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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 February 2020

Socialist sellers

Marx is back. And this time he's got a card reader!

Marx is back!

Marx is back!   (Click to enlarge)

If Karl Marx were alive today, I'm certain he'd have a card reader.

One of the best ways to build the Socialist Party is for people to buy our publications and read what we say.

But this approach has become a little harder with the amount of people who no longer use cash. To overcome this problem I purchased a card reader for 18 in September 2018.

The purchase of that card reader has made a very significant increase in the amount of copies of the Socialist we sell and the fighting fund raised for the Socialist Party too.

Since Sept 2018 I've taken 435 payments on the card reader, totalling 1,111.

Not all of this is from sales of the Socialist. And not all are my sales.

The Socialist Party uses it when we're campaigning in Waltham Forest. Other members often send people over to me to make a payment - to buy the Socialist or make a donation.

Some of the 1,111 is also room money or socialist book sales. But that just shows how valuable the card reader is.

Since the start of January this year, I've sold 142 copies of the Socialist, 60 of those on the card reader.

I ask if people would like to pay solidarity price for the Socialist, to help support what we do, and around half say yes. Mostly 2, but also 3, 5, and a few times 10. I've raised 69 selling the Socialist at solidarity price this year.

Martin Reynolds, Waltham Forest Socialist Party

Martin also told us about the response the Socialist Party got on our latest campaign stall:

Waltham Forest: People are no longer ashamed to say they are poor - and being made poorer by the greedy landlords

We appealed to young people to step forward and sign our petition for rent control and council housing. A 19 year old stopped and said to me:

"I work in a hotel in Waterloo. It takes me an hour to get to work.

"I live at home with my mum. I want to leave home. I want my independence. I want to live in my community.

"I spend ten hours a day working and travelling. I don't want to have to move out and have to travel further and far longer just to find somewhere cheaper to live."

I asked if he would like to join our fight for rent control and council housing and he said: "yes what can I do?"

I said you can start by speaking into our microphone and telling everyone what you just told me. And to my surprise, he did. That took courage. I could never have done that at his age.

I left home at his age. I did it because wages as a factory worker allowed me to. And there was also lots of council housing. But that's all changed.

We use our open mic to let workers tell us about the crap they have to deal with.

The Socialist Party was overwhelmed, with people telling us they are being driven further into poverty and signing our petition. A number of people said they were glad we were there.

They cannot afford the rent. It seems people are no longer afraid or ashamed to tell us they are poor and being made poorer by the greedy landlords. 22 of them bought a copy of the Socialist.

Housing is an explosive issue. In the words of our open mic speaker "this has to end".


Basingstoke: NHS - Workers are angry they've been lied to

Our campaign stall was very busy with lots of debate on 22 February. There's a lot of anger about the hospital that was promised by our Tory MP Maria Miller before the election. Now we can read in our local paper that was all a lie.

Basingstoke Council is cutting 5 million from services, which have already been decimated by ten years of cuts.

Two libraries will close. Council tax is going up.

Hampshire Council is cutting 80 million which will hit Basingstoke social care and school budgets.

We are campaigning to stop the cuts and organising a public meeting on Wednesday 18 March.

Mayola Demmenie

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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.

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 click here to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

In The Socialist 26 February 2020:


News

Austerity kills

Average wages recover to pre-crisis levels - but we're still over a decade behind

Bezos gives $10bn for climate - nationalise the rest!

Weinstein found guilty


What we think

Immigration: For a system that meets the needs of the majority, not a rich elite


Universities strike

Solidarity with striking university staff

University workers' strike over pay, pensions and workload escalates


Council cuts

Coventry: A socialist councillor who will vote against cuts

Number of women killed by current or ex-partner rises

Leicester: We can't take any more cuts, any more misery, and we are fighting back

Students and workers out together on Budget Day, 11 March

Stop the council cuts

Council cuts could cost Labour another general election


Workplace news

Packed meeting of workplace militants, strikers, socialists and trade union leaders

All out to win Royal Mail strike reballot

PCS union relaunches pay campaign

Workers call on Interserve bosses to recognise union

Anti-academy strikes growing


International news

Germany: Right-wing terror attacks - fight racism, fight capitalism!

Northern Ireland's strike wave


The BBC

This is the BBC: fight the cuts - and the capitalist media


Campaigns

Congress 2020 appeal: Donate to help us renew vital resources

Housing cuts cost lives

Socialist sellers


Readers' opinion

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