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Vol. 76/No. 46      December 17, 2012

Last week of ‘Militant’ drive
was best so far, 12 days to go!
(front page)
With two weeks to go in the international campaign to sell 3,500 Militant subscriptions by Dec. 16, we now stand at 2,232. This past week was among the most successful, with 348 subscriptions sold. But a major challenge remains.

In many areas Militant readers and distributors have increased the pace of door-to-door sales in working-class neighborhoods, with good results.

This is how 47 subscriptions were sold in New York this past weekend, including four as part of a two-day regional effort in Omaha, Neb.

“I always had admiration for Cuba,” Valery Smart, a social worker in the foster care system who lives in Laurelton, a Black neighborhood in Queens, said in response to the paper’s coverage on the living revolution there as she bought a subscription.

“The aid they give to Jamaica and Haiti is selfless,” she added. Smart also purchased Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power and The Working Class and the Transformation of Learning, two books by Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, offered at reduced prices with a subscription.

Last weekend, Militant readers from Houston and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas sold nine subscriptions door to door in Houston.

The weekend activities included a Militant Labor Forum Dec. 1 as well as a class on The Working Class and the Transformation of Learning the following morning.

A few days earlier, Militant supporters Jacquie Henderson and Steve Warshell from Houston visited striking Teamster workers at the Pioneer flour mill in San Antonio. (See article on page 6.)

“People wanted to talk, more about what workers are facing around the world than about their strike,” wrote Henderson. Seven of the 15 workers on the picket line signed up for the paper, including three renewals.

“This week Militant readers and distributors in Canada sold 17 subscriptions in Montreal, Vancouver and Holguín, Cuba,” John Steele wrote from Montreal.

Beverly Bernardo sold five in Holguín to unionists from Canada participating in the 7th International Colloquium for the Liberation of the Cuban Five and Against Terrorism. The five are revolutionaries, jailed in the U.S. for more than 14 years on trumped-up conspiracy charges.

Bernardo was one of hundreds from around the world, including some from Canada, who attended the annual event.

Three regions raised their goal this week: Montreal, from 140 to 145; Denver from five to six; and Longview, Wash., from eight to 12.

“The Militant tells the story of working-class people. It tells the truth,” said Shelly Porter recounting to Mary Martin and John Naubert, Militant supporters from Seattle, her sales pitch to coworkers, friends and family members who have signed up for the socialist newsweekly.

“As I tell people about the Militant, I never take ‘no’ for an answer. I know these people!” she added.

Porter is a member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 in Longview and was involved in a eight-month fight in 2011-2012 to eventually stop a union-busting drive at the EGT Development grain terminal there.

Join the international effort! You can order a bundle or subscriptions blanks at or (212) 244-4899.
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