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. ... comes after the country’s parliament approved the law that “makes religion a criterion for nationality” in December. 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. 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. Kshama Sawant, 46, a former techie, is the first socialist elected to Seattle’s City Council in nearly a century. Legal Statement. 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. 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. Kshama Sawant and her campaign staff speak with union members outside the auditorium hall at the Labor Temple. Market data provided by Factset. Publisher, Zuade Kaufman, and Editor in Chief, Robert Scheer. only those belonging to specific religion, as provided in the Lautenberg Amendment, can get refugee status to US,” says the petition. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. You have to have actual meetings. But it means people are infuriated about income inequality, about the pillaging by the big banks. Sam Dorman is a reporter with Fox News. Born in Pune, she studied at Mumbai University before moving to the US for higher education. Residents of the city are fed up with the way she worked with antifa as they set about destroying the city. 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 … ", 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. It is a call to put forth a program that offers an alternative to global capitalism. And it needs to be formed soon. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. “Something important has changed,” she said. ... Sawant said the resolution expresses solidarity with Seattle’s South Asian community regardless of religion … Red-baiting does not work on them. The judge ruled that her support of rioters was enough to justify a recall. Sawant's legal team argued that the charges were "factually and legally insufficient." Uprising is in the air.”. I met Sawant in a restaurant a block from City Hall in Seattle. Legal Statement. Steve Sack, by Martina Moneke / Truthdig, by “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. Besides her conduct during protests, Sawant has caught attention for her stances on major policy issues. They are looking for something radically different.”. Natasha Hakimi Zapata / TruthDig, by Four states — two of them Republican states — increased the minimum wage last year. 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). Who could have imagined that kind of false humility from him? 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. You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! This does not necessarily mean all those people who support us are socialist. 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. During her two terms on the Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant has brought a distinctly different style of politics to city hall. Kshama Sawant's Biography . Now, Kshama Sawant is raising eyebrows well beyond the Northwest. "I have a message for Jeff Bezos and his class," Sawant warned. 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." Sawant knows this intuitively. Juan Cole / Informed Comment, by China Okasi / TruthDig, by Be well, stay safe and look out for each other. A group of citizens in Seattle wanted to recall city council member and noted socialist, Kshama Sawant. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, A new party, she said, is essential if the corporate coup is to be reversed. They are burning at the entrenched racial injustice in America. But we also know that in one year we are not going to vanquish the money machine of the Democratic establishment. 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. To avoid frivolous recalls, a judge must rule there are sufficient grounds for the recall. I’m still frozen in the moment. 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 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. 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 She is as familiar at Seattle street demonstrations, where she has been arrested, as she is in City Council hearings. "You can't convert political disagreement into a recall," Iglitzin said. All rights reserved. “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. Market data provided by Factset. Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant released a statement Saturday afternoon about the shooting. 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 … This is why we need to begin that project now. 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. As a socialist, I have never experienced any hostility, except from the Establishment. “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. 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. We have to provide a place for people looking for something different, especially the younger generation. 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. It has raised demands in the interests of workers, against corporate domination, against the war, and against climate change. Our archives of 15 years of award-winning independent journalism is available for free. She marched with them. Both of the globally focused resolutions sprouted from District 3 representative Kshama Sawant’s office. General. 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. That, along with other out-of-district donations earned Sawant criticism, from her opponent Egan Orion and conservative radio host Jason Rantz. 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. In September, Seattle's city council voted to pay legal fees for Sawant, whose private lawyers reportedly cost $75,000. 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. People know what is going to happen in 2016. The consciousness of the American people has changed. “We cannot have illusions,” Sawant said. Access your favorite authors, articles and more. “We need to stand up for the hundreds of millions of lives devastated by global capitalism. “We must convince people that we need an alternative and we must convince them about what that alternative is,” Sawant said. Seattle’s Kshama Sawant charged with violating city law by using council office to promote ‘Tax Amazon’ initiative Feb. 11, 2020 at … Will Boko Haram Cause Nigeria’s North and South to Separate? 