'I'VE BEEN a Labour Party member for many years. But I'm so angry at the government that I came out with a torrent of abuse when someone rang me to donate to the Labour Party election fund. I'm giving the money to Socialist Worker instead.' So said pensioner Thelma Battersby as she handed £5 to a Socialist Worker seller in Birmingham last week.
That contribution helped bring the total raised for the Socialist Worker appeal to £85,140.02 - halfway towards our target. Thanks to everyone who has contributed through individual donations or collections at work and on sales.
Dozens of sponsored events and fundraisers are taking place this weekend and next. They include: a rock climb in Marsden in Yorkshire; walking tours round historic socialist sites in Glasgow (phone 0141 552 1640 for details), Manchester, east London and Nottingham; bike rides round the Gower peninsula in south Wales, from Cambridge to London, and from Glasgow to Edinburgh; a mass trespass on Kinder Scout (where ramblers fought for the right to roam in the 1930s); and many others.
Collections at workplaces last week include: St James Hospital (Leeds), £21, and £100 from the MSF union branch there; Ford Halewood, £7.93; Waltham Forest College, £20; Southwark College, £75; Mount Pleasant sorting office, £13.76; Jubilee Line Extension, £20.69; Scammel Engineering, £21.50; Warwickshire College, £12; Homerton Hospital, £16; Greenwich University, £19; and Barnsley College, £15.50.
Make cheques payable to SW Appeal and send to SW Appeal, PO Box 82, London, E3 3LH. Phone 0171 537 2575 for credit card donations and inquiries.
With the news that the families of the victims of the Southall and Paddington rail crashes had called a demonstration, Socialist Worker rushed out 30,000 posters supporting the march