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Vol. 74/No. 7      February 22, 2010

‘Militant has consistent point
of view that opens your eyes’
(front page)
Supporters of the Militant are organizing for a smashing success as we head into the final stretch of the drive to win 375 long-term readers of the paper from among new and previous subscribers. At the end of the third week of the four-week drive, 264 readers have renewed their subscriptions.

A reflection of the wide political interest in revolutionary politics is that many have also taken advantage of the special offer to buy Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power for just $10 with their subscription. The majority of areas are already at 80 percent or higher of their targets, making it possible to go well over the international goal.

“Unlike other newspapers, the Militant has a consistent point of view which opens your eyes,” a 37-year-old Black coworker at a small sewing plant in Oakland, California, told Eric Simpson, explaining why he was renewing his subscription. He is among the six workers in the plant who have also bought Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power.

Simpson wrote to the Militant that workers at his plant have been particularly receptive to the discussions about the working-class politics presented in the paper and in the new book. “The fact that our hours have been cut 10 percent and our wages have been frozen have something to do with their interest,” he said.

A further report from supporters of the Militant in San Francisco explains they are combining efforts to meet current and former subscribers about renewing with other sales to meet workers interested in the paper.

Workers at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 hall by Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco welcomed Militant salespeople this week. Nine workers among this predominantly Black workforce picked up copies of the paper and two longshore workers purchased the new Pathfinder book. One unionist suggested it would be a good title for the local to keep in its library, a suggestion the sales team promised to follow up on.

With only one week left in the drive, every area can map out a day-by-day effort to reach the remaining introductory subscribers from the fall who should be asked to become long-term regular readers of the paper. The most effective way to secure renewals to the paper is to organize for a house visit so that supporters of the Militant can have a discussion about the working-class politics of the paper, what subscribers liked best about our coverage, and to learn what political issues they are interested in and what struggles they have been involved in.

All subscription renewals that arrive by Wednesday, February 17, will be counted.
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