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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 April 2016
Fighting fund target smashed, again!
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Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer
Socialist Party members raised a record £36,281 in the first three months of 2016 - smashing the target, getting to 145%.
The fighting fund plays a vital part in sustaining the Socialist Party's finances. We aim to reach a minimum of 120% of the overall annual target of £100,000 to ensure that we have the finance necessary to maintain our campaigning.
Our members and supporters have taken up the challenge, holding all sorts of fundraising events, as well as raising fighting fund on the regular campaign stalls.
The year got off to a great start in Carlisle, where despite the flooding, the branch raised £175 at their now traditional Burns Night public event.
Nottingham branch shot to the top of the charts when Jean Thorpe raised a fantastic £440 in sponsorship for a ten kilometre run. Mansfield branch raised over £70 with the sale of badges commemorating the miners' strike.
The leak lifting the lid on offshore tax-havens (see back page) shows that the rich care for nothing but their own wealth. In stark contrast the Socialist Party is working to build a socialist alternative where ordinary people democratically control all the wealth that is produced for the benefit of the whole of society.
We ask for donations in the course of our campaigning to help with that struggle.
Socialist Party members have been out consistently campaigning in support of the junior doctors, calling for the nationalisation of the steel industry and throughout England and Wales against cuts and closures caused by Cameron and Osborne's ruinous austerity.
And now we aim to make the next quarter as successful as the last.
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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 6 April 2016:
Workers' action to nationalise steel
Tata steel: Act now - fight for nationalisation
My hometown lost its soul when the steelworks closed
Bosses' and union tops' "agenda of misery"
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Needed: a real living wage - not Cameron's sops
Library occupied in 'siege' against Blairite cutters
Save Pent Valley school demo demands a council u-turn
Butterfields tenants and supporters 'walk the walk'
London Labour councils purge housing waiting lists
Fighting fund target smashed, again!
Socialist Party news and analysis
Panama Papers: they're all in it together!
Getting the anti-austerity struggle onto the ballot paper
TUSC in 'surprise bid' for official exit lead
TUSC councillor calls on trust to reject new junior doctors contract
EU begins deporting refugees
Them & Us
NHS facilities to start paying market rents
Uber and Facebook tax dodge scandal
International socialist news and analysis
Sanders campaign: build a new party of the 99%!
International news in brief
Workplace news and analysis
Northern Powerhouse or Northern poorhouse?
Land Registry workers ready to fight privatisation
Workers and campaigners fight to save library
RMT protests against new Northern Rail franchise
Workplace news in brief
Socialist readers' comments
Homelessness holding kids back, says teacher
Stop divisive attacks on pensioners' cash
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