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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 June 2014

Plan now for the fundraising collectathon

Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer

Fresh from pounding the streets in the historic TUSC election campaign, Socialist Party members are now turning their attention to developing working class struggles in the workplaces and communities against this rotten government.

But to provide all the necessary leaflets, posters, placards and pamphlets for such campaigns, we need to make sure that the quarterly fighting fund target of 25,000 is met by the end of June.

The fighting fund also enables us to produce the campaigning material to counter the propaganda of all the capitalist parties as they defend the millionaires and the billionaires, the real parasites and scroungers who are enriching themselves at the expense of our jobs and living standards.

The Socialist Party raises all its finance from working class people, through the contributions and unstinting efforts of its members and supporters - unlike pro-austerity Ukip, for instance, one of whose backers is the multi-millionaire in the shadows, Paul Sykes. This reactionary helped finance the scab UDM during the 1984-85 miners' strike.

We are asking all branches and members to plan and organise some extra fundraising activities over a 'Collectathon fortnight' covering the last three weekends of the month from 19 to 30 June.

Branches are already planning and holding fundraising events. Lambeth branch raised 73 from a post-election barbecue and Newport and Caerphilly branches raised 64 with a World Cup sweep.

The World Cup is a great opportunity for parties and fundraisers. Members in London are taking part in a guess the correct scores competition and there is the fantasy league advertised below. If you're not keen on football why not hold an alternative event?

Can your branch put on some extra campaigning stalls during the fortnight, either during the week or by extending the duration of the Saturday stall? Maybe you could try a new area? A Socialist Party stall in Bradford last week, campaigning for a 10 an hour minimum wage, attracted enthusiastic support.

You may have fundraising ideas of your own or you may be able to make a donation to help us smash our fighting fund target.

Why not email editors@socialistparty.org.uk to report how well your campaign is going and to share any good ideas.

You can also donate via our website at socialistparty.org.uk or by telephoning 020 8988 8777.

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


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


Readers' comments

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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