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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 October 2016

Why I joined the Socialist Party: "I really can't wait for Socialism 2016"

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Calvin Fowler, Worcestershire Socialist Party

I'm a new Socialist Party member, joining in July of this year, but I started attending Worcestershire Socialist Party weekly branch meetings in May. Since I left school in 1988, I've worked in the printing industry, and in 1996 I joined the then GPMU union, now Unite, becoming a union rep in 2001.

I started thinking of joining the Socialist Party a few years ago after seeing stories of people oppressed by the 1% both internationally and locally. In spring of this year I came across the party website, I read various interesting articles, entered my details and was contacted by Pete McNally, a local member.

I attended the meetings that followed and I felt I was among like-minded people. I was given a lot of food for thought by members and the paper. I absorbed the pamphlets given to me, I ordered a few myself from the Socialist Party book shop and now I am a very active member.

I recently set up our Worcestershire Socialist Party Facebook page and I've just been appointed branch fighting fund organiser when I went to Birmingham to attend the West Midlands Socialist Party finance and paper meeting. I found it really interesting.

I'm so glad I joined, I wish I had back in 1996! I really can't wait for Socialism 2016, see you there!

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Socialist Party NHS campaign

Protest and strike to save our NHS

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Wallasey whitewash must be condemned

Battle in Leeds council over care home closure


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Socialist Party workplace news

Teaching assistant pledges ongoing fight against pay cuts

A day in the life of a midwife

Striking Sheffield bin workers picket scabs

Crossrail sparks get organised

Unison higher education seminar points no way forward over pay


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Housing campaigners meet to plan resistance to the Housing Act

Why I joined the Socialist Party: "I really can't wait for Socialism 2016"

"We are all Daniel Blake!"


International socialist news and analysis

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Ireland: Jobstown protester found guilty


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Book review: Fighting racism in football

TV: No Place to Call Home

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