SOCIALIST WORKER went down a storm on last Saturday's anti-war demonstration. Not only did 5,000 people buy copies of the demonstration special, but our supporters also found some innovative ways of selling before and after. Huw, from Swansea, tells me that they started selling Socialist Worker before their coach even arrived in London. 'Two of us put up a table in one of the service stations on the M4. We sold five copies in ten minutes. Then we were moved on by security.'
By the time the coaches headed back many people had already bought the paper but Paul from Liverpool tells me, 'Lots of people wanted to keep in touch after the demo. We went up and down the coaches and took names and addresses for 15 people who want Socialist Worker delivered each week.'
SADIE FROM Leeds sent me an e-mail explaining how they have begun to build a network of Socialist Worker readers on an estate in Beeston. 'Following the advice of someone who had sold Socialist Worker in the 70s, we delivered old papers from the previous week to every house on a street. We attached a note saying that we'd be back with the new issue. When we went back two days later with papers and an anti-war petition we sold five in the one street. This is a great way to get to know people. We plan to repeat this street by street.'
PEOPLE WHO have only recently started work are often nervous about selling Socialist Worker. Gerry, who has just started teaching in Tyneside, told me about the mood in her school: 'I started in September. There didn't seem to be a strong union presence at the school. I went to a staff night out and people asked what I was doing at the weekend. I told them I was going to the Stop the War demonstration. This led on to a discussion about the war, Blair and the rise of the BNP. Six of the other teachers asked me to bring them copies of the paper. When I brought Socialist Worker into school eight teachers bought copies. That was just in a single department!'
CHRISTINE from Birmingham told me how Socialist Worker readers are building a network of post workers across the city: 'We leafleted and sold Socialist Worker outside six different sorting offices as they went in for their morning shift. We also went to the main office in Aston at lunchtime and in the evening. We got a great response-19 post workers bought the paper and seven left their names and phone numbers so they could stay in touch with us.'