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Vol. 74/No. 18      May 10, 2010

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May 10, 1985
The May 1 announcement by the White House of plans to impose an embargo on all trade with Nicaragua is a qualitative escalation of the U.S. war against that country.

The tens of thousands of unionists, Blacks, Latinos, students, and other young people who demonstrated against U.S. intervention in Central America on April 20 should build on the success of that action by protesting this latest attack on Nicaragua. Through our unions, civil rights organizations, solidarity groups, and April Action Coalitions we must answer this escalation of the U.S. war.

The U.S. economic sanctions include: halting the purchase by the United States of all Nicaraguan products; stopping U.S. exports to Nicaragua except those destined for the “organized democratic resistance”; cancellation of landing rights in the United States for Aeronica, the Nicaraguan Airline.  
May 9, 1960
LOS ANGELES—The truth about the Cuban revolution was brought to more than a million people here this weekend as Farrell Dobbs, presidential nominee of the Socialist Workers Party, opened a national speaking tour intended to combat the campaign of smear and slander inspired by the State Department against Cuba. Dobbs recently returned from a visit to Cuba, where he studied the revolution at first hand.

Last night Dobbs addressed an overflow May Day rally of the Socialist Workers Party and tomorrow night he is scheduled to be interviewed on the popular TV program the Tom Duggan show.

“The only presidential candidate who supports the Cuban revolution. That’s how Farrell Dobbs of the Socialist Workers Party described himself in Los Angeles today,” reported Ed Fleming of KABC.  
May 11, 1935
TOLEDO, Ohio—As we go to press, word comes from Toledo that the Chevrolet strikers have rejected the company’s “peace” proposals by an overwhelming majority. The election conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, showed a vote of 1,251 against acceptance and only 605 for. The strikers are jubilant at their victory. The militancy of their ranks has been strengthened all along the line.

After a week of decisive and militant action in which the Toledo strikers tied up almost the entire Chevrolet division of General Motors and spread the strike to Cleveland, Atlanta, and Norwood, Ohio, Francis Dillon, national A. F. of L organizer in the automobile industry, succeeded in diverting the strike from the picket lines to the ballot booths and in curbing the walkout of 9,000 Buick workers in Flint who had previously voted to go on strike.  
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