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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 June 2020

Fight for a socialist future!

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Pete Mason, Socialist Party finance organiser

More than 500 has been donated to the Socialist Party during Black Lives Matter protests around the country in the last few days. We received 104 from the Stafford protest in the West Midlands, including one donation of 40; 100 from Reading, and 51 in Worcester.

"Thanks for another great meeting!" writes Peggy-Sue from Hackney, sending us 5.

These small, regular donations are a vital part of our fundraising - they help us participate and bring our ideas to the mass protests happening today. We get no backing from big business or wealthy benefactors.

An anonymous donation of 10 which came with the comment: "To put towards the BLM posters." It precisely hit the spot. A Bristol reader writes: "Glad to be of help, let's make it a better world" and donated 15.

But we welcome large donations from working-class people too! Helen Hayes, an 85-year-old, gets a copy of the Socialist each week from Frank Bowen from Wavertree in Liverpool, and donated another 100 this week. Frank says: "She has made several donations of a 100 over the last couple of years", and she is helping to build a socialist future.

Enterprising fundraiser Alexander Brown from Sheffield has sent us a whopping 800 from the sale of Militant T-shirts, including 300 sent earlier in the year.

Donations in memory of Socialist Party national organisers Ken Douglas and Mick Cotter are still arriving and have topped 2,000, with some moving tributes.

A 100 donation to the Mick Cotter memorial arrived from Thessaloniki in Greece.

A donation in memory of Ken Douglas of 50, saluted the "huge contribution" Ken made to the work of the Socialist Party. The contributor added: "He remains simply, one of the nicest people I had ever met."

Also, donations to our special coronavirus finance appeal have reached 32,613. Keep them coming in!

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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.
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In The Socialist 17 June 2020:


What we think

Which way forward for Black Lives Matter protests?

Oppose racist symbols and the racist system


News

Capitalism = inequality. Fight for socialism!

Black Lives Matter: more youth protests take aim at capitalism

Contact tracing fiasco: You can't believe a word the government tells us


Youth

Youth without a future: fight for jobs and homes - fight for socialism!


Workplace news

Resist relaxation of Sunday trading laws

Debenham's protests: Workers must not pay price of Covid-19

Battle with BT management needed to win real pay rise


Schools

Tories retreat on free school meals

Parents' protests against Welsh schools reopening

Cumbria: Teachers, parents and socialists fight reckless school reopening


Reviews

Tears and anger over the treatment of the Windrush generation

Film: Da 5 Bloods - entertaining but politically constrained


Campaigns and party news

Why we joined the Socialist Party

20 days. One town. Four domestic violence murders.

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Lessons from history

Reform or revolt? How was the slave trade abolished?


Scotland

Scotland and coronavirus - a catalogue of government failure


Readers' opinion

Three years on: No justice for Grenfell, no peace from BLM

Two-metre rule under 'review' - Another case of profit before safety

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