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Vol. 74/No. 46      December 6, 2010

Selling our press
at the plant gate
SYDNEY, Australia—Supporters of the Militant here have been regularly selling at the early morning shift changes of Beak and Johnston, a meatpacking and food processing plant with a multinational workforce.

One immigrant worker from Africa recently bought a copy of the Militant, saying he had already been shown the paper by a socialist who works at the plant. He later bought a subscription along with the book Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power by Jack Barnes from that same worker inside the factory. A young Maori worker who recently arrived from New Zealand told the team, “I used to get that paper outside the meatworks” there.

Over the past few months, one or two papers, and sometimes the special Militant supplement that has the introduction to the Workers Power book, have been sold each week. Helped by those political discussions, socialists inside the plant sold three copies of the book and two subscriptions during the recent circulation drive.

A number of workers, especially of African origin, have expressed interest in books by revolutionary leaders Thomas Sankara and Che Guevara. A young Palestinian worker bought a copy of The First and Second Declarations of Havana in Arabic.


CHICAGO—Ilona Gersh and Betsy Farley sell the Militant regularly at the gate of the Borg Warner transmission plant in Bellwood, a working-class suburb on the west side of this city. The team sells between 5 and 15 copies of the Militant each time and recently sold a subscription.

One socialist worker who works at the plant reports that he has met new people in the factory interested in politics because of the team’s effort. “A coworker who stopped to talk to the team later bought a copy of Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power from me,” he said.

Supporters of the Militant in Chicago also sell at the Ford assembly plant and at Stampede, a meatpacking plant where workers are trying to win representation by the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Twenty-two workers bought the Militant at Stampede last week. Several workers proudly showed team members their union cards. One worker, who purchased the paper, explained, “I’m considered a temp, so I only make minimum wage. We really need the union so we can get equal treatment and a wage increase.”  
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