The Socialist Worker Appeal to raise £150,000 has hit £82,002 in just seven weeks. This puts us over £5,000 ahead of what we had raised this time last year. Thanks to everyone who has donated or organised collections so far.
The money has come flying in because of the incredible respect and support Socialist Worker enjoys across the country.
Ian Allinson is a Unite union rep at Fujitsu in Manchester. “Many Unite members at Fujistu recognise the support that Socialist Worker and the network of activists around it gave us during our recent dispute,” he says.
“We want to make sure that support continues. So far members have donated or pledged £380, with donations ranging from £10 to £200.”
During strikes, the corporate media typically acts as an uncritical mouthpiece for the bosses. Socialist Worker, in contrast, not only reports on what workers fighting back have to say, but also helps build solidarity.
One example of this is the postal workers’ dispute. Socialist Worker has over the past few weeks produced leaflets and a poster supporting the strikers, and published reports from picket lines across the country.
That is why we have had a number of donations over the last week from activists in the CWU postal workers’ union.
Collections have also taken place in London Fire Brigade headquarters, Manchester, Greenwich and Lewisham councils, City and Islington College in north London, and civil service offices in Mersyside and Bristol.
Activists at the Ealing branch of the NUT teachers’ union have donated £100, while GMB’s Holborn branch has given £150. Unite (Amicus section) members in Leicester and RMT rail workers on the Jubilee line have also donated.
In Hackney, east London, the owner of the Z Bar cafe donated £100. He hosts the local Stop the War group and has pledged to collect money in the cafe.
We are also proud of the growing list of support from leading figures in the movement including Tony Benn and radical film-maker Ken Loach.
As part of our fundraising drive we are hosting a series of cultural events around the country with a fantastic line up of musicians, film-makers, poets and authors. John Pilger will be introducing his film War On Democracy on 6 November.
Jazz musician Gilad Atzmon is playing four gigs across the country to raise money for the appeal and launch his new album Refuge, which has met with widespread acclaim.
If you would like to buy tickets to any of our events, or if you haven’t yet donated but would like to do so, then please visit our website at » www.swappeal.org.uk