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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 June 2014
Socialist Kshama Sawant, Seattle city councillor, to speak at Socialism 2014!
Kshama Sawant, photo Alax Garland (Click to enlarge)
Capitalism has created a world in which just 85 people have as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity. While the rich get richer we are made to pay for a crisis of their system.
The bosses and their politicians heap austerity upon our heads. For them the lives of the vast majority are so much small change in their pursuit of ever greater profits.
This has not gone unchallenged. From Britain to Brazil, Seattle to South Africa, working-class people are fighting back to raise their living standards. If you want to hear from those at the sharp end of these struggles then Socialism 2014 is the place to be.
This weekend of discussion and debate will involve socialists, trade unionists and anti-cuts activists from Britain and across the world. This is your chance to discuss how to take the fightback forward and build the socialist alternative to cuts, crisis and capitalism.
One of the most anticipated speakers will be Seattle Socialist councillor, Kshama Sawant. Kshama is a member of Socialist Alternative, co-thinkers of the Socialist Party in the US. Her election with nearly 100,000 votes has sent shock waves across the world.
Writing in the British press Will Hutton said simply: "This does not happen in the US." But things are changing.
Kshama's election victory has fed into a successful movement for a $15 an hour minimum wage and inspired working people the world over. Workers here have taken this lead and ran with it, beginning to campaign for £10 an hour.
This is the first time Kshama has spoken in Britain since being elected so don't miss your chance to see her.
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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.
In The Socialist 18 June 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Strike back for a living wage
Report shows huge support for taxing rich
Survey shows potential for new mass workers' party
Them & Us
Kshama Sawant to speak at Socialism 2014
International socialist news and analysis
Iraq: Oil war's bloody legacy
Brazil: Upsurge in struggles of workers and homeless
Socialist Party workplace news
How should the RMT maintain Bob Crow's tradition?
Unison local government members want action on pay
Bakers call for £10 minimum wage
Escalation of FBU dispute begins
Lambeth College indefinite strike
Safety Glass workers strike for a real pay rise
Trades council conference: workers won't wait for TUC
Workplace news in brief
Come to the NSSN conference on 5 July
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition campaign reports
Rhydyfelin library saved
Nottinghamshire fire cuts - "pushed to breaking point"
Orgreave 30th anniversary - solidarity and celebration
Birmingham: new Socialist Party branch
Socialist Party Summer Camp 2014
Readers' comments and reviews
"Self-employed" and exploited
Book review: The man who loved dogs
Letters to the Socialist
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