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Vol. 74/No. 37      October 4, 2010

Join socialist campaign October 2
Militant readers have an opportunity to join tens of thousands of trade unionists who will march in Washington, D.C., and other cities October 2 to demand relief from unemployment and an end to cutbacks in social services. You can help campaign at these actions with Socialist Workers Party candidates and their supporters, reaching out to demonstrators with the book Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power, by Jack Barnes, and with a special subscription offer to the Militant.

The October 2 demonstrations, called by the NAACP and major trade unions, demand jobs, justice, and education. Workers will be marching because capitalism’s depression is continuing to hammer them, and the government is taking no measures to reverse the loss of jobs and social services. The latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics underscore this: by the government’s own contrived figures poverty in the working-age population in the United States increased in 2009 to its highest level in almost 50 years—one out of every seven people. These figures were announced about the same time as the government stated that the recession officially ended 15 months ago.

Union officials organizing the October 2 marches hope to turn them into rallies for the election of Democrats in November, to convince workers to join with them in hustling votes for capitalist politicians. For vanguard workers, on the other hand, October 2 offers a chance to talk with thousands of unionists and other workers about how the economic crisis is rooted in the profit system and why the revolutionary overturn of capitalist rule and the conquest of state power by the working class is needed. As Barnes writes in the Workers Power book, “that new state power provides working people the mightiest weapon possible to wage the ongoing battle to end Black oppression and every form of exploitation and human degradation.”

Join in the effort! Contact Militant distributors nearest you (see page 8) or look for the SWP campaign table at the October 2 demonstrations.
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