25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

March 9, 2020

March 13, 1995

UNION POINT, Georgia — Shouting “No justice, no peace!” more than 300 young people, workers, NAACP members, and other supporters of Black rights marched here February 25. In a victory for democratic rights, a racist ban on 21 Black youths entering downtown businesses had been lifted.

Close to 100 members of Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union marched wearing union T-shirts. Workers from the Chipman-Union hosiery plant, who won union certification in 1993, carried signs calling for a decent contract.

ACTWU members Scottie Williams and Mark Tolbert distributed “End Discrimination at Chipman-Union” and End Discrimination in Union Point” stickers. “It’s clear to me that the fight in the plant and the city are identical,” said Williams.

March 13, 1970

Plans are well under way for the spring antiwar offensive. National Antidraft Week March 16-22 is now off the ground, Carol Lipman, national executive secretary of the Student Mobilization Committee, stated March 3.

“Massive actions will take place during the Antidraft Week. They should be independent of the government’s parties and institutions. Our demands should be clear and simple: Abolish the draft. Free all victims of military compulsion. All out for Antidraft week.”

Tying in with Vietnam Week April 13-18 will be a national referendum on campuses across the country on the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Vietnam.

In many major cities plans are beginning to take shape for mass actions against the war on April 15.

March 10, 1945

In Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Syria lies a modern capitalist Eden in the form of the world’s richest oil deposits. This is why [President Franklin] Roosevelt went from Yalta to Great Bitter Lake where he held court for the three kings of the Orient — King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, King Farouk of Egypt and Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia.

The lavish arrangements for Roosevelt’s reception of these potentates were part of extensive preparations by U.S. imperialism for its drive to dominate the Middle East. Several official missions have recently returned from that area with reports surveying the situation. They have carefully studied the measure of British control and sought ways and means for Wall Street to muscle in on this rich domain that British imperialism has so long exploited.