News of the week
Well done, Brum
Socialist Worker sellers in the West Midlands reacted brilliantly last week in the build-up to Saturday's magnificent demonstration. Each day they were out leafleting and petitioning outside workplaces, secondary schools and on the streets. People on the demonstration commented on the sheer numbers of posters up around the city-in people's windows, in local shops, on lamp-posts, indeed everywhere . In the last week we sold 40 papers at Rover's Longbridge plant, 20 at Land Rover in Solihull, 15 at Jaguar in Coventry, 6 at APS car components in Leamington, 16 to a gathering of 20 shop stewards at a trade union college course in Birmingham, 7 at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital, 10 at Rolls Royce in Coventry and 6 at Pilkington's in Birmingham.
On the street sales at New Street station we sold 38 on Wednesday, 53 on Thursday, 123 on Friday and 285 on Saturday. At Chamberlain Square we sold 97 on Thursday lunchtime and 151 on Friday, while on Saturday 160 were sold outside Snowhill station. But the mood for a fight was evident beyond the West Midlands, particularly among manufacturing workers, who face a fresh round of closures and job losses. So in Nottingham 7 papers were sold at both Imperial Tobacco and Nayla Textiles along with 6 at the Inland Revenue and 5 at the main postal sorting office. An excellent 13 papers were sold at Allied Steel and Wires in Cardiff, 16 outside the PTA at Ford Dagenham, 5 outside and 21 inside the NDO sorting office in north London, while in Manchester 8 papers were sold at BICC Cables, 7 at Oldham Road post office, 5 at Feredo car components and 4 at Kellogg's. 51 people joined the Socialist Workers Party on Saturday's demonstration. In addition 15 people joined last week in Birmingham, 5 in Coventry and 4 in Wolverhampton. Elsewhere last week 3 people joined at Brighton University, Glasgow and Hastings; 2 in York and University of North London; 1 in Nottingham Sherwood and Bristol Bedminster.
In the wake of Saturday's demonstration we need to increase the number of sales of Socialist Worker outside manual workplaces. In addition across the country we should be connecting with the growing meltdown of core Labour support by doing collections for both Ken Livingstone's campaign for London mayor and for the Greater London Assembly candidates of the London Socialist Alliance.
London Socialist Alliance campaign
Action stations London
THE NEXT four weeks are vital for socialists in London. A victory for Ken Livingstone as mayor and a strong showing for the London Socialist Alliance in the London Assembly elections on 4 May will be a massive boost for the growing army of people who want an alternative to New Labour. For that to happen the London Socialist Alliance needs to measure up to a challenge: to involve the huge number of Londoners who want that alternative in a vibrant election campaign which reaches every corner of Europe's biggest city. In every constituency, in every ward, on every estate and in workplaces across the capital, people need to be carrying the message, "Vote Socialist. Vote LSA on 4 May."
Socialist Worker supporters will be throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the campaign. That's why across London between now and 4 May the usual weekly meetings of Socialist Worker supporters will be suspended. Instead all our supporters will be putting their time and energy into campaigning, along with many other people, for the London Socialist Alliance.
We need four weeks of intense activity to ensure the socialist message is heard loud and clear. Over one million leaflets have to be delivered door to door across London. As many people as possible need to be canvassed door to door too. We need people putting the argument for a socialist vote, encouraging people to put up window posters, and urging them to join the campaign themselves. We are encouraging all our supporters to meet up at the start of each week with anyone in their area-on a ward, estate or street level-who wants to get involved in the campaign.
We think such meetings should be short- let's get out on the estates that very night. More campaigning activity also needs to be organised for the day after, and the day after that, right through to 4 May. The message to all our readers and supporters is: it's action stations in the battle for a socialist vote in London!
COMING SOON to a street near you-the London Socialist Alliance Battlebus! The specially chartered socialist battlebus will be on the road every Saturday between now and the election on 4 May. All aboard for candidates and activists to bring the socialist message to the streets of the capital:
- This Saturday, 8 April, 9.30am, Embankment. Battlebus launch. Paul Foot will speak and all 25 candidates will take questions from the press and TV.
The bus will tour north London constituencies for the rest of the day. For other areas the dates are:
- Saturday 15 April, west London.
- Saturday 22 April, south London.
- Saturday 29 April, east London.
- Thursday 4 May, all across London.
Volunteers are needed for the bus on each of these days from 8am to 6pm. Please contact Mike at the LSA office on 020 8981 9243 to book your seat.
ACTIVISTS MEETING Sunday 9 April 1.30pm-6pm University of London, Malet Street, London WC1 (near Goodge St Tube) Sessions and workshops include: l Why Londoners should support Ken and the LSA l Building in local wards l Building support in the unions l Organising support in the Labour Party l Canvassing Open to anyone who wants to get involved in the LSA campaign. Book early to avoid disappointment. Phone 020 8981 9243. E-mail email@example.com
Help us spread the socialist message right across London Join in the campaign IF YOU want to get involved you can contact the LSA in each constituency on the following numbers:
BARNET & CAMDEN:
Barnet: 020 8343 9639
Camden: 020 7209 5893
BRENT & HARROW 07940 510906
BROMLEY & BEXLEY 07968 056220
CITY & EAST 07947 627206
CROYDON & SUTTON 020 8653 6008
EALING & HILLINGDON
Ealing: 0958 542872
Hillingdon: 01895 236841
ENFIELD & HARINGEY
Enfield: 020 8809 7316
Haringey: 020 8809 4390
HAVERING & REDBRIDGE
Havering: 07958 508492
Redbridge: 0958 478628
LAMBETH & SOUTHWARK
Lambeth: 07970 651415
Southwark: 020 8766 6806
GREENWICH & LEWISHAM
Greenwich: 0956 681328
Lewisham: 07940 300944
MERTON & WANDSWORTH 0771 223 9702
NORTH EAST Hackney: 07957 257430
Islington: 0778 777222
Waltham Forest: 020 8521 4650
SOUTH WEST 0958 996777
WEST CENTRAL Hammersmith: 07718 352589
Kensington: 0831 853216
Westminster: 07932 528360
BETWEEN NOW and the 4 May vote Socialist Worker's special London edition will be devoting this page each week to helping ensure the biggest and most effective campaign possible. If you have local LSA campaigning activities, meetings, events or contact phone numbers then let us know and we'll help spread the message. Rush any information to "LSA campaign page" at Socialist Worker, PO Box 82, London E3 3LH. Phone 020 7538 0828, fax 020 7538 0140, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Where to find the LSA IF YOU don't know which London Assembly constituency you are in then contact the London Socialist Alliance on 020 8981 9243.
You can also contact the LSA by post by writing to LSA, PO Box 20492, London SE11 5WL.
If you have access to the internet you can also find out more details, and obtain publicity material, from www.londonsocialistalliance.org.uk