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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 June 2020
Fighting fund: £45k at the halfway stage - help us smash our target!
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Pete Mason, Socialist Party finance organiser
The Black Lives Matter protests gather young people looking for far-reaching solutions to the problems they face, and donations to the Socialist Party from these protests include £33 raised during the Port Talbot protest, £50 in Leeds, and in London, £154.26 in Hackney, £40 North London and £10 from a Waltham Forest campaign stall.
Susanne sent us £30 with the message: "I would like to donate to making more posters".
That's precisely why we appeal for money - without it we could not put out socialist ideas on these protests, with the weekly production of posters, leaflets, newspapers and placards.
Donations, large and small, are very welcome. During this period of lockdown our local branch Zoom meetings are hugely appreciated by members and those interested in joining our party, and we always appeal for - and receive - many donations from these meetings.
These include Liz, who gave £2, Joe and Julie gave £3 each, Oliver £5 and special thanks go to John Hoare, who donated £50.
Our special coronavirus appeal was launched to ensure the Socialist Party can keep campaigning despite the lockdown. The appeal has helped our fighting fund to reach £45,505 so far, which is a marvellous total as we approach the half way mark for this campaign.
The special appeal has now received 515 payments, and it is clear that many more members and supporters will donate to it when they are asked. We have recently received several £100 donations, including from John Dolan for whom £100 is the equivalent of a day's pay.
Finally, Socialist Party members in the Unison public sector union held a Zoom 'not the conference fringe meeting' at the time that conference was due to take place (had it not been cancelled by the union leadership).
Donations from this meeting pledged over £585, with special mention to Paul Couchman who paid £100.
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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 24 June 2020:
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Lifting the lockdown: workers must not pay the price
Victory for Royal Glamorgan A&E!
Housing: act now to cancel Covid crisis rents and debt
Over 30% of children living in poverty
Fight back to stop Tories scrapping protections for children in care
International aid: Johnson's pie in the sky
Reading workers' movement responds to knife attack
News in brief
Them & us
Black Lives Matter
Young people fighting back: Jobs and homes, not racism
Lessons from the Black Panthers: "We're not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism - we're going to fight capitalism with socialism"
Towards an anti-racist school curriculum
Black Lives Matter protests: week three
International socialist news and analysis
South Africa: Building jobs and living wage campaign
Tories sinking in Wales but no enthusiasm for Welsh Labour
Workplace news and analysis
Why you should come to NSSN conference
Fully fund schools - stand firm on safety
P&O: defend every job - nationalise the ferries
Workers need a 'new deal' - at least £12 an hour now!
Renationalisation of the probation service
It's time to join the Socialist Party
Selling the Socialist: we're back!
Fighting fund: help us smash our target!
Call for an increase in PIP due to Covid-19
A timely read about a pandemic that overwhelms society
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