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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 June 2018

Angry at the injustices of capitalism? Enthused to fight the cuts? Then help us sell the Socialist

Selling the Socialist at a National Gallery picket line 2015, photo Scott Jones

Selling the Socialist at a National Gallery picket line 2015, photo Scott Jones   (Click to enlarge)

Nick Chaffey, secretary, Southern region Socialist Party

For approaching 1,000 issues over 21 years, the Socialist has provided the most consistent analysis of events in Britain and internationally, reporting on the many struggles of workers and young people. We have reached huge numbers of people, angry at the injustices of the capitalist world and won them towards a socialist view by selling them a copy of the Socialist.

Many have joined us and now contribute to producing the Socialist. Everyone who has done that should be proud of that achievement.

What the Socialist needs to ensure it continues to play that role is sellers. More sellers who are confident in socialist ideas and determined to reach new readers keen to hear our views.

That is our chief plan for the 1000th issue sales week in Southampton and across the Southern region. We to encourage every member to be part of their branch team and be active selling the Socialist.

To build our team of regular sellers who organise our stalls on Saturdays across the city and our regular stalls at the local hospital. To help take the #StopTrump message to schools and colleges. To build solidarity with PCS civil service union members starting their strike ballot to smash the Tories' pay freeze.

No one is born a Socialist seller, over time everyone grows in confidence, through experience and success. What helps to get new sellers started is support and encouragement from those who are more established at it.

Over 20 members, many for the first time, took part in Southampton meetings and campaign activity during the recent local election campaign. They were enthused by our stand in fighting cuts.

Now we want them to take part in our 1000th issue campaign week and become regular sellers. This will strengthen support for the ideas of the Socialist Party and the Socialist.

Our plans need to make sure we organise to bring a new seller out on every activity and turn our extra sales into regular sales. That can ensure this campaign week marks a sustained development in the sales and influence of the Socialist.

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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.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

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In The Socialist 13 June 2018:


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Grenfell: still waiting for justice


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Fighting sexism

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Five reasons to walk out on 13 July

City vultures make millions from Carillion chaos

Retail crunch: more giants on their knees - nationalise them now

Pay rises of 283% needed for most to afford London homes

Them & us


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Health unions accept divisive NHS pay deal

NHS workers plan coordinated strikes across West Yorks against outsourcing

4,000 Rolls-Royce jobs at risk

Transport for London to lose central grant: bus workers must prep for action

Housing strike against individualised pay enters week two

Vote Mike Rolfe for Napo general secretary


International socialist news and analysis

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Eyewitness report from Gaza: "Razan was killed in front of my eyes"


Socialist Party campaigns

Build an anti-racist workers' movement

Help to sell the Socialist

Don't delay, buy issue 1000 today

Sheffield Labour council "happy" to jail trees protesters

In the words of Amber Rudd, "no one died at Orgreave"


 

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