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Vol. 74/No. 12      March 29, 2010

Workers Power book
needed for fights today
(front page)
Supporters of the Militant have launched a subscription campaign this spring centered on selling thousands of copies of the book Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power by Jack Barnes, along with winning 2,000 new subscribers and renewals to the paper. The drive began March 13 and will culminate on May 12. A chart reporting the initial results will appear in next week’s issue of the paper.

As the working class feels more deeply the pressures of years of the capitalist depression, socialists are responding to opportunities to present a clear revolutionary perspective to a growing vanguard in the working class seeking to defend working people from the dictatorship of capital. Under the rule of capital, millions are being thrown out of their jobs, social services are being slashed, deportations are mounting, farm foreclosures are increasing—the general conditions of life for the mass of working people is deteriorating.

Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power is about one of the outstanding revolutionary leaders of the working class. It also is about the last century and a half of class struggle in the United States and the overwhelming evidence that workers who are Black will comprise a disproportionately weighty part of the ranks and leadership of the mass social movement that will make a proletarian revolution.

The book explains why only the revolutionary conquest and use of state power by the working class and the expropriation of finance capital can lay the foundations for a world based not on exploitation, violence, and racial discrimination, but on solidarity among working people that encourages the creativity and recognition of the worth of every individual, regardless of sex, national origin, or skin color.

The response of working people to discussing these questions is why the spring circulation campaign, different from other drives in the past, places massive sales of a substantial book, Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power, at the center of achieving the international goal.

Running concurrently with the spring circulation campaign is a Militant fund drive to raise $110,000 to finance weekly production of the Militant. Unlike other newspapers that rely on advertisement income to publish, the Militant relies on the financial contributions of workers and others who value the paper’s communist perspective. The chart of local quotas for the fund is printed in this issue.

Readers of the Militant are invited to contribute to the spring campaigns!

'Militant' fund drive (chart)

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