Friday, April 6, 2012

US communist newspaper sales reports

....Last week several worker correspondents from Atlanta, Miami and New York went to Sanford, Fla., in order to report on the ongoing protest against the lynching of Trayvon Martin and introduce the Militant and communist books to workers there.

In three days, they sold 164 copies of the socialist newsweekly, 31 subscriptions and 16 copies of Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power by Jack Barnes, SWP national secretary. The book, about the dictatorship of capital and the road to the dictatorship of the working class in the U.S., is offered at a discount of $10 with a subscription. (See ad on this page.)

"Last week," writes Chuck Guerra from Des Moines, Iowa, "SWP members sold 66 copies of the paper, 15 subscriptions and three copies of Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power in areas of Des Moines with a high concentration of Blacks; at a rally to support striking members of Teamsters Local 371 at Nichols Aluminum in Davenport, Iowa; and at three different actions protesting the murder of Trayvon Martin."

The Militant is a key weapon for building solidarity with ongoing labor battles against assaults by bosses and their government on our living and working conditions, basic rights and dignity.

John Naubert writes from Seattle that SWP members there sold 45 copies of the Militant, five subscriptions and four copies of the book while campaigning last week with Mary Martin, SWP candidate for Washington state governor.

While they were going door to door in Tacoma, Wash., after joining a protest for Trayvon Martin, says Naubert, "a student from Equatorial Guinea renewed his subscription to the socialist newsweekly and asked, 'Do you have this book?' pointing to the ad on the front page of the Militant for Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power. 'I really liked the book How Far We Slaves Have Come [by Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro] that I got the last time I saw you.'"

John Steele writes from Montreal that at a March 31 demonstration of some 7,000 in solidarity with Steelworkers locked out by Rio Tinto Alcan in Alma, Quebec, members of the Communist League sold to the overwhelming French-speaking crowd 38 copies of the Militant and 13 books on revolutionary working-class politics in French, including eight copies of The Working Class and the Transformation of Learning by Jack Barnes and three copies of Teamster Rebellion by Farrell Dobbs, who was a central leader of strike battles and union organizing drives in the 1930s in the Midwest and of the SWP.

"Two members of the Socialist Workers Party from Albuquerque, N.M., and Los Angeles traveled to Superior and Kearny, Ariz.," writes Ellie GarcĂ­a, "to discuss with copper miners Senate Bill 1054, which will extend time worked underground from eight to 12 hours. We sold 18 copies of the Militant as well as four subscriptions, including at the plant gate of the Asarco open pit mine."


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