SOCIALIST Worker supporters report a big increase in sales as large numbers of people look for arguments against Bush's war drive. Last Saturday saw large street sales-85 in Brixton in south London, 232 in Birmingham, 307 in Manchester, 28 in Guildford, 50 in Hove, and many others. They helped to create a visible opposition to the war as local anti-war coalitions started to take shape.
And the sales of Socialist Worker in workplaces, schools and colleges have both increased, and have been important to winning an anti-war atmosphere. This week's issue reports on much of the anti-war activity that has already taken place.
We want to continue that coverage, and are asking every reader to send in reports of what is happening in their area, and letters about particular arguments or discussions they have come across. Supporters are reporting that receiving the paper for use from Wednesday onwards is crucial to increasing sales.
Joining the SWP
SOME 259 people joined the Socialist Workers Party last week. The threat of yet another war and of global recession is leading growing numbers of people to oppose the capitalist system which is at the root of both. Among those joining are students starting college. They include 16 people at Newcastle University, 23 at the University of East London, 31 at Sheffield Hallam, 40 at the University of Central England, 15 at Nottingham University and 34 at the University of Kent.
School and FE students are also joining and forming groups where they study which can build wider coalitions against the war and back mobilisations such as the anti-Nazi festival in Oldham in three weeks time.