Diana Newberry and Frank Forrestal from Minneapolis recently visited workers in the Red River Valley of northeast Minnesota where members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union fought against a lockout by American Crystal Sugar for 20 months before returning to work in April.
During the visits, Newberry and Forrestal collected $60 for the fund.
Manuel Ramon, who worked for American Crystal Sugar for seven years before the lockout and now works in a metal parts factory, renewed his subscription for six months, picked up a copy of The Working Class and the Transformation of Learning, and gave $20 to the fund.
“I like to hear what’s going on and the Militant stands for the worker,” he said. “I don’t go for everything in the paper, but I appreciate what it does, its support of workers and unions. Keep up the good work.”
Two other workers who had been part of the fight, Terry Holm and Mike Sinh, kicked in another $20 each.
“I can help. I have friends coming over to dinner tomorrow and I will try to get contributions from them,” said Miriam Canales, when she learned about the fund. The next day she said she raised $50. Canales first subscribed to the Militant in March when distributors knocked on her door in an Upper Manhattan neighborhood of New York. New York supporters now have 13 new contributors towards their campaign goal of 50.
The annual drive helps cover the paper’s operating expenses and reporting trips to respond to workers’ struggles and international political developments. Every contribution counts.
To contribute, contact distributors listed on page 10, or send a check or money order made out to the Militant, 306 W. 37th St., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018.
Militant Fighting Fund May 4 – June 25 (week 1) (chart)
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