Marc Brodine grated apples, chopped walnuts and fried bacon for his famous waffle breakfast. And for the more healthy-minded, he had whole-wheat waffles with sesame and sunflower seeds. Brodine, whose satire columns often grace the PWW’s op-ed pages, hosted, along with his family, a waffle breakfast to raise money towards the newspaper’s $200,000 fund drive. Friends and supporters of the People’s Weekly World/

Nuestro Mundo munched on waffles while listening to Judith Le Blanc, Communist Party vice chairwoman, speak on “Build peace, defeat Bush.” The cozy gathering raised $300.

Three weeks into the launching of the PWW fund drive, supporters have donated a total of $40,853.

Many PWW/Mundo events not only provide food for thought, but revolve around the tried and true, working-class fundraising approach: always make and serve good food.

Readers in Oakland, Calif., will host a “Ribs yes, recall no” house party this week. They will be passing the hat there to raise badly-needed funds for this working class press.

Tim Wheeler, the World’s political correspondent, has been in California covering the fierce battle to defeat the ultra-right power grab there. From the south to the north of the Golden State, labor and community activists voiced their appreciation for the PWW/Mundo.

Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital workers have warmly received the PWW with on-the-spot coverage from Joelle Fishman and Art Perlo. Fishman, who was arrested in last Saturday’s civil disobedience, says many workers see the coverage and distribution of the PWW as part of the strike support effort.

It takes money to put this paper together. It takes money to pay for the distributions at rallies, strikes and marches – all places where working-class people are in motion, in struggle. The $200,000 will defray these circulation and advertising costs.

You can help today by making a $1,000, $500, $100, $50, or $10 donation.

Checks and money orders can be made out to Long View Publishing. Credit cards are accepted – online or over the phone. Go to www.pww.org and click “Support the PWW” or call Jen Barnett at (212) 924-2523 ext. 363 Tuesdays through Friday, from noon to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

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