Over the weeks leading up to the fund effort, readers have sent more than $4,000, earmarked for the Militant’s reporting to Ukraine, where working people are defending the sovereignty of their country as they fight to organize unions and win better conditions.
“A reporting team to Ukraine! Finally, news we can trust. Thank you,” wrote Jane Roland from Greensboro, N.C., with a check for $50 sent with her six-month renewal.
Donations from the trip came by mail and collections at Militant Labor Forums on Ukraine in Des Moines, Iowa; Miami, Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. Another round of forums are being organized around the country to hear John Studer and Frank Forrestal, who have just returned from Ukraine. In addition to talking about the class struggle in Ukraine, they will speak about the example of the Cuban Revolution, the one living socialist revolution in the world, for working people in Ukraine and beyond.
The annual fighting fund makes possible reporting trips around the world. They have recently included Egypt, Burkina Faso, Mali, Cuba, Lebanon and Ukraine. Unlike big-business newspapers, which sell billions in advertising, the Militant depends on readers’ contributions to cover daily operating expenses.
As supporters of the paper meet people in political activities and door-to-door sales, it’s not uncommon that workers throw in a couple extra bucks “for the cause.” They will be asked if that money can be put toward the Militant Prisoners’ Fund, which helps provide subscriptions to workers behind bars at a reduced rate or in some cases free of charge.
“A young woman’s face lit up and she said ‘wow’ when we told her the extra dollar she gave would go to the Prisoners’ Fund. She told us she had a relative in prison,” said Nancy Boyasko, selling door to door in the Bronx, N.Y., April 6.
“Thank you for continuing my subscription (several times!). The news in the paper is very important to me and the comrades that I share it with,” wrote a prisoner from Florida who just renewed his subscription.
To contribute, contact distributors listed on page 8 or send a check or money order to “The Militant,” 306 W. 37th St., 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018.
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