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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 April 2021
Fighting fund target smashed. Can we do it again?
Socialist Party members and TUSC candidates, including Deji Olayinka and Thea Everett, Campaigning in South London. Photo: London SP (Click to enlarge)
Chris Newby, Socialist Party Fighting Fund national organiser
Socialist Party members and supporters have done brilliant work in making sure we smashed through our fighting fund target for the last quarter.
We raised £39,948 out of a target of £25,000. This means that Socialist Party members, part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), will have the resources we need to have the best possible election campaigns.
Much of the fighting fund has been raised from the tremendous response to our election appeal. Whatever the size of the donation, it has all helped make sure that we have enough posters, leaflets, pamphlets and banners for our election campaigns. Here are just a few of the many donations we have received:
Dave Byrom, Wakefield Socialist Party, donated £50. "A token of solidarity with those comrades standing for TUSC in the May elections."
Another person donating £10 said: "I fully support your movement towards equal pay and the right to protest among many other issues. I believe that only by collectiveness/working together we can bring these changes."
£200 was sent in by local TUSC supporters in Staines towards the Socialist Party's election campaign. Regular readers of the Socialist in Nottingham donated £45.
Mia Hollsing in Caerphilly donated £170, and Dave and Jane Nellist in Coventry donated £100. We also received a £1,000 donation from Wakefield, and £1,000 from Chris Huggins in Essex.
With the partial easing of lockdown, Socialist Party members have been able to hold more campaign stalls, particularly around the election in support of TUSC candidates.
TUSC candidates spoke at the Northampton Kill the Bill demo against the Tories' anti-protest law. There, £10 was donated by the son of an ex-miner.
He praised Militant (forerunner of the Socialist Party) for the activity that was done during the 1984-85 miners' strike. He will be joining the next Socialist Party meeting in Northampton.
Socialist Party members in Ealing, west London, received a £50 donation while campaigning on Kill the Bill, and £23 was raised for the fighting fund in Leicester at a campaign stall to defend the right to protest.
We must make sure that our members don't let up in raising fighting fund during this new quarter. It is important that we plan now how we are going to raise the money, and continue with the brilliant fundraising achieved so far. Please email in plans to the Socialist Party as soon as possible.
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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 14 April 2021:
'Covid passports' discriminatory and questionable - fight for workplace safety
Covid inquiry? Workers must decide
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
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
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
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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