The obstacles the Establishment will throw up to prevent such a movement will be numerous, costly and unscrupulous. only those belonging to specific religion, as provided in the Lautenberg Amendment, can get refugee status to US,” says the petition. I’m still frozen in the moment. She describing the rules as too onerous for grassroots groups and warning they could discourage political organizing by ordinary people. Kshama Sawant abused her access to the City Hall and allowed protestors to storm and occupy City Hall. A group of citizens in Seattle wanted to recall city council member and noted socialist, Kshama Sawant. Efforts to reform the Democratic Party, whose leaders are in the service of the corporate oligarchy, amount to pouring energy into “a black hole,” she said. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. "You can't convert political disagreement into a recall," Iglitzin said. Her mother is a former principal, and her father, a civil engineer, was … This is why we need to begin that project now. This will be one of the most important elections in the country this year. People know what is going to happen in 2016. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant has introduced a resolution to express solidarity with Seattle’s South Asian Community regardless of religion, caste and to oppose India’s National Register of Citizen (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Now you can personalize your Truthdig experience. The consciousness of the American people has changed. “Something important has changed,” she said. The resolution, introduced by Indian American City Council member Kshama Sawant, urges the Parliament of India to uphold the Indian Constitution by repealing the CAA, and to stop the NRC, and take steps towards helping refugees. Look at the campaign ad he just put out saying, yes, I made mistakes, but I am a human being. Kshama Sawant and her campaign staff speak with union members outside the auditorium hall at the Labor Temple. How Kshama Sawant took on Amazon – and won! Market data provided by Factset. Kshama Sawant (Photo: Seattle City Council) ... i.e. Office: Council Member (Seattle, WA) Track This Politician. They are burning at the entrenched racial injustice in America. This does not necessarily mean all those people who support us are socialist. General. Socialist [communist] Kshama Sawant, 46 is refusing to let cops into the six-block Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone known as CHAZ which was taken over by fringe groups, one of which is a domestic terrorist organization. Four states — two of them Republican states — increased the minimum wage last year. Office. "All of us have joined hundreds of demonstrations across the City, but Councilmember Sawant and her followers chose to do so with reckless disregard of the safety of my family and children," Durkan said in a letter to the city council president this summer. Even spending $15 million on a mayoral race and having President Obama come and campaign wasn’t enough to buy him an easy victory. She knows that there will be no genuine reforms, let alone systemic change, without the building of radical mass movements and a viable third party. Contact Information. And while unions are under massive attack, as you see in Wisconsin with Scott Walker, there are also successful labor initiatives getting onto the ballot. And it needs to be formed soon. All content © 2021 Truthdig, LLC. Post Office Box 34025 Seattle, WA 98124-4025. Natasha Hakimi Zapata / TruthDig, by Corporate power is throwing everything at its disposal — including sponsorship of a rival woman candidate of color — into this election in the city’s 3rd District. They are looking for something radically different.”. This idea should also be taken up in some form by the new party.”, “A campaign cannot be an end in itself,” she said. ", She added that since "they have failed in all their efforts to force my office to back down, pro-capitalist politicians have fought relentlessly to block or co-opt social movements — and, if all else failed, to claim credit for their victories. She has successfully lobbied for city money to support tent encampments and is fighting for an excise tax on millionaires. Others came from outside of her district. “We must convince people that we need an alternative and we must convince them about what that alternative is,” Sawant said. SOCIALIST CITY COUNCILWOMAN: OVERTHROW 'RACIST, SEXIST, VIOLENT, UTTERLY BANKRUPT SYSTEM OF CAPITALISM', Sawant won a partial victory in September when King County Superior Judge Jim Rogers rejected some of the charges against her. City Councilmember Kshama Sawant hailed Durkan’s order Thursday and called for additional measures. Even the most radical youths end up implicitly defending capitalism when they accept the parameters of lesser evilism, as so many did with supporting Obama in 2008 and 2012.”. All rights reserved. “The idea that things have to get a lot worse to have some sort of awakening and bring about an alternative to this corrupt and defunct corporate political system is inaccurate,” she said to me. The vote was 8-1 with Councilor Kshama Sawant opposed. “We need to stand up for the hundreds of millions of lives devastated by global capitalism. Sawant offered this assessment: The Green Party and its activists need to be part of the effort towards a nationwide party for the working class. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. "In addition, during or after Councilmember Sawant’s speech at that rally, her followers vandalized my home by spray-painting obscenities.". That, along with other out-of-district donations earned Sawant criticism, from her opponent Egan Orion and conservative radio host Jason Rantz. As Sawant’s hero, Karl Marx, said, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a huge win for Bellevue, but it does not come … It must be willing to “use the platform of the presidential campaign and other electoral campaigns to push the message of mass movements.” And, she stressed, it must never accept corporate money. But this moment is qualitatively different from the period when Ralph Nader ran. allegedly abused her office. Access your favorite authors, articles and more. Personalize your Truthdig experience. “We cannot have illusions,” Sawant said. The corporate powers, from Seattle’s mayor to the Chamber of Commerce and the area’s Democratic Party, are determined she be defeated, and these local corporate elites have the national elites behind them. They want a solution to climate change. A bitter political battle has broken out in Seattle where one of the city's councilmembers is facing a recall effort led by residents who expressed dismay over her conduct during recent protests. