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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 October 2015

Fund the fight for socialism at home and internationally

Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer

Can you make a donation to the Socialism 2015 finance appeal? We are aiming to raise 25,000 and set a record total for our annual fighting fund.

There is huge anger building up against the shameless injustice of Cameron and Osborne's austerity. While the rich get tax cuts, low-paid workers face losing thousands from cuts in tax credits.

Students get hikes in tuition fees while university vice-chancellors pay themselves bankers' wages. Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership contest because his opposition to austerity has tapped into that anger.

Young people are eager to discuss socialist ideas and how we can build a movement to defeat the Tories. In a recent poll conducted by Lord Ashcroft, 52% said a radical socialist alternative would be a good thing.

Tories

This Tory government has no mandate, only 24% of the electorate voted for them, and they are weak and divided; they could be pushed back by a mass movement against austerity.

That is why the Socialist Party is calling for a conference of anti-austerity forces, including the trade unions, community campaigns and all those who have joined the Labour Party looking for change.

Without the fighting fund we would not have the resources to produce all the material we need to get our ideas and programme across in all the meetings, protests and demonstrations that are taking place. That is why we are asking you to donate to this appeal.

Socialist ideas are key to fighting austerity. We need an alternative to capitalism, a system of crisis based on private greed which is out of control. 85 super-rich individuals currently own more wealth than over half the world's population - over three billion people.

Those resources alone could be used to begin to establish the basis for a decent life for all of us, for the 99%.

A quarter of the money we raise at Socialism 2015 will go to the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI - the socialist international to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) special appeal to assist the often difficult and pioneering work that our members internationally are engaged in.

Every day, members in Tunisia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, South Africa and elsewhere risk imprisonment and worse. Their work would not be possible without the great sacrifices made by our comrades internationally and the support of all the sections.

Donate

You can help the work of the Socialist Party and the CWI. Can you give 5, 50 or 500?

Can you ask other members and supporters to donate? Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference and all of it will go to building support for socialist ideas.

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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 29 October 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Unite to fight divided Tories

'Momentum' must mobilise for real and lasting change

Hinkley deal - no point in nuclear

Sugar tax debate misses real causes of poor diet

First new grammar school in 50 years bolsters elitism

Them & Us

What we saw


International socialist news and analysis

Israeli government fans the flames of conflict

CWI news in brief


Socialist Party youth and students

What are the lessons of the 2010 student movement?

South African student solidarity demo

Students march in Leeds for free education


Workplace news and analysis

Steel industry and the battle for jobs

For a fighting and democratic Unison general secretary, vote Roger Bannister

Morrisons workers deserve fair pay and conditions

Hull council in aggressive attack on union convenors

Kill the Bill!

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Film review: Suffragette

Teachers and 'growth mindset'

Townsend Productions presents two critically acclaimed pieces of socialist theatre


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fund the fight for socialism at home and internationally

TUSC councillor calls for local Labour to back Corbyn's anti-cuts stance

Housing crisis on the agenda for Socialist Party in Reading


 

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