Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant, who has a Ph.D. in economics from NC State University, teaches at Seattle Central Community College, and is a Socialist member of the Seattle City Council.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Socialist Response to Obama's State of the Union
On January 20, 2015 Socialist Alternative member and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant gave the #SocialistResponse to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address. The text of the speech follows: Sisters and Brothers, Six years ago, Obama was elected on the hope that he would represent...
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
People Power Gave Seattle Workers a Raise
The following remarks were made by Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant on Monday, June 2, as the council voted unaminously to pass a $15 minimum wage, the highest in the nation: Today, workers in Seattle have made history. A half century ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for a living wage at...
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Thursday, January 09, 2014
I Wear the Badge of Socialist With Honor
Editor’s note: At a ceremonial swearing-in on Monday, Kshama Sawant became Seattle’s first socialist city council member in almost a century. The full text of her inauguration speech is below. My brothers and sisters, Thank you for your presence here today.
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Thursday, June 06, 2013
The Minimum Wage: Putting Some Myths to Rest
With seven strikes of fast food workers in eight weeks, demanding $15/hour and the right to a union, a discussion of raising the minimum wage has begun to stir up the predictable frenzy of pro-market mythology.
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