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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 December 2021

Posters, car boot and socialist guided tour - some ideas to raise funds

A Socialist Students stall outside Northampton university, September 2021

A Socialist Students stall outside Northampton university, September 2021   (Click to enlarge)

Katie Simpson, Northampton Socialist Party

New fundraising ideas Northampton Socialist Party has for the new year include a 'socialist tour of Northampton'. For a small fee, a Socialist Party member will give a guided tour of Northampton working-class history. This will encompass a visit to the street where the first bailiffs were prevented from entering the home of a person who refused to pay the poll tax.

Despite the pandemic, Northampton branch has raised over £1,000 for the Socialist Party fighting fund this year. Beginning the year on Zoom in lockdown, we asked members to contribute £1 or £2 that we would normally spend on a drink or room hire.

We raised money by putting forward our socialist message at the protests against Israeli state attacks on Palestinians, and at the demos against the anti-protest bill. We restarted regular campaign stalls in the spring, where people bought our pamphlets alongside the Socialist paper.

During the summer, we held a car boot sale raising £47.47, helping us smash our quarterly fighting fund target. We sold posters at the university fresher's fair in September. In November, we raffled a handmade jumper at Socialism 2021, raising £55.50. On 16 December, Northampton Socialist Party will discuss more ideas for raising fighting fund.

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In The Socialist 15 December 2021:


News

Tory cuts and privatisation leave NHS in crisis

Unions must fight for Covid workplace safety

Councils to make workers pay, again

Assange faces extradition

Global inequality grows


What we think

Split Tories and spineless Starmer


End of the USSR

The legacy of the collapse of Stalinism


LGBTQ+ rights

Stonewall attacked by the establishment


Workplace news

Sharon Graham: 100 days as Unite general secretary - the challenges ahead

Fighting union leadership needed to win NHS pay rise

Support tube workers fighting back

South Wales Stagecoach victory

Yorkshire Stagecoach strikers confidence growing

Welcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders

Guards fight for their grades on CrossCountry rail

London colleges victory

Coventry bin workers strike against Christmas holiday cut

Sheffield couriers escalate and spread action

Uni support staff strike ballot

Tesco strike action latest

Barts health workers to strike for a pay rise

Worksop Wincanton depot strike builds


International news

Sudan: End military rule and poverty


Campaigns

Nana's eviction: Community vs heartless Labour council

London solidarity protest: Rio Tinto out of Serbia

Save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

Why we joined the Socialist Party

Selling the Socialist - Waltham Cross and Boscombe

Posters, car boot and socialist guided tour - some ideas to raise funds


Readers' opinion

TV review: Vaccine Wars: The Truth About Pfizer


Quiz 2021

Christmas quiz of 2021


 

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