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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 September 2016
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I ran the Great North Run half marathon on 11 September, and will run the Leicester Marathon on 23 October.
It will be my first marathon and I will be 64 years of age. Recently I wrote an article about why I became a socialist, and joined Militant aged 17.
The Socialist Party needs money to campaign against austerity and develop the struggle for socialism. I'm hoping my efforts will inspire people to donate to the fighting fund.
You can donate online at socialistparty.org.uk/donate. Please put 'Heather Rawling marathon' in the comment so we know how much was raised.
Heather Rawling, Leicester Socialist Party
It's with sadness we have to announce the death of Sarah Picton.
Sarah was an avid campaigner for the underprivileged in society, in Chesterfield and beyond.
Her experience of blindness, together with her husband, Socialist Party member Adrian, made her a determined advocate for people with disabilities. Sarah also had the distinction of winning the first ever Chesterfield Socialist Party quiz.
She will be widely missed. Our thoughts are with Adrian and the family.
Dave Gorton, Chesterfield Socialist Party
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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.
- 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.
- 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 Fighting Fund.
In The Socialist 14 September 2016:
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Fund smaller classes - not new grammars
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What We Saw
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New 'strongman' president threatens martial law - while leaning on left parties for support
International news in brief
Socialist Party feature
Obesity crisis: government strategy offers no solution
Workplace news and analysis
Westbourne Park bus dispute continues
NSSN lobby of the TUC: an urgent time for our movement
Library workers defeat Tory cuts
Thousands of Post Office workers to strike against job losses
Southern Rail dispute update
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party youth and students
Why you should become a socialist student!
Students and workers unite to cut rents
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Join the Socialist Party - join the fightback
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
Fighting fascism with motorbike stunts
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Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Labour loses byelection but Corbyn isn't the problem
Protest against closure of vital heart unit
Socialist Party members join disability rights week of action
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