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The Socialist is published by members of the Socialist Party USA. Unless otherwise noted, views expressed in the magazine and on this website are those of the authors and not necessarily of the SPUSA. The Socialist magazine may be reprinted with permission for non-profit purposes. To submit an article for publication consideration, please read The Socialist Writing Guidelines and submit your article here.

Sally Joyner
David Keil
Lauren A.R. Koslow
J. Richard Marra
Zach Medeiros
Adam Powell
Amanda Riggle
Steve Rossignol


Sally Joyner, a lifelong Memphian, has been a member of the Socialist Party USA since 2005 and was a co-founder of the Memphis local in 2008. Sally is a staff attorney with a nonprofit immigration law firm where she focuses her practice on deportation defense of children, gender-based asylum claims, and immigration relief for victims of domestic violence. She has a BA (English Linguistics) and JD from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Christian Brothers University. Sally is a board member of People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws (PERL), an organization that monitors law enforcement responses to sexual violence and seeks to end practices within the political and justice systems that decriminalize rape and sexual assault.

David Keil is a member of the Editorial Board of “The Socialist” and of the Boston Area local of the Socialist Party.

Lauren A.R. Koslow is celebrating ten years as a socialist. She appreciates the intersection of socialism with the other facets of her life: animal rights, public libraries, and The Episcopal Church. She holds a BA from Boston University and a MLIS from Rutgers University. She works as an adult services librarian and organizes a vegan group as well as a chapter of Direct Action Everywhere.  She is married with two cats, Patience and Fortitude (named for the lions of the NYPL), and resides in South Carolina.

J. Richard Marra lives in Connecticut. He received his Doctoral degree from Cornell University in 1977, majoring in Musical Composition and the History of Music Theory. While on the Faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, he completed graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, majoring in the Philosophy of Science. He is a member of the Socialist Party USA, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Philosophy of Science Association. He is also a contributing writer for the Secular Buddhist Association. He is a 2014 recipient of the SPUSA’s Eugene V. Debs Award. To read other essays by J. Richard Marra, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/thoughtsandthingsjrichardmarra/.

Adam Powell, a lifelong resident of Montgomery, Alabama, joined SPUSA in November of 2016 and was a founding member of the party’s first chapter in the state, the Socialist Party of Central Alabama (SPCA). Powell graduated from Troy University with a degree in Print Journalism and Creative Writing in 2005 and since then has worked for newspapers and online news sources all across the state and nation. He also teaches classical guitar and music theory and performs throughout the Southeast. Currently, Powell is working as a photographer and serving as Chairman of SPCA. He is married to Sara Powell and they have two children, Fionola and Kieran.

Amanda Riggle graduated with her BA in English Education and is enrolled in an English MA program with hopes of continuing onto her PhD. She studies Early Modern English Drama, Marxism, and Feminism. She is one of the co-founders of the Inland Empire chapter of The Socialist Party USA as well as co-chair of the Socialist Party of California.

Steve Rossignol is Archivist for the Socialist Party USA.

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