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. The call for a national party is, in the end, a call to educate. The vote was 8-1 with Councilor Kshama Sawant opposed. And it is our job to break the cycle of capitalist exploitation of people and the ecosystem and save ourselves. She is as intense as she is articulate. Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant recently called for the Venezuela-style nationalization of Amazon. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. 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. Now is the time for us to strike.”. I take home $40,000 after taxes. 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. As long as she remains in office she will expose the leaders in the Democratic Party for who they are — corporate puppets. Your Truthdig, your way. Most terrible ideas are spawned from terrible worldviews. “He was considered undefeatable,” she said of Emanuel. 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.”. The Democratic Party is utterly undemocratic — the party members and activists have essentially zero say over what their elected officials do once in power.”. Kshama Sawant abused her access to the City Hall and allowed protestors to storm and occupy City Hall. Kshama Sawant; image via Facebook. 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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. 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 Green Party has made some important contributions to the struggle against the Democrats’ lesser-evil politics. This idea should also be taken up in some form by the new party.”, “A campaign cannot be an end in itself,” she said. 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. All rights reserved. If Trump Declares Martial Law Due to Coronavirus, Can He Suspend the Election? 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. Truthdig is on hiatus. That will dishearten people. The abuses we saw in 2008 will happen over and over again as long as capitalism survives. It needs to be about building a mass movement, a viable radical alternative. or redistributed. "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. Sawant, an Indian American member of Seattle City Council, speaks to the American Bazaar about the recent anti-CAA resolution passed by the council. Councilwoman Kshama Sawant of Seattle is in the fight for her political life. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. This demonstrates the wide opening for the U.S. left to present a principled working-class alternative. 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. She … Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. 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. allegedly abused her office. She contends that the end of the Cold War has left younger generations freer to explore and hear radical alternatives. 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. And it is a call to empower the citizenry to break the corporate stranglehold to make this alternative possible. The obstacles the Establishment will throw up to prevent such a movement will be numerous, costly and unscrupulous. 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. Her mother is a former principal, and her father, a civil engineer, was … 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 … All rights reserved. Our campaign needs to be a launching pad for something bigger. Kshama Sawant (Photo: Seattle City Council) ... i.e. If there is any hope left for the absurdist political theater that characterizes election campaigns it is in renegades such as Sawant. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant delivers a message after passing the "Amazon Tax" at a digital city council meeting on Monday. To bookmark your favorite articles, please create a user profile. 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?. John Cole, by General Website More Office Contactskeyboard_arrow_down. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions. Chris Hedges / TruthDig, by 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. How Kshama Sawant took on Amazon – and won! Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Occupy and the Black Lives Matter movement have radically shaken U.S. consciousness. Sawant, born in India, is a leader of the Socialist Alternative Party. Robert Faturechi and Derek Willis / ProPublica, by 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 … Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. Personalize your Truthdig experience. 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. But this moment is qualitatively different from the period when Ralph Nader ran. Contact Information. They want a solution to climate change. SEATTLE — Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the City Council, is up for re-election this year. She describing the rules as too onerous for grassroots groups and warning they could discourage political organizing by ordinary people. Chris Hedges writes a weekly opinion column for Truthdig. Others came from outside of her district. Any presidential campaign cannot be run as an end in itself. The City Council pays me nearly $120,000. Now you can personalize your Truthdig experience. Bill Blum / TruthDig, by 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. “If you take office you have to be accountable to the members of the party. 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. “In Socialist Alternative,” Sawant said, “any elected representative who runs has to pledge to only take the average worker’s wage. 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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 … The rest goes into a solidarity fund. 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.". 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.”. The issue is currently headed to the Washington Supreme Court in January after an appeal from Sawant, a socialist. Out-Of-State donations of $ 1,000 and it is a leader of the authors, Truthdig. Award-Winning Independent journalism is available for free, stay safe and look for... 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