SOCIALIST Worker journalists and circulation staff have been on the road. We have been out at meetings of readers across the country, discussing with you how we can improve your paper, and how together we can make sure all those who want Socialist Worker each week get it. People have talked of how they use Socialist Worker, and why it is different to other papers-especially because readers write for the paper themselves.
In Manchester last Saturday one reader explained, 'I work in a call centre and Socialist Worker is really useful for me. I sell a few copies to my workmates. When I showed them a report I'd sent in to the paper people wanted to read it, and I sold three times more papers!'
AT A meeting in west London last week a number of school students spoke. One explained, 'When the government was preparing to bomb Iraq we discussed organising a walkout at my school. I worried if people would come out. 'But then I read in Socialist Worker how hundreds of school students in Glasgow and elsewhere had walked out against the war. That made you much more confident.'
Others discussed whether they thought Socialist Worker should have more of people speaking about what they felt and did, or have more background information and analysis.
ANOTHER MEETING in London last week heard a worker on the capital's underground explain, 'We want to build a real rank and file network and organisation, but I think you can only do that if at the heart of it are a group of people who will defend clear socialist ideas. That's why organising around Socialist Worker is important.
'Like the tube lines themselves we've had to work out distribution lines. We call ours the Red Line. It is difficult because of shifts but it's important to work to keep the distribution going every single week. 'We start at 4am on Wednesday. The earlier people get the paper the better-it's up with the news and really helps people.'
There will be readers' meetings over the coming weeks. You can find details on page 12 of this week's paper, or you can phone us on 020 7538 3305 to find out if there's a meeting planned near you.
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