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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 June 2014
Successful building in east London
Almost half the people attending the East London Socialist Party's post-election meeting were not yet Socialist Party members, including four people at their first SP meeting.
We met all these people through local election campaigning in Newham and in Barking and Dagenham as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.
One Barking TUSC candidate and RMT member, Joseph, has already joined, and with a leading Unite steward locally, is helping the branch set up a Barking sub-branch.
A socialist from Pakistan, now working and studying in London - who has also attended the Barking sub-branch - this time brought along a friend, an Indian socialist.
Everyone at the meeting was invited to future Socialist Party meetings and campaigning activities. And we will keep in touch with those people who couldn't make this meeting but are interested in joining and want to find out more.
It was East London Socialist Party's best attended meeting this year, even with some of the leading branch members away.
This is thanks to always having the Socialist newspaper and other socialist material with us when taking part in TUSC campaigning.
People can see how the Socialist Party stands for an internationalist socialist alternative to crisis-ridden capitalism.
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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.
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In The Socialist 4 June 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Workers can win: Victory for $15 campaign in Seattle
Enough of 'all the same' capitalist politics!
TUSC: Next steps building political voice for workers
Inclusive capitalism? You're having a laugh!
Children handed poverty "life sentence"
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
US: How Seattle won a $15 minimum wage
Ireland: Electoral surge against austerity
Socialist Party workplace news
"Enough is enough!" - 1.5m could strike over pay
NHS: We demand a living wage!
Come to NSSN conference!
Unite conference: Fighting policies needed
UCU: Members losing patience with leadership
PCS-Unite merger: Will it strengthen our fightback?
Leeds unions prepare for action
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Bakers' Union interview: "We can stop race to bottom"
Stevenage: March against the far-right, racist EDL
Rhydyfelin library occupied by protesters
NHS: Night shift and a cold rage
Building the Socialist Party
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Plan now for the fundraising collectathon
'Join the socialists' week of action
Successful building in east London
Rapid recruitment in Plymouth
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