ONE PART of Socialist Worker’s role each week is to be a mini-manifesto for Respect. And that makes it essential reading for everyone who wants to see Blair humbled from the left on 10 June. One example of how the paper can work comes from Croydon and Sutton. There the Respect election agent bought a copy of the paper and e-mailed the article by London candidate Lindsey German to everybody on the Respect contact list.
We hope that Socialist Worker can continue to play the role of building Respect in the way that this week’s examples show.
ROB JACKSON writes, “I’ve never seen such a brilliant response to Socialist Worker as we’ve had in Manchester over the weekend. Members in Chorlton have been visiting a local mosque for three weeks. We were initially nervous because no one had visited the mosque. That hesitation soon went when we were invited into the grounds to do the stall. Last Friday we set up two stalls, got loads of names and addresses for Respect and sold 40 Socialist Workers. The mosque is now organising a meeting for the community to meet Respect candidates and to call for support for Respect. We’ve found the same response on our public stalls in Market Street. Socialist Worker went down a storm-we sold 94 in the evening on Friday and 160 on Saturday morning.”
SHEFFIELD SELLERS write, “The sales we have maintained outside civil service offices paid off last week in the build-up to the brilliant unofficial walkouts. In four offices we have built up a good relationship with the workers. At Hartshead Square we now know people who are campaigning for Respect in the office. On every day of the two previous strikes we went to the picket lines. And in the build-up to last week’s walkouts we had been putting in the Socialist Worker leaflets that you can download from the Internet. We sold four papers outside Cavendish Court on the morning of the walkout. At the Bailey Court office three Socialist Workers were sold the morning of the walkout and the following day we returned and sold six.”
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