The nine-week drive runs from Oct. 12 through Dec. 17 with the goal of raising $100,000. Over the same weeks, supporters of the Militant newspaper will be signing up 2,500 subscribers, many of whom will also pick up Pathfinder books on revolutionary working-class continuity and history.
Party members and others will be knocking on doors in working-class neighborhoods and joining discussions at political protest actions and working-class resistance.
This is what’s in front of the party today: greater openings to discuss with workers the roots of the world economic crisis and a fighting road forward for working people; interest in an internationalist working-class perspective on events like the civil war in Syria and why workers should oppose U.S. intervention; possibilities to advance the campaign to free the Cuban Five and defend the Cuban Revolution; and opportunities to join fights in defense of workers rights, including those behind bars.
Candidates and campaign supporters will be using the party’s election campaign tickets in cities around the country through November to complement this work. And the party is organizing to take advantage of opportunities to engage in political work around the world, including helping build delegations to join the discussion and debate at the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students taking place in December in Quito, Ecuador.
Local areas are adopting quotas for the fund and looking for opportunities to win new contributors. Appeals for the fund at local Militant Labor Forums will be one way to raise money and reach out. A column on the drive will be a weekly item in the Militant. Reports on gaining new contributors and collections should be sent in by Monday 9 a.m. EDT.
Contributions towards the fund can be sent to the SWP office nearest you (see directory on page 8) or directly to the SWP National Office at 306 W. 37th St., 10th floor, New York, NY 10018.
Tony Lane is director of the 2013 SWP Party-Building Fund.
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