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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 July 2018
Fighting for trans rights at Bristol pride
Socialist Party members at Bristol Pride, 14.6.18, photo by Mike Luff (Click to enlarge)
Maddy Steeds, Socialist Party LGBT+ group
The biggest Bristol Pride yet took place on the 14 June. Following the attempts by anti-trans rights campaigners to hijack London pride, Bristol Socialist Party was out campaigning to support trans rights and fight for the rights of all LGBT+ people and oppressed groups in society.
Our message of supporting trans rights and fighting for the right to self-identify your gender was strongly supported by the crowd. Our material pointed out the need to build a united working class struggle as the way to ultimately end all forms of oppression.
500 leaflets were given out and one passerby said "I'm so glad to see you here after the events at London Pride".
On the day we sold badges and painted rainbows on people's faces in exchange for a donation. Over £50 was raised for the Socialist Party.
The depoliticisation of Pride has meant many people go to Pride to party rather than protest. However our success in Bristol shows that people at Pride are open to socialist ideas and see the need for Pride to be political.
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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.
In The Socialist 25 July 2018:
What we think
Corbyn and unions must act to bring down government in crisis
New health secretary, same privatisation agenda
Fight the racist far right
Universal credit causes Â£24m rent arrears
Dodgy MP lobbied for genocidal Sri Lankan leader
Them & Us
PCS members back fightback on pay - keep building pressure
Blacklisting of Militant supporters by Thatcher government revealed
Victory for Swansea postal workers against management victimisation
Hull recycling workers win right to sick pay
EDF Energy strike victory against vehicle tracker device
Sheffield tram workers strike for 72 hours
250,000-strong human tide sweeps London against visit of bigoted billionaire Donald Trump
School students: why we walked out against Trump
Protesting Trump's visit - action around the country
The case for socialist nationalisation
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Kentish Road victory: Respite centre saved by determined campaign
Tories' LGBT Action Plan: 'A cynical ploy with no solutions'
Fighting for trans rights at Bristol pride
10,000 at Northern Pride
Durham Miners' Gala 2018
Obituary: Ged Travers 1957-2018
Plastic waste - capitalism's Frankenstein monster
The Socialist 25 July 2018 |
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