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Vol. 76/No. 11      March 19, 2012

Campaign to win long-term
readers enters final stretch
Members of the communist movement and other supporters of the Militant are organizing for the final stretch of the five-week Militant renewal campaign. More than two-thirds into the international effort to increase the long-term readership of the Militant, 394 readers have renewed their subscriptions or signed up for subscriptions of six months or longer—79 percent of our overall goal of 500.

Meanwhile, four more areas—Chicago, London, Montreal and Seattle—have increased their quotas.

“Members of the Socialist Workers Party,” writes Mary Martin from Seattle, “gained seven renewal or new long-term subscriptions over the weekend in Seattle, Longview and Vancouver, Wash.”

In Longview, where members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union won an eight-month battle against the attempt by the company EGT to keep the union out of its grain terminal, Longshore members and supporters bought three one-year subscriptions and two three-month renewals.

These subscribers also picked up two copies of Teamster Rebellion by Farrell Dobbs, one copy of Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power by Jack Barnes, and one copy of The Cuban Five: Who They Are, Why They Were Framed, Why They Should Be Free. The first two books are among five on special discount with a subscription. (See ad below.)

“It’s been a tough year for labor, but we are still standing tall,” said Alison Beam, a member of ILWU Local 21 in Longview. “What we have been through here shows you can’t run over Joe Worker.”

Beam renewed her subscription, she said, because “I really appreciate the Militant’s content and that it prints the facts.” She also picked up a copy of Women in Cuba: The Making of a Revolution Within the Revolution, a new book by Pathfinder Press, noting she had been following the case of the Cuban Five and other articles on Cuba in the Militant.

“Recently, SWP members met with Jake Ostendorf, a ConAgra Foods worker from Hastings, Minn.,” writes Frank Forrestal from Minneapolis. “He picked up his first subscription at a rally last fall against Strom Engineering, the outfit American Crystal Sugar used to hire scabs after locking out 1,300 sugar beet workers.”

Late last year Ostendorf renewed his subscription for two years. During the most recent visit with members of the SWP, he bought copies of Teamster Rebellion and The Changing Face of U.S. Politics by Jack Barnes, another book on discount with a subscription.

In late February Ostendorf brought three coworkers to a meeting in St. Paul in support of the ongoing fight of the locked-out sugar workers. He told Forrestal he had just finished Teamster Rebellion—“Great book!”—and wanted to get Teamster Power, the next volume in the four-part series.

“A port trucker involved in a fight for a union with other truckers who work for Toll Group renewed his subscription,” reports Ellie García from Los Angeles. “He said reading the Militant has helped him understand better the experiences he is going through.”

“A frequent sale at the entrance to the Tenaris oil and gas drilling pipe plant has had an impact on workers there,” writes Jacquie Henderson from Houston. Socialists working there have sold several subscriptions to those who saw the paper outside.

“Earlier this week,” adds Henderson, “one of these workers renewed his subscription and said to all those who would listen in the break room, ‘The Militant gives me a lift every time I read it.’”
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