By Mark Delaney On June 30, 1892, steelworkers in Homestead, Pennsylvania began a massive strike that would culminate with a full-scale battle at the Homestead Steel Works, owned by the Carnegie Steel Company. The workers were organized under the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, a national trade union, although the union’s membership was only for skilled craftsmen. Production at the mill was increasing due … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: The Homestead Strike
By Mike Talavera On June 19, 1986, revolutionaries of the Communist Party of Peru and the People’s Guerrilla Army fought to the bitter end against the genocidal Peruvian state in an attack on the prisons of El Fronton, Lurigancho, and Callao in the area of Lima. More than 250 died in a heroically defiant struggle against the forces of reaction and imperialism that lives on … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: Glory to the Day of Heroism!
By Mike Talavera Thirty-two years ago today, the East Tyrone Brigade (ETB) of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) led an attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base in the Northern Irish village of Loughgall, detonating a 200 pound bomb that destroyed half the police station. Shortly after, British Special Air Service soldiers opened fire from hidden positions, killing all eight IRA members as … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: 1987 British Forces Ambush Irish Republican Army at Loughgall, Killing Nine
By Leslie Kovner. Version en español. In 1920, early Chinese communists organized rallies and marches to celebrate International Workers’ Day across the country, foreshadowing the mighty revolutionary storm that would soon sweep across the oppressed nation. For decades, famine, warlords, instability, and corruption had weighed heavily on the backs of the Chinese people. The moment of inspiration from the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1912 … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: China Celebrates First May Day in 1920
By Mike Talavera On May 1, 1984, the Communist Party of Peru (PCP) blew up 30 meters of oil pipeline in northern Peru and hung enormous red banners with the hammer and sickle from the antennas of two Ayacucho radio stations to celebrate International Workers’ Day. “With the first appearance of the sun’s rays the people of the slums saw five meter long banners waving … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: Communist Party of Peru Leads Revolutionary Internationalist Movement in 1984 May Day Actions
By Mike Talavera This article is the first in a series of articles on notable May Days from history. Also known as International Workers’ Day, May 1 is a holiday of the working class that was first adopted by the Second International and has since been celebrated by Communists, workers, and the masses the world over. This inaugural story reports on a May Day march … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: Cleveland May Day Riot of 1919