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From: The Socialist issue 991, 18 April 2018: Get the Tories out

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Give us your change (and more) to fight for system change!

Marching to save Chatsworth ward, 2.9.17, photo Elaine Evans

Marching to save Chatsworth ward, 2.9.17, photo Elaine Evans   (Click to enlarge)

Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer

Socialist Party members strained every sinew to try and reach the target of 30,000 for the first quarter of the year; in the end we fell just short, raising 28,372.

However this was a fantastic effort as in the same period we have also raised over 82,000 for the building fund.

The fighting fund underpins our ability to campaign and get our ideas out to as wide an audience as possible.

We have no rich backers, we rely on the support of ordinary people and the energy and drive of our members to ensure that we have the resources we need.

The year started, as 2017 had finished, with our members campaigning to save the NHS, a crisis entirely manufactured by the Tories' programme of cuts and privatisation.

Branches from Plymouth to York, Bristol to Liverpool, Wirral, Stoke and Huddersfield have been fighting to save their local hospitals.

In Leicester and Mansfield victories were scored as Glenfield Heart Unit and Chatsworth Ward were saved from closure by determined campaigns.

We battled the snowy conditions in February and March, supporting the UCU education strikers, who showed the anger there is at the bosses' constant undermining of living standards and working conditions.

Regional conferences saw good finance appeals, with over 500 raised at the West Midlands and London conferences, and over 6,000 at our national congress.

At those same meetings appeals for the building fund were also helping raise over 150,000 in pledges; a fantastic response showing how seriously our members take the need for finance. 452 was raised at long-standing member Mary Jackson's funeral in Doncaster.

Branches also tapped into other ways to raise funds, with Swansea raising over 200 selling second-hand books and 100 on a car boot sale.

Carlisle continued their tradition of Burns Night celebrations, raising 190; Salford branch raised 200 with a music night with local bands.

Now branches will be campaigning in the local elections - a great opportunity to raise fighting fund; ensuring that we continue to have the resources we need to build support for a socialist alternative to the corruption and greed of the bankers, the super-rich and their capitalist politicians.

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Coronavirus crisis - 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.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • 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 special coronavirus appeal.

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