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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 April 2015
Fighting Fund success
Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer
Socialist Party members raised £29,255 in the first three months of 2015 - 117% of the target.
This was a magnificent effort. Particularly as over £40,000 has also been donated by members and supporters in the same period, to help finance the Socialist Party's participation in the TUSC election campaign.
The Socialist Party doesn't have any rich backers. Our funds don't come from tax-dodging millionaires and billionaires, but from ordinary, working class people.
That's why the fighting fund is so important. Branches were determined to reach the target, trying all sorts of different ways with great success!
There were regular Saturday and weekday stalls. Salford members raised over £100 on one day, campaigning against zero-hour contracts. Waltham Forest raised over £50 campaigning against cuts at Whipps Cross Hospital. And Southampton raised £52 at their regular stall outside the local hospital.
Parties and fundraisers played an important part. Waltham Forest raised £150 with a pizza night - all you can eat for £5! Carlisle held their annual Burns Night celebration, raising £132. And East London raised £50 with a 'clothes party': everyone brings clothes they don't want, and they are auctioned off for 20 or 30 pence each.
Car boot sales are another potential source of income - Swansea raised over £145 at one they do regularly. Loose change jars can also raise a surprising amount: one member raised £14, and another £30.
Now branches will be planning how to reach their targets in the April to June quarter.
This election campaign is a fantastic opportunity to promote the idea of a real alternative to the capitalist parties which promise only more and deeper cuts to our living standards. Finance is a vital part of that.
Throughout the campaign, Socialist Party branches will be aiming to raise fighting fund. We must ensure we have the resources needed to build 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.
In The Socialist 8 April 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
NHS fees warning: Vote TUSC
NHS: Anti-union blacklisting threat
Immigration: Workers' unity needed
No end to austerity from 'The Magnificent Seven'
Will SNP deliver on "anti-austerity" promises?
Looking after the millionaires, not the millions
Hillsborough inquests: Heartbreak, disbelief and anger
Them & Us
Socialist Party review
Art review: Adventures of the black square
Art review: Searching for the marvellous
Manchester says: End cuts - tax the rich
Speaking up for public services and young people
Lobbying for affordable housing
Election hustings: we shall be heard!
EDL would be stopped again in Walthamstow
Socialist Party workplace news
Low pay? No way!
NUT: teachers want action on cuts and workload
Stop Sodexo's probation jobs cull
Whipps Cross hospital trade union activist reinstated
Workplace news in brief
International socialist news and analysis
Nigeria: Ruling party crumbles in historic election
Israel/Palestine: Palestinian Land Day
Australia: marching against racism
Ireland: supporting striking Dunnes workers
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fighting Fund success
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