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Joining the SWP: ‘I wanted to make a stand’

by Martin Smith
Issue No. 2108

Imagine this – you are at home watching TV and a British National Party (BNP) leaflet comes through your door urging you to come to a meeting they have organised on your estate.

What do you do? Bury your head in the sand and hope they go away, or do you decide to get organised?

That’s the dilemma Mark from Birkenhead faced just a few months ago.

As he puts it, “I decided to get active – I had to make a stand.”

He along with over 120 others came to a “Why you should be a socialist” rally in Liverpool. At the end he joined the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). Now he is involved in campaigning against the BNP on his estate, and just as important, he is helping to build a new SWP branch in his area.

Mark is one of over 500 people who have joined the SWP this year.

Over the last six months the SWP has organised a series of rallies around the country. They were a great success – people flocked to hear the case for socialism.


But it is not just our rallies. Look at the events page in this week’s Socialist Worker. People can debate and put into practice political ideas at SWP meetings all over the country.

At meetings and demonstrations, and in colleges and workplaces people are joining the SWP. The reasons are many.

Chris, a retired university lecturer, who remembers well the decimation of jobs and communities during the Thatcher years, wrote, “I want to make sure that working class communities don’t have to pay the same price again.”

Victoria and Robert are PCS union members who are sick of low pay, while Carol Anne wrote in asking to join because, “I hate war and poverty, and I think only socialism can put a stop to these horrors.”

Opposition to war and racism, and the desire to be part of the resistance to Brown’s pay freeze are just some of the reasons people have joined the SWP in recent months.

One thing everyone who joins has in common is that they want to be part of a campaigning organisation that fights for socialism.

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Tue 1 Jul 2008, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2108
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