THE continuing incarceration of people at Guantanamo Bay is an outrage, and last week's sales of Socialist Worker expressed that. Ruairidh, Martin and Helen have put together a report on their campaigning success in south London:
'When we saw the morning news about Guantanamo Bay we were determined to take to the streets, especially because Feroz Abassi from Croydon is not being released and is likely to face a military commission. 'We sold Socialist Worker outside Croydon mosque before and after Friday prayers. As people were going in we handed out leaflets highlighting the abuse of human rights at Guantanamo Bay.
'As they were coming out we sold the paper around this issue, with little confidence at first until a guy collecting money for the mosque started shouting, 'Support this young lady! Sign this petition!' 'He reprimanded us for not being vocal enough in the break between prayer sessions and we sharpened up our act, selling 47 papers by the end. 'We were determined to make that evening's sale at the tube station a success. 'We went to a DIY shop and bought some chain and an orange boiler suit so that somebody could dress as a Guantanamo prisoner.
'We photocopied 'Shut down Guantanamo Bay' posters. It was an excellent campaigning sale and four of us sold 43 papers at the tube, far more than usual. 'After that sale, we got on the phone to get others out on Saturday. We knew it could be big and we could build the 20 March anti-war demonstration out of people's anger.
'So on Saturday nine people came to Brixton, including a young new member of the SWP who had never done a sale before. 'Once again we created a strong visual impact by having someone dressed as a 'prisoner'.
'Lots of people had already heard about the national demo, and certainly many more know now. We sold 128 papers!'
Don't miss special issue
THE SPECIAL issue of Socialist Worker produced to mark 20 years since the Great Miners' Strike is proving a huge success. Even before it was printed, orders were rolling in. Make sure you get your copy either by asking your Socialist Worker seller or phoning the Circulation Department on 020 7538 3305.