A national campaign to raise funds to help ready three regional centers for working-class education and struggle reached and over fulfilled its goal this week. The Chicago-based Workers Education Society joined the New York-based Chelsea Fund earlier this year in launching a “capital campaign” to raise $400,000 to renovate and modernize facilities in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The facilities will serve as hubs for educational activities and to advance the struggle for social progress.

The campaign raised $408,618.47, with a majority of the contributors donating at the $1,000 level, according to Scott Marshall, president of the Workers Education Society.

The renovation of the new center in Chicago is now complete, said campaign organizers. The timetable for completion of the L.A. project is 2006, while the New York center is scheduled to be finished in 2007.

The funds are still accepting donations at Workers Education Society, 3339 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60608, (773) 446-9925, or Chelsea Fund, 235 W. 23rd St., NY, NY 10011.