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Vol. 74/No. 38      October 11, 2010

‘I’ve never seen
a history like this’
(front page)
The eight-week drive to sell 1,800 copies of the book Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power and 2,100 Militant subscriptions is through the second week. Supporters of the Militant have so far sold 318 copies of the book and 412 subscriptions.

Socialists in the New York area have sold seven Workers Power books and 13 new or renewal subscriptions in two plants where they work.

At the protests organized by Black farmers September 21-23 in Washington, D.C., against racist treatment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers bought 11 copies of the book and 15 Militant subscriptions. “Many were especially interested in the section of Workers Power that describes the gains made by toilers in the South, led by Black freedmen, during Radical Reconstruction after the Civil War,” reported Chris Hoeppner.

Campaigning door-to-door Sunday in a working-class neighborhood in northwest Houston, Steve Warshell, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Congress from the 18th District in Texas, met a young Black worker eager to buy Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power. “I’ve never seen a history like this,” he told Warshell as he leafed through photos in the book. “In school they teach it was politicians who pushed through civil rights and gave us Social Security. This book is saying there’s a lot more to it.”

In Boston, a student from Boston College contacted the socialist campaign to get involved. The next day she bought Workers Power and a Militant subscription after joining other campaign supporters to hear Laura Garza, SWP candidate for U.S. Congress from the 8th District in Massachusetts, speak at a Boston May Day Committee conference on the fight for immigrant rights.

At a September 23 protest in Paris against a government-sponsored bill to raise the retirement age, Mustapha, a young hospital worker originally from Senegal, who bought the French-language edition, said he was particularly interested in the section of Workers Power on the difference between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, reported Derek Jeffers.

Twenty-one other workers at this and a similar protest two weeks earlier also purchased Workers Power. In addition, 46 copies of the book were sold at the annual Fête de l’Humanité book fair September 10-12.

Workers Power and other Pathfinder literature was also well received at the annual Word on the Street festival in Toronto September 26. Ten copies of the book and five Militant subscriptions were sold, along with more than $400 in other Pathfinder literature.
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