News and Letters Committees office damaged

August 29, 2020

From the September-October 2020 issue of News & Letters

In the recent uprisings against racist police murders and brutality against Black people, the store on the first floor of the building where the News and Letters Committees office is located was burned. A result of putting out the fire was flooding in our storeroom and smoke damage to our office. We lost many books, pamphlets, newspapers, and more. We need your help to recover.

Raya Dunayevskaya

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  1. When you donate to News and Letters Committees, you will NOT be harassed, badgered, browbeaten, pestered or annoyed with repeated requests for more, More and MORE, day after day, week after week, month after month! You will be met with RESPECT for your support of Marxist-Humanism. I wish other worthy causes would adopt the same financial philosophy.

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