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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 March 2013

Socialist Party subs appeal

Help increase our fighting strength!

Naomi Byron, Socialist Party finance department

The Socialist Party is asking every member if they can increase the regular donation (membership subs) they make to fund our work.

We aim to raise another 3,000 a month, and every member who makes an increase will help get us closer to what we need.

Karen Seymour, from Mansfield and North Derbyshire branch, has pledged an extra 1 a month: "I was only able to raise my membership subs by a small amount this time, but I did it because I know the Socialist Party values my contribution just as much as a larger donation. I'd say to members who are a bit hesitant about asking others for increased subs - do it anyway! Everyone in this party wants a socialist world, but it is impossible to work for this without money!"

For members on a low income, each extra 50p or 1 a month will help increase the Socialist Party's fighting strength.

We need every penny to fight against austerity, and all the money that funds the party comes from our members and supporters.

Battle of our lives

We are facing the fight of our lives. As the Con-Dems begin their tax giveaway to the super rich, estimated to hand out 3 billion, they are rushing through emergency legislation to stop payouts of 130 million to jobseekers who were illegally forced to work for free for companies like Poundland, under threat of losing their benefits.

Even more shamefully, Labour is supporting the emergency legislation, and promises not to reverse most of the cuts the Con-Dems have made.

From the bedroom tax to the government's attempts to destroy the NHS by opening it up to the private profiteers, the Socialist Party fights for the 99%.

We are proud to be funded by ordinary working class people - not by big business like the main three parties and right-wing groups like Ukip.

Already just over 50 members have pledged 700, many by small amounts. Membership subs are our bread-and-butter income and we need to increase our overstretched resources to fight for the socialist alternative.

No limit

If you can make a more substantial increase, please do. For instance, one member who joined last year and is living on a pension has agreed to double their subs from 5 to 10 a month, while another new member has pledged an increase from 30 to 100 a month.

We are asking every member to consider whether they can make an extra sacrifice. We know many people are struggling, and not every member will be able to increase by even 50p a month.

But even if you can't increase your own subs, you can still help to increase our income. Everyone can help attract new members to the party, raise fighting fund and be part of our campaign to increase the sales of the Socialist.

If you are not a member, but agree with what the Socialist Party is fighting for, join us today! Or if you're not ready yet to join us, you can still donate to support our work through our fighting fund by using the form below, phoning 020 8988 8777 or going online at

Socialist Party members can contact their local branch treasurer or phone 020 8988 8777 to discuss increasing their subs.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 20 March 2013:

Socialist Party news and analysis

Axe the bedroom tax!

Trade unions must lead anti-cuts fightback

PCS preparing for 20 March strike, and more action after

Another Dooh Nibor budget - stealing from the poor to give to the rich

Them & Us

Socialist Party NHS campaigning

Prescription: Fight profiteering from health

New faces - same Welsh Labour NHS cuts!

Stop Mid-Yorks NHS cuts

International socialist news and analysis

Iraq: Ten years after 'shock and awe'

Cypriot workers resist bank-robbing Troika

Alexis Tsipras in London

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Are you sick of your boss? Enough is enough

Fight grows against privatisation at Sussex Uni

TUSC election campaign has an impact in Gospel Oak

Building TUSC in the unions

Socialist Students win debate with Labour

North West TUC fails to debate councillors and cuts

Help build an alternative to the pro-cuts press with a May Day greeting

Socialist Party subs appeal

Socialist Party workplace news

Another victory in the battle against Unison witch-hunt

Blacklisted electrician wins his case

Revenue and Customs wants to end face-to-face contact

Clapham march to save fire station

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party reviews

Books that inspired me

Riots Reframed - starting the debate


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