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Vol. 78/No. 36      October 13, 2014

Ten areas raise goals in
subscription campaign
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Militant supporters in 10 cities have raised their quotas, in response to interest in the paper at workers’ picket lines, social protests and on doorsteps. The combined quotas now add up to 2,421, over the international goal of 2,400 for the subscription drive, which runs through Oct. 28. With 1,140 subscriptions sold, the campaign is on target.

The article in last week’s issue on the climate marches in New York, San Francisco and other cities, along with articles that address how the defense of nature and labor is part of the working-class struggle against the ravages of capitalism, struck a chord with many people.

“I like that idea,” Dionicio Aguirre, a truck driver in Houston told Militant supporter Steve Warshell, a worker in a plant that rebuilds marine transmissions, who was taking the paper door to door. “It’s true, both working people and the environment are hurt at the same time by the same companies who couldn’t care less about either of us.” Aguirre got a copy.

“I’m glad you came by today,” Aguirre’s neighbor Rose Aguayo told Warshell. “I really think I learned something from your paper and talking to you.” Aguayo — who hasn’t found full-time work since she was injured in a factory four years ago — got two copies and said she’d get a subscription as soon as she could put $5 together.

In Savannah, Georgia, Charles Smith, 29, was killed by cops Sept. 18 while he was handcuffed in the back of a police car. Dave Ferguson reports that Militant supporters from Atlanta drove there for Smith’s funeral and joined other people at the site of the shooting, where many protests have taken place. “Afterwards we knocked on doors nearby,” Ferguson said. “Fourteen people subscribed to the Militant and three got copies of Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power,” one of nine books from Pathfinder Press that are on special with a subscription. (See ad below.)

Back in Atlanta Janice Lynn visited Gaspar Maya, a meat cutter and his wife Frances, who first subscribed to the paper at an immigrant anti-deportation rally last spring. “Frances said she especially appreciated reading about the fight to win freedom for the Cuban Five and the articles on Ukraine,” Lynn said. They bought a copy of Voices from Prison: The Cuban Five in Spanish with their renewal.

‘We must stand together’
Sara Lobman, a member of the United Auto Workers who works at an electronics plant in Brooklyn, knocked on the door of Gleny Rosario, in the Marble Hill neighborhood of New York. Rosario, a medical assistant and member of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, told Lobman she and her co-workers organized a picket line and threatened to strike two months ago when their contract expired. “It’s true if we stand together and fight we get better results,” she said, signing up for a subscription.

Candace Wagner joined a picket line of nursing home workers in Jersey City, New Jersey, Oct. 17. Members of 1199SEIU were on a three-day strike for a contract and higher wages at four Alaris nursing homes. (See article on page 5.) Three workers signed up for a subscription. “If you hadn’t come, we wouldn’t have found out about the Militant,” striker Ella Moton told Wagner.

Eighteen workers behind bars have signed up for the Militant since Sept. 6 in prisons in Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Texas. Half are new readers. “Thank you for your paper. Without it I would be clueless,” wrote one prisoner from California.

If you would like to join with Militant supporters getting the paper around, or invite them to take part in union struggles, protests against police brutality, actions to fight destruction of the environment or other activities, contact distributors in a city near you. (See list on page 8.)
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