This Day In History

The National Guard Is No Friend of Workers and the Oppressed: A Lesson from Ludlow

On this day in 1914, the National Guard slaughtered striking miners and their wives and children in Ludlow, Colorado. The National Guard has never been a friend of the working class, even if its members come from that class. No wonder unionists expelled the National Guard recently from the St. Paul Labor Center, which it was using to launch its forays into Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after the police killing of Daunte Wright.

What Is International Women’s Day?

“Why is there no Men’s Day?” “Women’s Day should be every day.” “Buy your girlfriend flowers.” “Aren’t we getting any presents at the office?” “It’s not a day of celebration but of struggle, because it’s the day we remember the women workers who died in a fire.” “What fire?” Here, Andrea D’Atri explains the real history behind International Women’s Day.

Annals of American Imperialism: The U.S. Invasion of Grenada

On this day in 1983, U.S. armed forces attacked the small Caribbean island nation of Grenada, intent on restoring a pro-imperialist government like the one that had been ousted by the New Jewel Movement. The Cold War was still on, and there would be no abiding another “communist” country in the U.S. backyard.

Annals of American Imperialism: The 1991 Coup in Haiti

On this day in history, in 1991, the democratically elected government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti was overthrown in a coup. U.S. imperialism, which had intervened in Haiti throughout the 20th century, helped restore him to power — but only because it served the interests of capitalism. The United States turned around and overthrew him again the following decade.

The Saigon Commune: Against Imperialism and Stalinism

On this day in history, the Saigon Commune was created. With the end of World War II and Japan’s surrender to the Allies, the Japanese occupation of Vietnam also ended. Soon thereafter, revolutionary workers in various parts of Vietnam rose up in an insurrection against reoccupation by French imperialism — but also against Stalinist repression. Trotskyists played a central role.