Why I Joined the Greens...

8 January 2017

I have always been passionate about politics but I have never identified with any party to the extent that I do with the Greens. Being a member of the party allows me to seamlessly blend being an intersectional feminist and Eco-socialist. The Greens have policy to improve the economic, social and cultural lives of Britain’s population, as well as environmental policy that is key in the fight against climate change and nuclear power. This, I feel, other parties significantly lack. As a result of this I made the decision to join the party, despite being told the Green Party are a “wasted vote”, as, in my eyes, you should get involved in politics because you truly believe in policy and the party’s motivation, not to gain power, which many people forget.  As a result, this time last year on January the first, I joined the Green Party as one of my New Year’s resolutions (in fact it was the only one I stuck to!). 

I knew as soon as I joined I didn’t want to be an inactive member that renewed their membership automatically every year, but instead I wanted to be in a position of responsibility where I believed I could have a hand in promoting my enthusiasm for Green politics and intersectional feminism. So, I applied to be the Chair of the Young Greens Women of Colour Liberation Group and, as a result of my love for the role, I reapplied and I was re-elected this year: and cannot wait to expand on my achievements from last year. I was also nominated for the Young Green activist award which was an honour to be recognised for the passion I bring to activism.

I would recommend joining as you are not only joining a party but a family of like-minded people. Even if there are disagreements at times the debate helps you learn and develop your own ideas. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a member you can progress to positions of responsibility easily as long as you are dedicated. 2016 has been one of the best years of my life as a result of being involved in the Green Party and the Young Greens. Attending Green Party conferences, meetings and canvassing has been some of the highlights of 2016 for me. Discussing green politics is now my favourite thing to do! I’ve met so many wonderful and intelligent people who I count as friends and fellow social justice warriors. Whenever I get the opportunity I proudly tell people that no,  I am not a ‘left-wing Corbynite’ but an unapologetically ideological green party member and proud. I’ve enjoyed my year of being a Green Party member and I look forward to many more in the future. 

Jemima Luanga
Young Greens Women of Colour Co-Chair

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