Socialist Worker

Great welcome for revolutionary film

by MICHAEL BRADLEY, Circulation Department swcirc@swp.org.uk
Issue No. 1919

WE SET up a stall at the brilliant Battleship Potemkin screening in Trafalgar Square.

“We made some old fashioned red flags and a leaflet with the title ‘The Bolsheviks have had a bad press’,” reports Helen.

“This was popular with people wanting to find out more about the events surrounding the film.

“The crowd was very anti-war, and people were rushing up to sign the stop the war petition and take European Social Forum (ESF) leaflets. Despite the rain we sold 90 papers in an hour”.

Stoking up some real resistance

Socialist Worker went down very well at Stoke’s Love Music Hate Racism carnival on Sunday.

Matt Deane told me, “In spite of the pouring rain over 100 papers were sold, and loads of people wanted more information about the ESF and Stop the War Coaltion march.

“For many, it was the first time they had bought Socialist Worker.

“A lot of those who bought the paper had relatives in the army and a complete hatred of Blair.”

Something worth celebrating

On Sunday we set up a stall at the Brick Lane festival, just up the road from where Respect had got such a great result in Millwall on Thursday night.

Jenny from east London reports, “A lot of local people had heard about the result and were pretty impressed. We were petitioning for the withdrawal of British troops. Just like every festival I’ve been at this summer, there was a real thirst for political ideas. Stop the War Coaltion campaigners and Globalise Resistance activists were out in force. Politics was just a natural part of the festival. In a couple of hours we sold 123 copies of Socialist Worker.”

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Sat 18 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1919
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