Tag Archives: Kshama Sawant

Seattle City Council election: Socialists defeat Jeff Bezos and Amazon

By Michael O’Brien It is not typical for a city council election contest in the US to be the subject of national and international attention. Socialist Alternative (US sister organisation of the Socialist Party) councillor Kshama Sawant’s successful defence of her seat was one such case. The concerted attempt by wealthy Republican Party donors and big corporations to unseat her ...

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US: How socialists defeated Amazon’s bid to buy Seattle’s elections

Jeff Bezos’s bid to buy Seattle City Council has backfired. Despite big business dropping unprecedented cash behind Amazon-backed candidates in all seven council races, Seattle voters rejected this attempt to flip the council to the right in all but two of the seven council races. In Seattle’s most-watched, most expensive, and most polarized council in decades, Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant ...

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Seattle: Socialist City Council Member Kshama Sawant to Face Off Against Amazon’s Candidate

By Ty Moore, Socialist Alternative (CWI in the US and the sister organisation of the Socialist Party. The initial results for Seattle’s city council primary elections will greatly sharpen the class divisions in Seattle. Led by Amazon, big business in Seattle is waging a ferocious campaign to defeat every candidate who isn’t firmly aligned with them. Through a record-breaking infusion ...

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US: Importance of the Kshama Sawant Re-Election Campaign

By Bryan Koulouris, member of Socialist Alternative- sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US. Kshama Sawant was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2013 with over 90,000 votes, running as a proud Socialist Alternative member back before “Bernie” and “AOC” were household names. Kshama used her 2013 election campaign to advocate strongly for the $15 an ...

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Statement from Kshama Sawant: End political repression against Standing Rock protesters

Statement by Seattle City Councilmember and Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) member Kshama Sawant on the brutal repression against those protesting against the North Dakota pipeline. “Thursday in North Dakota, a police force backed by corporate paramilitary agents and armored vehicles moved against indigenous people and other activists courageously protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. ...

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US: Bernie Sanders Abandons the Revolution

Below is an article by Socialist Alternative (sister party of the Socialist Party in US) member and Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant on the decision by Bernie Sanders to endorse Hillary Clinton published on Counterpunch.org. The Sanders campaign, which received 12 million votes in the recent primaries, showed the potential to build a party of the 99%. Tragically he has betrayed ...

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Stunning victory for socialist in Seattle

By Carah Daniel The amazing victory of Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant in the election to Seattle City Council is definitely a clear indication of the desire for a genuine alternative to capitalism on the part of working class. Not only was she elected in 2013, she was re-elected too at the beginning of November! An unapologetic socialist She has ...

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The Bernie Sanders challenge

The established political order in the US has been shaken up by Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Not only has he tapped into a widespread anti-corporate mood, he has also fired up interest in socialist ideas. TOM CREAN reports on the impact of his campaign, and the tasks it sets for the workers’ movement. The 2016 US ...

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US: Bernie Sanders’ campaign taps into growing radicalisation

By Lea Vallence The campaign of Bernie Sanders in the US presidential election is getting a lot of attention internationally because of the momentum it is gaining. Sanders, the only self-proclaimed socialist in the US Senate, is putting forward a series of radical arguments which is attracting a lot of support amongst young people and large layers of working-class people. ...

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A socialist voice joins Seattle City Council

Who would have imagined that in a major American city, at a post election inauguration ceremony attended by 1,000 people, a new, directly elected Mayor and other members of the City Council would be completely eclipsed by the response of the attendance to a Socialist Councillor? That was the situation in Seattle on 6 January. Socialist Alternative Councillor Kshama Sawant, in her speech, roundly denounced the problems which ‘crisis ridden capitalism’ causes for working class people, called for workers to organise, for a new party of the working class as an alternative to the Republican and Democratic Party politicians and for socialist change.

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