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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 October 2019
Donate to fund the fightback at Socialism 2019
Fighting fund helps pay for leaflets and other campaigning material photo Samantha Smith, photo Samantha Smith (Click to enlarge)
Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer
We are asking all our members and supporters to donate to the Socialism 2019 financial appeal.
This year we have managed to purchase new premises and to move our national headquarters and print shop. We were only able to do so due to the magnificent response to our Building Fund appeal over the last two years, which has raised over £241,000.
But this Socialism appeal is also vitally important. Smashing our annual fighting fund target of £120,000 will enable us to maintain our finances for the next year, particularly with a possible general election looming.
The fighting fund underpins all our campaigning material. It enables us to get our ideas out to as wide an audience as possible.
The Socialist Party virtually stands alone in putting a clear, class position in the fog of Brexit, calling for a general election now to kick the Tories out and for a Corbyn government with socialist policies.
We have always argued for a determined campaign to kick the Blairites out of the Labour Party and for Labour councils to stop doing the Tories' dirty work: sacking workers, attacking trade union rights and selling off council assets and land to spiv property developers.
Our members play a key role in the trade unions, supporting workers in struggle such as the postal workers. In the communities we fight austerity and privatisation. And we fight alongside young people on the climate change protests.
In the pages of the Socialist and Socialism Today, in our podcasts and videos, we link our analysis of the current situation to the need to build support for socialist ideas, for a mass working-class party, and for the socialist transformation of society.
A proportion of the money raised at Socialism 2019 will also go to assist the Committee for a Workers' International, the socialist international organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated.
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.
In The Socialist 30 October 2019:
What we think
Anti-austerity, socialist policies can be a winning formula
Mass protests rock the globe
Tories out now. Bin Boris. Corbyn can win with socialist policies!
39 migrants found dead in Essex lorry container
Argos Christmas bonus cut
Wall Street Crash
The 1929 Wall Street Crash: When the capitalist system was on its knees
PCS union election: For a fighting democratic general secretary
PCS: Support Marion Lloyd - a history of workers' struggle and a programme for the future
McDonald's - Striking to end low pay
London - 'autumn of discontent'
RMT election: Fight the cuts, vote for Jared Wood
Uni workers' pay and pension strike ballot
How working-class tenants beat Gentrification
Black Liberation... Only possible through socialist struggle
Obituary - Bob Lee: 1954 - 2019
International socialist news and analysis
Chile in revolt
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Enfield North socialists lobby candidate stitch-up
Selling the Socialist
Donate to fund the fightback at Socialism 2019
Chile protests - London solidarity rally
Life in the gig economy
Film reviews: Sorry We Missed You by Ken Loach
TV: The Accident - Will capitalism be exposed in upsetting, true-to-life drama?
Opinion: Labour Party is structured to block left councillors
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