BROOKLYN — The Socialist Workers Party and Pathfinder books received a great political response at the Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Day activities held here on August 21. The day-long festival attracts hundreds of people, mostly Grenadians, who live in New York and the region. It features food stalls, cultural performances, and stalls selling t-shirts, spices, and other goods.
The stand was set up by Pathfinder Press and manned by members and supporters of the Socialist Workers Party. There has been no festival for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maurice Bishop speaks and New International nope. 6, featuring the feature article “The Second Assassination of Maurice Bishop” by Steve Clark and articles by Fidel Castro, were on display at the booth along with books on the struggles of the American working class, analysis of the aggravation of the crisis of capitalism, the Cuban socialist revolution and Sequel. Bishop was the central leader of the New Jewel movement, which led the 1979 Granada Revolution to victory. He was killed and the revolution overthrown in 1983 by Stalinist counter-revolutionary Bernard Coard, opening the door to the invasion of Washington.
The Pathfinder booth – the only one with material on the revolution and its lessons – was bustling all day. Many people who, in their youth, had taken part in the revolution came to discuss and debate. Equally important, many young people who had only heard of Bishop and the revolution from their parents or grandparents came to learn more. One had bought Maurice Bishop speaks on a previous Grenada Day and liked it so much he came back this year with a T-shirt he had made with the cover of the book (above, left).
Seventeen participants registered to subscribe to the Activist. Thirty copies purchased from Maurice Bishop speaks and 17 obtained copies of “The Second Assassination of Maurice Bishop”. Sixty books were sold in total.
Among those at the booth were Willie Cotton (left of main photo), the Socialist Workers Party candidate for governor of New York, and Sara Lobman, the party’s candidate for the US Senate.