CHICAGO — The campaign to raise money for three working-class centers of unity, action and education reached $330,000 last week, just $70,000 shy of its $400,000 goal. With two weeks left in the campaign, spokespeople for the New York-based Chelsea Fund for Education and Chicago-based Workers Education Society — the co-sponsoring, nonprofit entities — are cautiously optimistic about reaching the goal by the July 1 deadline.

“The reception has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Roberta Wood, WES board member. “People are so happy to give contributions to renovate buildings in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago to become three regional centers of education and struggle.”

The centers will house offices for the Communist Party, Young Communist League, Marxist libraries and progressive bookstores and the People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo newspaper. The centers will be a community resource and provide public space for activities and organizing for social change and progress.

Wood urged PWW readers and friends to consider making a $1,000 contribution, which could be donated over the course of a year, to the tax-exempt entity of their choice.

Contact: Chelsea Fund for Education, 235 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011, (646) 437-5318 or Workers Education Society, 3339 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60608, (773) 446-9925.