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Vol. 73/No. 46      November 30, 2009

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November 30, 1984
WASHINGTON—Terrorist opponents of women’s rights struck again when bombs ripped through a women’s medical center and a Planned Parenthood office near here early on the morning of November 19.

At 6:15 a.m. a powerful bomb exploded at the back door of the Metropolitan Medical and Women’s Center in Wheaton, Maryland. The center provides women’s medical care and abortions. The back of the clinic was blown apart, and windows in the front of the building were shattered by the force of the blast. The two-alarm fire triggered by the bomb destroyed the clinic. Police estimated the damage at $350,000.

Five minutes later a second bomb exploded at the back door of the Randolph Medical Center a mile away in Rockville, Maryland. Planned Parenthood has an office on the third floor of the building and provides contraceptive information and counseling there.  
November 30, 1959
Shouting “Yankees, go home,” hooting and jeering at its “disclosures,” the Puerto Rican people gave the House Un-American Activities Committee the hottest reception of its infamous history. In fact, the witch-hunters concluded the hearings abruptly with four witnesses yet to go.

“The Committee’s effort to produce sensations met with laughter on the part of the crowded hearing,” reports the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee in a Nov. 20 release.

“Pickets marched and chanted outside. Forty outstanding citizens signed a protest which was carried as an advertisement in papers. Sixty-nine members of the faculty of the University of Puerto Rico issued a concurring statement, joining the protest, and political demonstrations against the Committee’s intrusion were held throughout the island.”  
December 8, 1934
The first mass meeting held by the Workers Party drew twelve hundred workers as, winding up a week of conventions, the Party made its first public appearance at Germania Hall Sunday night.

Addressing the largest group of workers brought together by a political program in recent years outside the reformist and Stalinist ranks, representative leaders reflected in their appearance and addresses a cross section of the proletarian foundations of the Workers Party.

Vincent R. Dunne, one of the three brothers all of whom were leaders of the Minneapolis drivers in their victorious strikes earlier this year, told of the rising progressive movement in the labor unions throughout the Minnesota district. The need to include in the ranks of the revolutionary working class movement the decisive sections of the twelve million Negro masses was brought to the fore by three leading Negro delegates.  
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