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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 April 2021

Why you should join the Socialist Party

Defending the right to protest, in Bristol, photo Mike Luff

Defending the right to protest, in Bristol, photo Mike Luff

Nick Hart, Wolverhampton Socialist Party

If you're reading this, chances are you see yourself as a socialist. Maybe you bought the paper you're currently holding after meeting Socialist Party members out campaigning for this May's local elections. Or maybe you saw us on one of the many picket lines against 'fire and rehire', marching against the Tories' anti-protest bill, or building for the day of action for free education on 21 April.

It's clear that workers and young people are facing many different attacks at the moment. And wherever you find people fighting back against the bosses and the government, you'll find the Socialist Party standing alongside them, and often helping to organise these struggles.

This isn't a coincidence. The reason we're among the first on the scene when campaigns spring up - putting forward demands and a strategy that we think can help them win - is precisely because we're organised as a party.

We work with others in the unions, in our communities and on university and college campuses to energetically build campaigns. But we don't stop there. We also point out at every turn that the root cause of austerity, attacks on workers, racism, climate change and many other problems is a decaying capitalist system.

While important victories can be won on these individual issues by mass campaigning, it's clear that defeating these age-old problems once and for all requires fundamental socialist change. And achieving that requires a party ready to organise and fight for it.

By discussing together as a party what issues face the working class, and the socialist solution to them, we're better prepared to go out and argue for socialism and win support for it. By learning the lessons of previous struggles that our organisation has taken part in over several decades, we're ready for whatever present-day capitalism throws at us.

This clarity of ideas, and a shared determination to put them into action, is what marks us out as a party. But you don't have to be superhuman to join us! Our organisation is made up of ordinary workers, alongside students and those unable to work.

Everyone who joins the Socialist Party is supported to find a role, big or small, that they can play in helping to build the struggle, and given the political grounding and confidence that they need to do that. How much each member can offer in time, money and skills will vary depending on their own circumstances, but whatever they can is valued, and helps us achieve far more together than any of us could as individuals.

So whether you've been thinking about getting involved in fighting back against capitalism, or you're already active with your union or local community, if you want to get organised with other socialists, now is the time to join the Socialist Party.

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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.
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In The Socialist 14 April 2021:


Covid-19

'Covid passports' discriminatory and questionable - fight for workplace safety

Covid inquiry? Workers must decide


News

Tensions escalate in Northern Ireland

How to deal with the tax-dodging mega-rich? Nationalise!

NHS pay: reject Tories' miserly 1% 'offer' - Fight for full 15% rise

Amazon - union vote lost

Tory hypocrisy over housing benefit cut

US cops shoot dead another black man


Elections

Every voter in Wales has the opportunity to vote for TUSC

TUSC: Launching a working-class electoral alternative in London

London housing crisis: vote TUSC to fight back


Workplace news

PCS elections: Support the Broad Left Network for a democratic, fighting union leadership

St Mungo's maintenance workers on indefinite strike

Thousands of London bus workers strike across multiple companies

Rally for sacked RMT rep Declan

East London cleaners fight outsourcing and redundancies

Bristol Water workers walk out

SPS Technologies workers end strike after management backs down

Thurrock Council workers strike against pay cuts

Deliveroo workers strike and protest


Lessons from history

1920s-30s Britain: A working-class movement fighting unemployment and capitalism


Campaigns news

Youth under attack

Students in action: Protest on 21 April

Why you should join the Socialist Party

Cardiff: Hundreds protest to free Siyanda

Worcester: Kill the Bill

Fighting fund target smashed. Can we do it again?


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