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. mail Email. If there is any hope left for the absurdist political theater that characterizes election campaigns it is in renegades such as Sawant. This last condition, she said, “has to be non-negotiable.” The party, she added, “must not bow down to the pressure to endorse Democratic candidates against Republicans, which would completely undermine its independence and ultimately relegate it to the role of an enforcer for the Democrats, as the Working Families Party has become.”. Uprising is in the air.”. Both of the globally focused resolutions sprouted from District 3 representative Kshama Sawant’s office. As Rantz noted, Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission filings showed Sawant received more than a dozen out-of-state donations of $1,000. She has expanded funding for social services and blocked, along with housing advocates, an attempt by the Seattle Housing Authority to allow a rent increase of up to 400 percent. “If you take office you have to be accountable to the members of the party. Occupy and the Black Lives Matter movement have radically shaken U.S. consciousness. And for this she has become the bête noire of the Establishment, especially the Democratic Party. Since joining the council in January of 2014 she has helped push through a gradual raising of the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Seattle. As a socialist, I have never experienced any hostility, except from the Establishment. Bill Blum / TruthDig, by This is to discourage working people from getting organized.". He has written 12 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the…. The Green Party has not often sought to do that. Who could have imagined that kind of false humility from him? “We want to win. Besides her conduct during protests, Sawant has caught attention for her stances on major policy issues. Now is the time for us to strike.”. Sam Dorman is a reporter with Fox News. It will pit a socialist, who refuses all corporate donations — not that she would get many — and who has fearlessly championed the rights of workingmen and workingwomen, rights that are being eviscerated by the corporate machine. Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant (Socialist Alternative) gave a speech Tuesday night after passage by the city council of the so-called Amazon Tax in which she vowed to overthrow the United States, replacing the government and society with a “socialist world.” (Article republished from … You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! Sawant said it is incumbent upon socialists and the entire U.S. left to swiftly begin the task of building working-class political campaigns independent of the Democratic Party in order to create the space for a viable national party. The issue is currently headed to the Washington Supreme Court in January after an appeal from Sawant, a socialist. Sawant emphasized that the process of building a radical alternative will be long and difficult. I met Sawant in a restaurant a block from City Hall in Seattle. Kshama Sawant; image via Facebook. Kshama Sawant's Biography . And gave them her key to city hall allowing them to take over the building. The judge ruled that her support of rioters was enough to justify a recall. The call for a national party is, in the end, a call to educate. Seattle radio host Jason Rantz provides analysis on ‘Fox & Friends.’. Raised in Mumbai, India, in neither excessive wealth nor poverty, she had enough chances to witness the horrors of inequality directly. I take home $40,000 after taxes. “While young radicals correctly see the need for mass action, some have not yet made the vital link between mass movements and the need for alternative political structures,” she said. Seattle City Council District 3 incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant speaks to her supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, in Seattle. She holds a doctorate in economics from North Carolina State University and before her election to the City Council was a professor at a community college. SEATTLE—Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the City Council, is up for re-election this year. Not Giving Up on Happiness: Care of the Self and Well-Being in a Plague Year, Imagining A New World on the Other Side of the Pandemic, Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness. It has raised demands in the interests of workers, against corporate domination, against the war, and against climate change. The City Council pays me nearly $120,000. However, Rogers kept four charges, saying that "the petitioner has shown actual knowledge of facts indicating that the councilmember intended to commit an unlawful act.". Your Truthdig, your way. Chris Hedges writes a weekly opinion column for Truthdig. SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights urged the City’s Office of Civil Rights to take steps on behalf of Saba Ethiopian … or redistributed. A bitter political battle has broken out in Seattle where one of the city's councilmembers is facing a recall effort led by residents who expressed dismay over her conduct during recent protests. This demonstrates the wide opening for the U.S. left to present a principled working-class alternative. By Sawant’s reckoning, anyone who has been as successful as Amazon or Jeff Bezos is obligated to do more than they already do to help everyone else. Truthdig, by One outstanding example is Gayle McLaughlin, who as Green Party mayor of the California city of Richmond, invited the fury of Wall Street banks with her valiant fight on behalf of ‘underwater’ homeowners. “But look now at his vulnerability. Sawant, born in India, is a leader of