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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 June 2021

National finance meeting - We want funds to get socialist message out

Photo: Mary Finch

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Chris Newby, Socialist Party national fighting fund organiser

We held a very enthusiastic national online meeting for Socialist Party finance organisers on 13 June, with 50 members taking part. There was a lively discussion about how we can increase the finances of the Socialist Party, so that we are as prepared as possible for the stormy events that are opening up. We need to produce leaflets, posters, placards and copies of the Socialist to make sure we get our socialist message out as widely as possible.

The meeting really reflected the amount of campaign activity that Socialist Party members are involved in. While 2020 was very difficult for our members to publicly campaign, we still visited picket lines and attended protests like Black Lives Matter.

And with the easing of lockdown, most Socialist Party branches are able to do regular campaign stalls. Mike from Hull said after moving their regular campaign stall from the city centre to a local shopping area, sales of the Socialist and donations increased - one person donated 20. Heather from Leicester reported on regular sales of the Socialist to workers at the SPS factory - started from our members regularly visiting the picket line during their victorious strike.

New Socialist Party members are already taking part in campaign and fundraising activity. And over 220 was donated to our fighting fund at this meeting.

It is vital that as many of our members as possible are involved in improving the finances - selling the Socialist, raising fighting fund or increasing our regular membership subs. And organisers in every Socialist Party branch can help make sure that finance is seen as a top priority.

Socialist Party members have worked really hard during this quarter to make sure we have the resources to get our socialist message out. With two weeks to go, we are already on 93% of the target. We urge all our members and supporters to do all they can over the next two weeks to smash through the target.

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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 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.
  • 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.
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In The Socialist 16 June 2021:


Trade unions and workplace

Left candidate needed for Unite general secretary election

Majority of BFAWU members vote to break from Labour

Right lose control in Unison NEC election

Sparks win victory!

Engineers in fourth week of strike action against huge fire-and-rehire attacks

Leicester University workers strike against redundancies

PCS conference 2021: Divide between union leaders and rank-and-file exposed

Socialist Party to the fore at Unison LG conference

Redbridge school walkout over victimised union rep


NHS

Underpaid and overworked - NHS workers say: 'Enough is enough'

Now is the time to fight for the NHS

Save Leicester General Hospital


International news

Will Biden's new foreign policy change the direction of US imperialism?

Tamil Solidarity asylum victory

Who represents the Palestinians?

International solidarity protests


News

Make vaccine technology public, nationalise big-pharma

Schools need resources to tackle 'routine' sexual harassment

Neonatal leave introduced: Unions must fight for extensions and full pay

Beth Roper inquest: Train company failures ignored

Birmingham Clean Air Zone a tax on the poor

Johnson's G7 hypocrisy

Pandemic homeless


Campaigns and party news

Enfield byelection: We need councillors prepared to resist

Queues at Socialist Party stall in Cov

National finance meeting


Readers' opinion

Women's health matters

Books that inspired me: The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists

Readers' comments


 

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