized against Operation Rescue’s attempt to shut down abortion clinics in that city January 23. The response of young people to calls to defend the clinics once again points the road forward in the struggle to defend democratic rights today.

Antiabortion forces planned demonstrations and clinic blockades January 20-23 in response to the 20th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade court decision that expanded the right to abortion. These anti-choice groups were able to gather 75,000 for a march and rally January 22. But when they attempted to shut down three clinics the following day, they were met by an effective defense guard of pro-choice fighters.

February 5, 1968

The dramatic guerrilla attack on at least 11 provincial capitals and U.S. bases in South Vietnam is still continuing in all but two places. It has already spectacularly refuted key contentions of U.S. and Saigon military authorities.

For months, U.S. officials have been feeding stories to the press about the “sagging morale” of the guerrilla troops and their “loss of the will to fight.”

These attacks show that the morale of the Vietnamese patriots is high and that they are heroically determined to fight to the end to liberate their country.

“In all the raids,” New York Times Saigon correspondent Tom Buckley conceded, “the enemy displayed coordination and offensive strength without precedent in the war.” The NLF attacks hit every large city and Saigon was forced to bomb a “controlled” city to repulse the guerrilla offensive.

February 6, 1943

Working class resentment against rising prices, new tax burdens and monopoly-induced shortages is forcing the leaders of the trade union movement to come out in opposition to the War Labor Board’s Little Steel wage formula, which prohibits any increase of more than 15% over wage levels of Jan., 1941 and which has resulted in the freezing of most workers’ wages since May, 1942.

During the last two weeks leaders of several of the most powerful unions in the country openly called for a revision of the WLB’s formula, demanding that wages be brought in line with living costs.

“Since the adoption of the Little Steel formula,” said ILGWU [International Ladies Garment Workers Union] President David Dubinsky, “the cost of living has gone up 22%, while the dressmakers, in that period, have had an increase of only 10%.”