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Vol. 78/No. 34      September 29, 2014

25, 50, and 75 Years Ago

September 29, 1989

HARTFORD, Conn. — “We came out together and we’ll go in together — that’s our motto,” said Sebastian “Chick” Faraci, one of the 850 striking workers at Colt Firearms here. Everyone around him agreed.

That day might not be too far off. After a three-and-a-half-year strike, an administrative law judge found Colt guilty of unfair labor practices on September 7. The company is ordered to rehire every striker with back pay, an amount the union estimates at $40 million. “This is a big victory and we need it,” said Faraci.

The strikers are members of United Automobile Workers Local 376. In February 1985 Colt and the union sat down to discuss a new contract. “They weren’t serious at all about negotiating,” one striker said, “and at the same time they were firing people for union activities.” After working 10 months without a contract, the unionists decided to strike.

September 28, 1964

Sept. 22 — The home of Negro rights fighter Mrs. Aylene Quinn in McComb, Miss., was bombed Sunday night, Sept. 20. Mrs. Quinn, a 42-year-old cafe operator, and her two children — Jacklin, 9, and Anthony, 5 — were injured. The front part of the house was shattered but fortunately the children were in back of the house at the time and the injuries were not serious.

Between 150 and 200 Negro residents of the area gathered around the house after the blast. When the local racist police arrived, they arrested about 20 Negroes, claiming bricks were thrown at them. About an hour later, the Negro Society Hill Baptist Church, just south of McComb, was blasted into rubble by another racist bomb.

Despite appeals throughout the summer for federal protection in Mississippi, incidents of violence and harassment were the pattern for the summer and such incidents are on the increase.

September 29, 1939

Once again American Stalinism has apparently changed its color. The bright yellow of recent years, which reflected the alliance, or attempted alliance, of Stalin and the imperialist democracies, has been suddenly transformed like the color of a chameleon on an autumn leaf, into the reddish-brown of the Stalin-Hitler pact.

Overnight the raucous demand for American participation in a holy war against German fascism in the name of democracy has given way to fervent appeals to “Keep America out of war” — against Germany. For good measure — and for the benefit of dupes — the Kremlin agents have even begun to mutter something about socialism and to threaten to “vote against war credits” in “all the belligerent countries,” including, it is to be assumed, Hitler’s Germany if and when the Communist party deputies are summoned from their concentration camps or resurrected from their graves to cast their votes in the Nazi Reichstag.  
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