Green Left Weekly's $250,000 Fighting Fund: Message from a battler

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This is an extract from an inspiring letter from Jim Knight, one of our loyal readers in northern NSW:

"I'm 84 years. I left school, out of necessity, at 14 years of age at the height of the Great Depression and after five and a half years in the army during WWII, I became an anti-nuclear activist and a union organiser in Victoria. In 1982 I came to northern NSW where I founded Grafton People for Peace and the Clarence River Landcare Coordinating Committee. Later, after a long struggle against an attempt to build a large paper pulp mill on the Clarence River, I became president of the Clarence Environment and Social Justice Centre.

"With other unionists, I campaigned for a Labor victory in the 2007 federal election but we have had a discussion since … and decided to continue campaigning as we believe the ALP stands for 'Alternative Liberal Party'. Unless pressure is put on the ALP … Mr Rudd & co will continue Howard's policies for the coal, oil, alumina, power, etc corporations.

"I am a socialist and have been for over 60 years. I know I won't live to see the replacement of capitalism with a socialist society but I will die knowing I did my bit towards that goal.

"As an age pensioner I can't donate any more than I have, but some years back I gave Green Left Weekly $1500 from the sale of my valuable, much-loved classical guitar.

"I write not to skite but to let you know of support for Green Left Weekly. Good onya, keep it up! Jim."

GLW survives with the help of an army of battlers, like Jim. We love to hear from our supporters so please write in and tell us about your contribution to the struggle for a just and sustainable world.

So far this year we've collected $11,450 towards our $250,000 2008 Fighting Fund. If you would like to help us take this forward, you can directly deposit a donation to: Greenleft, Commonwealth Bank, BSB 062-006, Account No. 901992. Alternatively, send a cheque or money order to PO Box 515, Broadway NSW 2007, phone it through on the toll-free line at 1800 634 206 (within Australia), or donate online at .

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