Salt of the earth
- Perhaps list members might like to emulate Tom Lewis ...
Salt of the earth
25 May 2007
Tom Lewis, 83, is a long-time Green Left Weekly subscriber in a small
town between Bundaberg and Gin Gin, Queensland. His eyesight is rapidly
failing and he can no longer read. But last week he renewed his
subscription to the paper and made a $100 donation to our fighting fund.
“This is a helluva conservative place but I sneak the Green Left into
the local library and leave it with the other papers so that others can
read it”, he told me over the phone. “Maybe somebody might wake up. You
Tom has been a rebel all his life and he’s not about to give up the
struggle for a better world. He was expelled from the Labor Party in
Sydney in the 1950s for “speaking out against an endorsed Labor
candidate”, a supporter of the notorious right-wing Groupers led by Bob
He then joined the Communist Party of Australia and was an active
unionist and a regular speaker at the famous Sydney Domain speakers’
corner. He’s been a militant union delegate in the mines at Mount Isa,
and in the sugar and construction industries in Queensland. His efforts
for his fellow workers have been rewarded by the bosses banning him from
work in those industries.
When I asked Tom to share his story with readers, he protested that he
was “no one special”. Tom’s mistaken there. He’s the special kind of
person who keeps GLW going — the salt of the earth. He is an inspiration
to the rest of us.
Please help Tom keep GLW afloat. This week we raised $3257, bringing our
total for the year to $74,026. That’s 30% of our $250,000 target. You
can help us make that target by depositing a donation to the GLW
Fighting Fund at: Greenleft, Commonwealth Bank, BSB 062-006, Account No.
901992. Alternatively, send a cheque or money order to PO Box 515,
Broadway NSW 2007, phone it through on the toll-free line at 1800 634
206 (within Australia), or donate online at
If you have another story about the very special people who support GLW
please contact me on peterb@...
<mailto:peterb@...>, or ring the toll-free number above.