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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 July 2014

Help fund the fight against the 1%

Ken Douglas, Socialist Party treasurer

With a magnificent final effort, raising just under 12,000 in the final two weeks of the campaign, members of the Socialist Party reached 97% of the national fighting fund target for the April to June quarter. 24,169 was raised, in addition to over 10,000 that has been raised so far for the election appeal.

Members in the North West held all-day campaign stalls in cities around the region - raising 123 in Salford alone and 120 in Chester, which they claimed could be an all-time record, at least since the Roman invasion!

Imaginative ideas

Branches came up with many imaginative ways to raise money: South Tyne and Wear sold Bob Crow commemorative t-shirts, North Kent raised 28 with a World Cup sweepstake and 42 at a car boot sale, Swansea branch raised 106, also at a car boot sale.

In the middle of two weeks of sunshine, Waltham Forest branch managed to pick the only rainy day for a barbecue but still raised 170 amid a festival-style atmosphere, including an outside dance-floor!

Branches will now be planning their campaigns for the July to September summer quarter knowing that the money they raise is vital to building the public profile of the Socialist Party.

This finance pays for the materials - the leaflets, posters, placards, banners, etc - that will help us to try and get our message across to the hundreds and thousands of workers on strike on 10 July.

We need a one-day general strike against the cuts - this would be a step towards building an alternative to austerity based on the 99% who are paying for it rather than the 1% who are benefiting from it and piling up unimaginable wealth at our expense.

Only a socialist future can guarantee freedom from the misery of capitalism and our ideas are vital to helping to build and make it a reality.

We have no rich backers, we rely entirely on the support of ordinary working class people.

Can you help by making a donation to the fighting fund at www.socialistparty.org.uk/donate or by taking out a regular direct debit or by raising some money yourself with a loose-change jar, raffle or some other method? We can guarantee that it will all be used to help in the struggle for socialism.

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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.
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In The Socialist 9 July 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Super-rich flash cash at Tory bash

After 10 July - build workers' movement

NSSN - Organising the resistance

Junk Juncker, Cameron and the anti-worker EU

New Tory attacks on trade union strikes

Super-rich Tory MP profits from evictions

Coulson faces prosecution over Tommy Sheridan

Emergency: Con-Dems don't care

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Israel-Palestine: Netanyahu government fuels protests


Socialist Party workplace news

Unite conference reflects growth of socialist ideas

Argos workers strike for work-life balance

Locked-out pathology staff "cannot give in"

NSSN supporters back striking Tyneside Safety Glass workers

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

NHS: No to cuts!

Help fund the fight against the 1%

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Reading the revolution

Exposing Ukip's lies in Bracknell


Readers' comments

Fracking: short-term profit before safety

Labour rejects rail renationalisation

Robert Service's historical prejudice on Liverpool

Britain's non-investing, cheap wage bosses


 

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