Tag Archives: Socialist Alternative

Howie Hawkins Applauds The Victory Of Kshama Sawant In Seattle City Council Race

Above image: Sawant declares victory in front of Tax Amazon banner November 2019

By Howie Hawkins

Kshama Sawant has served on the Seattle City Council for six years as its first socialist elected in nearly a century. She has taken on big business interests and worked on behalf of working people and the poor.… Read more ...

Barry Grey at the World Socialist Web Site: ‘Socialist Alternative: Charlatanry and lies in support of Sanders’ “political revolution”’

Socialist Alternative
The following is from Barry Grey at the World Socialist Web Site.  Please note that the WSWS is affiliated with the Socialist Equality Party, which is fielding its own presidential ticket instead of supporting Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders is shifting into the next phase of his mission on behalf of the American ruling elite, seeking to corral the millions of youth and workers who responded to his campaign and direct them behind the war criminal and Wall Street stooge Hillary Clinton.… Read more ...

Kshama Sawant Urges Bernie Sanders to Join Jill Stein on Green Ticket, or Run As Independent

From Green Party Watch:

Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant has launched an online petition urging Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, to join Jill Stein on a Green Party ticket or to run as an independent.

Sawant said, “The stakes are too high to let this moment slip through our fingers.… Read more ...

Politico Magazine on how socialist and left-wing minor parties, including Greens, are divided over Sanders

Excerpt from Politico Magazine:

Some welcome it. Philip Locker, Seattle-based spokesman for the national Socialist Alternative organization, is thrilled by Sanders phenomenon, enthusing that “the political system is starting to be shaken” as Sanders “is popularizing socialism to an audience of tens of millions.”

To others, that’s dangerous naiveté. Howie Hawkins, a Green Party co-founder and member of the socialist group Solidarity, wrote an essay in May for the ISO’s Socialist Worker website attacking Sanders for “violating the first principle of socialist politics: class independence,” consorting with the “billionaire class” by pledging to “support their candidate” if he loses the Democratic primary.

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Socialist Alternative Minnesota: Unite Against Police Repression In Minneapolis


From the Socialist Alternative website:


“Everybody that stood with Mayor Hodges is not part of the solution, they’re part of the problem.” – NAACP President, Nekima Levy-Pounds

Solidarity statement from Socialist Alternative Minnesota

UPDATE, 12/3/15: Around 4:00 AM this morning, police forcibly evicted the protest encampment around the 4th Precinct, tearing apart what had become a symbolic center of community and resistance for the previous 18 days since Jamar Clark was killed on November 15th.… Read more ...

Kshama Sawant: The Change Socialist Alternative is Fighting For

From Kshama Sawant at the Socialist Alternative website:

Sanders’ Socialist Message Resonates

A specter is haunting the US presidential election – the specter of socialism. Before he even opened up his mouth to speak at the first Democratic Party presidential debate on October 13, Bernie Sanders’ impact on the presidential race was clear.Read more ...

Patrick Ayers: Five Reasons Why You Should Join Socialist Alternative Right Now

From Patrick Ayers at the Socialist Alternative website:

1. We are helping lead the fight back against the 1%

Socialist Alternative is the organization that launched the campaign that got Kshama Sawant elected to the city council in Seattle. We used the victory to build a movement that won the first $15/hour minimum wage in a major US city, which has now spread rapidly across the US.… Read more ...

Kshama Sawant, Socialist City Councilmember in Seattle, Appears to Win Re-Election

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Kshama Sawant, the Seattle city councilmember who was elected four years ago, appears to have been re-elected. See this story. The race is non-partisan, but she is a member of Socialist Alternative.

From the article cited, written by Daniel Beekman:

Sawant called Tuesday’s returns “a strong victory for all working people, for the socialist movement.”… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative: Why Rent Control? An Interview with Kshama Sawant

From the Socialist Alternative website:

Rent Control, Rent Control! Make Our Cities Affordable!

As housing prices skyrocket nationally and internationally, the idea of rent control is again on the rise. In addition to becoming a central debate in Seattle elections this year, new rent control laws were recently passed in Richmond, California, and in Berlin, Germany.… Read more ...

Kshama Sawant: Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2015 – Recognizing the Painful History of the Indian Boarding School Policy

From Kshama Sawant at her seattle.gov page:

Last year, it was my good fortune to have worked with indigenous community activists on the creation of Indigenous People’s Day in Seattle. By passing this historic resolution, the City of Seattle rejected a celebration of Columbus Day, and honored the history and memory of those who experienced the brutal realities of colonialism and genocide.… Read more ...

Kshama Sawant’s Open Letter to President Xi of China

From the Socialist Alternative website:

On September 23, 2015, social justice activists and Socialist Alternative Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant held a press conference to discuss the visit of Chinese President Xi and send him an open letter. While President Xi is meeting with executives from corporations such as Uber, Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, DuPont, and Pepsi, the violations of rights of workers in both China and the U.S.Read more ...

Socialist Alternative: We Need to Organize Against the Billionaire Class

From the Socialist Alternative website:

Bernie Sanders’ call for a “political revolution against the billionaire class” is gaining an huge response with millions of working Americans fed up with rising rents, student debt, low-wage jobs, racism and environmental destruction. His campaign has given voice to the desire for an alternative to business-as-usual politicians who are bought off by the same big banks and corporations that are causing these problems.… Read more ...