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Vol. 74/No. 41      November 1, 2010

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November 1, 1985
NEW YORK—“On this 40th anniversary of the United Nations, Nicaragua is a living example of a small nation that decided to be free, and is consequently resisting the blows of an irrational policy that intends to snatch that right away from us,” Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega told the General Assembly of the United Nations here October 21.

Ortega called on the U.S. government to end its “state terrorism” against the people of Nicaragua and declare peace.

Ortega began his speech by condemning the “inhuman decision of the apartheid regime to kill patriot Benjamin Moloise,” the Black South African poet and member of the African National Congress who was recently executed by the apartheid regime.

October 31, 1960
“How can either Kennedy or Nixon, who represent big business, save the small farmer from going from bad to worse?” asked Carl Feingold, Socialist Workers party candidate for senator from Minnesota last week.

“The average working farmer is barely able to cover the costs of production while being blamed for high food prices. Meanwhile the family farmer has to pay more and more for fertilizer, machinery and other goods whose prices are fixed by the major monopolies.

“By taking over these monopolies a government of workers and farmers could provide machinery and other productive means at reasonable rates to the farmers. It could guarantee them ample, cheap credit to free them from subservience to banks and other money lenders.”

November 2, 1935
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Oct. 31—In a statement to the press, Meyer Lewis, representative of William Green, A. F. of L. president, declared that he was in Minneapolis to superintend a “purge” of labor organizations.

As proving the necessity to bring about “an industrial employer and employee relationship which is truly American,” Lewis named the 1934 strikes of Local 574.

The famous July 1934 strike of Local 574, which received nationwide attention, established the union’s control of the transport industry of Minneapolis. Its militant leadership and success, its popularization of the slogan “Make Minneapolis a Union Town” and its aid to other unions, inspired hitherto dormant labor into a series of successful strikes.  
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