You helped elect Kshama Sawant - now learn about her organization Socialist Alternative and how you can get involved!
November 22nd, 7pm
Spring Street Center
1101 15th Ave
Facebook event here
There has been an avalanche of national and international media coverage since it became clear that Kshama Sawant will become the first socialist elected to Seattle City Council in more than a century. This election victory is a political earthquake on a national and international level. Here's a quick roundup of some of media highlights:
Today The Guardian used our campaign as an example of the real opening for socialist ideas:
"But her election does show that not only was she not afraid to be a socialist, people were not afraid of electing one. It's not just that socialism is coming into fashion; people are finding out that maybe they've been socialists this whole time and didn't know it... The great hope is not just that Sawant brings about new, progressive policies in Seattle, but that it inspires others like her; that it allows people to see that being labeled a socialist these days should be taken as a compliment."
IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE COMMUNITY, AND IN SUPPORT OF WORKERS RIGHTS, SEATTLE CITY COUNCILMEMBER-ELECT KSHAMA SAWANT WILL SPEAK AT THE BOEING MACHINISTS RALLY TODAY AT WESTLAKE PLAZA AT 4PM.
A solidarity statement from Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative is below.
Defend Wages and Jobs
Boeing Corp is racking up record profits yet CEO Jim McNerney - in between campaigning for cuts to Social Security – is now demanding an end to the company's defined-benefit pension fund for Boeing machinists. McNerney would, if he retired today, get a quarter-million dollar a month pension from that very fund.
Boeing's attacks on its workforce, together with the company's demand for $8.7 billion in concessions from the State - to be paid for out of increased taxes on all workers and small businesses - can only be described as corporate blackmail. Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative stand in solidarity with Boeing workers in the face of these attacks.
Victory rally in Seattle sets the tone for struggles ahead and more historic opportunities for the socialist left
Up to 300 people attended a victory rally in Seattle to celebrate the first socialist elected to Seattle’s City Council for decades. Kshama’s call to take Boeing -the biggest private employer of the region, which is threatening to move jobs out of the state - into public ownership was welcomed with a standing ovation. Sawant commented: “The machines are here, the workers are here. Let us take this entire productive activity into democratic public ownership and retool the machines to produce mass transit."
Click here to see a short video of the rally by KIRO TV.
Featuring Kshama Sawant
Sunday, Nov. 17th, 2:30pm
SEIU Local 775NW Headquarters Auditorium
215 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104
(Facebook event here)
“Our campaign is not an isolated event, it's a bellwether for what's going to happen in the future.”
- Kshama Sawant
Major Success for $15/hour Minimum Wage and Independent Working-Class Politics
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November 15, 2013
Seattle, WA - Today’s King County Elections ballot count saw the Socialist Alternative candidate for Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant, pulling further ahead of 16-year incumbent, Richard Conlin. The Socialist candidate has now won 88,222 votes compared to the Democrat Richard Conlin’s 86,582 votes.
After today’s count was released, Richard Conlin announced he was conceding the race. Kshama Sawant replied, “While I do not agree with Richard Conlin's political positions, I respect that he served on the city council for 16 years. He ran a strong campaign, and I commend him for his willingness to participate in numerous political forums, openly debating the issues with me."
Help us to drive the right-wing into real hysteria: With your donation you can make sure that all votes are counted and a socialist is elected to Seattle City Council
Even before the votes are fully counted and as the campaigns to protect all votes are in full swing, Forbes magazine has gone mad about a socialist being elected to Seattle’s city council. On November 11 they published Alex Berezow’s comment “Why Is a Socialist Allowed to Teach Economics?,” offering a ludicrous attack on socialist ideas.
Originally published at SocialistWorld.net
Thousands killed and 11 million affected by strongest storm ever
Dikang, Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong)
Typhoon Haiyan (‘Yolanda’ in the Philippines) has caused destruction on a massive scale. This storm was three times more powerful than Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,400 people in the United States in 2005. Winds that ripped into the eastern Philippines on Friday 7 November were as fast as a bullet train – up to 275 kilometres per hour. The energy generated by this massive storm was 10 times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Most deaths have been caused by surging seawater, some waves reportedly as high as a two-story building, with similar effects to a tsunami, flattening houses and drowning hundreds of people.
You've probably heard the news. Between TV, social media, and the Interwebs, it's been hard to miss. Even national media are taking notice. Last night, Kshama Sawant passed Richard Conlin and now has the lead - by 41 votes - in the race for Seattle City Council Position 2. And with 57 percent of yesterday's new votes, there's been no dropoff in the trend of Kshama winning late votes by a significant margin. With about 25,000 votes left to count, she is in a strong position to be the first open socialist elected to city council in Seattle's history, and the first to win a citywide race in any major US city in generations.
November 8, 2013 / 9:00 PM – The latest ballot drop by King County elections has increased the likelihood that not only will Kshama Sawant defeat incumbent Richard Conlin in the race for Seattle City Council Position 2, but her margin of victory may be enough to avoid any recount!