SOCIALIST WORKER has argued hard over the last year that the US/UK occupation of Iraq won't bring peace. We've supported groups of workers like the firefighters, postal workers and nursery nurses who have taken on Blair's government. And the paper has argued for an alternative to New Labour. Now Respect is set to challenge Blair at the polls and there are just three weeks to go until 10 June.
We believe that Socialist Worker is vital for every activist in the run-up to the election. Every issue gives in-depth coverage of the campaign at a time when the national media often seems to be doing its best to ignore Respect.
The paper can arm activists with the arguments they need out on the campaign trail. Week by week Socialist Worker takes Respect's arguments to readers across the country. And the paper is winning a whole new audience as the campaign goes on.
New areas for political debate
Sales of Socialist Worker at workplaces have reached levels we haven't seen since the 1970s. Sales of Socialist Worker at mosques around the country are improving week by week. Last week in Sheffield we sold 21 copies of Socialist Worker at the Industry Road mosque and ten copies at Wolseley Road mosque.
At mosques in Bristol and in Willesden, London, we sold ten copies. Readers in Didsbury, Manchester, sold 26. In Streatham, south London, Socialist Worker readers are at the heart of the Respect election campaign. Julie says, "Respect MP George Galloway spoke to around 120 local Muslims at Streatham mosque recently. Galloway was able to speak there due to longstanding links between people at the mosque and local activists in the Stop the War Coalition. Sales of Socialist Worker outside the mosque also helped to build the meeting. Two paper readers have been running stalls on Friday lunchtime and they gave out leaflets advertising the meeting. On the night of the meeting we sold 25 papers and helped to raise £190 for Respect."
The paper has won a wide audience among Respect activists. In the next few weeks we have to grab the opportunities we've been presented with, both to win the biggest vote possible for Respect and to win a growing audience for Socialist Worker.