25, 50, and 75 Years Ago

November 9, 2020

November 13, 1995

SEATTLE — The International Association of Machinists has scheduled a solidarity rally in support of strikers at Boeing. No contract talks have taken place since October 5, when 32,500 IAM members overwhelmingly rejected Boeing’s three-year contract offer.

Picket lines remain solid. Teamsters at Boeing are contributing $10 per member to the union food bank. The last week of October, 150 members of IAM District 142 from TransWorld Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Continental joined the picket line in front of Boeing’s corporate headquarters. IAM mechanics from Alaska Airlines, along with members of the Association of Flight Attendants, organized a car caravan to the picket lines from the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

The mood on the picket lines is bolstered by each expression of support for the strike. 

November 13, 1970

The National Peace Action Coalition registered a major accomplishment with the Oct. 31 demonstrations against the war in Vietnam.

Since the inception of the movement, election periods have proven the most difficult for organizing massive demonstrations. Substantial numbers in the antiwar coalitions have turned to garnering votes for one or another major party “peace” candidate. The process was compounded by the current Nixon campaign to swindle the American people into believing he intends to wind up the war. The total capitulation of Democratic and Republican “doves” to the Nixon fraud was a boost to war efforts.

Despite these obstacles NPAC succeeded in initiating demonstrations in well over 30 areas of the country. NPAC succeeded in counterposing the demand for immediate U.S. withdrawal to Nixon’s crooked “peace” ploy. 

November 10, 1945

NEW YORK — More than 200,000 Jews crowded into Madison Square Park October 24, in the largest protest against Britain’s White Paper in this city.

The meeting represented a cry of anguish of a tormented people at the treatment accorded to it by its own “allies.” With almost eight million Jews wiped out by Hitler, the true meaning of Jewish “liberation” by the victorious Allies is becoming clearer every day.

The several hundred thousand Jews left in Europe live in utter destitution and misery, most in concentration camps maintained by the Allies. Conditions in these camps are “shocking” and “reminiscent of Hitler’s regime,” according to a recent official report to President Truman.

Anti-Semitic outrages — not Hitler’s “invention,” but one of the vile outgrowths of capitalism in its decay — are still being perpetrated.