Fighting for equality

If we break nationalistic, rascist and sexist borders, we will overcome one day the systematic exploitation of the many by the thievery of the few, everywhere.
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Sofia Leonidaki Jan 15. 2016
by Sofia Leonidaki
My father was born in a small village in the mountains of Creta. Later the family moved to Athens, at times when the political situation was hard to bear because the reactionist and suppressive military junta was in power. My father along with tenthousands occupied the Polytechnio in Athens, an event known as the beginning of the end of the junta.

I grew up in Germany, accompanied with these stories and the resistance songs of Maria Farantouri, Mikis Theodorakis or Nikos Xilouris. They first taught me the importance of the fight for freedom, justice and equality.

My visit in India, where I stayed for some months, was a lecture to me regarding incredible social inequality and the fight against it. I was assisting in a non-governmental organisation fighting against the social exclusion of sex-working women and their children by offering exit opportunities and education. My neighbour children were living in a straw hut at the fields, others live surrounded by butlers. Seeing this extreme poverty side by side with enormous wealth, the hierarchy, exploitation and perspectivelessness made my wish stronger to contribute to a more just world.

So I studied political science and international relations in Bremen and Istanbul. When I graduated I began to work for the Left party of Germany in the federal parliament of Bremen as scientifical advisor regarding migration, youth and energy politics. Additionally, I started to engage myself in a group giving legal advice to migrants with and without papers. Due to that engagement I could improve the situation of some migrants and I could contribute to a more social and ecological legacy in the federal state of Bremen.

In 2014 I became candidate for the European Parliament. I missed the entry by a few votes, but I gained an important experience. It is worth to fight against the systematic exploitation of the many by the thievery of the few, everywhere. And it is more necessary than ever.

I believe that  if we stand together, if we break nationalistic, rascist and sexist borders, we will overcome one day the systematic exploitation of the many by the thievery of the few, everywhere.

Greece should start and go one step further towards that now.
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