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The Most Important Socialist in America Not Named Bernie Sanders Just Won Re-Election - Yahoo News

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Kshama Sawant, $15 and hour minimum wage, Seattle City Council, Bernie Sanders, Socialism, Democratic Socialism, capitalism, re-election, tax the wealthy, working people, affordable housing )

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Many mainstream political observers consider 'Socialist' Sanders ultimately unelectable. However, there's another socialist in America whose election has crucial implications for the viability of hard-left candidates in America: Kshama Sawant in Seattle.


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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday November 7, 2015, 1:34 pm
Unabashed SOCIALIST Kshama Sawant WON AGAIN in Seattle! and, NATCH, I voted for her BOTH TIMES - in fact, I don't know anybody who DIDN'T.

Sawant AND THE PEOPLE SHE HAS MOBILIZED, are the ones we ALL HAVE TO THANK FOR THE $15 AN HOUR MINIMUM WAGE MOVEMENT that is presently SWEEPING THE COUNTRY, one City after another, after another!
Which Movement can be held ALSO mainly responsible, for Federal Minimum Wage increases of not quite that much.... but still.....
Shows what ONE PERSON who has the ability to MOBILIZE A MOVEMENT - what ONE PERSON can do!!!

So, this should demonstrate that BERNIE SANDERS can ALSO accomplish plenty, by MOBILIZING people who REALLY WANT THE CHANGES...

And what ANY ONE OF US could do in the world, if similarly INSPIRED...!!!!! or we could decide to latch onto something ALREADY GOING full speed ahead!!!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday November 7, 2015, 1:38 pm
'These days, all the talk about the limitations of far-left politics in a center-right country like the United States centers around Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) presidential campaign. The self-described democratic socialist has seen surprising success in the polls, but many mainstream political observers consider him ultimately unelectable.

However, there is another socialist in America whose election has crucial implications for the viability of hard-left candidates in America: Kshama Sawant. There's a good chance you haven't heard of her; the office she just won re-election for — Seattle city council member — is a fairly obscure one.

On Thursday night, KING 5 News in Seattle called Tuesday's election in favor for Sawant. Because the city votes by mail, counting can take some time, but due to the margin of her lead — she has 54% versus her opponent's 46% — at this point in the process, her victory is now secure.

The formal power she wields in her position is small, but it would be a mistake to write her victory off as unimportant. Her success doesn't by any means reflect on Sanders' odds in a race to lead the country, but it does tell us something of great value — a socialist can not only win public office in America but also transform the surrounding political landscape in the process.
In Sawant's case, the ripples of change extend well beyond the borders of her city.'

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday November 7, 2015, 1:51 pm
The only way we're ever going to get real change from the Capitalist crap and Aggressive Military attitude we got conditioned into, is by voting for these Democratic Socialists like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK.

Wilde Thange (10)
Saturday November 7, 2015, 2:05 pm
It's still a long shot. Unsustainable living is going to result in much bigger change and a chance to rethink and redo . With demise of cold war propaganda and the rise of multi-corporatism run amok and climate change chaos big change in in store if we can survive first strike stealth thermonuclear and laser raygun madness.

Donna T (0)
Saturday November 7, 2015, 3:29 pm
thank you

Angelika R (143)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 2:09 pm

Victoria P (110)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 4:03 pm
Good start....

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Monday November 9, 2015, 1:40 am

Past Member (0)
Monday November 9, 2015, 8:28 am
Hope it's going to happen on that much larger scale. I'm happy she got in. It does say much about the environment and it is ripe for slim possibilities to become actualities. Thanks BMutiny.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday November 9, 2015, 4:44 pm
YAY! :)

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday November 11, 2015, 4:15 pm
Good for are doing something correct. Congrats!

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Sunday January 31, 2016, 7:05 am
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