Why did I join the Socialist Party

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From The Socialist, November 17, 2021

Starmer firing BLM made me quit work

Socialist Party at Black Lives Matter (Click to enlarge)

Isabelle France, Socialist Party of Sheffield

In July of last year, I was lying on my couch doing my daily Doomscroll when I came across a video of Keir Starmer rejecting Black Lives Matter. Starmer, with his usual high and powerful centralizing tone, almost made me throw my phone across the room in frustration.

He then described the BLM as a “moment.” It was then that I decided to cancel my ten-year membership in the Labor Party.

I had been a Labor member since I was 17. I hadn’t even left school until I decided to pledge my allegiance to this party – by volunteering, voting, organizing, supporting and cheering for their victories.

But in this rapid moment, the accumulation of years of Labor denying its members and the left wing our voice has become unbearable. So I left. No pun intended.

The summer of 2020 had been tough enough – the desperate desire to be on the streets to connect and protect themselves during the Black Lives Matter mass social movement, while simultaneously having to stay away in order to protect themselves from a deadly pandemic.

When I left Labor, I felt lonely in a different way. But looking around I could see that others were too.

So many people I knew were politically homeless. We were all angry, but we had nowhere to lead it.

I knew we needed organized direct action. But where was I supposed to find this?

I thought about joining garbage collection groups, but would I scare the old folks with my anti-capitalist rants? I thought about joining theory groups. But would we ever do something?

Fortunately for me, someone had put up posters of the Socialist Party. It didn’t take long for one of them to catch my eye.

I had no idea of ​​the Socialist Party. I found them on Twitter and immediately followed them.

Shortly after, local member Alex contacted me, asking if I wanted to come to a meeting. I think my answer was pretty obvious.

I joined after a few branch meetings and a few meetings at demonstrations. But I probably would have joined by then after getting that first Twitter post.

I feel calm about being part of a group that is outspoken in its beliefs and not afraid to name the beast of capitalism. The Socialist Party does not hesitate to fight for reforms, and we are firmly committed to dismantling capitalism and, in its place, to rebuilding a better system – socialism. A breath of fresh air.

It’s a million miles from Starmer telling me “BLM is just a moment, and soon the status quo will be restored.” Why should we be asked to devote more energy to sustaining this failed status quo when together we can destroy it?

Financial appeal

The coronavirus crisis has exposed the class character of society in many ways. This clearly shows to many that it is the working class that makes society run, not the CEOs of big companies.

The results of austerity have been shown graphically as utilities struggle to cope with the crisis.

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In Le Socialiste for November 17, 2021:


NHS

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NHS workers must act now to save our NHS

Barts health workers contracted out in strike vote for pay rise

Health and care worker shortage exacerbated by threat of layoff of conservative vaccine

Financing the struggle for socialism


News

London MPs second home scam as workers and students fight

Conservative sleaze scandal continues, replies ex-workers’ MP

University bosses’ wages pile up as workers forced to strike


COP26

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Sunak’s climate finance program illustrates capitalism‘s failure at COP26


China

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International

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Belarusian refugees caught between a rock and a hard place


Workplace News

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DVLA voter turnout below threshold

Striking Scunthorpe steel scaffolding raises the bar

Leeds taxi drivers protest the relocation of the taxi stand

New strikes on East Midlands Railway

A call to trade unionists to present themselves as anti-cuts candidates

Clarks workers fight ‘fired and rehired’ pay cut

London couriers take action

Sainte Mongouste report does not deal with harassment and victimization of workers


Campaigns

Resisting evictions in east London

Solidarity demonstration in Leeds says to stop coup in Sudan

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Birmingham People’s Budget


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