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Rise to the challenge

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Issue 1695

Rise to the challenge 

THIS WEEK marks a shift in British politics. As the front page says, we face big job losses, the collapse of support for Labour plus humiliation for Blair in London, and Hague’s attempt to whip up racism against asylum seekers. Socialist Worker readers need to respond. 

Across the country we are helping launch meetings involving a broad range of trade union speakers, local activists and so on around the demands of the Action Programme, arguing the need to build a fightback over jobs. 

Across the country we need to be using the statement in support of asylum seekers to get signatures in every workplace, college, estate and school. We need to carry the argument down into the grassroots. 

This Saturday we need to hit the streets with big sales of Socialist Worker. Ask people who are breaking with New Labour or have broken to join the Socialist Workers Party. On Saturday in Birmingham’s High Street we sold 202 copies of Socialist Worker campaigning in support of occupying Longbridge to stop closure. Elsewhere, despite the holiday weekend, we sold 51 in Leicester, 63 in Dudley, 43 in Uxbridge, 42 in Bitterne in Southampton, 123 in Manchesters Market Street along with 40 in Eccles and 33 in Chorlton, 35 in Barking and 22 in Loughborough, while in north London 52 were sold in Wood Green, 38 in Holloway Road and 32 at the Angel.

19 people joined on the London May Day protests; 5 on the Manchester anti-capitalist protest; 3 in Solihull; 2 in Croydon, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Warwick University, and on both the Glasgow Reclaim the Streets protest and the Sheffield anti-capitalist protest; 1 in Leeds St James, Brighton, Leyton, Elephant and Castle, Bromley, Bristol, Coventry, Birmingham, Newcastle and Bridgend.

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