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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 December 2019
Why I joined: "Proud to be a socialist"
Socialism 2019, London 2-3 November, photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)
Andrea Ruiz-Prato, North London Socialist Party
As a foreign national in the UK I felt disenfranchised and, many times, completely impotent about the country's convoluted political scenario. After years of frustration, I came to realise I had two choices; to remain a passive spectator or, somehow, to take action.
The truth is that I did not know where to start. I did not have any politically active friends in the country or a thorough academic understanding of politics. Reading the Socialist was a great start as it gave me the right tools to be properly informed.
The Socialist newspaper critically reports on issues other newspapers and media just ignore, and has no problem calling out parties from across the political spectrum when required.
To me, the Socialist Party seems to be in a league of its own; unlike most parties, it is truly militant and ready for action at any point it witnesses an injustice in society. Members are invested, brave, keen to learn, well informed and open to debate and discuss. One can really taste democracy in action.
I think this is probably the only political party in the country, and internationally, that truly cares and works to have a fairer society where no one is left behind but included. I am proud to formally call myself a socialist today.
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In The Socialist 4 December 2019:
What we think
Prepare now for the struggles after 12 December
International socialist news and analysis
Hong Kong's uprising
South African Airways workers win wage increase after strike action
End profiteering from health - nationalise big pharma
Unite against terrorism, racism, war and austerity
Hillsborough justice eluded
News in brief
Keep up to date with our election coverage
SWR dispute: It's a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public
Solid support for guards on West Midlands Trains
UCU strikes: more determined than ever
Royal Mail court ruling - national reps meeting and solidarity action essential
Jared Wood overwhelmingly elected to RMT executive
PCS union general secretary election
Northern Ireland: Health workers take action
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fight for your future - join the socialists
Selling the Socialist
Climate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together
Why I joined: "Proud to be a socialist"
Socialist Students conference: Students and workers united in struggle
Climate change election debate
Carlisle election meeting: Education - time to make the mega-rich and corporations pay
The Great Big Socialist Party Quiz 2019
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