As an international student, I was looking forward to an exiting experience in a new country. Little did I know that I would meet a party and become politically active!
I always had far left views and was aware of the various social problems that exist in the world but I hadn’t yet realised that they were all a result of the capitalist system.
By interacting with the Socialist Party, I was impressed by their organisation, their clarity on political issues and the direction they were taking. Most importantly they were patient and had sound ideas.
At first I wasn’t convinced that I should join a political party. The defining moment came during a picket of workers at the Visy factory. While other socialist groups were purely focused on selling their magazine, members of the Socialist Party were on the front line stopping trucks – some were arrested.
This showed me that the Socialist Party was serious about ideas but also action. I wanted to be part of it. A few demonstrations later I became a proud member of the Socialist Party.
By Aishwarya Ramji