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Vol. 78/No. 18      May 12, 2014

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Step up effort to expand
readership of ‘Militant’!
Workers, farmers need socialist weekly
Militant/Dean Hazlewood
Naomi Craine, above, Socialist Workers candidate for Florida governor, talks with theater worker Queen Mecca Thomas, while selling Militant door to door in North Miami Beach April 26.

Supporters of the Militant are selling subscriptions to the socialist paper together with books on revolutionary, working-class politics on workers’ doorsteps in cities and rural areas, as well at picket lines, protests and other political events. And the effort has been boosted by the launching of more than half a dozen socialist campaigns for governor around the country.

While the third week was the best so far with 293 subscriptions sold, the pace must pick up further to reach the 1,800 goal by May 14.

“We sold 12 subscriptions, our best week so far. Nine of them door to door,” wrote Katy LeRougetel from Montreal April 27. “Our plan for making the quota is centered on these door-to-door sales. And we are paying attention to contact each person who has asked us to get back with them or whose subscription is up for renewal.”

In New York, a team of two signed up seven new readers in an apartment building in Brooklyn, another team of two got six subscriptions in a building in the Bronx April 27.

After three steady weeks, Los Angeles is on target. Supporters of the paper there sold 14 subscriptions last week at labor actions by postal workers resisting attempts to outsource jobs, and by workers at Greyhound bus company calling for a “no” vote on the company’s contract offer.

“There was interest in coverage on working people in Ukraine who recently topped the government and are now resisting moves by Moscow to destabilize their country,” said Norton Sandler by phone from Los Angeles April 28. “Participants also appreciated the articles about workers’ struggles in other countries like the fight in the large shoe factory in China against the company’s moves to cheat them on social security payments. Both actions were wide open to discuss politics and promote the Militant.”

Supporters in Manchester, England, continue their steady weekly pace that has placed them at the top of the scoreboard. In the third week they signed up 16 new readers and got two renewals.

“I want to read the Militant because I don’t like working people being taken advantage of. We need to put up a fight,” Zynab Hibbert in the Moston area of Manchester told Hugo Wils when she decided to get a subscription April 27.

“We sold 13 subscriptions April 26,” reported Jacquie Henderson from Omaha, Neb. “We signed up four readers in Shelby, a town of some 600 surrounded by farms in western Iowa. One new subscriber said she has four sons who farm who would also be interested in the paper.”

Larry Sell, a machine operator, bought a subscription when Andrew Pulley and Dave Prince came to his door in La Vista, Neb., April 26. Sell came to a Militant Labor Forum in Omaha later that day, where Frank Forrestal, Socialist Workers Party candidate for governor of Minnesota, gave a presentation on “Working people in Ukraine and U.S.: Both Face Offensive from the Bosses.”

Supporters of the Militant in Nebraska have sold eight subscriptions and 19 books in connection with exhibits of “I Will Die the Way I’ve Lived,” in Lincoln April 22-30, said Joe Swanson by phone April 29. The exhibit features prison paintings by Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban Five. (See “Who Are the Cuban Five?” on page 4.)

“Three attending the exhibit renewed their subscriptions. The paintings now move to Omaha, where three showings are scheduled in the coming months.”

Of the 19 books, 16 were on the Cuban Five, including I Will Die the Way I’ve Lived; Voices From Prison: The Cuban Five; and The Cuban Five: Who They Are, Why They Were Framed, Why They Should Be Free. The three books are on special sale and available from Pathfinder Press. Also sold was Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power; Women in Cuba: The Making of a Revolution Within the Revolution; and Women and Revolution: The Living Example of the Cuban Revolution — three of 11 books offered at reduced prices with a subscription (see ad below).

Join the effort to expand the Militant’s readership! See page 8 for a distribution center near you or contact the Militant at (212) 244-4899.
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