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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Thanks to Paul Couchman from Staines who has received a donation for an "old 45rpm single originally made and sold for Militant Fighting Fund.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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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.
  • 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.

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In The Socialist 1 July 2020:

No going back

A socialist NHS fit for heroes

Workplace news

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

Readers' opinion

From slavery to Black Lives Matter - racism and capitalist injustice exposed

Readers' opinion


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