Thursday, August 4, 2011

Help The Socialist!

Dear Friends,

I write to request your help. We live in a moment when Democrats and Republicans are proposing serious cuts to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare; where both parties have taken turns handing out public funds to the banks while ignoring the suffering of the unemployed. And at a time when military wars and occupations have been passed smoothly from Bush to Obama. These conditions make an independent Socialist magazine more important than ever. We need your help to keep this going.

Over the past few years, The Socialist magazine has published the writings of respected economist Rick Wolff of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, political activist “Peace Mom” Cindy Sheehan, and veteran labor activist Dan LaBotz. In addition to these high profile names, we have presented our readers with the writings of dozens of grassroots activists on the frontline of labor struggles, socialist electoral campaigns and anti-budget cuts organizing. This is the unique contribution of The Socialist – it creates a media space where noted writers and activists can share print with grassroot voices struggling for change.

However, our costs are skyrocketing. We are committed to using a unionized printer, but printing costs have risen as non-union shops force unionized worksites out. Mailing costs are also increasing, as state and federal budget cuts translate into higher postage rates.

Our current crisis is urgent. We need to raise $300 immediately in order to send Issue 4 to the printer. Ultimately, we need to raise $5,000 to cover our yearly deficit. In short, we need your generous contribution to keep our project afloat.

There are three ways that you can help:

1 – Make a direct donation to our Union Printer Fund. Go to: and make your contribution today.

2 – Order a bundle of magazines and distribute them. Bundles are cheap and the magazine is a great way to begin a political discussion. Visit : and order your bundle.

3 – You can take out an individual subscription (and but one for a friend). For just $10 a year you will receive 6 issues of The Socialist in the mail. Visit here:

As you might know, six corporations own 90 percent of the media in the United States. No corporation owns The Socialist magazine. We depend on you to allow us to continue to speak truth to power in order to create a society based on socialist values of solidarity, compassion and justice. I thank you in advance for your support. Keep up the struggle!

Billy Wharton, Editor

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