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From The Socialist newspaper, 31 July 2014

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Waltham Forest: Education for theory and practice

Waltham Forest Socialist Party reading group meets on Wednesday evenings. As a new member of the reading group, I have already found that the reading and discussion has been useful, not only for developing my theoretical understanding, but also for the practice of spreading revolutionary ideas.

For instance, our most recent discussion was on the Branch Organisers' Pack - a short guide to the structure of the party, its aims and organisation and the goals that each comrade should set for themselves. Having participated in stalls and paper sales in the past, this document clarified things that I have learnt through these experiences as well as giving me new advice for future campaigns.

It served as a useful reminder, particularly for the newer members such as myself, of the importance of each member taking on a role in their branch while ensuring that we aim to meet possible new Socialist Party members on every activity.

The two previous groups covered The Transitional Programme by Trotsky and The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels.

The discussions highlighted the ways in which both of these texts are relevant for the Socialist Party and its international sister organisations today.

For example, we discussed how the transitional method has been used in the campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage in the US, led by co-thinkers of the Socialist Party there, Socialist Alternative.

Amanda

Leeds

Before our branch meeting on 21 July, two members of the Leeds Socialist Party decided to sell the Socialist outside Leeds City bus station and city centre train station. We sold seven papers.

At the bus station two security guards politely asked us to move on. Soon we got into a discussion on their work and how much they get paid (only just covering their bills every month, with little money for anything else).

A taxi driver who was a member of the union Unite bought a copy while he was waiting in queuing traffic. One worker said: "I work 40 hours a week and have holes in my shoes" as she wearily walked to the bus.

The Socialist, and those who sell it, give people the confidence that we can fight back against such cruel living conditions. People often left after our conversations with a smile replacing a grimace as they rushed to or from work.

Ben Mayor

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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 31 July 2014:


Middle East

No more carnage in Gaza - Mass struggle to end the siege - Stop Israeli state terror

Gaza in crisis - Mass action needed to stop bloodshed

Thousands march against slaughter in Gaza


Socialist Party feature

WW1 - 100 years since the great slaughter


Socialist Party

Obituary: Dave Boyes

Socialism 2014: Ideas to change the world

Socialist Party news


Socialist Party news and analysis

Economic recovery - so where's our share-out?

Student loan sell-off plan scrapped

More police spying revelations

Miliband needs a makeover... ...of his party and his politics

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

10/hr Now! Because the bills keep coming and the rent won't wait!

Tolpuddle martyrs rally

And now for something completely different... a barricaded cinema

Hackney tenants get organised

Solidarity with Birmingham student occupiers

Southampton: Channel 4's Immigration Street condemned

Rugby League: Have Featherstone fans got their club back?


Socialist Party workplace news

Passport Office strikes for jobs and decent pay

Reinstate Bryan Kennedy

The games that Glasgow Labour plays

Doncaster Care UK workers striking for 2 weeks

Workplace news in brief


 

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