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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 January 2019
We need May Day greetings!
Strengthen ties between the Socialist and workers
Gain valuable income for the working-class press
May Day greetings in the Socialist, 2018 (Click to enlarge)
James Ivens, May Day greetings campaign organiser
The capitalist establishment is writhing in a trap of its own making: the world economic and political crisis. But still workers and young people suffer its attacks - austerity, low pay, high rents, and more. We believe only working-class action can finish off capitalism - and inaugurate the socialist alternative.
This is why the Socialist newspaper collects greetings for May Day - International Workers' Day. To measure the standing of our analysis and fighting programme in workplaces, unions and campaigns. And by fighting for donations to the working-class press, to advance that standing.
Supporters of the Socialist should use our sign-up sheet: speak with colleagues about contributing to a workplace greeting. It's essential to visit the workers whose strikes we have supported to collect for a greeting as well.
Such messages and money have the highest political worth. But trade unionists should also send a motion for May Day greetings to their respective union committees. Do it now so it gets on the agenda.
Young people are crucial to organise too. Groups of students in school, college and university should hit the streets to campaign for funds to send a greeting.
And while the workplace is the key base of power against the bosses, the battle is not confined to it. On housing, healthcare, women's services - even trees and footbridges - our paper and members have fought.
Help us by asking the community campaigns for greetings. Even our minimum price can be negotiable if needed.
But most important of all - we want you to start now. Select an organiser in your region, trade union group or Socialist Party branch. List the groups you want to ask for greetings. And schedule the time to campaign for the funds.
Last year was another record-breaker, with 112 greetings and over £7,500 pledged. Let's smash our targets again in 2019. Let's get those greetings in!
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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 23 January 2019:
What we think
Corbyn: stand firm for a general election
Socialist Party news and analysis
Nationalise big pharma: end this profit-driven NHS crisis
Duke's car crash: one law for them and another for us
Racist jobs discrimination same for 50 years - unions must fight for jobs for all
Wales is Europe's prisoner capital: capitalist cutters' crimes to blame
Them & Us
Cuban revolution at 60: defend the gains and fight for workers' democracy
Workplace news and analysis
Birmingham: hostile Labour council attacks striking workers
Mass strike wins historic step towards victory in Glasgow equal pay battle
John Lewis workers count the cost of the retail crisis
Unison union higher education conference: a missed opportunity to develop a fighting strategy
Bristol Deliveroo workers walk out
PCS union: re-elect Chris Baugh for assistant general secretary
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Enfield North CLP backs no-cuts budget - now councillors must act
We need May Day greetings!
Leeds: don't let the far right divide us
International socialist news and analysis
Europe: school students strike against climate change
Poland: thousands mourn death of murdered mayor
Theatre: Rouse, Ye Women to tell story of 1910 chainmakers' strike
Non-fiction: The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg "reveals the brutal lengths capitalists will go to protect their system"
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