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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 January 2013

Server appeal: Members provide a huge boost to our resources

Ken Douglas, national treasurer

The Socialist Party would like to thank all those who made donations towards the purchase of a new computer server for our headquarters. The campaign has raised a magnificent 11,794.

We bought our current server in 2006 and the software it runs will no longer be supported by Microsoft. The computer network at our national centre has also expanded, as our staff has increased, and has now gone beyond the limit that the server was designed to support.

Many of our members and supporters have donated to the appeal, including readers of the Socialist who are not members of the Socialist Party. They recognise the vital role our paper and our organisation plays in highlighting and supporting the struggles of workers and young people against austerity and putting forward a programme to fight the vicious attacks of this Con-Dem government of millionaires.

We have had many donations ranging from 5 from a member who is unemployed, a series of payments amounting to over 50 from a widowed pensioner to several hundred pounds in donations from another reader and 300 from a disabled supporter. Our appeal has also reached across the world as shown by a donation made by a reader of the Socialist who is working in the Middle East.

The Socialist Party has no rich backers. Big business and the press barons don't back us, instead we rely on the skills, solidarity and sacrifice that workers contribute to building a movement that fights for them. These are far more valuable to us than all the money and influence of big business.

Thanks must also go to our members who have specialist knowledge in information technology who are putting in many hours voluntarily to both build and maintain our IT system. This has enabled us to make a huge saving compared to the commercial price for this equipment, including support, maintenance and other services. We would not be able to purchase a new server of this capability for the price we are paying without that support.

New, high-speed cabling has already been installed and the server itself is in the process of being assembled and will be installed in the next few weeks.

Thanks again to all our readers and if you haven't yet had a chance to donate to the appeal then 206 will bring the total to a round 12,000! You can pay via the Socialist Party website and mark your donation 'Server appeal' or telephone 020 8988 8777.

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In The Socialist 30 January 2013:

Socialist Party NHS news & campaigning

NHS workers resist cuts

Privatisation: Bleeding the NHS dry

Heatherwood hospital campaign shows determination

East Midlands: Campaign forces retreat on ambulance station closure

Life as an NHS worker: bullying and stress

Socialist Party news and analysis

Cameron takes a gamble by threatening EU referendum

Austerity's utter failure

Taxing words from Cameron?

Aaron Swartz: a fight to free information

Them & Us

Fighting the cuts

Southampton councillors have a choice ... Don't vote for cuts!

Hull councillors ready to vote No

Brighton's Greens vote for cuts in workers' allowances

Labour meltdown in Stoke-on-Trent continues; and Unison withholds funding

Stop Sheffield children's centre closures

Workplace news and events

Twelfth day of strike action by Tyne and Wear metro cleaners

DfE strike ballot

London teachers call for strike action against Performance Related Pay

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party review

Fired up by Fire in the Blood - a story of big business cruelty and neglect

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Jumping through hoops for a job

Shrewsbury 24: What is the government hiding?

Wales conference - confidence in socialist ideas

Server appeal: Members provide a huge boost to our resources

Socialist Party National Congress 2013


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