Socialist Worker, Britain's biggest selling left wing newspaper, has launched an appeal for £200,000. In just nine weeks our supporters have donated £131,516. Recent events have shown how important Socialist Worker is. There are the war in Afghanistan, the growing economic crisis, and New Labour's continuing attacks on ordinary people across Britain.
We have published reports, interviews and in-depth articles on these and many other issues. On the day of the World Trade Centre attacks we produced a front page that read 'Bitter Fruit Of US Policy'. Our readers have told us how important Socialist Worker has been in presenting arguments against the war and building the anti-war movement. Our commitment meant we could produce a four-page pullout with colour pictures showing the size of the last anti-war demonstration on 13 October. The Guardian refused to mention the march.
This issue contains an extra four pages with anti-war arguments and coverage for Sunday's demonstration. We are funded by our readers, not big business and the rich. Every donation you send makes a difference. We are fighting to build a better world. You can help us.
'It's simply not possible to make sense of the world, and the struggle of ordinary people against great power, by relying on the so called mainstream media. With war being forced upon us, supporting Socialist Worker has never been more important.'
JOHN PILGER, journalist and film-maker
'Socialist Worker performs a vital role for socialists, campaigners and trade unionists everywhere. Its reports and analysis of worldwide events are essential reading. It is vital that this role is continued.'
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'Throughout my 30 years as a socialist, Socialist Worker has been a beacon of hope. It has provided the arguments and explanations for socialists to give a lead in the workplace and in society as a whole.'
GERRY JONES, former Peugeot car worker
'Socialist Worker is important because it stands up for the rights of working people when nobody else will. It offers a different view to what you normally get in the media.'
PETER ROBINSON, postal worker in Huddersfield
'We are already seeing direct censorship of the media in the US and censorship by omission here. It is so important that we have newspapers which print the truth about the war. I have been really impressed by the coverage and the quality of the articles appearing in Socialist Worker over recent weeks. I recommend the paper to those wishing to be informed about the current situation.'
NORMA WILSON, regional development worker for Greater Manchester CND
'We have found that our workmates are happy to give money to the Socialist Worker Appeal. They don't always agree with everything Socialist Worker argues. But they are pleased that there is a paper consistently taking a stand against racism, privatisation, the scapegoating of asylum seekers, and now the war. We have collected over £240 because people want these campaigns fought over the coming year.'
Greenwich Council Workers
'Think OF Socialist Worker's recent headlines-'Stop The War', 'Asylum Seekers Are Not To Blame', 'Hague-Lying, Racist Crook'. I was proud to sell those papers and people were glad to see them. We need Socialist Worker, and that requires your solidarity to ensure it can continue to be sold.'
HELEN SALMON, NUS national executive (personal capacity)
Socialist Worker is running a Red Raffle to raise money for the appeal. There are amazing prizes. The winner will get two return flights to Mexico. This is a country with fabulous places to visit-tour the ancient city, see the works of the great muralist Diego Rivera, and visit the houses of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky.
It's the trip of a lifetime for the price of a £1 raffle ticket. The second prize is an iMac computer, and Bookmarks is offering £100 of books as the third prize. Also you can proudly display your opposition to the war with a 'Stop the war' T-shirt. All proceeds to the appeal.
The T-shirt costs just £10 and comes in a variety of sizes. On the front is the message 'Stop the war', and the back lists the crimes of US imperialism. Don't miss out-buy one today. Tickets and T-shirts are available from the appeal office-phone 020 7538 2707. Send your donations
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