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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 December 2004
Fighting fund Christmas appeal
The Socialist Party is appealing for donations to our funds this Christmas.
As 2004 draws to a close, the continuing brutal occupation of Iraq
underlines why we must continue our struggle against this rotten capitalist
system and for a socialist future.
Jane James, National treasurer
In Britain, civil service and Jaguar workers are fighting for their jobs.
Meanwhile privatisation of our jobs and services continues apace under Blair.
2004 was a big success for our party. Campaigning against low pay and
top-up fees, we signed up hundreds to Socialist Students in the most
successful Freshers Fairs for years.
We stood candidates in the local council elections and organised rallies to
celebrate 40 years of our paper - the socialist. We participated in anti-war
protests and organised our successful Socialism 2004 weekend.
Whether on national demos or at the European Social Forum in London, we are
the only party putting forward a socialist alternative that is attracting
young people to our party.
In the new year, we need to prepare for further action by civil service and
other workers against job cuts and attacks on pensions. We will be producing
material to participate in the anti-war demo in March and finance is needed to
ensure that the Socialist Party is represented at the World Social Forum in
Brazil in January.
In order to continue this work into next year and build on our successes,
we need more resources. We have no rich backers. Our income comes only from
our members, readers of our paper and the thousands of working class people
who support our campaigns and struggles.
A donation to the Socialist Party this Christmas would be greatly
appreciated whether large or small. We depend on you to finance our
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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 4 December 2004:
Private hands off public services
Pre-budget statement: Workers will pay for economic failure
NHS not safe in Labour's hands
Blair's election strategy threatens democratic rights
No top-up fees
Fighting fund Christmas appeal
International socialist news and analysis
Ukraine: Neither Yanukovych or Yuschenko
Socialist Party councillor elected in Australia
Iraq election crisis
Committee for a Workers' International: Building the forces of socialism worldwide
Socialist Party workplace news
UNISON general secretary election: A fighting programme to defend pensions
Save the Jag! Renationalise Jaguar to save jobs
Brighton teaching assistants fight council attacks
DWP needs more experienced staff, not less
The Socialist 4 December 2004 |
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