The Socialist Worker appeal launch event last weekend was a great night of politics and fun—and it raised over £1,100.
Socialist Workers Party member Yunus Bakhsh, who has recently won a landmark employment tribunal against his NHS bosses, gave a rapturously-received speech stressing the importance of socialists to his victory.
“When times were hard it was the support of Socialist Worker, the SWP and other socialists that kept me going.
“That’s why this is a victory not for me but for all of us,” he said.
Socialist Worker appeal organiser Dan Mayer emphasised the importance of a socialist newspaper at a time when the Tory-led coalition is tearing up workers’ lives.
“We need a paper that is at the centre of the resistance to cuts and racism.
“We need a paper that can put forward an alternative to the capitalist consensus and highlight the fightback,” he said.
As well as the launch event for the appeal there were two Socialist Workers Party events over the weekend which raised significant funds for the appeal.
They included a day-school for trade unionists to discuss how to resist the government assault, and an SWP party council—an elected body that discusses the SWP’s orientation between conferences.
Together these saw almost £4,000 raised for the appeal from delegates and visitors.
All of this week’s activities has brought the total to £57,241.
This is now 38 percent of our goal of £150,000.
At the SWP party council it was agreed that collections inside workplaces are an important part of raising funds for a revolutionary paper of the working class—and that we have not had enough in recent years.
Delegates welcomed a call to have as many collections as possible inside workplaces during the week of 11–15 October.
We will publish the results in Socialist Worker.
Collection sheets are available at www.swappeal.org.uk