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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 April 2020
Excellent support for Socialist Party special finance appeal
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Chris Newby, the Socialist sales organiser
We have had a fantastic response to our special appeal to help finance the publication of the Socialist and promote the ideas of the Socialist Party in this corona crisis.
Three weeks into the current fighting fund campaign and we have raised a tremendous £14,393 - 58% of the target. Over £12,400 of this is for the special appeal.
Donations small and large have been flooding into our offices. Ranging from the £2 from new member Jonas Dos Santos Junior in South East London who writes, "Thanks for allowing me to be part of the Socialist Party", the £5 donated by new member and college student Sofia Pantsjoha in Waltham Forest, to the £500 from Heather Rawling in Leicester.
No matter the size of the donation, these are all crucial to making sure we can continue to get our socialist message out to as many people as possible.
Dave and Judy Griffiths from Coventry both donated £50. £100 was also donated by the Coventry Communication Workers Union youth committee.
The following quote from Becky Shah in Liverpool, a new Socialist Party member, shows the level of sacrifice that our members and supporters are prepared to make. Donating £10 Becky says:
"Sorry it's such a small amount. Wish it was more. Am on a limited income, survive on benefits."
Here are some other quotes from members and supporters who have donated to this appeal:
"Keep up the good work guys. We need a voice to question decisions that are being made", Mr J G Jones Port Talbot donated £20
Miss S K Sethi donating £3: "Long live the NHS!"
Tony Pill Lancashire donating £10: "Wish it could be more."
It is clear that our online meetings are also having a good effect in helping to raise money for the appeal. M Oldziejewska from Chingford who donated £10 writes: "Thank you for organising a brilliant meeting tonight!"
Another supporter donated £30 after attending our meeting in North London.
While the vast majority of the fighting fund has come in from donations to our special appeal, our members are also looking at every opportunity to help raise fighting fund.
Alex Brown in Sheffield raised £30.06 selling t-shirts. Leeds members raised £190 selling badges, and in London our members raised £90 from an online bric-a-brac sale.
This is a fantastic start, but it's vital that we all continue our efforts to smash through the fighting fund target. Make sure you get in your donation and ask people that you know to donate.
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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 22 April 2020:
Frontline workers speak out
Where's our PPE? Where's our testing? Where's our money?
London bus drivers' action over safety stops front door boarding
Care homes coronavirus scandal: blood on their hands
PPE shortages: "I feel so bloody angry"
Trade union activists from across the south of England discuss the battle for safety on the frontline
Management tells carers PPE would 'worry' residents
Councils must demand control of supplies and reversal of austerity
More dispatches from the front: 'There are so many more patients dying'
World economic crisis: A Marxist approach to the coronavirus crunch
No 'back to school' until outbreak is under control and trade union agreed safety arrangements
DWP: Action on workers' safety, and protection of pay and conditions needed
JD Sports: Shut up shop and give us full pay!
RMT: Lift the suspension of Steve Hedley
Bromley Libraries 'restructure' in middle of pandemic!
Lenin at 150
Lenin at 150: A revolutionary life - and the relevance of his ideas to today's working-class struggles
National plan for testing needed
Capitalist press attacks Tory incompetence
Tory think tank proposes attack on pensions
Shocking increase in domestic violence killings
US private healthcare system in meltdown
Coronavirus news in brief
The history of struggle to make the workplace safe
Excellent support for Socialist Party special appeal
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Clapping, driving, postering - for workers' rights
The role of the Socialist during the corona crisis
Policies that really protect the NHS
Coronavirus: Students' charter
Socialism the Podcast: What do our listeners think?
Covid-19 patient speaks out: fantastic support from under-resourced health workers
Going viral: Socialist comments and letters
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