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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 September 2013

As Spanish youth ask: 'Where's our Bale-out?'

Help fund the anti-austerity fightback!

Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer

The sports pages have been full of the news of the transfer of footballer Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for 85 million and that he is set to earn 250,000 a week there, an obscene amount - especially given there is 50% unemployment in Spain among young people.

Just one tenth of one week of Gareth's wages represents the quarterly fighting fund target of 25,000 which our members are aiming to reach by the end of September.

This will ensure that the Socialist Party continues to have the funds it needs to campaign for a 24-hour general strike against austerity and cuts.

With 9,180 raised so far that means that there is still over 15,000 to go.

Our efforts were boosted by the over 800 that was donated to the finance appeal at the main rally at summer camp over the August bank holiday weekend. As the rain hammered down on the marquee, campers strained to hear the appeal but that didn't affect the amount raised!

Over the holiday period, Socialist Party branches have been holding fundraising social events. Sheffield South branch raised 89 at a local community festival, selling plants, books and DVDs.

South Tyne and Wear branch raised 72 with a curry night - no less than seven different curries were on offer and there was even a takeaway service for those who could not stay!

Continuing the curry theme, East London branch raised over 100 holding a clothes party and selling vegetarian curries and have a barbecue planned before the good weather changes.

Socialist Party branches have also been working hard campaigning in the town centres on the vital issues affecting working class people.

Andrew Smith reports that members in Grimsby raised over 30 campaigning against the bedroom tax and the attacks on disability benefits.

In Waltham Forest over 70 was raised campaigning against cuts to Whipps Cross Hospital and building for a local demo.

With four weeks to go, branches need to ensure that they are on course to reach their targets. The Socialist Party relies on the financial support of ordinary working class people via the fundraising of our branches.

You can help by making a donation or by raising some money with a social event, raffle or other fundraiser.

You can donate at or by telephoning 020 8988 8777.

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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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In The Socialist 4 September 2013:

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Syria: Cameron defeated; Now defeat Tory cuts!

United strike action against the Con-Dems

Don't fall for the shares-for-rights scam

Them & Us

International socialist news and analysis

When the world economic crisis makes landfall in S Asia

Socialist history

1993: BNP racists forced off Brick Lane

Socialist Party reviews

Police spies and the workers' movement

TV review - MLK: The Assassination Tapes

Socialist Party workplace news

Blacklist defeat - Frank Morris reinstated on Crossrail

Hovis bakers on 7-day strike against massive pay cuts and casualisation

Carers at Future Directions continue their fight

Coventry Unison protest

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Council leader announces 'no bedroom tax evictions this year'

Build partnership in action against austerity

Miliband expected to promise repeal of bedroom tax

NHS: action to improve care

Lift the ban on campaign stalls in Newham, east London

Burston strike school celebrated

London protest against attack on Syria

Bristol TUSC - we're fighting the cuts

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