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May 19th

May 11, 2005

BY JAAN LAAMAN, Editor

May 19th is a good day. It has been set aside and recognized as such by freedom loving people and revolutionary people for many years. May 19th happens to be the day of birth of three outstanding Freedom Fighters and highly respected revolutionary leaders. All of them had a direct impact on America and the world. They were: Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh and Agosto Sandino (Sandino may have been born on May 18).

Each of these men fought for justice, freedom and the liberation of their people and nation. Malcolm of course was the brilliant leader of the Black Nation within the USA. Ho Chi Minh was the great leader of the Vietnamese people. Agosto Sandino was an important leader in Nicaragua, who led the struggle against invading U.S. Marines in the 1920s and 30s. Although he was already long dead, in the 1960s and 70s, he was the inspirational figure for the Sandinista National Liberation Front, which finally expelled the U.S.-backed dictator from Nicaragua in 1979.

These three leaders struggled for national liberation against U.S. imperialism, each in their own time and place. Their courage, wisdom and example should continue to enlighten and inspire the ongoing struggles for justice, peace and freedom today. May 19th is thought of as a strong day and a day to honor national liberation and revolutionary struggles. 4strugglemag joins in the salute to May 19th and to these three outstanding leaders, and the struggles they were part of. History informs and guides us, even as the ongoing national liberation struggles call out for us to get busy now.

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