As we enter the second week of the eight-week fund drive, partisans of the Militant need to get on a rhythm that will allow regular payments averaging $12,000 per week in order to meet the $90,000 goal by the May 22 deadline. These funds are needed now to cover operating costs such as rent, electricity, and printing and shipping bills.
The fund drive coincides with an international campaign to sell the New International along with subscriptions to the Militant. In Iowa, supporters of the socialist newsweekly will host a regional sales team April 9-10 that will be capped off with a Militant Labor Forum (see article in this issue.) Such campaigning and public meetings organized now will be a big boost for the fund drive, too.
The Militants only source of funding is contributions from its readers. Workers, farmers, and others who value the papers irreplaceable role in covering struggles by working people to organize unions and use union power to resist job speed up, weakening of safety provisions, cuts in wages, and broader attacks by the wealthy rulers on the social wage are those who fund it.
As we go to press, supporters of the Militant in Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States have adopted local quotas that exceed $85,000. Thats about $5,000 short of the international target. Work to approach all readers of the paper and other potential contributors on the job, at plant gates, on picket lines, in campuses, and elsewhere over the next week or two can help close this gap.
Local distributors and other readers are encouraged to send in accounts of their progress each week that can be included in this column. Checks or money orders should be made out to The Militant, earmarked Spring Fund Drive, and sent to the Militant at 306 W. 37th St., 10th floor, New York, NY 10018.
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