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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 October 2013

Socialist Party fighting fund

Over 20,000 collected in summer quarter

Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer

Socialist Party members strove might and main to collect over 20,000 for the fighting fund in the last three months, which included the holiday period covering the summer months of July and August.

The Socialist Party doesn't have any rich backers - we rely on the fundraising efforts of our members and the support of ordinary people who back our opposition to the Con-Dems' cuts and their destruction of our public services.

Fighting fund enables us to produce the campaigning materials, the banners, placards, posters and leaflets that helped make our demands for a mass campaign to save the NHS and a 24-hour general strike against the cuts the most prominent on the TUC demo at the Tory Party conference in Manchester.

One member in Nottingham raised 62 selling 'Save Our NHS' stickers on the coach and on the demo itself!

Fundraising can be hard work, but our members do it because they know that they are building support for a workers' paper and a socialist alternative to the miserable future that capitalism holds out.

Showing grit and determination, Swansea branch members got up at 5am on a Saturday morning to bag a pitch at a car boot sale and then stood in the rain for three hours, raising a fantastic 115!

A new branch in Plymouth has soared to the top of the fighting fund league table, raising 302% of their target by holding regular campaign stalls two or three times a week, selling the Socialist and with branch members also putting in donations themselves.

In four weeks' time the Socialist Party will be holding its biggest public event, Socialism 2013, and at the rally for Socialism on the Saturday night we will be asking all our members and supporters to make a donation to the Socialism appeal.

Our message is simple: why can't the great wealth in society be democratically owned and controlled and used for the benefit of everyone? It is obscene that a few individuals amass huge riches at the expense of millions of ordinary people - yet this is the future held out to us by the politicians of all the main parties.

We want as many of our members and supporters as possible to come to the Socialism weekend and rally, but whether you can or can't come, please consider making a donation to our appeal.

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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

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In The Socialist 9 October 2013:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories rob NHS workers

Tories condemn us to the breadline

Socialist ideas are the Mail's real target

Them & Us


Socialist Party review

TV review: Breaking Bad


International socialist news and analysis

US government: 'Sorry, we're closed'

The 1913 Dublin Lockout and its true legacy


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Workers and youth: Unite against the far right

Scotland anti-bedroom tax conference

Newport council destroys workers' mural

Hull students and workers agree: We need councils that fight all cuts!

London: Lessons of South Africa's Marikana Massacre

Socialist Party fighting fund

Build the fightback - sell the Socialist!


Socialist Party workplace news

No to Royal Mail privatisation

Future Directions: Ten-day strike lobbies council

Firefighters rally against cuts

Probation officers ballot for action

Workplace news in brief


 

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