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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 January 2013
2012 Fighting Fund target smashed
Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer
Socialist Party members smashed through the fighting fund target, raising a fantastic £28,497 - 116% - in the three months leading up to Christmas. In the whole of 2012 our members raised £109,228!
This was a magnificent effort - as well as campaigning in the town centres and shopping arcades they also found time to relax and have a party, while still ensuring that fighting fund was raised!
Branches were campaigning on a whole number of issues, including against cuts, privatisation and hospital closures in the NHS, forced privatisation of schools through the academies programme and the profiteering of the energy companies.
At the same time we explained how we could stop this government of Con-Dem millionaires in its tracks through building a campaign to resist the council cuts alongside a 24-hour general strike of public and private sector workers.
Now we have to ensure that we maintain our fundraising drive throughout 2013 - this is vital for our campaigning to reach as many people as possible.
With sickening hypocrisy, the Con-Dems have just approved a below-inflation 1% cap on benefit increases.
The six million people who are in work but living below the poverty line, the unemployed, pensioners and disabled people will all see the buying power of their income fall.
In contrast, the richest 1,000 people in the UK saw their wealth increase to £414 billion in 2012, with the additional bonus of a tax cut courtesy of Cameron and Osborne, and can look forward to piling up more ill-gotten gains in 2013.
Unlike the Con-Dems we don't enjoy the support of the super-rich! We rely on the support of ordinary people; the small donations made to our party in the shopping centres, on picket lines and on protests and demonstrations. Can you help by making a donation?
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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.
In The Socialist 9 January 2013:
Socialist Party news and analysis
"Enough is enough!" - Fight all cuts
2013: Prepare for a mighty battle against deeper cuts
Unite the Union general secretary election
More attacks on benefits...
Making it easier to sack workers
More Tory privatisation
Who's neglecting society, Mr Lamb?
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
India: Mass rage against rape
South Africa: Founding of Workers and Socialist Party
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Prepare for strike action to save our hospitals
'The Eight Consultations of Christmas' in Southampton
Birmingham Labour's 'grotesque chaos'
Anti-cuts election candidates
Campaigns - In brief
2012 Fighting Fund target smashed
Socialist Party women's meeting
Socialist Party workplace news
Standing firm in Mid Yorks hospitals pay cuts battle
London Underground cleaners strike over New Year
Tyne and Wear Metro strikers tell bosses to end poverty pay
Losing patience with Usdaw
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