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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.
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.
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.
In The Socialist 29 October 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party youth and students
Workplace news and analysis
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Socialist Party reports and campaigns