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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 February 2013

Socialist Party campaigning news

Third branch launched in Coventry

Coventry North Socialist Party, the third branch in the city, met for the first time on Wednesday 13 February.

Attendance at the existing branch meetings had regularly exceeded 30. So after discussions within each branch, the proposal to form a new one was passed unanimously at a city aggregate.

Socialist Party work in north Coventry in the last couple of years has seen encouraging results. For example, in Radford ward at the last local election we comfortably beat the racist BNP and came within 60 votes of the Greens.

With ten at our first meeting, we discussed local campaigning issues and decided to start building for our first public meeting on 20 March.

80% of the Con-Dems' cuts are still to come - and Labour's only message is "too far, too fast". We're confident we can establish a solid base of support, by opposing all cuts and showing the need for a socialist society, run in the interests of the majority, not the 1%.

Glen Watson

Super Saturday in Birmingham

'Super Saturdays' have kicked off 2013 with a record five stalls in sunny Birmingham. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of 12 comrades, including three from the national 'party building' team, we raised 120 fighting fund and sold 82 papers, smashing our targets.

Five 'join' cards were filled out by highly enthusiastic people, interested and keen to get more involved with the Socialist Party.

We spoke to hundreds of people across the city, including many health and other public sector workers, all angry about the cuts and sneaky privatisation in the NHS.

Safina Bi, Birmingham branch

Chingford opposes fire cuts

Waltham Forest Socialist Party members, campaigning against fire service cuts, have sold 200 copies of the Socialist over four weekends in Chingford, north east London.

Over 200 has also been raised in fighting fund in the constituency of Tory welfare-axing minister Iain Duncan Smith.

The campaigning will continue. Despite the London Fire Authority twice rejecting proposals to axe 12 fire stations, Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson is trying 'every legal avenue' to make his burning desire come true.

Congress Appeal

The Socialist Party is holding its 2013 Congress on 2-4 March. Help the Socialist Party build the fightback against cuts and for a socialist alternative by donating to the Congress finance appeal.

Every donation is welcome. Speak to your Socialist Party branch secretary, fighting fund organiser or treasurer about your donation, phone 020 8988 8777, use the form below or go to www.socialistparty.org.uk/donate (please label your donation 'congress appeal').

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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.
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In The Socialist 20 February 2013:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Toxic Tories - Time to fight their cuts and lies

Government on the back foot after workfare ruling

Stop social cleansing: Cap rents, not benefits

Food adulteration - government cutbacks and capitalist profits

Self-regulation: 'Like having the burglars install your locks'

Bosses take tax liberties

Action needed to end caste discrimination

Free trade agreement means NHS privatisation

Them & Us


Southampton feature

Fighting for a real alternative to cuts

Councillors' contempt exposed


International socialist news and analysis

South Africa: Democratic Socialist Movement conference

Kazakhstan: Vadim Kuramshin faces 12-year jail sentence after appeal denied


Socialist Party workplace news

PCS branch supports 24-hour general strike call

Prison officers protest outside parliament

No pay cuts at Thera!

Tyne & Wear metro cleaners up the ante

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Mid Staffs hospital scandal: Cuts, PFI and big business to blame

Coventry: 'We need to fight now to save our services'

Getting organised can change things for low-paid workers

Caerphilly says 'bring back our A&E!'

Save our Services demo in Newcastle attracts 3,000

Carlisle: Demands to 'tax the rich' hit a nerve

London NHS

Socialist Students holds first North West conference

Nepal: The forgotten revolution

Socialist Party campaigning news


Socialist Party review

Review: "It's time to take over the banks"


 

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