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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 July 2020
Fighting Fund: Target smashed by half time - £50,671 in three months
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Pete Mason, Socialist Party finance organiser
"The sinews of war", a cynical Roman statesman famously observed, is "abundant money". That we don't have.
We battle a capitalist class blessed with that 'magic money tree' they say doesn't exist. But we've hit a marvellous milestone in our fundraising activity.
Just halfway through our six-month campaign, we have already beaten our £50,000 target for the full six months - thanks mainly to your donations to the Socialist Party's coronavirus special appeal. Keep it up!
In addition, over £9,000 has been donated for special memorials for life-long socialists Mick Cotter and Ken Douglas.
The Black Lives Matter protesters have shown enthusiasm for our socialist ideas. Protesters wanted to make a contribution for Socialist Party placards. We raised £45 at a Bradford protest, £11 in Corby and £13 in Chelmsford and Hertford this way.
In Newcastle, someone bought a copy of the Socialist for £20, and another donated £10 for a poster. Amelia from Cardiff donated £15 after reading one of our articles, writing "because we have to keep fighting".
We face many costs. An array of good video equipment has cost us thousands of pounds, which will help us to upgrade our weekly Facebook broadcasts. Computer equipment and Zoom subscriptions are a few of the bills that are due.
Our weekly newspaper - the Socialist, so vital on the recent protests - costs money to produce and print every week. So we need to keep up the fundraising efforts.
Yorkshire is on 107% of its six-month target of £5,100. Adrian Hook from Wakefield, a Socialist Party member on benefits, has given a second special appeal donation of £60.
Thanks also to Razina Bostan in Bradford for £20. All but three regions of the Socialist Party have made their target - special mention goes to the North West, who are on 156%.
Thanks to Paul Couchman from Staines who has received a donation for an "old 45rpm single originally made and sold for Militant Fighting Fund. It is still raising money!"
We cannot mention all the donations we've received, but every single one counts. Thank you.
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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 1 July 2020:
No going back
A socialist NHS fit for heroes
PCS: Change in leadership needed to secure union's future
Come to the NSSN conference
Sunday trading: Government blinks first
Trade unionists stand in solidarity with Maxine Peake
Equity union president elections
Tower Hamlets council strike
MoJ cleaners' covid outbreak
What we think
Workers need a new mass party to defend their interests
Tories put profit before lives
Boris's new big deal
Tory full return to school plans gamble with lives
Yes to self-identity: Fight for trans rights
Benefits system being used to force return to unsafe workplaces
Leeds City Council in danger of bankruptcy
Capitalism and corruption go hand in hand
Plastic waste ignored
News in brief
I left Labour and want to end capitalism - join us in Socialist Party
Cardiff community fights nursery closure: Council must step in
Fighting Fund: Target smashed by half time
Black Lives Matter has not stopped - protesters flock to Socialists
Selling the Socialist
Red flags line road for Ken Douglas
Lessons from history
75th anniversary of the Attlee Labour government
From slavery to Black Lives Matter - racism and capitalist injustice exposed
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