SHOCK AND anger swept most parts of the world last week after Israel's murder of Sheikh Yassin. Socialist Worker sellers were part of the response, agitating for Palestinian rights and against Bush and Blair's support for Israel. Simon reports from north west London, 'After the assassination of Sheikh Yassin, a couple of us went round the Arab cafes of Bayswater and Edgware Road.
'The response was fantastic, everyone was open to talking. People weren't just angry about Palestine but about Blair and the role of Britain in backing the 'war on terror'. 'As well as selling 58 papers, the leaflets for the Respect coalition went down really well. We hope we can turn the cafe sale into a regular event.'
New coalition also on the menu
PAUL REPORTS that after a sale of 44 papers at Camden market, Socialist Worker sellers also went to a nearby Arab cafe. 'We asked the owner if we could sell papers and took a petition round against British arms sales to Israel. The response was tremendous with people very angry about what had happened.'
'We sold nine papers and also started off some wider political discussions. Two people joined the Respect coalition and showed how serious they were by giving their £10 membership subscription on the spot.'
Pictures from the front line
YOUR REPORTS and pictures are one of the central reasons why Socialist Worker is different to other papers. As Respect moves to mass campaigning, we want your experience and voices to flow into the paper. This week it made a real difference that we received reports about Respect from across England.
Special thanks to people from Nottingham, Leicester and Bristol who sent in photographs to enliven the pages. Every report and picture from a picket line, a campaign or Respect activity is very important to Socialist Worker. A report from your area will make the paper even more relevant to the people you sell to.
MICHAEL BRADLEY, Circulation Department [email protected]