Building the fightback – building the Socialist Party

Socialist Party branches across England and Wales have been carrying out recruitment weeks of action, concentrating their weekly stalls and meetings on asking people to join the Socialist Party, as opposed to a particular campaigning issue. Here are some reports from the week, to go alongside the reports in issue 767.

Southampton

Southampton Socialist Party held a meeting as a follow on to our ‘join the socialists’ stall of the previous weekend.
Phil, who is one of our newer members, explained what had prompted him to join the Socialist Party. He gave a heartfelt speech about his anger regarding the inequalities he saw in society and the appalling treatment being meted out to those in receipt of benefits.
An outline of what we do was given which ranged from our role in helping to build the National Shop Stewards Network and leading the call for a 24-hour general strike, to our successful involvement in local campaigns and in particular our support for the twoSouthampton ‘rebel’ councillors, Keith Morrell and Don Thomas and their refusal to vote for cuts.
This led on to the importance of standing anti-cuts electoral candidates under the banner of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.
After this introduction, everyone joined in a lively and enthusiastic discussion.
Three young people, Charlie, Georgia and Rory, attended their first meeting. What better way to end an excellent evening than to hear that all three of them wanted to find out more about socialism and had decided to attend the Socialism 2013 weekend.

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Read this week's #NSSN bulletin no.566: Workers start 2022 on the picket line!

https://shopstewards.net/2022/01/nssn-566-workers-start-2022-on-the-picket-line/

To all #TUSC supporters Best Wishes for 2022 - let’s see if together we can find hundreds of trades unionists, community campaigners and socialists to challenge austerity at the May local elections in the biggest and widest possible socialist unity.
#Solidarity

2022 and Council Cuts continue
Defend public services
Defend Jobs and Pay
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Join the fightback in #southampton to @SaveStMarysLC #SocialistSunday #StopCouncilCuts

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