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From: The Socialist issue 1114, 16 December 2020: Unemployment and Covid rising - The crisis is not over - Fight for jobs and safety

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Tremendous fighting fund reflects political confidence

Finance is essential to producing campaign resources, photo Socialist Party

Finance is essential to producing campaign resources, photo Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Party members and supporters have done brilliant work over the whole of 2020 in making sure we smashed through our fighting fund target for the year. In the current campaign we have already raised more than 200% of the target. This has mainly been achieved by the tremendous financial appeal we had at Socialism 2020 (See 'Socialism 2020: Growing search for ideas to change the world' at socialistparty.org.uk).

We appreciate the sacrifice of all those members and supporters who have contributed as well as the efforts of the Socialist Party branches in making sure that this was one of the most successful fighting fund appeals we have ever had.

This tremendous appeal reflects the political confidence of Socialist Party members and supporters in our programme and key tasks, particularly on the issue of working-class political representation. This quote from Peggy Wang in Cambridgeshire who donated 40 to the Socialism appeal reflects this support: "Thank you for a wonderful conference. It was so informative and inspiring, and I am grateful to be part of an organisation dedicated to the betterment of working people. It has given me much hope and meaning in my life."

While the vast majority of the pledges have now been redeemed, we urge everyone who has made a pledge but not yet redeemed it to do so by 20 December.

While the Covid restrictions have made it more difficult in some areas to hold regular campaigning stalls, we have had some success. Last week our members in Coventry raised 40.29 campaigning against hospital parking charges. Carlisle Socialist Party raised 80 and Hackney Socialist Party members raised over 40 campaigning in defence of the NHS.

Our members are also looking at other ways we can raise fighting fund, Nottingham Socialist Party raised over 177 at a successful quiz night, and members in London, who have previously organised clothes parties, have instead sold used/old clothes online.

Let's get 2021 off to the best possible start by making sure we exceed our fighting fund target in the new quarter so that we are well placed for the mighty class battles to come.

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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.

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 click here to donate to our Fighting Fund.

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Leicester picket on the 21st strike day (22nd Feb) of around 7,000 British Gas engineers.  They are fighting against

Leicester picket on the 21st strike day (22nd Feb) of around 7,000 British Gas engineers. They are fighting against 'fire and rehire' - designed to worsen terms and conditions. Photo by Steve Score, Leicester Socialist Party

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