the Socialist Alternative Party. Seattle’s Kshama Sawant charged with violating city law by using council office to promote ‘Tax Amazon’ initiative Feb. 11, 2020 at … It is going to be Hillary Clinton or some Republican. David Sirota. “What we need is a big surge for an independent working-class political alternative while people are experiencing a sense of confidence, after decades of bitter defeat. General Website More Office Contactskeyboard_arrow_down. She is as intense as she is articulate. This will only come about if we organize mass movements, if we build a radical political party and if we refuse to accept a system designed to subject the immense majority to misery so that a minority can pile up untold wealth.”, by Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. The Coming Death, and Afterlife, of the NSA Spying Law, Truthdigger of the Week: 'India's Daughter' Filmmaker and Activists Protesting the Documentary's Ban, Border Agency Is Set to Jump-Start Trump’s Wall in a Texas Wildlife Refuge, Sinclair Broadcasting Outstrips Fox News to Become De Facto 'Trump TV', Health Care Causes Rift Between Progressive Left and Democratic Party Stalwarts, The Republican Failure to Repeal Obamacare Is Hardly the End of the Story. Statements and opinions expressed in articles and comments are those of the authors, not Truthdig. She is an advocate for abolishing the police and capitalism. To avoid frivolous recalls, a judge must rule there are sufficient grounds for the recall. All rights reserved. Now, Kshama Sawant is raising eyebrows well beyond the Northwest. But it means people are infuriated about income inequality, about the pillaging by the big banks. Specifically, Lou alleges that Sawant let protesters into City Hall during a nighttime protest and spoke at another demonstration in front of the Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan's house. She belongs to the "Socialist Alternative" party, which has portrayed itself as more strident than the socialist organization -- Democratic Socialists of America DSA -- that backed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Seattle Ethics Commission filings show that Sawant's Kshama Solidarity Campaign received at least one out-of-state donation an employee of the Socialist Alternative. As long as she remains in office she will expose the leaders in the Democratic Party for who they are — corporate puppets. She … She marched with them. She herself lives in an $800,000 home with $500,000 of equity but has railed against the … Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions. Venezuela should not be the poster-child for how to take a rich and vibrant nation and decimate its wealth as well as its citizens through … Chris Hedges / TruthDig, by Any presidential campaign cannot be run as an end in itself. Thor Benson / TruthDig, by Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), South Asian community members, and activists celebrated the passage of a historic Seattle City Council resolution denouncing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) enacted by the far-right government of the … Sawant, meanwhile, has suggested that Durkan is part of the corporate elite, referring to her as "Amazon's mayor" in a Nov. 11 op-ed for the socialist outlet Jacobin. Might there be a role for the Green Party in such a change? All rights reserved. And it is our job to break the cycle of capitalist exploitation of people and the ecosystem and save ourselves. Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant recently called for the Venezuela-style nationalization of Amazon. Sawant knows this intuitively. The Democratic elite dominate Seattle government, and the Democratic elite, as they did with Ralph Nader, have declared war against Sawant. According to Seattle P-I, attorney Dmitri Iglitzin accused Lou of engaging in a politicized attack. She is as familiar at Seattle street demonstrations, where she has been arrested, as she is in City Council hearings. If Trump Declares Martial Law Due to Coronavirus, Can He Suspend the Election? Be well, stay safe and look out for each other. China Okasi / TruthDig, by Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. Red-baiting does not work on them. ... Sawant said the resolution expresses solidarity with Seattle’s South Asian community regardless of religion … You have to have actual meetings. Follow him on Twitter @DormanInDC or at facebook.com/SamDormanFoxNews, Seattle to cut police funding as homicides spike, Trump, Pence meet for 1st time since Capitol riot, FBI internal memo warns of plans for armed protests in all 50 state capitals around day of Biden inauguration, Airbnb canceled reservations connected to domestic terrorists, hate groups ahead of Capitol rioting, Angela Merkel rips Twitter's 'problematic' Trump ban. This is what is happening in Greece and Spain.”Sawant proposed that the left prepare the ground for a new party that will be “broad-based, organized around democratic principles and have as its fundamental goal the mission of working with the labor movement, nonunionized workers and young activists of color.”, “It has to be 100 percent grass roots,” she said. Market data provided by Factset. Our archives of 15 years of award-winning independent journalism is available for free. Councilwoman Kshama Sawant of Seattle is in the fight for her political life. The $15-an-hour victory in Seattle is going nationwide. Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant released a statement Saturday afternoon about the shooting. Immigrant business charges illegal eviction, abuse by corporate developers. ... comes after the country’s parliament approved the law that “makes religion a criterion for nationality” in December. “In Socialist Alternative,” Sawant said, “any elected representative who runs has to pledge to only take the average worker’s wage. Juan Cole / Informed Comment, by But we also know that in one year we are not going to vanquish the money machine of the Democratic establishment. A new party, she said, is essential if the corporate coup is to be reversed. