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Vol. 74/No. 43      November 15, 2010

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‘Workers Power,’ subscriptions
sold at factories and protests
Militant/Ellen Brickley
Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois, right, talks with workers locked out by Roquette America in Keokuk, Iowa, October 24.

“Campaigners outside the factory where I work sold a subscription to the Militant and a copy of Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power to one worker, and four others picked up copies of the paper,” reported Dan Fein, Socialist Workers Party candidate for governor of New York, who works at a pharmaceutical plant in the Bronx. “During the day I was able to sell two more subscriptions and books.” Socialists in the plant are nearing their goal to sell 18 subscriptions and 18 copies of the Workers Power book to coworkers.

The eight-week drive to sell 1,800 copies of Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power by Jack Barnes along with 2,100 subscriptions to the Militant is now in its final week. So far 1,430 copies of the book and 1,708 subscriptions have been sold.

This week socialist campaigners in New Zealand and London raised their quotas. Local quotas for the Militant, however, are still shy of the 2,100 international goal, so a day-to-day effort by every area to sign up as many subscribers and sell as many books as they can by the November 9 deadline will make the difference.

A dozen supporters of the paper from three cities campaigned at the October 30 Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert rally in Washington, D.C., selling 33 Workers Power books, 28 Militant subscriptions, and 120 copies of the paper.

Fein soapboxed with a bullhorn, explaining what the SWP campaign stands for. “Workers live under a dictatorship of capital and are getting hammered every day,” he said, drawing rally participants to the campaign table.

In Seattle, socialist campaigners made two trips to Western Washington University in Bellingham where they signed up 22 new subscribers and sold 11 books, reported Edwin Fruit. “Another team staffed a table at a ‘Race and Pedagogy’ conference at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma,” he wrote. “Eleven people got subscriptions to the Militant and 10 got the Workers Power book.”

In France, communist workers have been getting a good response to sales of revolutionary working-class literature. Since early September they have sold 109 copies of Workers Power.

Building on the momentum of the last two weeks of the drive, every area can organize to go over their local targets.

It’s not too late to join in the final push! Sign up a coworker or friend or call distributors (on page 8) to ask how you can help in the final days of the campaign.
Related articles:
‘Matter of time before capitalism collapses’
Part 3 of January 1965 interview with Malcolm X for ‘Young Socialist’
Campaign to sell 'Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power' & 'Militant' (chart)  
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