The Twin Cities were alive with political activity the Sept. 24-26 weekend. Volunteers were doing voter registration in front of grocery stores. Parents, organized by ACORN, met with a Minneapolis school district representative to ask questions about No Child Left Behind. University of Minnesota students debated the situation in Venezuela. Peace in the Precincts organized a rally and issued a six-point “Road Map Out of Iraq.”

At one community center an “African Americans for Kerry” event was going on, at another — Resource Center of the Americas — classes and a forum on Haiti. Steelworkers handed out leaflets, against outsourcing, at a Vikings game.

Dozens of neighborhood stores, laundromats, coffee shops, community centers, college buildings, union halls and libraries also received their new copies of the People’s Weekly World. And friends and supporters of the People’s Weekly World munched on hamburgers, salad and cake while discussing how to “beat Bush,” and getting a report on a recent Communist Party delegation to Cuba.

The annual Twin Cities PWW cookout, hosted by Janet Quaife and Harry McAllister, along with a used books sale, raised $1,000 for the 2004 fund drive.

“The cookout had food for thought as well as to eat,” McAllister said. “People are hungry to get together, have political discussions and figure out how to make change for the better.” That’s why everyone appreciates the PWW, Quaife added, noting that the paper pulls all those things together.

The PWW enjoys a wide readership in the Twin Cities area. Volunteer distributors circulate 1,600 papers weekly. I went on an all-day distribution with two of these hard-core volunteers: Morgan Soderberg and Peter Molenaar.

Morgan and Peter introduced me to many small business owners and workers along their routes. “I love this paper because it tells the truth,” one storeowner told me. “Please help yourself to something to drink for free.” I took a bottle of water.

The large weekly distribution is a labor of love, but it still costs. Twin Cities readers, who enjoy the PWW every week, can make a contribution to the fund drive. Every contribution — whether $10 or $1,000 — helps keep our “reader-powered” paper going.

Thank you Twin Cities for all your support! Keep up the fight. Please send your contribution in today.

Yours in peace and solidarity,
Terrie Albano