I have always had an interest in social issues. Living a life where I ignore injustice has never been a viable option for me. And for a while I have been looking for like-minded people with the same passion and drive to fight for what is right.
In 2016 I attended my first ever rally, a Black Lives Matter solidarity rally in Melbourne. While there, I met members of the Socialist Party and bought a copy of the party’s magazine and some badges. But it wasn’t until I attended the Slut Walk rally in September that I considered joining the Socialist Party.
During a discussion with a party member it became clear that my political views aligned closely with socialist ideals. After that discussion, joining the Socialist Party seemed like a no-brainer.
I began attending educational sessions and Socialist Party events, and loved having the opportunity to be a part of a group that spoke openly about all the issues I care about.
A group that addresses ALL forms of social inequality, a group that wants to fight said inequality at the very roots. Before becoming involved in the Socialist Party, I had never found my way into something so proactive in the fight for justice.
I joined the Socialist Party because I refuse to let my voice fall on deaf ears. I refuse to turn a blind eye to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and class oppression. I feel a sense of pride in knowing that I have become a member of a party that aims to break down walls and unite the people… rather than building walls that divide us.
By Jess Brooks