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant delivers a message after passing the "Amazon Tax" at a digital city council meeting on Monday. Robert Faturechi and Derek Willis / ProPublica, by Has it really been fifteen months since revolutionary socialist Kshama Sawant brought her unique brand of municipal socialism back to a major American city after winning an at-large seat in Seattle’s nonpartisan city council race?. Born in Pune, she studied at Mumbai University before moving to the US for higher education. JUDGE RULES RECALL PETITION CAN PROCEED AGAINST CONTROVERSIAL CITY COUNCILWOMAN, Touting a series of victories, including an "Amazon" tax levy to support a Green New Deal, Sawant argued that "victories like these are why the ruling class wants a do-over. “The hostility to socialist ideas is not present now because we have a majority of young Americans who are experiencing the deep failures of capitalism. The elites cannot let the Sawants of the world proliferate. The rest goes into a solidarity fund. It needs to be about building a mass movement, a viable radical alternative. On Thursday, Seattle resident Ernest Lou made his case again for the recall effort, which he based on four specific charges relating to how Councilwoman Kshama Sawant. “We cannot get rid of capitalism without building a mass political organization as a tool to do that.”, “If a genuine alternative is not built,” Sawant said, “the Democratic establishment will continue to co-opt generation after generation of young people who are concerned about the need to fight the Republicans. During her two terms on the Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant has brought a distinctly different style of politics to city hall. Residents of the city are fed up with the way she worked with antifa as they set about destroying the city. Sawant believes that because of the presidency of Barack Obama — who has served corporate power, expanded imperial wars, carried out a massive assault on civil liberties and failed to address the needs of the mounting numbers who are unemployed or underemployed — many people, especially young people, are hungry for political alternatives to “the two big business parties.” Poll after poll, she pointed out, shows the American majority to be disgusted with the Congress. Will Boko Haram Cause Nigeria’s North and South to Separate? Most terrible ideas are spawned from terrible worldviews. She contends that the end of the Cold War has left younger generations freer to explore and hear radical alternatives. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. People say they are Democrats, but when was the last time they were invited to a meeting and asked to vote on the policies to be taken up by the Democratic Party? The goal of this campaign should be to launch a massive grass-roots effort nationwide, and to build on it after the election, something that Ralph Nader failed to do. Steve Sack, by Legal Statement. Since joining the council in January of 2014 she has helped push through a gradual raising of the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Seattle. SEATTLE — Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the City Council, is up for re-election this year. Choose authors to follow, bookmark your favorite articles and more. It won’t be easy. Truthdig is on hiatus. The abuses we saw in 2008 will happen over and over again as long as capitalism survives. That will dishearten people. The Green Party has made some important contributions to the struggle against the Democrats’ lesser-evil politics. An Independent, Progressive Journal of News and Opinion. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Sawant's legal team argued that the charges were "factually and legally insufficient." Kshama Sawant, 46, who now serves on the Seattle City Council, is encouraging activists in the CHAZ 'to hold out on giving back the precinct to cops or allowing officers inside the barricaded region. The problem is that if a party does not do that, it leaves the various social movements open to misleaders who channel the energy back towards the Democratic Party. Sawant, an Indian American member of Seattle City Council, speaks to the American Bazaar about the recent anti-CAA resolution passed by the council. Martina Moneke / Truthdig, by Publisher, Zuade Kaufman, and Editor in Chief, Robert Scheer. Kshama Sawant, 46, a former techie, is the first socialist elected to Seattle’s City Council in nearly a century. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. And she cited the problems of Chicago Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel in seeking re-election as evidence that even the very beginnings of movements by working people and communities of color can shake and weaken the Democratic Party establishment. Legal Statement. Sawant says she did it to show City Hall belongs to the people and she wanted the diverse group of demonstrators to be heard in the halls of power.” Far Left crosses second red-line, June 9th, 2020. Our campaign needs to be a launching pad for something bigger. We have to provide a place for people looking for something different, especially the younger generation. But the party for the left, for the American working class, needs to go beyond the electoral arena and lead struggles and movements of low-wage workers, people of color and women. John Cole, by She's also encountered criticism from Durkan, who faced a recall that was rejected by the state's Supreme Court in October. It is a call to put forth a program that offers an alternative to global capitalism. SEATTLE — Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the City Council, is up for re-election this year. "I have a message for Jeff Bezos and his class," Sawant warned. A well-respected activist with a reputation gleaned from her highly … This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Seattle city councilmember Kshama Sawant had a personal message for billionaire Jeff Bezos after the passage of the so-called Amazon tax, warning him that "we are coming for you." In September, Seattle's city council voted to pay legal fees for Sawant, whose private lawyers reportedly cost $75,000. The Democratic Party is utterly undemocratic — the party members and activists have essentially zero say over what their elected officials do once in power.”. 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