OVER 400 people packed into a snap meeting in central London called by the Socialist Workers Party on Friday of last week to discuss the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Centre. Similar meetings were to take place across Britain this week.
Speakers from the platform and from workplaces and colleges across London spelled out a clear message at last Friday's meeting. Every Socialist Worker reader needs to throw themselves into building the anti-war movement.
That means setting up anti-war meetings alongside CND, peace activists, anti-war MPs, trade unionists, Palestinians and others. Socialist Worker readers are already organising anti-war meetings in workplaces, schools and colleges.
A second message from last Friday's meeting is that the New Labour government and the bosses will try to exploit the deaths in New York to get away with their privatisation drive and other big business policies here. They tell us to unite with them while they carry on with business as usual. So building protests against Blair's policies, crucially the demonstration outside the Labour Party conference in Brighton next week, is vital.
Finally, last week showed the need for Socialist Worker. We were able to rush out a special front page which clearly confronted George Bush's attempt to exploit the tragedy. Many sellers got their copies early and were able to get them to workmates and neighbours to counter the pro-war propaganda. There were record sales not only on the streets, but in workplaces, where some sales doubled and more.
The lesson is clear. Part of building the strongest opposition to war and to Blair's policies is making a special effort to get Socialist Worker to everyone who needs it on the Wednesday it appears.