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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 May 2020

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24,047 raised - 96% of target

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Chris Newby, the Socialist sales organiser

Our special coronavirus appeal is still getting a fantastic response. Donations are pouring in across England and Wales to make sure that we have the resources to produce our socialist analysis and programme for the coronavirus crisis.

96-year-old Claude Mickleson from Gloucestershire branch has donated a marvellous 1,000.

It's clear that our readers really value the articles in the Socialist as the following quotes show:

Cath Byron from East London who has donated 50 writes on issue 1083 of the Socialist:

"l am deep in the Socialist and its brilliant articles re the Tories' disastrous response to the crises in the workforce, especially key workers beyond the NHS like bus drivers. It was so interesting to read Steve Nally's frontline report from his experience at St Thomas. The only account l have read of a patient from first symptoms to discharge, and afterwards back at home. And with such clear analysis, too."

Keith Morrell from Southampton who has donated 50 to our appeal writes:

"Excellent responses by Hannah Sell to civil service union PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka's complaints"

Mark Walker from south east London donating 30 writes:

"In response to the challenges that Covid is presenting us, the ideas must survive,"

Karen Geraghty, who took part in the Socialist Party Wales public meeting last week, donated 100 following the financial appeal, and has now agreed to join the Socialist Party.

Other donations include Sean Vickers from Chesterfield, 125, which is money saved by working from home; Lindsey Morgan, Leicester, 20 - money that she saved on meeting room subs and travel; Beth Webster from Cardiff West, 150; Christopher Parton, Stoke on Trent, 50; Calvin Fowler, Worcester, donated 5 which is what he would normally spend at the Monday Socialist Party branch meeting; health worker William Jarrett, North Shields, 50; Rob Hooper, Leeds, 110.

While the coronavirus special appeal is making up the largest part of our fighting fund, our members and supporters are looking at every opportunity to raise funds. Yorkshire members raised 130 from their online quiz night on May Day, Gareth Bromhall in Swansea raised 17 selling second-hand books, and Tessa Warrington in Leicester raised 25.40 selling clothes on eBay.

Our members and supporters are doing marvellous work in raising funds for the Socialist Party. But it's vital that we continue our efforts. Make sure that everyone you know is asked to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

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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.
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In The Socialist 6 May 2020:


What we think

Bosses push to lift lockdown - they only care about profits


Coronavirus news

Dispatches from the NHS front

Bail out the real wealth creators, not the rich

Homes needed to end overcrowding

Homeless left on streets during pandemic

Pay full fees for virtual courses? - No way!

Them&Us

Your donations can keep the Socialist going


Test and trace

Test and trace: workers need a real plan

Tories using pandemic to shift lab testing out of NHS


Workplace news

Nationalise British Airways to stop 12,000 redundancies

Postal workers force Royal Mail back

No increase in transport capacity without adequate safety precautions for workers and passengers

Unsafe Workplace? "It's up to you" PCS tells reps and members

Further protests in Ireland against Debenhams closures - UK fightback needed

Rolls Royce threatens 8,000 job losses

EDF Energy workers furloughed on 100% pay


International news

India: Fighting the curse of capitalism and coronavirus

US: Trump's public health cuts have condemned thousands worldwide

Trump puts profit before safety (again)


Lessons from history

The Tyneside apprentices' strike during WW2


Obituary

Peter Hadden remembered


Readers' opinion

Going viral: Socialist comments and letters on the corona crisis

TV Review BBC Panorama: PPE shortage - how many lives will be lost?


 

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