Militant supporters in Atlanta and Lincoln, Neb., have set an example. Both increased their quotas this week. But more raises are needed to close the gap of 63 between the combined local quotas and the international goal.
Socialist workers from Lincoln and Des Moines, Iowa, joined forces on May Day in Omaha, Neb., selling 11 subscriptions, including four outside the XL Four Star Beef plant.
That day, communist workers across the country celebrated International Workers Day by joining immigrant rights actions, going door to door in working-class neighborhoods, and by visiting picket lines and other labor actions in order to introduce the socialist newsweekly.
In New York, they participated in marches and rallies in Hempstead, N.Y., New Haven, Conn., Freehold, N.J., and Manhattan. They went to Newburgh, N.Y., where the family of Michael Lembhard, 22, is fighting for the arrest of the cops who killed him in March. By the end of the day, they sold 31 subscriptions.
“On April 28,” writes Chuck Guerra from Des Moines, “Margaret Trowe, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Iowa State Senate in the 18th District, drove with two other socialist workers to Topeka, Kan., to participate in a rally for women’s rights. They sold nine subscriptions to the Militant, as well as a copy of The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State by Frederick Engels and Women in Cuba: The Making of a Revolution Within the Revolution by Vilma Espín, Asela de los Santos and Yolanda Ferrer.”
From Seattle, John Naubert reports that members of the Socialist Workers Party last week sold seven subscriptions at a rally and march of airport workers involved in an organizing effort.
Osborne Hart says Militant supporters in Philadelphia sold eight subscriptions and five copies of Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power by Jack Barnes last week in Black working-class neighborhoods. Most were sold going door to door, but two were sold with copies of the book to walk-ins at the Socialist Workers Party campaign office.
Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power is one of two books by Barnes on special sale with a subscription. The other is The Working Class and the Transformation of Learning: The Fraud of Education Reform under Capitalism.
“Members of the Communist League had a very good week of sales during a tour in Sydney, Australia, of Rena Herdiyani and Hegel Terome from Kalyanamitra, a women’s rights organization in Indonesia, and Mary-Alice Waters, president of Pathfinder Press and a leader of the Socialist Workers Party in the U.S.,” writes Manuele Lasolo.
“All together, we sold 13 subscriptions going door to door in working-class neighborhoods, at Sydney University, at the tour’s main public meeting and at a question and answer session with Waters at the cartoon exhibit of Gerardo Hernández, one of the five Cuban revolutionaries jailed in the U.S.,” reports Lasolo.
Spring ‘Militant’ subscription campaign April 14 – June 10 (week 2) (chart)
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