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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 September 2019
Help us move our press by October: pay in your building appeal pledge!
The Socialist Party's press is an essential political tool, photo by James Ivens (Click to enlarge)
Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer
Regular readers of the Socialist will know that the Socialist Party launched a building appeal in 2018, following our eviction from the premises we had occupied for nearly 20 years.
We set an initial target of £150,000 and the response has surpassed all our expectations. The appeal has now reached an incredible £201,501 of paid donations: 134%.
This has only been achieved through the tremendous sacrifices made by members and supporters of the Socialist Party throughout England and Wales. They have donated up to a week's income, or more, over the course of the appeal - because they recognise the importance of maintaining our national centre in London.
Together with a mortgage, it has enabled us to buy the new premises we recently moved to. We have just held our first national committee meeting here as well, saving on the costs of hiring an expensive venue.
We will shortly also be moving our printshop, where we print our monthly journal Socialism Today along with all our leaflets, placards, posters and pamphlets. This will be the first time for 20 years that we have been able to accommodate the printshop in the same place as our headquarters.
We are appealing to all our readers and supporters to help with the costs of this move. It will cost up to £4,000 to move our press alone - plus all the other equipment, including the finisher, guillotine and strapper that we use for producing and distributing all our material.
We have to complete the move by the end of October. If you have already promised a donation - and there is still £26,000 in outstanding pledges - can you pay some or all of it in the next two months?
Our new premises will be a great asset for the Socialist Party as we head into a tumultuous political period, campaigning for a socialist Brexit, for a Corbyn-led Labour government with socialist policies, and building support for socialist ideas. We thank all our members, and readers of the Socialist, who have helped to achieve this.
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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 18 September 2019:
What we think
Ditch the Tories - and austerity
Trade union movement must put its stamp on swirling events
Climate protests: which way forward after 20 September?
Climate change: what's socialism got to do with it?
How students can fight and win
Socialist Party feature
Northern Ireland: Campaign mounts over historic sexual abuse allegations cover-up
Socialist Party workplace news
PCS general secretary candidate: unions must mobilise to drive out Boris
Strike back to stop bullying Royal Mail bosses
Lincolnshire health visitors strike boost
DVSA strike - employer asks for talks
Nottingham College UCU - more strike action planned
PCS members at BEIS maintain just fightback
Ilford: strike forces school management to back down
International socialist news and analysis
Violence against women in South Africa
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
South Yorkshire defeats fire cuts
Donate to help us move our press by October
March planned to save Bewdley Fire Station
London: packed public meeting discusses political crisis
Selling the Socialist
Peterloo - fighting for democracy and a better life
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