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Vol. 74/No. 32      August 23, 2010

25, 50 and 75 years ago
August 30, 1985
The Reagan Administration has drafted an executive order that will, if signed by the President, repeal affirmative action requirements for companies that do business with the government. The White House said that such requirements encourage employers to discriminate against white men and impose costly burdens on employers.

These affirmative action requirements have been in place for 20 years and were one result of the powerful civil rights movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s that overturned the Jim Crow system of legal segregation in the South and won new rights for all working people.  
August 22, 1960
The Cuban people have taken a giant step forward in their revolutionary struggle for full independence. The Aug. 7 government action nationalizing some $750 million worth of U.S.-owned properties virtually ends Wall Street’s 60-year stranglehold on the island’s economy. It appears only a matter of time before remaining U.S. interests, valued at about $250 million, will also revert to the Cuban people.

The nationalization decree, read to a jubilant population by Premier Castro, declared the step was made necessary by U.S. economic aggression and by the need to “affirm the consolidation of the economic independence of the country.”  
August 24, 1935
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 19—Early this morning a mass picket line of five hundred workers battled with police as the latter escorted scores of strike-breakers into the Strutwear plant, where a strike of the American Federation of Hosiery Workers has been on since last Friday.

Last Thursday night it was announced that the strike would be called the following morning. On Friday morning enough pickets were on hand to block effectively any attempt on the part of the management to open up the plant. The Strutwear plant (which for years has followed a notorious anti-union and low-wage policy) employs about 1,100 workers, mostly young girls.  
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