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Forum Post: Councilwoman Sawant, the Interview.

Posted 2 months ago on Jan. 30, 2014, 9:49 a.m. EST by shooz (26725)
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"Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant ended her inauguration speech on January 6 with an exhortation to the voters who had just elected her as the country’s only socialist politician: “To all those prepared to resist the agenda of big business—in Seattle and nationwide—I appeal to you: get organized.” If her election is going to catalyze bold reforms in Seattle, she has said repeatedly, it will require a strong movement behind her. And yesterday, she put her money where her mouth is by announcing that she would accept only $40,000 of her $117,000 salary and donate the rest to a fund to build social justice movements.

Running as a member of the Trotskyist party Socialist Alternative, Sawant was unusual among leftist candidates around the country for her audacity. She did not run as a “protest candidate,” simply raising issues about the bankruptcy of our political system, but rather as someone who believed she could win. Incredibly, in November 2013, she did.

Sawant faces a tough slog in implementing her progressive agenda, which includes a $15 minimum wage, rent control and an income tax on the wealthy to fund better public transit, among other goals. Business interests will fight any kind of minimum wage boost, as they did in the nearby town of SeaTac, where a corporate-backed lawsuit convinced a judge to partially overturn a $15 minimum wage passed by voters.

But Sawant seems confident that, with the help of mobilized supporters, her election can be a step toward better days for Seattle’s working class—and the country’s. Sawant spoke with In These Times by phone from her new office in Seattle’s City Hall. "

http://inthesetimes.com/article/16140/kshama_sawant_the_great_red_hope/

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[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

The Great Red Hope

Hmmmm - really? I don't think the republiCONs in office want anything to do with her - well nothing good.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21783) 2 months ago

I read this yesterday. She is very interesting.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26725) 2 months ago

I like how someone showed up yesterday, just smear to her, yet offered not one link to prove his allegations.

I don't necessarily agree with everything she says, but she has earned every once of my respect.

I liked how all the posters here, missed her closing statement about the importance of unions.

All of our posters couldn't get the Obama echo out of their heads.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

Must B really scared to show-up to try to denounce a lowly city council member. I think that they ( shills/sellouts ) are afraid of the fresh air getting to be instantaneously contagious/viral through out the public and then through the public - government.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26725) 2 months ago

I'm sure that troll was a one shot deal.

This is a nice informative interview. I don't expect he'll show up here.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

Are you pulling my leg? = "I don't expect he'll show up here."

I mean - it IS what prevaricators live/work get paid for.

[-] 3 points by shooz (26725) 2 months ago

I'm not, but by the look of all the auto blocked posts, there's some trolls still out there that would like to.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

The shills/sellouts have got to try to denounce her - she could be the source/inspiration of their masters downfall.

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[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21783) 2 months ago

I am sure that she has scared the hell out of people.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26725) 2 months ago

Who could imagine, that they would be freaking out, somewhere in Seattle.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21783) 2 months ago

I think it's great.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26725) 2 months ago

Worst scenario for them?

They'll have to do some of those things, if they want to get re-elected.

Yep....they're freakin' out alright.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21783) 2 months ago

That they won't do. The worst case scenario is that they attempt to unify against her.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

If so - perhaps they might just end up shooting themselves.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21783) 2 months ago

That's kind of what I was thinking but it will take some time.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

You bet - I believe that we are talking about a very intelligent individual - SO - no doubt she has the smarts ( note incumbent kicking campaign ) to make public any animosity shown her position in council and out of council.

[+] -5 points by harrythetroll (-34) 2 months ago

She is that loony, yes.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21783) 2 months ago

Loony? Why would you think that, harrythetroll?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

Yep - with scant prior experience - regular folk have got to be shocked at her use/redirecting of the lions share of her city council pay - others in office - have got to be cringing at her example to the public - yep - foundations have been shaken.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21783) 2 months ago

I think that it is a very shrewd move. I think everyone else on the city council just realized that there is a very real possibility that she won't be voted out for a long time.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

She got a 16 year (?) incumbent booted. She has donated the major portion of her income to peoples movements - yeah - pretty shrewd.

[-] 2 points by bayridge (12) 2 months ago

Kshama Sawant is an amazing woman.

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