News of the week
Sign this statement supporting refugees
THIS WEEK every Socialist Worker reader should be taking the statement in defence of asylum seekers round their workplace, school, college or neighbourhood getting signatures.
Sellers will do the same on our street and workplace sales. Sellers in Newcastle report that on Saturday the reaction to a petition supporting Bill Morris's attack on Jack Straw over refugees was "brilliant". David reports that "there were some people against us on the sale but there was a big minority of people who wanted to make a statement. At one stage we had people queueing to sign the petition."
103 copies of Socialist Worker were sold despite bad weather. Elsewhere on Saturday 58 were sold in Wakefield, 55 in both Dudley and Wood Green, and 32 in Worcester campaigning against the National Front. Across the country we are expanding the number of sales of Socialist Worker outside workplaces.
Last week 31 papers were sold at Riverside House council office in Greenwich, 12 at Homerton School in Hackney, 11 at both Copperas Hill post office in Liverpool and County Hall in Nottingham, 6 at Rolls Royce in Derby, 5 at GEC in Manchester, 4 at both Clapton post office and Homerton DSS in Hackney, and 3 at Coca-Cola-Schweppes in Sidcup with 25 collected for the Pfizer strikers. Chemicals
87 papers were sold to striking electricians at Pfizer Chemicals in Sandwich. 110 papers were sold at UNISON health conference, while 58 were sold on the opening day of USDAW conference. In the last week 7 people joined the Socialist Workers Party at the London Socialist Alliance rally in central London; 5 in Birmingham; 3 in Crawley; 2 in Luton, Leeds and Whitechapel; 1 in Glasgow Possil, Clydebank, Bradford, Nottingham, Hoxton, Cardiff, Neath, Bridgend, Kidderminster, Poplar, East Ham and Thanet.
London Socialist Alliance campaign
THE LONDON Socialist Alliance is stepping up its campaigning to ensure that as many people in London as possible get a chance to hear its socialist message and vote for its candidates for the Greater London Assembly. Many wards have now been fully leafleted. Campaigners there are now helping out in neighbouring areas and canvassing their own areas door to door.
Canvassers report that scarcely anyone is saying they will vote for Frank Dobson as mayor. There is a warm reception for the LSA among those who say they are voting for Ken Livingstone. But there are vast numbers of people who have yet to hear about what the London Socialist Alliance is, and there is less than a fortnight to reach them. The danger is that many possible sympathisers will not be reached and that they will stay at home on election day.
In every area that has been canvassed people are taking window posters and some are volunteering to help the campaign. Their involvement is crucial if wider areas are to be leafleted and canvassed. A couple of polling stations are open in each constituency at the end of next week for early voting. So every placard, window poster, leaflet and conversation with neighbours and workmates has an effect now. The LSA battlebus continues to tour the city and, in addition, loudspeaker vans are going out in each constituency from this week. The LSA has also called a protest outside the stock exchange against fat cats on 2 May.
All aboard the battlebus
Candidates and activists are bringing the socialist message to the streets of London. The bus will be visiting: SOUTH LONDON, SATURDAY 22 APRIL EAST LONDON, SATURDAY 29 APRIL ALL ACROSS LONDON, THURSDAY 4 MAY
Volunteers are needed on each of these days from 8am to 6pm. Please contact Mike at the LSA office on 020 8981 9243 to book your seat.